Thursday July 23rd Local Sports
WAUKEE — The Mason City High baseball team dropped a 6-5 loss at Waukee in a Class 4A substate final last night, as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO and kgloam.com. Alex Gold hit a two-run homer in the first, but Waukee replied with a three-run homer from Aiden McGee in the third. The Mohawks then led 4-3 after scoring a pair of runs on an error, but Waukee took the lead for good in the fifth with three runs. Mohawk coach Troy Rood says Waukee is a talented Central Iowa Metro League baseball team.
Rood feels Mason City had a competitive season with a lot of talented kids.
Rood says he was happy to be able to have a baseball season with three talented seniors on his club.
Mason City finishes the season with a 15-8 record. Waukee will find out later today who they face in the 4A state quarterfinals next Wednesday. Brackets for all four classes will be released later this morning after seeding meetings are held.
FORT DODGE — Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union Executive Director Jean Berger says the softball season has exceeded her expectations. The Union decided in May to offer an abbreviated season in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and the state softball tournament begins Monday in Fort Dodge.
Berger says around a dozen teams had their seasons cut short due to a positive test.
Berger says fans at the state tournament will experience many of the same protocols as the regular season.
Face coverings are encouraged but not mandatory.
Berger says fans and players have done a good job of handling the changes this season.
Quarterfinal round games in Classes 5A and 4A will be played during the day on Monday. Class 3A quarterfinals are split between Monday and Tuesday, while Class 1A and 2A teams play quarterfinal round games on Tuesday. You’ll hear the Newman vs. Collins-Maxwell 1A quarterfinal on AM-1300 KGLO at 3 o’clock Tuesday afternoon, with the 2A quarterfinal with Central Springs and Northeast of Goose Lake on KGLO starting at 11:30 late Tuesday morning.
BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — The presence of Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka in Minnesota this week has given the 3M Open two heavy-hitting stars of the PGA Tour to headline the second edition of the tournament. Johnson and Koepka could both use a pick-me-up at the TPC Twin Cities. Johnson won the Travelers Championship in Connecticut four weekends ago, but he failed to make the cut at the Memorial in Ohio last week with the highest 36-hole score of his PGA Tour career. Koepka is 154th in the FedEx Cup standings. Last year at the 3M Open, he finished 65th.