SPORTS JULY 12, 2016

Written by John Kuhens on July 12, 2016


New London for the 2nd year in a row defeated Sigourney in the Regional Final softball game that sends the Tigers to the State Softball Championships in Ft. Dodge next week, pairings will be released later today.  Last year it was a dramatic walk off homerun by Jorgi Krieger in the bottom of the 7th inning with 2 outs for a 2-1 win.  Last night the Tigers won by the 10 run mercy rule 13-3 after 6 innings.  New London lost the toss and had to act as the visiting team on their home field, they wasted no time in getting on the scoreboard in their 1st at bat scoring a run with Carson McSorely hitting a double and Josten Boyer singling her in.  New London scored 4 more in the 3rd, 2 in the 5th and 6 runs in the 6th.  Everyone in the batting order had a hit for the 5th ranked Tigers, led by Breanna Metler going 3-4 with a homerun and 2 RBI’s, Carson McSorely was 3-5 scoring 3 times, Josten Boyer had 3 RBI’s and winning pitcher Morgan Christner helped her own cause with a homerun and 2 RBI’s.  Morgan in the circle threw a 6 hitter and struck out 7.  Sigourney posted their biggest threat in the bottom of the 4th inning scoring 3 runs to pull within 2 of New London, but the Savages could not stop the Tigers who hit the ball very well and were helped out by Sigourney who committed 6 fielding errors.  It’s onto State next week in Ft. Dodge for the Tigers and of course KILJ-FM 105.5 and will be broadcasting live, the Class 1A pairings have not been released by the IGHSAU yet, they are expected tonight.



10th ranked Mt. Pleasant travels to 6th ranked Oskaloosa at 7 p.m. tonight for a Class 4A Regional softball final.  Both teams are coming off Regional semi finals wins from Saturday night when M.P. beat Washington 12-1 and Oskaloosa downed Clear Creek-Amana 9-1, before that they had lost 3 games in a row.  They were having to play without their #1 pitcher who has returned now from a concussion injury.  It has been 6 years since the two teams have met on the diamond.   Kilj-fm 105.5 and will carry the game live.



District Tournament baseball for Class 1A teams will begin tonight with a couple of area double headers.  At Highland at 5 p.m. tonight Lone Tree will play WMU, then at 7 p.m. Highland will host Holy Trinity Catholic.  New London will host 1st round action tonight with a double header.  At 5 p.m. Keota plays Burlington Notre Dame, New London battles Danville at 7 p.m.  Semi-finals will be played at Highland on July 14th and finals on July 16th at Highland.  District 9 & 10 District Champs will meet in the Substate final at Solon on July 19th.


Class 2A  District 2nd round action tonight at Mediapolis…5 p.m. ..Van Buren vs Central Lee then at 7 p.m. Mediapolis plays Wapello.


M.P. Panther baseball team opens the tournament trail on Friday July 15th at 5 p.m. when they play Keokuk in the 1st game of a double header at Fairfield.  Ft. Madison will play 9th ranked Fairfield in the 2nd game of the tournament double header on the Trojans field.  The winner from Friday will meet Monday July 18th at 7 p.m. in Fairfield.  The winner of that game will be the District #10 champion and play the District #9 champion at Washington on July 20th at 7 p.m.  District #9 pairings on July 15th has at 5 p.m. Mt. Vernon playing Clear Creek-Amana, followed by Washington playing the host school Solon.  The winners meet on July 18th at Solon and that winner goes to Washington on the 20th.



The Holy Trinity Catholic Athletic Board Golf Outing is coming up July 22nd at the Sheaffer Memorial Golf Course rural Ft. Madison.  This is a 4 person best shot, with a 1 p.m. shotgun start.  Cost is $75 per golfer or $300 for a team of four. Entry covers green fees, cart, beverages, & dinner after golf.  Many cash raffles will be held.  Contact Loren Menke at 319-759-3022 or go to  Proceeds of the tournament benefit Holy Trinity Athletics.