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Assumption's Justus Burke slides into home as Bondurant-Farrar catcher Hogan McIntosh waits for the throw Tuesday. Burke and the Knights meet Dubuque Wahlert in a Class 3A semifinal at 1:30 p.m. Friday in Des Moines.

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

Twitter: @mattcoss78

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


Sports Editor

Prep sports editor, with emphasis on covering the Mississippi Athletic Conference and Iowa area high schools. I've been in sports journalism for 17 years, the last five at the Quad-City Times.