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CIML pair to contend for 4A baseball championship

July 28, 2012
By TIMES-REPUBLICAN STAFF ( , Times-Republican

DES MOINES - Top-ranked Ankeny and fourth-rated Fort Dodge made it an all-Central Iowa Metro League final in Class 4A with their state baseball semifinal victories on Friday night at Principal Park.

Ankeny ran out to a 7-0 lead and held off No. 3 West Des Moines Valley, 8-4, while Fort Dodge's four-run lead outlasted 2010 champion Cedar Rapids Kennedy for a 4-2 victory.

Ankeny (42-2) returned to the state finals for the first time since 2005 with the win, scoring five times in the second inning to break away from Valley (34-10).

Chad Norris went 2-for-4 with a run and three RBIs, while Keaton McKinney, Matt Johnson and Brent Jones had two hits apiece for the Hawks.

McKinney (7-0) also went the distance on the mound for Ankeny, scattering 10 hits and two walks with six strikeouts.

Valley starter Nate Whitham didn't escape the second inning, surrendering five runs over 1 1/3 frames.

Fact Box

Iowa High School State Baseball Championships

At Principal Park, Des Moines



Dyersville Beckman 2, West Branch 1

Carroll Kuemper Catholic 9, Ogden 2

Davis County 1, Alta-Aurelia 1

North Polk 5, Forest City 0


Dyersville Beckman 6, Kuemper Catholic 3

North Polk 2, Davis County 1


Saturday, July 28

Dyersville Beckman (37-7) vs. North Polk (31-4), Noon



Martensdale-St. Marys 8, Treynor 2

Bishop Garrigan, Algona 3, North Tama 1

Lisbon 5, Lawton-Bronson 4

Mason City Newman 11, Earlham 2


M'dale-St. Marys 7, Bishop Garrigan 3 (8)

Mason City Newman Catholic 7, Lisbon 3


Saturday, July 28

Martensdale-St. Marys (39-5) vs.

Mason City Newman Catholic (35-4), 2 p.m.



Dallas Center-Grimes 3, Washington 2 (9)

Western Dubuque 12, Harlan 1 (5)

Decorah 5, Benton Community 3 (9)

Sioux City Bishop Heelan 5, ADM 3


Friday, July 27

Dallas Center-Grimes 12, W.Dubuque 2 (5)

Decorah 7, Sioux City Bishop Heelan 2


Saturday, July 28

Dallas Center-Grimes (35-2) vs. Decorah (28-10), 6 p.m.



WDM Valley 10, Iowa City West 5

Ankeny 14, Davenport North 4 (6)

Cedar Rapids Kennedy 13, Linn-Mar 1

Fort Dodge 5, Dowling Catholic 4


Friday, July 27

Ankeny 8, West Des Moines Valley 4

Fort Dodge 4, Cedar Rapids Kennedy 2


Saturday, July 28

Ankeny (42-2) vs. Fort Dodge (36-7), 8 p.m.

Fort Dodge (36-7) found its way to its first state final since 1989 with a 4-2 triumph over No. 2 Kennedy (33-7).

The Dodgers scored all four of their runs in the fourth inning, highlighted by a two-run single by Austin Halligan.

J.C. Hatcher went 6 1/3 innings on the mound for Fort Dodge, allowing only five hits and four walks with one strikeout. Luke VanderMaten, who led the Dodgers with two hits, gave up a hit but got the final two outs for the save.

Cody Bell went 2-for-4 with both RBIs for the Cougars.



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