MHS forced to travel in postseason

The Iowa High School Athletic Association released the baseball pairings for Class 4A and 3A today and the Marshalltown Bobcats will be forced to play every substate game away from home.

Fourth-seeded Marshalltown (14-15) will first travel to third-seeded Cedar Falls (18-9) for a 7 p.m. game on July 19.

The other two Class 4A Substate 3 matchups feature No. 1 seeded Cedar Rapids Xavier (19-11) hosting sixth-seeded Waterloo East (2-22) and No. 2 seeded Cedar Rapids Prairie (18-10) hosting fifth-seeded Waterloo West.

In Class 3A, South Tama County (17-7) will head to Williamsburg on July 19 to face Clear Creek-Amana (9-17) at 5 p.m. The second game of a doubleheader in Substate 5 District 10 will be host Williamsburg (11-15) and Center Point-Urbana (12-17) at 7 p.m.

Those two winners face off against each other in the district final at Williamsburg on July 22 beginning at 7 p.m. and the winner of District 10 will play the winner of District 9 at Benton on July 24.

Benton will take on Union-LaPorte City and Grinnell battles Vinton-Shellsburg in the two District 9 matchups. Both games will be in Benton at 7 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively.

In Class 2A, both East Marshall and West Marshall will have to most likely get past No. 2 ranked North Polk to advance to the substate final.

The Mustangs’ first-round Class 2A District 13 game will be in Alleman against Iowa Christian Academy at 5 p.m. on July 13. The other game that same night in Alleman pits Collins-Maxwell/Baxter against Des Moines Christian at 7 p.m.

Those winners face either North Polk or West Marshall on July 16. North Polk will meet the East Marshall-Iowa Christian Academy winner, while West Marshall faces either Des Moines Christian or CMB.

The district final also will be in played in Alleman at 7 p.m. on July 20. The substate final is July 23 at Dowling Catholic in West Des Moines. Opponents in the substate final for East Marshall or West Marshall – if either advances that far – would be Central Decatur, Nodaway Valley, Mount Ayr, Clarke, Interstate 35 or West Central Valley.

South Hardin will play in the Class 2A District 6 bracket. The Tigers will kick off their tournament run at Aplington-Parkersburg on July 13. That winner will then play Waterloo Columbus Catholic on July 16 at Aplington-Parkersburg.

The district final also will be played at Aplington-Parkersburg on July 20 and potential opponents in that game for South Hardin are Hudson, Hampton-Dumont and Dike-New Hartford.

Several area teams will try to advance to the state tournament in Class 1A.

North Tama will host two rounds in Class 1A District 11 with its first opponent being GMG at 7 p.m. on July 16. The game prior to that will feature Meskwaki Settlement School and Iowa Valley in Traer and those winners will meet in Traer on July 18 at 7 p.m.

Colo-NESCO also is in District 11 but sits at the opposite side of the bracket. The Royals will travel to BGM on July 16 to face Belle Plaine at 5 p.m. BGM and HLV will play at 7 p.m. that same night and those winners will face off in Brooklyn on July 16. BGM also hosts the district final on July 20 and Marshalltown will be the host of the Substate 6 contest between the District 11 and 12 winners. District 12 features No. 3 Van Meter.

AGWSR is the lone area school in District 4 but the Cougars will have to likely get past No. 1 Mason City Newman Catholic to reach the substate game.

The Cougars will first play Lake Mills at North Butler on July 16 and that winner will play either North Butler or Clarskville at North Butler on July 18. The district final is at Mason City Newman on July 20 and the substate final also is in Mason City on July 23.

The other area teams in Class 1A will be paired with each other in District 5.

Gladbrook-Reinbeck and Grundy Center will face each other in Grundy Center on July 16 at 7 p.m. Before that game, BCLUW will face Janesville at 5 p.m. Those two winners then meet in the district semifinals in Grundy Center on July 18 and the district final will be played in Jesup on July 20.

Teams on the opposite side of the District 5 bracket include No. 4 Don Bosco, Jesup, North Linn, Dunkerton and Tripoli.

Whatever teams come out of District 5 and District 6 will play in the Substate 3 final on July 23.