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Petersen strong, but errors cost J-Hawks

Jefferson junior southpaw ace Hannah Petersen once again did her thing in the pitching circle, allowing only three hits and no earned runs Saturday against Creston.

But her thing wasn't enough for the J-Hawks to avoid a 2-1 softball loss.

Class 4A No.4 Jefferson (23-5) had two untimely errors that allowed the Class 3A No.13 Panthers (21-4) to score both of their runs. That was all the run support needed for Creston pitcher Madison Frain, who matched Petersen's three-hitter.

The J-Hawks scored their only run on a double steal of second and home.

“We need to be more selective at the plate, we chase a lot (of pitches),” said Petersen, who had one of the J-Hawk hits. “We don’t get timely hits or walks, we just need to execute.”

The Panthers struck first in the third inning, when J-Hawk third baseman Hannah McInerney fielded a sacrifice bunt and threw it into right field. The error allowed Haley LeMasters, who had walked to lead off the inning, to score from first.

Jefferson tied the game in the fourth inning on a steal of home by junior Kailey Drake, who had singled to lead off the inning. She advanced to third when junior Kenna Fry and eighth grader Maddie Hanson were both hit by pitches.



Saints, Lions finish 3-0 in L-M tourney

The Xavier Saints defeated Center Point-Urbana and Monticello Saturday to finish with a 3-0 record in the Linn-Mar softball tournament.

Linn-Mar also finished with a 3--0 record in the tournament after beating Midland and Monticello.

Xavier eighth grader Erin Drahozal pitched a four-hitter in the 8-1 victory over Center Point-Urbana, allowing an unearned run.

Tyler Sampson hit a grand slam in the second inning against Center Point-Urbana. Lindsay Ireland went 2-for-3 with an RBI and Jenna Schulte was 2-for-4.

The Saints (21-7) defeated Monticello, 8-0, in their second game Saturday on a two-hitter by Jacey Wiebold. Kristen Winter hit a solo homer in the second inning and Schulte socked a two-run homer in the fifth. Abby Bedard was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Sydney Galligan was 2-for-3.

Linn-Mar (11-19) beat Midland, 13-4, and Monticello, 8-2. Freshman Ellie Rizor hit home runs in each game. The Lions have won five straight games.

There was no championship game in the tournament.

Linn-Mar hosts Cedar Falls in a makeup doubleheader Monday night. Xavier travels to Linn-Mar for a doubleheader Tuesday starting at 5:30 p.m.


Let’s hope Metro minor leaguers beat odds

Let’s talk today about the numbers game in pro baseball. When a young player comes to the Cedar Rapids ballclub, whether it be out of high school or college, that young man probably thinks - and he should think this way - that he’s on the road to the Major Leagues.

However, that is not the case.

The numbers for players on the Cedar Rapids team, and other Midwest League teams, would average about three players per team per year who would get on a Major League roster some day. So at this level, and at the Short Season level, you better enjoy your professional baseball experience rather than looking toward what might happen down the road.

And that brings us to the players who made their debuts this week in what they call the Short Season of minor league baseball, that being the Rookie Leagues. It should be noted that four Cedar Rapids area ballplayers are getting their shot as professionals.


Marion nipped by No.9 Charles City, 5-4

The Marion Indians lost to No.9 Charles City, 5-4, in the opening round of the Heald/Jackson baseball tournament at Marion High School Saturday morning.

The Indians led Cedar Rapids Prairie, 10-2, after three innings in the consolation game for third place before rains halted play. The teams plan to finish the suspended game on July 11 and also play another game that day.

Charles City was set to face Burlington in the championship game, but that game was cancelled due to rain. Burlington defeated Prairie, 10-1, in the opening round.

Kasey Semler hit a home run for Marion (13-9) against Charles City. The Indians had their nine-game winning streak snapped.

Semler, 2b, 4 1 2 1, Wagner, 3b, 4 0 1 0, Nielsen, ss, 2 0 0 0, Albaugh, rf, 4 0 0 0, Biery, 1b, 3 0 0 0, Johnson, c, 3 1 1 0, A. Charipar, cf, 3 0 0 0, Fish, dh, 3 1 2 0, Connolly, p, 0 0 0 0, Davila, lf, 3 0 1 1. Totals 29 4 7 2.

Mitchell, 2b, 2 1 0 0, Huegel, ss, 3 2 1 0, Etherington, 3b, 3 0 1 0, Isakson, c/p, 3 1 1 0, Hageman, cf, 3 1 2 0, Solomon, rf, 2 0 0 0, Girkin, dh, 3 0 0 0, Anderegg, p, 0 0 0 0, Gabel, 1b/c, 1 0 0 0, Armstrong, lf, 3 0 1 0. Totals 23 5 6 0.

Marion          000 120 1 - 4 7 2
Charles City   000 230 x - 5 7 2

Connolly and Johnson. Anderegg, Isakson (5) and Isakson, Gabel (5). W - Isakson. L - Connolly. 2B - Fish. HR - Semler.


Xavier rallies to beat J-Hawks twice

The coach knows best, especially when facing one of the former players in his program.

Xavier Coach Dave Schemmel said he had an idea that Jefferson pitcher Bailey Hollingsworth, who played his freshman season for the Saints, would be spinning curveballs with no outs and the winning run on second base in the bottom of the seventh inning of a tie game Friday night at Ken Charipar Field.

So, after giving the bunt sign to Alex Ries, who failed to deliver on the first pitch, Schemmel took the bunt off. One strike later, Ries lined a single just inside third base that plated the winning run in a 5-4 win over the J-Hawks that completed a doubleheader sweep. The Saints rallied for four runs in the bottom of the seventh to win the opener, 10-9.

"I figured Bailey has a bunch of different pitches and I figured with who we had up next in the order, Alex would be just as good as anybody to get some solid contact," Schemmel said. "So I just let him go."

Ries was surprised Schemmel took the bunt off.

"I don't know why he did that," Ries said. "But I just went with it and tried to make something good of it."

Xavier (18-5, 12-4) ran its winning streak to six games and holds a three-game lead in the MVC Valley Division. The Saints are 5-1 in one-run games.


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