Mason City Newman Catholic to 1A baseball championship game for 3rd year in a row

The Newman Knights have punched their ticket back to the 1A state baseball title game with a thrilling 5-4 win over Don Bosco of Gilbertville Thursday afternoon in Des Moines. The Knights jumped out to a 3-0 lead after 1 inning, but needed heroics from Joe Burgmeier on the mound and at the plate to get the win. Don Bosco scored 2 runs in the top of the 7th to tie the game at 4, when Burgmeier entered in relief of Kaden Wadle. Burgmeier got a pop out and a strike out to end the inning. In the bottom of the 7th, Burgmeier led off with a triple down the left field line. After a pair of intentional walks, Parker Dondlinger hit a long single to centerfield to plate Burgmeier, and put Newman into the title game for the 3rd year in a row. The Knights will take on top ranked Twin Cedars of Bussey, an 11-0 winner over LeMars Gehlen, Saturday at Noon at Principal Park in Des Moines. Other state baseball scores:
North Polk 6, Roland-Story 2
Dyersville Beckman 8, Van Meter 5
3A and 4A semifinals are on deck today at the state baseball tournament. Schedule is:
Waverly-Shell Rock 36-2 vs. Davenport Assumption 24-15 at Noon
Sergeant Bluff-Luton 25-11 vs. Dallas Center-Grimes 23-14 at 2 PM
Johnston 23-16 vs. Iowa City West 33-9 at 6 PM
Dubuque Hempstead 37-5 vs. Southeast Polk 30-13 at 8 PM