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Red Sox claim first IABA title in 30 years

NORWAY - Lloyd Brockshus, the 73-year-old patriarch of the Williamsburg Red Sox, has promised his players they'll have swanky new uniforms when they take the field in 2019.

The grimy old uniforms went out in style.

The Red Sox put an exclamation point on their magical campaign Sunday by winning the IABA state tournament for the first time since 1988 by winning a pair of games at famed Norway Field.

Just two weeks ago, the Red Sox captured their first Iowa Valley League championship since 1977 on the final day of the regular season.

Williamsburg blanked Walford, 10-0, in the final game of the annual tournament Sunday to finish a season for the ages.

"Finally!" yelled Brockshus as he accepted the handsome championship trophy, punching the air with a clenched fist.

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4 IVL teams scrambling for IABA title

NORWAY - The Norway Bandits have thrown the IABA state tournament into a mad scramble for the title.

The Bandits upset Williamsburg, 8-7, Saturday night in a wild ballgame that ended under the Musco lights in Norway, handing the Red Sox their first loss in the tournament.

Four Iowa Valley League teams are still alive in the state meet and all four teams have one loss in the double-elimination event, setting up a free-for-all Sunday for the crown in Norway.

Williamsburg (2-1) will face Red Top (4-1) in the first semifinal at 1 p.m., with Norway (4-1) meeting Walford (3-1) in the other semifinal at 3 p.m.

The winners will collide at 5 p.m. for the 2018 IABA state title.

Williamsburg won the IVL championship this year while Norway finished in last place, but that did not matter Saturday night in the fourth and final game at Norway.

The Red Sox jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, but the Bandits responded with a five-spot of their own in the third inning with the big blow a two-run homer by Riley Braughton.

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MSR covering Mount Mercy sports again

The Metro Sports Report is delighted to announce that we will be covering Mount Mercy University during the 2018-19 school year and hopefully for many more years to come.

The Metro Sports Report provided extensive coverage of the Mustangs from 2014 through 2016, but we had to curtail our operation due to financial constraints. That is no longer the case.

"The Metro Sports Report has bounced back nicely the past few years and is expanding its operation again," said Jim Ecker, the president and owner of the website company. "We greatly enjoyed covering Mount Mercy the first time around and we're looking forward to covering the Mustangs again."

The new coverage will begin next week with the beginning of fall sports and will continue throughout the school year. Mount Mercy offers a total of 18 varsity sports and is recognized as one of the top NAIA schools in the Midwest and around the country.

The eight men's sports are baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, soccer, track and volleyball. The eight women's sports are basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, track and volleyball. Mount Mercy also offers two coed sports with competitive cheer and competitive dance.

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24 players have joined IWSL for 2019

Twenty-four players have already registered for the Iowa Women's Softball League for next summer.

The current early registration period is for all players who  participated in the IWSL this season. If they register by Aug. 31,  they will receive a 50 percent discount and pay $50 instead of the  regular $100 player fee.

Anyone who registers between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31 will get a 25 percent  discount and pay $75. And anyone who registers between Jan. 1 and  April 30 will be charged the full $100.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

The goal is to have eight teams and 120 players for Year 3 in 2019, with four teams in the Central Division and four teams in the Eastern  Division. There were five teams and 80 players in the league this year.

It's best to register as soon as possible to reserve a spot. Anyone who registers and is unable to play will receive a full refund, with  no questions asked.

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Red Top ousts Stars from state tourney

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. - Red Top and the Stars never expected to face each other in an elimination game on the first weekend of the IABA state tournament, but that's exactly what happened here Sunday.

The contest matched Red Top, which won the 2016 state title, against the Stars, who captured the 2017 state crown in a battle to see who would stay alive in the two-week tourney.

As it turned out, it wasn't much of a battle at all.

Red Top defeated the Stars, 9-1, at Douglas Park in Rock Island, Ill.,  to keep their championship hopes alive and prevent the Stars from successfully defending their title.

Darren Kilpatrick allowed one run on only hit in six innings for the Toppers, who got a base hit from every batter in their lineup.

"The guys were locked in today," said Red Top Manager Adam Sadler. "We haven't hit the ball consistently all year, up and down the lineup, but we did today. It was fun."

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