The Iowa high school baseball post-season is quickly drawing closer to its completion.
On Thursday the Van Buren Warriors defeated the Van Meter Bulldogs 14-4 in six innings. The loss was tough on the Bulldogs as this year marked the first time in the state tournament in ten years. In 2003, Van Meter won it all and hoped to repeat the performance this year.
“The kids continue to fight all game, even after the tough first two innings, but it just wasn’t meant to be today,” says Bulldog couch Eric Trudo,
In another disappointment the Twin Cedars Sabers lost to the top-ranked Newman Catholic Knights. The Sabers had hoped to continue their inspirational season after making to the state tournament after teammate Derek Springer passed away in June. But they were shut out by the Warriors 3-0. Despite the loss, the Sabers are keeping a positive outlook.
“It’s been a tough season. And I think our team has really gotten closer over that, and I’m pretty proud of us,” says Sabers player Otis Roby.
Twin Cedars coach Matt Miller adds, “It’s been a season of ups and downs, both emotionally, physically, and I’m just so proud of how the boys handled and worked through everything we’ve been through this season.”
The Warriors will face top-ranked Newman Catholic in the 1A championship game at noon Saturday. Newman is in the state tournament for the 17th time, and The Knights have won three previous state titles in 1998, 2002 and 2009.