SPORTS JULY 13, 2015

Written by John Kuhens on July 13, 2015

Knoxville who is ranked 5th in 3A baseball defeated the Mt. Pleasant Panthers in a double header on Maple leaf Field Friday night 7-4 and 11-3.  Dalton Shull suffered the loss on the mound in the 1st game and Ryan Moutrie in the 2nd.  Leading hitters were Austin Smith in the 1st game and Pat Canby in the 2nd.  Mt. Pleasant will close out the regular season Tuesday playing a JV-Varsity double header against Burlington at Community Field.

Class 1A District baseball tournament action was postponed at Winfield Saturday night and will be made up tonight with Waco (3-20) tangling with Holy Trinity Catholic (0-17).  The winner will play Notre Dame (13-8) at 5 p.m. Tuesday in Winfield.  The 2nd game of Tuesday’s double header will have New London (7-14) playing host school WMU ((13-11) KILJ-FM 105.5 and will carry that game live.

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, those 11 strikeouts have put her over the 1,000 mark of career strike outs.  Tonight New London will take a 29-2 record into the Regional final at Ottumwa against Sigourney (26-11) who defeated North Mahaska 5-2 in the semis.  KILJ-FM 105.5 and will carry the game live at 7 p.m.  We will have reports on the Mt. Pleasant Panther girl’s 4A Regional semi-final at #11 ranked Keokuk (22-13) that was rained out Saturday night,   as well as score updates on the Waco vs Holy Trinity Catholic baseball game during our New London softball broadcast.

Tonight 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. Nick Maynard is in line to get the varsity girls basketball job and Ted Mountz will be named the assistant varsity girls basketball coach.


This 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.