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4A CHAMPIONS: JOHNSTON DRAGONS

QUARTERFINALS
URBANDALE 2, WAUKEE 0

The four-seed J-Hawks utilized a strong pitching outing from Ty Langenberg and a 2-for-3 outing from catcher Gehrig Christensen to advance.
Langenberg tossed a shutout in his 6.1 innings and struck out six batters. He allowed just six hits and moved to 7-0 on the year.

JOHNSTON 11, CEDAR FALLS 7
The Dragons had themselves a day at the plate, scoring in every inning. Ben Wilmes led the way with a perfect 3-for-3 outing, and teammate Jacob Wolver went 2-for-3. Wilmes, Parker Shupe, and Gabe Swansen each had two RBIs.
Cedar Falls countered with strong hitting from Connor Woods, who finished 3-for-4 and totaled three RBIs. Tigers Brody Bartlett and Caleb Raisty each finished with two hits.
The Tigers finished the season 7-2.
It marked Cedar Falls’ first trip to the state tournament since 1989 (and second in school history).

DUBUQUE HEMPSTEAD 7, IOWA CITY HIGH 6
Hempstead defeated Iowa City High in walk-off fashion.
In the bottom of the seventh with two outs and runners on first and second, Mustang Andrue Henry sent a double to left field. The outfielder misplaced the ball and it hit the grass, giving runners Zach Sabers and Michael Garrett time to cross home.

ANKENY 5, PLEASANT VALLEY 4
Brody Brecht totaled 16 strikeouts in his 6.1 innings to lead Ankeny. He gave up just three hits and two earned runs, shutting out Pleasant Valley for the game’s first three innings. In the fifth inning, Brecht recorded four strikeouts.
Ankeny’s offense came from Cael Boyd, who went 2-for-3 from the plate. 

SEMIFINALS
ANKENY 9, DUBUQUE HEMPSTEAD 8

The Hawks won off a walk-off wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh. With Ryan Madole on third, Hempstead’s pitch went outside Madole crossed home for the game-winning run.
Ankeny jumped out to an early lead, scoring five runs in the bottom of the first. Hempstead would counter with four over its next two, and eventually, both teams found themselves deadlocked 8-8 heading into the fifth.

JOHNSTON 3, URBANDALE 1
Johnston is back in the 4A state championship game after taking down two-time defending state champion Urbandale before a socially distanced crowd of 1,710 at Principal Park.
In a rematch of the 2019 4A championship, Dragon pitcher Jacob Draeger was clicking. The senior tossed four shutout innings, striking out nine and allowing just three hits. Ben Wilmes took over from there and allowed Urbandale’s lone run, but he struck out five in his three innings.

CHAMPIONSHIP
JOHNSTON 11, ANKENY 8

The Dragons rallied from a 7-3 deficit, outscoring the Hawks 8-1 over the game’s final three innings to win their fifth state title.
After a three-run fifth inning, Johnston’s offense caught fire in the sixth. The Dragons scored five runs in the inning, starting with an RBI single from Gabe Swansen. Jacob Wolver plated Swansen moments later with a single of his own and Jack Hutchison drove in another run with a perfect bunt. Spencer Campadilli was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, bringing in another run.



CLASS 4A STATE TOURNAMENT
Wednesday’s quarterfinals
Urbandale 2, Waukee 0
Johnston 11, Cedar Falls 7
Dubuque Hempstead 7, Iowa City High 6
Ankeny 5, Pleasant Valley 4
Friday’s semifinals
Ankeny 9, Dubuque Hempstead 8
Johnston 3, Urbandale 1
Saturday’s championship
Johnston 11, Ankeny 8

TOP SEEDS: 1. Johnston; 2. Ankeny; 3. Hempstead; 4. Urbandale
RANKED TEAMS: 1. Johnston; 2. Ankeny; 3. Urbandale; 4. Hempstead; 7. Waukee


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