The class 2A quarterfinals highlighted the opening day of the state baseball tournament in Marshalltown. Jacob Phillips tossed an eight hitter and East Marshall put the game away with four runs in the top of the seventh in a 7-0 victory over second rated Interstate-35. He says they had two of the highest batting averages in class 2A, so he knew he had to keep his pitches low. Phillips wiggled out of a couple of jams with the score still 3-0. Interstate-35 loaded the bases with one out in the fifth and failed to score. The Roadrunners stranded two more in the sixth. He says they made him nervous a few times, but he tried to step up and throw a big pitch.Tim Flattery tossed a four hitter as Fort Dodge St. Edmond blanked North Fayette 3-0. Flattery says it took a couple of innings to get used to the mound, but once he did he said it felt good. He says getting his curveball over the plate was a key, as he says it allowed him to get ahead by throwing a strike early.North Fayette coach Dan Hovden said Flattery kept the Hawks off balance the entire game with the curve ball as he says his team didn’t pick it up. He says Flattery has a good curveball and has a good enough fastball that you have to be ready for both. The class 1A opening round concluded last night in Carroll as fifth rated Mason City Newman beat Danville 16-7. Danville got on the board early with three runs in the first and two in the second for a 5-0 lead after two innings. Newman got six runs in the second and went on from there to cruise.
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