The Newman Catholic Knights are back in the semifinals for the 13th straight year. The last time Newman missed the semifinals was in 2007 when they missed the tournament all-together. Newman’s 2005 and 2006 trips to Principal Park are their only without semifinal appearances.
Freshman Max Burt had a two-run double off the left field wall, part of a four-run sixth inning for the three-time defending Class 1A champs. The sixth-seeded Knights rallied for a 6-5 win over third-seeded Council Bluffs St. Albert in a 1A quarterfinal Saturday in Des Moines.
Burt opened the scoring in the top of the first with a solo homer to left.
Burt also got the save on the mound as the Knights kept alive their bid for a fourth consecutive title.
Newman will now turn their focus to second-seeded Remsen St. Marys, the Hawks were the only high seed to win in the quarterfinals. The Knights and Hawks last met in the 2017 semifinals, Newman came out on top 2-0. They will play in the second of two Class 1A semifinals at 1:30 PM on Thursday in Des Moines. The first semifinal pits #8 Kingsley-Pierson vs #5 Don Bosco, the first pitch of that game is set for 10:30 AM Thursday.
Radio Iowa contributed to this article.