In its first state tournament appearance in more than five years, Dubuque Hempstead defeated Iowa City High 7-6 in walk-off fashion in a Class 4A quarterfinal Wednesday at Principal Park.
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.
Just moments before, it seemed as though City High had all the momentum. The Little Hawks stormed back into the game after trailing by four runs.
City High scored one fifth, two in the sixth, and two in the seventh, including the go-ahead run. With the bases loaded, Hempstead pitcher Logan Runde walked City High’s Cade Obermueller, scoring Gable Mitchell. It was the Little Hawks’ first lead since they led 1-0 heading into the bottom of the first.
But Hempstead countered in the bottom of the inning, scoring its first two runs since the second.
Henry, who plated the game-winning run, pitched the first four innings Wednesday. While he allowed City High’s first run, he didn’t give up a hit and stuck out four batters.
Offensively, teammates Runde, Devin Eudaley, and Max Pins each notched multi-hit performances.
Egan Smith led the Little Hawk offense with a 2-for-3 performance. In total, six different City High players accounted for the team’s seven hits.
Hempstead will face the winner of two-seed Ankeny and seven-seed Pleasant Valley on Friday.