Second rated Fort Dodge St. Edmond scored six runs in the top of the seventh to rally past number five Council Bluffs St. Albert 11-8 in a 2A quarterfinal. St Edmond jumped out to a 5-1 advantage but the Falcons rallied with four runs in the fifth and three more in the sixth to take an 8-5 lead into the final inning.
St. Edmond coach Joe Shanks who says the Gaels remained confident despite the three run deficit, as this group doesn’t know how to quite. He says they were cheering each other on in the dugout and then some things started happening to turn it in their favor.
The loss ends the season for St. Albert. The Falcons finish 24-5. Coach Ken Schreiber says he’s proud of his kids for playing with a lot of heart and determination.
It was the second longest scoreless game in tournament history and in the end fourth ranked Cherokee came away with the victory as the Braves scored in the bottom of the 11th to edge Gilbert 1-0. Senior lefthander Ben Bergman scattered four hits and struck out ten hitters as seventh rated Solon got by Sumner-Fredricksburg 5-1 in the class 2A opener at the state high school baseball tournament.
Bergman says he felt alright, and got stronger as he got into the game and the game went on. Solon improves to 37-5 and advances to Thursday night’s semifinal round. Sumner-Fredricksburg’s lone run crossed in the second inning on an RBI single by Kyle Kleman.
Sumner-Fredricksburg coach Tom Nuss says they haven’t seen many lefthanders that can throw that well. He says they didn’t get the clutch hit they needed. Nuss who says the Cougars had a great season. They finish with a record of 33-11.
Dyersville Beckman held off a late rally by third ranked Interstate-35 for a 5-4 victory. The roadrunners scored three times in the bottom of the seventh and had two runners on base when the game ended.