Friday’s Class 3A semifinal round match-ups are set at the state high school baseball tournament in Des Moines.
Consecutive doubles by Kellen Glover and Jacob Cunningham pushed across the tying and go-ahead runs in the bottom of the fourth as Knoxville rallied to down Independence 5-3. The top-seeded Panthers improve to 25-9 and next up will take on Charles City.
The Comets scored three runs in the top of the tenth inning then held off Storm Lake for a 4-3 win. Storm Lake’s Aaron Krier sent the game into extra innings with a home run in the bottom of the seventh, the first round-tripper of the tournament.
Central DeWitt and eighth-ranked Glenwood collide in the other 3A semifinal.
Central DeWitt scored five runs in the top of the third to take command in a 7-3 victory over Carlisle. Brandon Jasper had three hits and drove in three runs for the Sabers.
Glenwood pounded out 15 hits in an 11-2 win over Algona. Kyle Wheeler had four hits for the Rams who scored four runs in the fifth inning and five more in the sixth to break the game open.