A dominating pitching performance highlighted the opening game of the class 4A quarterfinal at the state baseball tournament in Marshalltown. Ryan Tousley tossed a one-hitter and struck out 14 as second-ranked West Des Moines Valley blanked Pleasant Valley 5-0. The Senior started quickly, fanning the first seven Spartans he faced with a combination of off speed pitches. Tousley knew early in the game he was on. “After the first inning, I get a pretty good feeling then and what they’re going to hit,” Tousley said. Tousley said despite his success, his fastball was not sharp. “Today the fastball wasn’t there, so I relied heavily on the off-speed,” Tousley said. Valley coach Steve Mohr says Tousley is one of several quality starters on the staff. In the other game, Iowa City High beat Urbandale 13-3 in 10 innings. There was an upset in the first game of the day in Carroll. Sioux City Heelan, with a six-run seventh inning, beat Davenport Assumption 10-4. Davenport Assumption ends their season with a 36-7 record. Sioux City Heelan’s record now stands at 24-20. In the second game, Waukee beat Decorah 7-1.
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