The Ottumwa Courier

Sports

July 24, 2013

Albia headed to 2A state tourney

FAIRFIELD — Boyd Brittan couldn’t hardly speak as he sat in the dugout in Fairfield on Tuesday night.

“I’m just so happy right now,” Brittan said. “It’s hard to come up with something to say.”

“Eleven years is just too long.”

But 11 years after taking his last Albia baseball team to a state tournament, Brittan and the Blue Demons will return to a brand new place to play for a 2A championship. Albia qualified for its first trip to Principal Park in Des Moines after beating Mediapolis 4-1 in the Substate 6 championship game on Tuesday night, completing a surprising run for Monroe County squad.

Brett Leshen had a first-inning RBI double after Victor Sanders pitched out of a bases-loaded jam. Griffin Osing then made the first of his two huge plays in the contest, stealing home on the tale end of a double steal to double Albia’s lead in the second.

Osing doubled the Blue Demons’ lead again in the fifth, drilling a two-run homer to left field to all but lock up Albia’s first trip to state since qualifying for a trip to the 2A tournament in 2002, when it was held in Marshalltown. Albia (24-16) is seeded seventh and will face second-seeded North Polk (29-4), who denied the Blue Demons a state berth in their previous trip to the substate finals two years ago, Tuesday night at 6 p.m. in Des Moines.

Two area teams also made it to state in Class 1A on Tuesday night. The Van Buren Warriors qualified for their first-ever state baseball tournament as pitcher Thomas Fitzsimmons shut out Preston to give head coach Chad Scott’s team a 5-0 win in the Substate 4 final at Iowa City West. Van Buren (24-5) will join second-ranked Twin Cedars (35-2), which edged North Mahaska (24-9) 5-2 in the Substate 5 championship in Pella Christian.

Text Only
Sports
  • 2014 Iowa High School State Softball Tournament 2014 Iowa High School State Softball TournamentAt Harlan Rogers ParkFort DodgeMonday, July 21Class 3A QuarterfinalsNo. 2 East Marshall 4, Mid-Prairie 3No. 9 Bondurant-Farrar 9, No. 13 West Burlington/Notre Dame 4No. 3 Clarke 13, Spirit Lake 0 (3)Gree

    July 26, 2014

  • State Softball Tournament FridayClass 2A State ChampionshipNo. 2 Earlham 6, No. 4 Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 4 Class 2A All-State Tournament TeamTaylor Hipsley, EarlhamSadie Baugher, Eddyville-Blakesburg-FremontMegan Kirchgatter, Maple Valley-Anthon-OtoTaylor Huber, Alburne

    July 26, 2014

  • On Tap Saturday Prep BaseballClass 1A State QuarterfinalsTwin Cedars vs. Underwood at Des Moines (Principal Park), 11 a.m.

    July 26, 2014

  • 0726 OTT Sports Twin Cedars baseball photo Twin Cedars ready for state DES MOINES — What a long, great trip its been for the Twin Cedars baseball team and the Sabers don't want the party to end anytime soon. Today, the top-ranked Sabers (33-0) take on Underwood at 11 a.m. at Principal Park in the first round of the Cla

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0726 OTT Sports EBF softball Nataliah Hopkins photo 'What A Ride!' FORT DODGE — Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont's dream of winning a state title was dashed in the Class 2A championship game at Rogers Park on Friday. After beating top-ranked Highland the day before to reach their first state championship game, the Rocke

    July 25, 2014 3 Photos

  • 0726 OTT Sports Clarke softball photo Clarke takes 3A State Title on walk-off homer FORT DODGE — It was a walk-off win last year in Ottumwa that gave Lindsay Diehl the chance to coach her alma-mater at the Iowa High School State Softball Tournament. This year, a walk-off win made the former Indian Hills standout a state championship

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0726 OTT Sports John Wardenburg photo Wardenburg's first offseason has been a busy one OTTUMWA — As the top assistant coach under Barret Peery, the past three years for John Wardenburg at Indian Hills have kept him plenty busy. Those past three years, however, are nothing compared to how busy the past three months have been since Warde

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0726 OTT Sports Steven Wilson photo Bulldog pitcher climbs ladder of success OTTUMWA — Steven Wilson has come a long way. The senior graduate went from making a couple of obscure appearances on the mound his junior year to becoming Ottumwa's No. 1 pitcher this season. "Steven Wilson has been phenomenal all year long for us,"

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • State Baseball Tournament Saturday Class 1A Quarterfinals No. 1 Twin Cedars (33-0) vs. Underwood (22-7), 11 a.m. (104.9 FM KBOE) Tuesday Class 3A Quarterfinals No. 5 Fairfield (30-7) vs. Dallas Center-Grimes (22-14), 8 p.m. (95.9 FM KKFD)

    July 25, 2014

  • 0725 OTT Sports Ottumwa baseball photo OHS seniors help turn season around OTTUMWA — From 0-4 to 25-16.This is the story of the Ottumwa baseball team. Yet, beyond the numbers is the story behind the story; the pivotal reasons the Bulldogs were able to rescue their season from oblivion and finish with a respectable record.“T

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

Sports photo reprints


Obituaries

Facebook