Hawkeye baseball earns a big series win, major league baseball dazzles on opening weekend, and the spring sports season kicks in to high gear this week in central Iowa.
The Iowa Hawkeye baseball team earned a big series victory over the weekend in Champaign, Illinois. Facing off with the 22nd ranked Illinois Fighting Illini the Hawks came up with a big 4-2 win Sunday in the rubber match to take 2 of 3 off of Illinois, who came into the series with a 16 and 5 record. The Hawkeyes took the opener 8-5 on Friday before falling 13-12 Saturday. Iowa now sits at 16 and 9 this season and they’ll host Grand View on Wednesday.
Rough weekend for softball teams in the state of Iowa. The Hawkeyes dropped all 3 games on the road in College Park against the Maryland Terrapins. The sweep dropped Iowa’s record to 15 and 17 this season and they’ll host the Northern Iowa Panthers on Wednesday.
The Cyclones softball team also struggled in their home opening series from Thursday through Saturday. Hosting the Texas Longhorns, the Cyclones dropped all 3 to fall to 18 and 21 this season. Iowa State softball will welcome the Drake Bulldogs in the battle of I-35 on Wednesday.
Major League Baseball:
Well Major League Baseball wrapped up opening weekend Sunday and despite a few weather postponements it was a great start, especially for teams based in the Midwest.
The Chicago Cubs were blanked 6-0 by the Miami Marlins Sunday but still finished off the 4 game set with a split to start the season 2 and 2. The Cubs will now visit Great American Ballpark today at 3:10 to face off with the 0 and 3 Cincinnati Reds.
The White Sox and Royals were postponed Sunday due to weather and the Royals, currently 0 and 2 will visit the fellow winless Detroit Tigers at noon today.
The Saint Louis Cardinals bounced back after losing their first two games to knock off the New York Mets 5 to 1 Sunday. The 1 and 2 Cardinals head to Milwaukee to battle the undefeated Brewers at 1 today.
And the Minnesota Twins got a gem from their young Phenom Jose Berrios Sunday to win the rubber match and move to 2 and 1 this season. Berrios tossed a complete game 3 hit shutout and Brian Dozier launched 2 home runs as the Twins routed Baltimore 7-0. Now 2 and 1 after the series victory, Minnesota heads to Pittsburgh for an interleague matchup with the Pirates at noon today.
Spring High School Sports:
Eagle Grove boys and girls golf were scheduled to kick off their season today in Tri-meets against Belmond-Klemme but both matches were cancelled due to weather. The matches will be made up on May 1st at Belmond Country Club
Several Webster City Lynx girls spring sports teams were set to kick off their season today but mother nature has ruled against yet again. The Lynx Girls’ Soccer team was set to visit North Polk High School to begin the season but Monday afternoon’s match has been rescheduled due to the weather. That match will be made up on April 10th.
The Lynx Girls’ Track and Field Team was scheduled to open their outdoor schedule Tuesday on the Road in Gowrie at the Richard Ryan Relays hosted by Southeast Valley. That meet has been cancelled however and at this time no makeup date has been announced.