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Archive - 2020

July 22nd

Lightning scorches the Prairie Hawks with 10-run inning

Liberty advances to regional final with 12-0 win over Cedar Rapids Prairie

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s varsity softball team came one game closer to a potential first-ever state tournament appearance Saturday, July 18, in an inter-Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) duel as the Valley Division Lightning faced the Mississippi Division Prairie Hawks of Cedar Rapids Prairie.
The Bolts scorched the birds 12-0 in the Class 5A regional semifinal game, at home, and advanced to a regional final against Valley Division foe Cedar Rapids Kennedy.

Creek Girls fall in 4A regional semifinal against the Demons

Washington prevails 3-1 over Clear Creek Amana

OXFORD– The COVID-19-shortened season ended for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity softball team Saturday, July 18, on its home diamond as the Washington (Iowa) Demons won a Class 4A regional semifinal game 3-1. The visitors did their damage early, scoring all three runs in the top of the first inning.

Creek Boys tame Tigers, CCA tops Grinnell, 6-5

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity baseball club improved to 13-4 overall with a 6-5 non-conference win over Grinnell, a member of the Little Hawkeye Conference, on Monday, July 13, in Tiffin.
The Tigers scored one run in the top of the first inning and attempted a late rally with four runs in the top of the seventh. The Clippers plated one run in the bottom of the second and the third, followed with three runs in the fourth and the winning run in the bottom of the seventh.

Solon boys fall to Clippers, 8-7

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) ended Solon’s shortened baseball season.
The Clippers defeated the Spartans 8-7 in a Class 3A Substate 5 regional semifinal July 20 in Tiffin.
Stats were unavailable at press time.
Solon defeated Washington (Ia.) July 17 in a quarterfinal game. The Spartans finished the year with a 14-8 record.
CCA advanced to the regional final against No. 1 seed Davenport Assumption July 22 in Davenport.

Lady Spartans pound their way into postseason

Solon sweeps Washington (Ia.) to close out schedule

WASHINGTON– The Lady Spartans made a powerful offensive statement to close out the regular season.
Solon’s varsity softball team pounded 41 hits and scored 34 runs in a doubleheader sweep of the Washington (Ia.) Demons on the road July 13.
The Lady Spartans broke open a one-run game in the opener, scoring 13 runs in the last four innings for a 20-7 victory then roared back from a 7-6 deficit to take a 14-9 win in the nightcap.

Spartans escape Demons in quarterfinal

Solon tops Washington, 6-5

SOLON– The Spartans came up with the runs they needed.
Twice, the Washington (Ia.) Demons took the lead, and twice Solon’s varsity baseball team made its way back.
The Spartans edged the Demons in a Class 3A Substate 5 regional quarterfinal plating the winning run in the bottom of the seventh for a 6-5 victory July 17 in Solon.
The win advanced Solon to a regional semifinal against Clear Creek Amana July 20 in Tiffin.

Short season ends at home

Benton Community edges Solon in regional semifinal, 3-2

SOLON– The Lady Spartans had their chances.
Senior pitcher Kayla West and the Solon defense held Benton Community to three earned runs on seven hits, and the Lady Spartans came up with 15 hits and forced six errors.
But Solon’s varsity softball team couldn’t convert them into runs, and the Lady Spartans bowed out of the 2020 season in a Class 3A regional semifinal July 17 at home, 3-2.
Solon’s runs came in the bottom of the sixth inning with the Bobcats leading 3-0. Sophomore Camryn Keith and junior courtesy runner Payton Haasl crossed home on RBI by senior Jadyn Jeter and West.

Two-game skid to end regular season

Solon falls to Mt. Pleasant, Bettendorf

SOLON– It was a tough way to end the regular season.
Solon’s varsity baseball team played back-to back games, road and home, to conclude the official schedule and came away with losses to Mount Pleasant and Bettendorf.
The Spartans fell to the Panthers 12-9 at Mount Pleasant July 13 and then lost to the Bulldogs 13-4 at home July 14.
Solon’s record dropped to 13-7.
The Spartans had an opportunity for the win against the Panthers, knotting up the game 7-7 in the fifth inning, but Mount Pleasant built some separation with five runs in the sixth.

UTV fatality on Newport Road

IOWA CITY– A Newport Road resident was killed July 16 in a Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV) accident in rural Johnson County.
According to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Julie Bell, 62, of North Liberty, was operating a UTV in a field when she lost control, causing the UTV to roll
Passenger Mary Kay Knight, 65, of 2664 Newport Rd. NE, was pinned under the UTV and died at the scene.
The Joint Emergency Communications Center received a report of the accident at 6:03 p.m., according to a press release.

Together again

Perfect weather for SHS graduation

SOLON– The weather cooperated, and Solon High School’s (SHS) Class of 2020 had its day in the sun.
The Solon Community School District conducted its formal graduation ceremony Sunday, July 19, at Spartan Stadium.
Inclement weather would have forced the ceremony into the high school’s auditorium, limiting the number of family members and friends able to attend.