The Ottumwa Courier


July 31, 2013

Championship hopes in high gear for second-ranked Sabers

DES MOINES – To be the champ, they say, you have to beat the champ.

If that’s true, the boys from Bussey may have just gone from a team looking for their first state baseball win on Friday to “the” team to beat among the remaining four left in the Class 1A State Tournament field.

You wouldn’t get any argument from first-year Martensdals-St. Mary’s head coach Jon Fitzpatrick. After second-ranked Twin Cedars ended the Blue Devils’ three-year reign as the best 1A baseball team in the entire state, Fitzpatrick had a simple resounding compliment to pay the Sabers.

“They might be the best baseball team we’ve played all season,” Fitzpatrick said.

With two more wins, Twin Cedars may be able to say they are truly are the best 1A baseball team in the entire state. Some might call that surprising for a team with only one state tournament appearance prior to last Friday night’s nine-inning classic with Martensdale-St. Mary’s.

Those people would not be among those decked out in Saber royal blue. In fact, to call Twin Cedars the best baseball team in the state by the end of this year’s 1A State Baseball Tournament would be simply be a matter of meeting lofty expectations.

“It’s been 10 years since we’ve participated in the state tournament and this group had a goal in mind to do something really special with this opportunity that they’ve been working for since last fall,” Twin Cedars head coach Matt Miller said. “We know we’re capable of it. We’re confident in what we can do. We’re not just coming in here to participate in the state tournament. We’re coming in here to win it.”

“I think we have a lot more believers in our ability to do that than we did before we came up here on Friday.”

Text Only
  • 0723 OTT Sports Little League State Tourney photo Grandview hits seven home runs to stay unbeaten CENTERVILLE — It was a high scoring affair, but Grandview remained unbeaten with a 3-0 record after defeating Davenport Southeast 19-13.After Johnston American fell 3-1 against Boone on Monday, Grandview was the only undefeated team left out of the e

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • State Softball Tournament TuesdayClass 2A QuarterfinalsNo. 5 Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 5, No. 15 Alburnett 1 WednesdayClass 4A Consolation SemifinalsNo. 13 Oskaloosa (29-10) vs. Clear Creek-Amana (22-18), 10 a.m. (Veterans Diamond) ThursdayClass 2A SemifinalsNo. 5 EBF (26-

    July 23, 2014

  • Prep Baseball TONIGHTClass 4A, Substate FinalWest Des Moines Valley (23-16) at Ottumwa (25-15), 7 p.m. (1240 AM KBIZ)

    July 23, 2014

  • Ottumwa Midwest falls to Grandview BOONE – The Ottumwa Midwest All-Stars lost to Grandview Little League, 9-1, despite a solid day by Sam Matthiesen from both the mound and the plate. Matthiesen had a hit in the second inning and held the potent Grandview lineup without an earned run

    July 23, 2014

  • On Tap Thursday Prep Softball Class 2A State Semifinals Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont vs. Highland at Fort Dodge (Diamond 1), 11 a.m.

    July 23, 2014

  • Resilient Trojans one win from state FAIRFIELD — There were wild pitches, wild throws and wild rulings. Runs were earned, unearned, given, taken away and given right back.If the fifth-ranked Fairfield baseball team wanted to prove they could overcome adversity and continue toward the go

    July 22, 2014

  • Ottumwa Midwest wins slugfest with Boone BOONE — An exceptional effort by Dawson Lewis hoisted the Ottumwa Midwest Little League All Stars to a wild 15-14 win over Boone National on Monday at the 9-10 Year-old Iowa Little League State Baseball Tournament.Lewis racked up seven RBIs on four h

    July 22, 2014

  • Top-ranked North Polk too much for Blue Demons in substate final INDIANOLA — Senior pitcher Grant Lang did everything but drive the bus for the top-ranked North Polk baseball team on Tuesday. Instead, he simply drove the Comets to the Class 2A State Baseball Tournament on Tuesday.Lang not only shut out the Albia B

    July 22, 2014

  • Big Reds get 30th win and district title CENTERVILLE — Seventh-ranked Centerville dominated Keokuk from start to finish Monday night at Pat Daugherty Field. The 11-1 five inning win was the Big Reds’ 30th of the season gave them the Class 3A, District 12 baseball championship.Centerville wi

    July 22, 2014

  • No. 1 Twin Cedars clinches return to state OSKALOOSA — After needing two runs in the final two innings to keep their perfect season alive on Saturday, top-ranked Twin Cedars took all the drama out of the Class 1A, Substate 6 Final in the very first inning on Tuesday. Drew Carlson drilled a tw

    July 22, 2014

Sports photo reprints