The state softball tournament got underway this week from Harlan Rogers Sports Complex in Fort Dodge and several teams in north central Iowa have been successful thus far.
First, however, some baseball news. After Monday’s 5-3 defeat at the hands of the Humboldt Wildcats, the Webster City Lynx baseball team found itself knocked out of district play. The Lynx season came to an end Monday with a 17 and 6 overall record. Combine that with 2017’s 19 and 5 team which also lost in the district final and the Lynx have gone 36 and 11 over the past two years coming after consecutive seasons of single digit victories for the program previously. The Lynx now say goodbye to seniors Jordan Tanner, Cam Moen, Noah McKinney, Max Hackbarth, and Romel Martinez. That group of seniors were keys to the turnaround that has taken place over the last two seasons under the tutelage of Head Coach Addison Kehoe.
Tonight will be the big substate matchup between the Humboldt Wildcats and Boone Toreadors with a trip to the state tournament in the cards for the winner. The match will take place in Boone at 7PM with Humboldt reaching the game via their victory over Webster City Monday while the Toreadors reach the game after their 2-0 victory over Gilbert.
The Iowa State Softball tournament kicked off Monday from Harlan Rogers Sports Complex in Fort Dodge Monday and a couple of teams from North Central Iowa were in action over the first two days.
The Humboldt Wildcats entered the Class 3A State Tournament as the number 4 overall seed having gone 30 and 3 during the 2018 campaign. It should be noted the Cats first loss taken this year was a 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Webster City Lynx softball team. Humboldt softball reached the 2018 State Tournament having rolled through Region 2 starting with an 11-1 victory over Pocahontas Area, followed by an 8-1 win over Hampton-Dumont, and finally with an 8-4 District Championship victory over a very solid Algona Bulldogs softball team.
The Wildcats opened state tournament play against the 5th seeded and 30-5 overall the Atlantic Trojans. Sophomore pitching phenome Ellie Jacobson continued to shine for Humboldt, throwing a complete game shutout striking out 2 while giving up just a pair of hits.
The Wildcats now face the top-ranked and 37-3 Davenport Assumption Knights in the state semifinals. The Knights handled Benton Community in the first round. That semifinal matchup is set to take place Wednesday morning beginning at 11:30AM at Diamond 2 at Harlan Rogers.
Also taking part in the Class 3A State Softball tournament are the Roland-Story Norsemen, winners of the Region 3 tournament. The Norsemen handled Greene County and Saydel easily before a tight 3-2 victory over a tough North Polk squad in the regional final.
Sitting at 28 and 4 this season, Roland-Story opened the Class 3A State softball tournament with a big 6-1 victory over Waterloo Columbus Tuesday morning. Norsemen pitcher Riley Holmgren shut down a potent Columbus offense in the victory racking up 7 strikeouts while giving up just 3 hits.
The Norsemen will now battle number 2 seed Albia, who checks in at 31 and 4 after drilling Spirit Lake by a score of 10-0. That matchup will also begin at 1:30 PM from Harlan Rogers field number 2.
Hamilton County Speedway
It was a big night at Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City as the United States Modified Touring Series returned to its origin track for a high profile card Tuesday night. The series tours extensively and features drivers based everywhere from Texas to Minnesota, Wisconsin to California. The Main Event finale Tuesday night was the Casey’s General Stores A Modified Feature which started 23 total cars.
Johnny Scott of Cameron, Missouri took the checkered flag after starting in the 6 hole on the green flag. Scott took home the $2500 check while rounding out the top 3 were Lucas Schott of Chatfield, Minnesota and Stormy Scott of Las Cruces, New Mexico.
The full results for Tuesday’s USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup can be found on the Hamilton County Speedway Website.
Iowa State Cyclone Football
Iowa State coach Matt Campbell says experience along the offensive line should help the Cyclone offense make strides this season. ISU has four players back with starting experience up front off last year’s team that finished 8-5 and won the Liberty Bowl.
Campbell says improvement on the offensive line has been a priority since he took the job.
Campbell says the offensive line should help bolster the ground game.