SPORTS JULY 21, 2016

Written by John Kuhens on July 21, 2016



The 5th ranked New London Tiger softball team returns home with a 5th place finish in the State Softball Championships.  The Tigers won 2 games Wednesday in the consolation games with a 5-3 win over West Harrison and a 9-1 victory over Belle Plaine.  Morgan Christner was the winning pitcher in both games, she struck out 19 batters over the two games and that gave her 1416 strike outs for her career, she is 1 OF 2 pitchers to surpass the 1400 strike out level since the pitching distance was moved to 43 feet.  Leading the improved Tiger hitting yesterday was Victoria Noel and Josten Boyer going 2-4 in the 1st game.  In the 2nd game Morgan Christner had 2 RBI’s.  New London ends the year 26-11.

The Fairfield Trojans girls’ softball team won their 1st round State Tournament Class 4A game 5-1 over Creston.  The Trojans now play in the semi-finals at 1 p.m. today against Oskaloosa who won 3-1 over Perry, Osky is the team that eliminated the Mt. Pleasant Panther girls in the Regional Finals.

Van Buren-Harmony is headed to the Class 2A State Baseball Tournament next week in Des Moines after their 6-2 victory over Iowa City Regina at Washington last night.  The Warriors now 23-4 will play Monday at 1:30 pm at Principal Park in Des Moines against Hinton who is 23-5.

Highland knocked off the North Linn Lynx at Wilton last night in the Class 1A substate final by a score of 3-2.  The Huskies will play Remson St. Marys at 5 pm Friday night.

The Fairfield Trojans fell in Class 3A substate action to Solon last night 6-4.

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.