Clear Lake, Davenport Assumption to meet for 3-A baseball title

Clear Lake, Davenport Assumption to meet for 3-A baseball title

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Clear Lake, Davenport Assumption to meet for 3-A baseball title

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Davenport Assumption 7, Sioux City Heelan 6

Eric Jagers had been counted on all season, but wasn’t able to deliver.
The Davenport Assumption senior entered Friday’s Class 3-A semifinal game against Sioux City Heelan with just three innings to his credit after being ineligible for breaking school rules, causing him to miss much of the season.
Jagers matched his season total with three scoreless innings in the tail end of a 7-6, nine-inning victory to push the Knights to another title game.
“He was a guy we counted on, but was not eligible to pitch,” Assumption coach Billy Argo said. “We had him up (in the bullpen) three times already during the tournament. It’s like you keep getting him up, it’s time to pitch.”
Heelan jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first inning, but Assumption responded with four runs in the third behind five consecutive singles. Trailing 6-4 in the sixth inning, Heelan scored two runs to even the score
Jagers took the ball from there, and bought Assumption time.
“I think they’re comfortable with putting me in those situations,” said Jagers, who allowed five runs in his only three innings entering Friday’s game. “And I’m comfortable with being in them, so I’m glad I got the call.”
Jagers walked the leadoff batter to start the seventh and a balk sent him to second with no outs. He avoided a Heelan walk-off with two strikeouts and a groundout.
The next inning Heelan got two on with nobody out after Jagers hit a batter and walked another. A popup to first and two more strikeouts worked him out of his second jam in as many innings.
“I just trusted my stuff,” Jagers said. “I really was just trying to go get three outs, I wasn’t trying to get strikeouts.”
Assumption’s Colin Gould drew a leadoff walk and the Knights — who have won eight state titles between three classes — scored the go-ahead run when the Heelan shortstop double-clutched an Elliot Daux grounder.
Jager struck out the side to close out the game, picking up seven of his nine outs via strikeout and delivering when he finally could.
“We had our opportunities, that’s kind of the story,” Heelan coach Andy Osborne said. “We didn’t take advantage of it. They’re too good of a team to give too many opportunities.”
Assumption 004 011 001 — 7 10 2
Bishop Heelan 201 102 000 — 6 8 2
W — Eric Jagers. L — Trenton Solsma.

Clear Lake 7, Harlan 2

Clear Lake had a goal in mind when it walked from the locker room to the dugout prior to the Class 3-A semifinals Friday.
After scoring four runs — with the walk-off coming on a three-run triple — in the seventh inning Tuesday to move to the semifinals, Clear Lake coach Seth Thompson had a simple message for his team.
“We talked in the locker room before we headed out; just kind of keep that train rolling,” Thompson said. “We just wanted to keep that going.”
The Lions responded, scoring four runs on four hits in the first inning. They added two more the next inning and another in the third before Harlan could catch its breath on the way to a 7-2 victory and a trip to Saturday’s championship game.
Clear Lake starting pitcher Gavin Sheakley took over from there.
The senior tossed a two-hit shutout, carrying a no-hitter into the sixth inning. He walked six Harlan hitters, but held the Cyclones to two runs in the sixth.
“He was wildly effective, I guess,” Thompson said. “I thought that was the definition of battling.”
The win sends Clear Lake to its first championship game in its third state tournament appearance. The Lions will face off against Davenport Assumption, who has won eight state titles.
“I think it’s easier to pitch when you have a lead like that,” Sheakley said of the Lions’ quick start. “It gives me a little breathing room and we came out with the win, so what more can you ask for?”
Harlan 000 002 0 — 2 2 2
Clear Lake 421 000 x — 7 9 1

W — Gavin Sheakley. L — Nick Kaufman.

Database: Iowa high school baseball records and champions since 1928

==== CLASS 3-A SCORES, SCHEDULE ====

TUESDAY’S QUARTERFINALS
Davenport Assumption 5, Boone 3
Sioux City Heelan 1, Williamsburg 0
Clear Lake 5, Chariton 4
Harlan 4, Dallas Center-Grimes 0
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FRIDAY’S SEMIFINALS

Davenport Assumption 7, Sioux City Heelan 6
Clear Lake 7, Harlan 2
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SATURDAY’S FINAL
6:00 —
Davenport Assumption (26-15) vs. Clear Lake (38-3)

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