Thursday, May 23, 2019
Thank you for reading the Metro Sports Report....
Please update your Flash Player to view content.
* Contact Metro Sports Report *
Jim Ecker, President & Editor

Metro Sports Report

J-Hawks' bats disappear; Naber returns

Katie Naber got back just in time for the Jefferson bats to disappear.

But Naber, a third-year senior pitcher, got all the support she needed with a little bit of J-Hawk base running trickery and Class 4A No. 9 Jefferson beat Davenport Assumption, 1-0, Saturday night in the finale of the Bill Hennnesy Classic at Jefferson.

Earlier in the day, the J-Hawks were beaten by Class 2A top-ranked Bondurant-Farrar, 3-2.

Naber was eligible to play Friday but did not get into the game against Southeast Polk that was eventually rained out. Instead, she made her season debut in the circle Saturday night against Assumption and looked like she hadn’t missed a beat.


Freese tosses 2-hitter against Lions with 13 Ks

Dakota Freese looked like Dakota Freese again Friday night.

That's good news for Freese and Cedar Rapids Washington, especially since he plans to pitch for the Warriors all season before talking to the Chicago White Sox about a pro contract.

Freese struck out 13 batters and tossed a two-hitter as the Warriors clipped Linn-Mar, 6-2, in the first game of a Mississippi Valley Conference doubleheader at Washington.

The second game was suspended in the top of the second inning due to weather with Linn-Mar leading, 5-0, and will be finished Wednesday at 5 p.m.



No.1 Cougars swept by No.8 Fort Dodge

FORT DODGE - The top-ranked Kennedy High School baseball team was knocked off its perch Saturday by eighth-ranked Fort Dodge.

The Dodgers swept the Cougars, 9-3 and 8-3, in a non-conference doubleheader with an impressive display of pitching, power and defense at Ed McNeil Field.

Fort Dodge (6-4) belted six home runs in the twinbill, including five homers over the ivy-covered brick walls in the first game.

Austin Christensen went 3-for-7 in the doubleheader for Kennedy (11-4) and saw his batting average drop from .684 to .644. He had two singles in his first two at-bats, giving him nine straight hits over the course of four games, but went 1-for-5 the rest of the day with three straight strikeouts.

David Yancey went 2-for-3 for Kennedy in the opener and hit a solo home run. Griffin Michael was 2-for-2 for the Cougars in the nightcap with two RBIs. Devon Jacobus and Matt Maiers also had two hits in the second game for Kennedy.

Alex Hayden started the first game for Kennedy and was tagged for eight runs and four homers in 4 1/3 innings. Cody Bell started the second game and lasted just seven batters, allowing four hits and a hit-batsman in his brief appearance.


Dale’s hat trick sends Saints to title tilt

MUSCATINE - For the eighth year in a row, the Xavier girls soccer team is marching into the state championship game. For the sixth straight year, they will be trying to win it all.

The top-ranked Saints will play Waukee for the Class 2A title Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Muscatine Soccer Complex. They advanced by beating No. 5 Glenwood, 4-0, in Friday's semifinals. Second-ranked Waukee (15-3) beat Pleasant Valley, 2-1, in Friday's other semifinal.

Xavier (18-2) was missing leading scorer Kayla Armstrong, who received a red card in the first round against Independence-East Buchanan. Her fellow forward, junior Annie Dale, stepped up to make up for the lost scoring punch, netting three goals against a Glenwood defense that had only given up three goals all season.

“We knew that someone had to step up because Kayla was out, so my teammates played me some good balls and I just had to finish them,” Dale said.

Xavier Coach Doug Graham said Dale has been doing that for the Saints all season long.

“Annie always is the kind of player that, when you need her, she will be there,” Graham said. “That’s the difference, in my opinion, between good players and great players. She plays well under pressure and when we need her she comes through every single time. I’m so impressed by that girl.”

Nicole Noonan scored the other goal for the Saints, whose four goals all came in the first 45 minutes. There were mass substitutions for much of the second half.



Dramatic changes for baseball over the years

If you don’t think athletics has changed in the past century, I would refer you to the baseball draft just completed.

In my early times in minor league baseball, it was rare to pay one player $100,000, but it happened in the 1950s with a Cedar Rapids pitcher named Billy Jo Davidson, who appeared here under great publicity. That was the ceiling, considered to be astronomical at the time.

He arrived as a phenom, but he wound up as a career minor leaguer. The reason I bring that up is to illustrate what a person like Branch Rickey would do with the Brooklyn Dodgers back then. He would pay $100,000 for 100 players, give them no instruction, no trainers, no roving coaches. He’d make them play every day and see which ones rose to the top.


Page 1405 of 1506


Social Media

Follow us on Facebook & Twitter!