(Photo by Trent Johnson)
Class 1A's Martensdale-St. Marys (38-5) is looking for its third consecutive title. The Blue Devils advanced with an 8-2 win over Treynor Monday afternoon and will face the bracket's top seed, Bishop Garrigan (37-8) on Thursday evening in the semifinals. Garrigan beat North Tama, 3-1, on Monday.
Class 2A's defending champs, Davis County (42-1), got a scare from Alta-Aurelia Saturday night but squeaked out a 1-0 win in a 71-minute contest that featured just two hits by each team and an unearned run in the bottom of the sixth. Dyersville Beckman appears to be on a collision course with Davis County for the title.
Dowling Catholic (32-10) is looking to win another 4A title but will have to do it from the No. 6-seed in its bracket. The Maroons must get by Fort Dodge (34-7) in Wednesday night's opener. Ankeny is the No. 1 seed in 4A with a 40-2 record and will look to match its softball team, who won a 5A state title on Friday night.
Last year's 3A champ, Solon, had won two titles in a row, including a 2A title in 2010 but lost to Marion, 9-5, in the district final. Dallas Center-Grimes is the top-seed coming in and could face No. 2-seed Bishop Heelan in the state final. Class 3A will begin today (Tuesday).
State tournament play continues all week from Des Moines.
RESULTS AND SCHEDULE
Quarterfinals - Monday
No. 1 Bishop Garrigan 3, North Tama 1
No. 4 Martensdale-St. Marys 8, No. 5 Treynor 2
No. 6 Lisbon 5, No. 3 Lawton-Bronson 4
No. 2 Mason City Newman vs. Earlham - late
Semifinals - Thursday
Bishop Garrigan (37-8) vs. Martensdale-St. Marys (38-5)
Quarterfinals - Friday and Saturday
No. 1 Dyersville Beckman 2, No. 8 West Branch 1
No. 2 Davis County 1, No. 7 Alta-Aurelia 0
No. 3 North Polk 5, No. 6 Forest City 0
No. 4 Kuemper Catholic 9, No. 5 Ogden 2
Semifinals - Thursday
Dyersville Beckman (36-7) vs. Kuemper Catholic (27-11)
Davis County (42-1) vs. North Polk (30-4)
CLASS 3A - Tuesday
No. 1 Dallas Center-Grimes (33-2) vs. No. 8 Washington (22-14)
No. 2 Bishop Heelan (34-10) vs. No. 7 ADM, Adel (26-14)
No. 3 Benton Community (35-7) vs. No. 6 Decorah (26-10)
No. 4 Western Dubuque (34-9) vs. No. 5 Harlan (27-7)
CLASS 4A - Wednesday
No. 1 Ankeny (40-2) vs. No. 8 Davenport North (18-21)
No. 2 Cedar Rapids Kennedy (32-6) vs. No. 7 Linn-Mar (29-11)
No. 3 Fort Dodge (34-7) vs. No. 6 Dowling Catholic (32-10)
No. 4 Iowa City West (34-8) vs. No. 5 West Des Moines Valley (33-9)