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Highland at Cardinal
5 p.m. at Burlington Notre Dame
The Huskies and Comets will play at a neutral location on Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader at Burlington Notre Dame.
In their first matchup, Highland run-ruled Cardinal 10-0 on June 5. In the win, The Huskies put up 13 hits and Jacob Leonard pitched a no-hitter, striking out eight.
Cardinal’s starting pitching staff has included Jentry Arbogast (7 starts, 4-3 record) and Ryan Clark (5 starts, 2-1 record) this season. They face Clark, who has a 1.62 ERA in the first matchup. Arbogast has 56 strikeouts and a 2.13 ERA in 42.2 innings this year.
Cardinal is lead by Colby Aschenbrenner at the plate. He has 22 hits including three triples and two home runs this year for a .393 average. Cardinal averages 6.5 runs scored this year.
Highland has three pitchers with at least four starts this year. Dan Burton is 3-1 in four starts with a 4.89 ERA. Leonard is 2-2 with a 2.47 ERA and Chase Schultz is 2-2 in four starts with a 4.48 ERA.
Brady Hahn and Jordan Sosa have been regular pitchers off the bench, with six appearances each. Each has two wins and are holding opponents below a .180 batting average.
Highland has two above .400 this year, with Jacob Leonard at a .511 batting average and Trey Lasek at .417. Dan Burton leads the team in RBIs with 23.
The winner of this game plays the winner of Iowa Mennonite vs. New London on July 16 at Burlington Notre Dame.
Iowa Mennonite vs. New London
7 p.m. at Iowa Mennonite School
Iowa Mennonite will take on conference foe New London in the opening round.
The Tigers are led by Darius Whaley with a .404 average and Shae Summerfield at .422. The two have combined for 15 extra-base hits, more than half the Tigers total this year.
They are 4-1 in games freshman Seth Bailey pitches, but 3-9 in all others. Bailey strikes out around 10 percent of batters and opponents are averaging .198 against him.
Iowa Mennonite has spread out their pitching this season, with Blake Bontrager leading with just four starts.
Trevor Leyden is 3-0 in three starts with a 0.33 ERA. He struck out 24 of 70 batters faced so far. Eli Ours is 3-0 in three starts with a 2.06 ERA.
Bontrager is averaging .408 at the plate with 20 hits including four doubles and one home run. London Schrock leads the team with 21 hits.
A win for Iowa Mennonite would see them face off against the winner of Cardinal versus Highland on July 16 at Burlington Notre Dame.
Lone Tree at Lisbon
7 p.m. at Lisbon High School
Since starting 6-10 the Lisbon baseball squad has won 15 of their last 16 games.
Freshman Tyson Scott is 6-1 in 10 starts this year with an ERA of 1.29. Senior Cobe Siebrecht is 5-1 in six starts.
Lisbon is led by Scott at the plate with a .375 average.
Lone Tree is 11-10 this season behind three wins on the mound from both Keegan Edwards and Avery Knock. Edwards is 3-2 with a team-low 2.92 ERA.
Avery Knock has a .484 average and has six triples this season, tied for second most in the state this year and most in Class 1A.
Both teams have had some struggles in the field, with Lisbon at 2.4 errors per game and Lone Tree at 3.5.
With a win, Lone Tree would play the winner of Midland versus Springville on July 16 at Calamus-Wheatland.