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Sports

Bolts outlast the Warriors

Liberty holds off late attack from CR Wash for 8-7 substate win in nine innings

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Liberty High varsity baseball team overcame the first hurdle on the road to Des Moines, and the 2019 Class 4A State Baseball Tournament, on Friday, July 19, outlasting Cedar Rapids Washington, 8-7, in nine innings at home, Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, in a substate first round game.
The Bolts swept the Warriors, 15-10 and 5-2, both in eight-innings, a week before at Washington High and entered substate competition as the No.2 seeded team in Substate 7 behind top-seeded West Des Moines Dowling Catholic.

Creek Boys’ season ends in Fairfield

Mount Pleasant capsizes CCA, 8-3, in District 10 baseball

FAIRFIELD– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity baseball season came to an end Friday, July 19, in Fairfield, as the Clippers fell, 8-3, to the Mount Pleasant Panthers in a Class 3A Substate 5 District 10 quarterfinal game.
Three scoreless innings preceded the Creek Boys plating two runners in the top of the fourth for a 2-0 lead. Unfortunately, the Panthers scored eight runs in the bottom of the fifth; leading to a hole the Clippers couldn’t dig themselves out from. One CCA run scored in the sixth but a scoreless seventh inning sealed their doom.

Beckman sweeps Solon

Solon on the road for baseball playoffs

DYERSVILLE– Beckman Catholic was 7-2 in its last nine games.
Solon went 3-5-1 in its last nine.
The Spartans dipped to 17-12-2 on the season after dropping a doubleheader July 5 to the Blazers, who improved to 25-10.
Beckman took the opener 6-1, then broke open a tight game for a 7-4 win in the nightcap.
The Spartans had swept Williamsburg at home July 1, and a hitter’s game against Cedar Rapids Xavier was postponed with an 8-7 score after two-and-a-half innings July 2, but Solon Head Coach Keith McSweeney is concerned about his offense.

Lady Spartans split with Williamsburg

WILLIAMSBURG– Solon’s varsity softball team split a road doubleheader with the Williamsburg Raiders July 1.
Williamsburg took the opener, 8-7, in eight innings, then Solon stormed back for a 10-0 shutout in the nightcap.
The Lady Spartans shot out of the gates for three runs in the top half of the first inning, but the Raiders responded with a run and then tied game one with two more in the second.
After two scoreless innings, the offenses came back to life.
Solon scored twice in the fifth, but Williamsburg plated three runs later that inning to take a 6-5 lead.

Solon takes two from Williamsburg

SOLON– Two Solon pitchers threw gems, and the Spartans made the most of a handful of hits to squeeze a doubleheader sweep out of visiting Williamsburg July 1.
Cam Miller struck out 13 and walked two in a 2-0 shutout, and Lucas Walker allowed a single earned run while striking out seven and walking four in a 4-1 win.
Solon manufactured both of its runs in the first inning of the opener. Chris McSweeney had two of the Spartans’ four hits, with the others belonging to Jax Flynn and Ryan Geistkemper (a double). Flynn had the lone RBI for Solon’s offense.

Creek Boys and Raiders split

CCA holds off Williamsburg’s late charge for 11-8 win, but falls 5-4 in an extra-innings nightcap

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s varsity baseball team split in a doubleheader against their rivals to the west, the Williamsburg Raiders, Friday, July 5, at home. The Clippers watched a 10-2 lead vaporize, but held on for an 11-8 win in the opener, but fell 5-4 in the nightcap to move to 14-17 on the season.

Mustangs take two from the Bolts

Liberty baseball falls, 7-6 and 7-2, to Dubuque Hempstead

CEDAR RAPIDS– Liberty High dipped to 15-13 for the season in the wake of a varsity doubleheader sweep Monday, July 1, to the Dubuque Hempstead Mustangs, at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids.
The double dip was originally scheduled to be played in Dubuque, but field conditions prompted the move to the Lightning’s home away from home (the baseball diamond awaits completion on the Liberty High campus), with the Bolts in the role as the visiting team.

Creek Girls take two from Trojans on Senior Night

CCA defeats South Tama, 10-0 and 15-3

OXFORD– Senior Night for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity softball team was made sweeter as the Clippers swept the South Tama Trojans, 10-0 and 15-3, to improve to an 11-19 showing for the season.

Bolts split with Golden Eagles in delayed doubleheader

Liberty softball gets 5-2 win over Dubuque Wahlert Catholic, then falls 6-0

CEDAR RAPIDS– Liberty High’s varsity softball team split with Dubuque Wahlert Catholic in a doubleheader, which took four days to complete due to weather issues.
The squads met on Mount Mercy University’s (MMU) diamond in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, July 2, where the Lightning picked up a 5-2 win before real lightning and rain postponed the nightcap until Saturday, July 6 (also at MMU). The Bolts fell 6-0 in the second game.

Solon sweeps Independence

Maquoketa game suspended at 1-1

SOLON– Jake Van Roekel and Sully Steen made the most of their first starts of the season.
The sophomore and junior led the varsity Spartans to a 10-3 and 15-5 doubleheader sweep over Independence June 6 in Solon.
Van Roekel went 6-1/3 innings on the mound in the opener, giving up two earned runs on four hits while striking out seven and walking three. Steen pitched five innings in the nightcap, striking out six and allowing a single walk while giving up five runs (one earned) on five hits.

Lady Spartans slugging their way to wins

Solon offense pounding out runs

SOLON– Offense is not a problem for the Lady Spartan varsity softball team.
Among those squads reporting statistics to Quik Stats Iowa (as of June 5), Solon ranked second in all classes for doubles (29), third in hits (152) and seventh in home runs (10).
The Lady Spartans have racked up 117 runs.
Thirteen of them came in a wild and wooly 13-10 win over Mount Vernon June 4 in Solon.
The Lady Spartans split with the Mustangs, who took the nightcap, 12-2, handing Solon its first loss of the season.

Indians take two from the Creek Boys

CCA falls 5-0 and 4-2 on the road at Marion

MARION– The Clear Creek Amana varsity baseball team dipped to 5-6 on the season Thursday, June 6, on the road in Marion, against the Marion Indians. The Indians swept the Clippers, 5-0 and 4-2, to improve to an 8-1 record.