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Waukee vs. Johnston

July 30, 2014

For just the second time since the state baseball tournament moved to Principal Park in 2005, an eight seed has defeated a one seed. Coming in as defending state champions in Class 4A and as the eighth seed in the 2014 tournament, the Johnston Dragons defeated the top-seeded Waukee Warriors, 8-3, on Wednesday afternoon.

Eighth-seeded LeMars Gehlen Catholic defeated top-seed Mason City Newman Catholic, 3-2, in Class 1A in 2006.

Waukee took a 2-0 lead after two innings, but a six-run third inning fueled Johnston to the upset victory. The second-ranked Warriors had won both regular-season meetings.

Matt Corbett hit into a fielder's choice to get the scoring started for Waukee, bringing in Nick Moffitt. Johnston shortstop Logan Ryan made a spectacular stop on the play to keep from more runs scoring. Ryan slid toward second base to glove the baseball, and flipped the baseball behind his back in one motion to second baseman Sergio Alaniz who made a bare-handed catch to get the force out. Waukee added another run in the second inning when Luke Fegen doubled to left-center to bring Robert Primrose around to score.

Johnston broke things open in the third inning, sending 12 batters to the plate and scoring six runs. Johnny May led off the inning with a double. Logan Ryan singled to left. Nolan Monthei hit an RBI single, scoring May. Reid Sinnett reached on an error. Nick Stitzell walked to bring in Ryan. Matt Shaver singled, bringing in Monthei. Drew Woods reached on an error, allowing Sinnett and Stitzell to score. Andrew Heuss was hit by a pitch to load the bases again. Sergio Alaniz singled to drive in the final run of the inning.

Waukee starting pitcher Matt Mullenbach went just 2.1 innings, giving up the six runs in the third inning, three of which were earned runs, allowing four hits, walking one and striking out one. Johnston starter and freshman Jack Dreyer went five innings, giving up two runs on five hits, six walks while striking out three.

The Dragons extended their lead to 8-2 in the seventh inning when Woods tripled to center, and Tyler Steuber scored. Kaj Robinson pinch ran for Woods, and scored on an RBI single by Heuss.

The Warriors did score a run in the bottom of the seventh, when Hoeg doubled, allowing Moffitt to score from first.

Waukee was just 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position, as opposed to Johnston being 6-for-13 in the same category.

The Waukee Warriors finish the season with a 35-5 record.

Johnston advances at 23-16.

Video: Great play by Johnston infielders