Johnston may have entered the state tournament as the eighth seed in class 4A but the Dragons are also the defending champions and they looked the part in the opening round. Johnston scored six runs in a decisive third inning enroute to an 8-3 victory over second ranked Waukee. Coach Michael Barta’s team will take a 23-16 record into the semifinals.
Johnston trailed 2-0 after two innings but the Dragons came alive and chased Waukee starter Matt Mullenbach in the third inning. He gave up six runs in two and a third innings. Waukee finished with eight hits and scored only once after the Dragons’ big inning.
Waukee coach Dave Dirkx who says Johnston is playing with the confidence of a defending champion. Waukee ends the season with a record of 35-5.