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2015 IHSBCA Baseball Rankings Week 2


June 16th, 2015 by Jim Field

Class 4-A
1. Johnston
2. Waukee
3. SE Polk
4. Cedar Rapids Jefferson
5. West Des Moines Dowling Catholic
6. Sioux City East
7. Linn-Mar, Marion
8. Cedar Rapids Prairie
9. Iowa City West
10. Cedar Rapids Kennedy
Others: West Des Moines Valley; Lewis Central; North Scott; Dubuque Senior

Class 3-A
1. Davenport Assumption
2. Pella
3. West Delaware, Manchester
4. Bishop Heelan, Sioux City
5. Harlan
6. Knoxville
7. Gilbert
8. Waverly-Shell Rock
9. Fairfield
10. Williamsburg
Others: Perry; Atlantic; Oskaloosa; Boone; Spencer

Class 2-A
1. Cascade
2. Clear Lake
3. Wilton
4. Hinton
5. Beckman Catholic
6. Des Moines Christian
7. Columbus Catholic
8. South Winneshiek
9. Hampton-Dumont
10. Monticello
Others: Treynor; New Hampton; Regina, Iowa City; East Sac County; Kuemper Catholic

Class 1-A
1. Mason City Newman Catholic
2. Van Buren
3. Lisbon
4. Coon Rapids-Bayard
5. Pleasantville
6. Martensdale-St. Mary’s
7. Remsen St. Mary’s
8. Don Bosco
9. Exira-EHK
10. West Sioux (Hawarden)
Others: Lenox; Logan-Magnolia; Twin Cedars; Lawton-Bronson; Central Lyon; Rock Rapids; North Tama; Van Meter

Monday Softball/Baseball Results


June 16th, 2015 by Jim Field

Missouri Valley 7-7, Griswold 0-1
Harlan 6, St. Albert 5
Missouri Valley 11-9, Griswold 2-1

Lackey, Molina pace Cardinals’ 3-2 win over Twins


June 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Yadier Molina homered and John Lackey worked eight strong innings for the St. Louis Cardinals, who won their fourth in a row with a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night. Mark Reynolds connected three pitches ahead of Molina in the fourth, giving the Cardinals back-to-back homers.

Randal Grichuk tripled, singled and scored for St. Louis, which is 42-21 overall and 25-7 at home — both major league bests. The Cardinals have won 15 of 20. Twins rookie Byron Buxton tripled for his first career hit with one out in the eighth and scored on a sacrifice fly by Brian Dozier that cut the gap to a run. Buxton also slammed into the wall, but didn’t stay down long, after just missing a running catch on Grichuk’s triple leading off the third.


CWS: Vandy and VA advance


June 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The defending NCAA baseball champs have opened their College World Series schedule with a victory. Freshman Jeren Kendall’s two-run homer off Tyler Peitzmeier in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Vanderbilt a 4-3, come-from-behind victory over Cal State Fullerton. The Commodores were down 3-0 in the bottom of the sixth inning when heavy thunderstorms Sunday night forced the suspension of the game.

Virginia is 2-0 after Brandon Waddell limited Florida to a pair of hits in seven innings of a 1-0 verdict over the Gators. Robbie Coman supplied the game’s lone run with a sacrifice fly in the sixth.

Arkansas was eliminated from the series when Jacob Heyward singled in the bottom of the ninth to give Miami a 4-3 win over the Razorbacks. Heyward opened the scoring with a two-run homer in the fifth, scored the go-ahead run in the seventh and delivered the walk-off hit after Willie Abreu doubled off the center-field wall.


High School Football Changes Playoff Structure for 2016


June 15th, 2015 by Jim Field

Des Moines, IA – The Iowa High School Athletic Association’s Board of Control has voted to adopt a nine game regular season schedule and 16-team qualifier field for all football classes in the playoffs starting in 2016. The change means a reduction from 32 teams who currently qualify for the postseason in each class.

The schedules for this fall and the 2015 regular season and playoffs remain unchanged as previously published at www.iahsaa.org.

The move comes after review of the current playoff system which allows fewer days of rest and recovery between each game in the postseason. In a nod toward player safety and risk-minimization, the IHSAA has been looking at several options.

“Today’s actions put in place a scenario for the football postseason which allows for one week between games,” said Alan Beste, IHSAA Executive Director. “The driving force behind this decision is player safety and keeping the best interest of our students at the forefront.”

At their meeting on April 29, the IHSAA Board of Control had a discussion regarding the football start date and schedule beginning with the 2016 season. The Board considered many options at that meeting, but decided to gather further input from the IHSAA membership through the IHSAA Representative Council, Iowa High School Athletic Directors Association (IHSADA), and Iowa Football Coaches Association (IFCA).

It was decided the best way to have a collaborative discussion among those groups was to provide information regarding various options and have a large-group discussion at the June 15 IHSAA Representative Council meeting. The move came about as an attempt to give the parties involved time to seek input from their constituents and be ready to have meaningful discussion at the IHSAA Representative Council.

At today’s meeting, representatives from the IHSADA and IFCA discussed the issue amongst the IHSAA Representative Council. Also present for the discussion were members of the IHSAA administrative team as well as the IHSAA Board of Control.

Following the Representative Council meeting, the IHSAA Board of Control convened and in a unanimous vote decided to retain nine regular season games and move toward a 16-team playoff qualifier structure.

Football is the largest high school participation sport in Iowa among males with 20,630 participants, according to the 2013-2014 IHSAA annual participation survey.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 6/15/2015

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June 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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Saturday Baseball/Softball Results


June 15th, 2015 by Jim Field

Regular Season
IKM-Manning 7, Exira/EHK 0

Creston Classic
Dallas Center-Grimes 4, Atlantic 1
Atlantic 3, Nodaway Valley 1
Treynor 6, Clarinda 5
Nodaway Valley 6, Clarinda 0
Creston 9, Treynor 0
Creston 12, Dallas Center-Grimes 7 (12 inn)
Mount Ayr 12, Red Oak 2 (5 inn)
Griswold 12, Red Oak 4
Griswold 5, Mount Ayr 4 (8 inn)

Underwood Tournament
Shenandoah 11, Sidney 0
Sidney 18, East Mills 7
Underwood 11, Sidney 0
Riverside 13, Thomas Jefferson 7
Riverside 13, Underwood 12
Charter Oak-Ute 13, Thomas Jefferson 1
Charter Oak-Ute 14, East Mills 4

OA-BCIG Tournament
Kuemper Catholic 8, MMC-Remsen Union 2
Kuemper Catholic 10, Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto 8
Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto 14, Carroll 0
Newell-Fonda 13, OA-BCIG 3
OA-BCIG 9, East Sac County 6
Denison-Schleswig 2, East Sac County 0
Championship – Denison-Schleswig 7, Newell-Fonda 1

Lenox Tournament
Earlham 9, Fremont-Mills 1
Interstate 35 6, Lenox 2
Lenox 9, Earlham 8

Southeast Valley Tournament
Southeast Valley 9, Glidden-Ralston 1
Southeast Valley 6, Coon Rapids-Bayard 0
Panorama 13, Coon Rapids-Bayard 3
Panorama 13, Glidden-Ralston 1

Regular Season
Atlantic 10, Perry 3
Atlantic 13, Treynor 3
Perry 5 Treynor 2
CAM 7, Red Oak 5
Southwest Valley 18 Essex 3
Orient-Macksburg 13 Southwest Valley 1

Battle of the Bluffs
Burlington 4, Thomas Jefferson 3
Sioux City East 12, Burlington 0
Sioux City East 5, Des Moines Lincoln 4
Des Moines Lincoln 7, Thomas Jefferson 4
Waukee 11, Abraham Lincoln 3
Waukee 5, Sioux City North 4 (8 inn)
Pleasant Valley 8, Sioux City North 6
Abraham Lincoln 7, Pleasant Valley 1
Lewis Central 3, Mason City 2
Lewis Central 5, Ames 1
North Scott 14, Glenwood 0 (5 inn)
Glenwood 4, Clear Lake 2

Carroll Tournament
Denison-Schleswig 8, Logan-Magnolia 6
Carroll 4, Hampton-Dumont 1
Kuemper Catholic 8, Coon Rapids-Bayard 4
Sergeant Bluff-Luton 5, Algona 4
Sergeant Bluff-Luton 2, Kuemper Catholic 0
Carroll 3, Denison-Schleswig 1

TCU takes advantage of LSU starter’s struggles in 10-3 win


June 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Preston Morrison limited LSU to five hits and a run in seven innings, and TCU capitalized on LSU starter Jared Poche’s stunning middle-inning struggles in a 10-3 victory at the College World Series on Sunday. The Horned Frogs (50-13), in the CWS for the second straight year and third time overall, will play a Bracket 2 winners game against Cal State Fullerton or Vanderbilt on Tuesday night. The Tigers (53-11) meet one of those teams in an elimination game that afternoon.

Morrison (12-2) earned his first win in nine career starts in the NCAA tournament. The Chicago Cubs’ eighth-round draft pick struck out five, walked none and retired the last 12 batters he faced.

Fullerton leads Vandy 3-0 in CWS game suspended by weather


June 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Heavy rain and lightning forced the suspension of the Cal State Fullerton-Vanderbilt game at the College World Series on Sunday night. Play will resume at 11:05-a.m. Central Time today (Monday) with the Titans leading the defending national champion Commodores 3-0 with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning.

The weather disrupted a magnificent performance in progress by Cal State Fullerton ace Thomas Eshelman. Eshelman was on the mound when the teams were pulled off the field because of lightning near TD Ameritrade Park. The two-time Big West pitcher of the year had allowed four hits, walked none and struck out eight.

Fullerton scored against Vandy’s Carson Fulmer on Taylor Bryant’s RBI single in the third and on a wild pitch and Josh Vargas’ base hit in the fifth.

Castro’s RBI single in 11th lifts Cubs past Reds, 2-1


June 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

CHICAGO (AP) — Starlin Castro drove in the winning run for the second straight night with an RBI single in the 11th inning to lift the Chicago Cubs to a 2-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday night. Chris Coghlan doubled just out of the reach of left fielder Kristopher Negron with out in the 11th inning and scored the winning run on Castro’s single to left-center off reliever Burke Badenhop (0-2).

Chicago took three of four in this series. Castro’s RBI single in the ninth gave the Cubs the win Saturday night. Joey Hamilton had a career-high five stolen bases — the most in a game since Jacoby Ellsbury stole five on May 30, 2013, and also tied a Reds record. Hamilton leads the majors with 31 steals. Brian Schlitter (1-2), called up from Triple-A Iowa before the game, got two outs in the 11th for the victory.