SPORTS JULY 11, 2015

Written by John Kuhens on July 11, 2015

Knoxville who is ranked 5th in 3A baseball defeated the Mt. Pleasant Panthers in a double header on Maple leaf Field Friday night 11-3 and 7-4.  Mt. Pleasant will close out the regular season Tuesday playing a JV-Varsity double header against Burlington at Community Field.

New London has moved one step closer to qualifying for the State Summer Softball Championships with a 9-1 win over Cardinal of Eldon in New London Friday night.  Morgan Christner pitched the win allowing 3 hits, walking 4 and striking out 11.  Christner helped her cause offensively too with 3 doubles.  Victoria Noel had 3 hits and scored 3 times.  Jorgi Krieger scored 3 times as she had 2 singles and a solo homer.  Emma Pry also had 3 hits.  Danae Moses led Cardinal with 3 hits.  New London will take a 29-2 record into the Regional final at Ottumwa Monday against Sigourney who defeated North Mahaska 5-2.  KILJ-FM 105.5 and will carry the game live at 7 p.m.

OTHER FRIDAY REGIONAL SEMI FINAL SCORES:  Iowa City Regina 4 Wapello 3 (10 innings), Solon 12 Mid prairie 2, Durant 2 Highland 1, CMB 6 Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 3.

Tonight on KILJ-FM 105.5 and the Mt. Pleasant High School softball team plays in a 4A Regional semi at Keokuk against the 11th ranked Lady Chiefs.  Airtime is 7 p.m.  Also tonight in 4A Regional softball Fairfield plays at Oskaloosa.  5A Regional action has Burlington at Bettendorf.


Monday at the Mt. Pleasant Community School District School Board meeting several action items involving coaches in the school district will be voted on.  Dave Hutchcroft is resigning as head girls track coach and Sonja Schwenker is resigning as assistant varsity softball coach, Makenzie Sartorius will be named the freshman volleyball coach.  David Street will be named the new head varsity girls volleyball coach and also next week sometime it’s expected Nick Maynard and Ted Mountz will be named the varsity girls basketball coaches, moving up from the JV level,


Next week at the Henry County Fair has a couple of events you won’t want to miss.  The always popular Demolition Derby at 7 p.m. in front of the grandstand Saturday night July 18thCommunity 1st Credit Union will sponsor an IFPA sanctioned truck and tractor pull in front of the grandstand at 4 p.m. Sunday July 19th.

Ottumwa is on the short list to host the 2016 Babe Ruth World Series.

Robert Faherty, a representative from Babe Ruth International, recently visited Ottumwa and local youth baseball officials say he was impressed.

They hope to hear from him in the coming week for the organizations final decision. A budget of $200,000 to $250,000 will be needed if Ottumwa wins the bid. Half of the money would be used to upgrade facilities to accommodate the World Series, with the rest to be designated for hosting costs including travel vehicles, hotel rooms and fees associated with the event. Donors are being approached this week to prepare in the event the city is selected. If Ottumwa is selected, there would have to be a consenting vote from the Ottumwa Youth Baseball Board before it could become official.

Cory Klehm, President of Fairfield Babe Ruth Baseball, says he fully supports Ottumwa’s pending bid and met with Faherty to assure him that practice facilities, hotel accommodations and restaurants in Fairfield would be available as players, parents and fans come in from all over the country. Klehm said the potential economic impact for the area could be in the millions of dollars with Fairfield and surrounding communities reaping benefits over the 10 to 14 days games will be played.