Class 3A semifinal
Who: No. 2 Assumption (39-5) vs. Dubuque Wahlert (27-15)
When: Friday, approx. 1:30 p.m.
Where: Principal Park, Des Moines
At stake: Winner advances to state championship at 5 p.m. Saturday against Harlan (35-2) or Sioux City Heelan (32-12).
Projected pitching matchup: Assumption (Ben Beutel, 7-0, 0.73 ERA) vs. Wahlert (Austin Savary, 12-2, 0.75 ERA or Alex Timp, 3-2, 1.71 ERA)
Previous meeting: Assumption beat Wahlert 12-2 on June 10 in Des Moines. Neither team threw its top three pitchers in that game. Assumption's Luke Fennelly was 3-for-4 with two extra-base hits in that contest.
Assumption's top hitters: Luke Fennelly, sr., SS (.456 avg., 10 doubles, 40 RBIs); Trenton Wallace, sr., OF (.417 avg., 13 doubles, 33 RBIs); Nolan Melchert, sr., 1B (.422 avg., 13 doubles, 2 HRs, 36 RBIs); Justus Burke, sr., OF (.419 avg., 13 doubles, 5 HR, 30 RBIs)
Wahlert's top hitters: Austin Savary, sr., P/1B (.402 avg., 16 doubles, 4 HR, 39 RBIs); Alex Timp, sr., P/2B (.352 avg., 10 doubles, 15 RBIs); Spencer Goerdt, jr., DH (.292 avg., 2 HR, 26 RBIs)
Quick hits: Assumption is 32-5 in summer state tournament games. With a win, it would become the all-time leader and position itself for a record 10th summer crown. The Knights have run-ruled their first four opponents in the postseason by a 46-4 margin. ... Wahlert's top two pitchers, Timp and Savary, each pitched in Tuesday's 5-4 quarterfinal win over Marion. Timp threw 54 pitches and Savary 43. Savary hasn't allowed an earned run in his last 14 innings. The Golden Eagles have never reached a summer state final.
— Matt Coss