It was another wild week for high school baseball in Iowa. Top-ten teams across the state combined for a 26-11 record from Monday through Friday. As for the Friday edition, lets take a look at how the top-10 fared out through each class.
Class 1A top ten teams combined for a 7-1 mark across Friday’s slate of games. Top seeded Newman continued their unblemished streak and rest as one of 16 teams in the class without a loss. They are the only team at eight victories. The top-10 overall outscored their opponents 66-1 and included a top-10 battle between Kingsley-Pierson and St. Albert which the eighth-ranked Panthers walked away with a win. In all, eight of the top-10 were in action.
Just five ranked teams in action on Friday within the Class 2A ranks but a good showing regardless. Overall, it was an even slate as 2A teams went 3-3 on the day which included unranked West Sioux knocking off seventh-ranked Hinton in a 7K no-hitter for the Falcons. Another strong showing from the War Eagle Conference. In total, 2A teams did manage to outscore their opponents 41-22, the lowest margin out of any class through the second week.
Within the Class 3A ranks, top ten teams came together for the largest win total out of any class with a 9-2 record. There was a cross class top ten battle as 3A’s sixth-ranked Xavier battled 4A’s eighth-ranked Cedar Falls. In the highest scoring game for either team this season, the Saints took down the Tigers 17-13 but prior to that, Cedar Falls bested Xavier by a 3-2 mark in game one. Overall, 3A top ten squads outscored their opponents 107-46, also the largest mark out of any class for the week.
Seven top-ten teams in Class 4A were in action Friday night. All together, those squads went a combined 7-5 while outscoring their opponents 92-54. Unfortunately, as good as it was overall, there was a top-10 team that was swept in double-header action as Hempstead fell in two games to Linn-Mar. It showed just how tough 4A teams at large can be as Waukee NW and Indianola found out, both splitting double-headers with Des Moines East and Des Moines Roosevelt respectively. Cedar Falls split with one of the most prolific offenses in Class 3A with taking one game from the Saints while falling just shy in a 17-13 game two shootout.