What a week it was for Class 4A teams in week two. There were upsets, blowouts, and excitement galore. In all, top ten teams in Class 4A went a combined 23-9, outscoring their opponents 232-123. The overall field in 4A showed its depth as only two teams escaped with an unblemished record after the second week of action.
Now without further wait, lets dive into our latest rankings for Class 4A.
1.) Johnston (9-0)
It’s hard not to picture anyone else in the the top spot other than Johnston. They, along with Waukee, rest as the only Class 4A teams to remain with out a notch in their loss columns. Over the course of the second week of action, Johnston did nothing but score at will, outscoring opponents with the highest run differential of any 4A squad, besting Ottumwa, Des Moines Lincoln, and Ankeny.
2.) Waukee (7-0)
The only other team to remain undefeated in Class 4A is the Waukee Warriors. Dave Dirkx and company have posted a strong week two as they hold a +4.6 run differential after defeating Des Moines Hoover and Waukee Northwest in double-header action.
3.) Dowling Catholic (5-1)
Not a lot of action with a double-header postponed yet still, Dowling Catholic reps the top three once more. This comes as the Maroons dispatch Des Moines Lincoln, coming out with a +6.3 run differential. Trevor Baumler is helping to spearhead the efforts, leading the state with five home runs and 14 RBI.
4.) Iowa City High (7-2)
After faltering in a six run loss to Assumption to round out last week, the Little Hawks have stormed back to outscore their week two opponents 42-6 and walk away without a single loss. All seven of their wins so far have come against 4A opponents as the Little Hawks run a +1.8 run differential through two weeks of action. They currently are showing their pitching power, ranking third in the class with 90 strikeouts while sporting a class best 88 hits.
5.) Urandale (5-1)
With a +5.8 run differential, the Urbandale J-Hawks have really been off to the races to start the 2022 campaign. It was an unblemished mark through three games played, outmatching Des Moines East and Lewis Central to the tune of 27-5.
6.) Waukee Northwest (6-4)
Not the greatest week for coach Heinen and Waukee Northwest as all four of the Wolve’s losses came in the second week of action. It involved a split with Ankeny and Des Moines Roosevelt. Sandwiched in the middle was a two-game loss to rival Waukee. Still a team to keep an eye out for so they still reside in the top ten with the third-most doubles of any 4A squad so far (18).
7.) Cedar Falls (7-1)
A strong start to the season for the Tigers of Cedar Falls, wrapping up week two with a +6.8 run differential. Their only loss of the season came in week two in a 17-13 shootout with 3A’s Xavier. Other than that, Cedar Falls is unblemished at the 4A mark.
8.) Sioux City East (7-2)
The only two losses of the season so far for Sioux City East have come in week two but regardless, the Black Raiders posted a solid mark against an opponent field with a 60-52 record. Their 63 strikeouts on the mound give them a top-10 ranking among the pitching field. Overall, a solid showing helped to give Sioux City East their first trip to the top-10 this season.
9.) Pleasant Valley (3-3)
Not a whole lot of action this week for the reigning Class 4A champs in Pleasant Valley. Just one double-header which ended up being a split with Pleasant Valley and Western Dubuque. The Spartans lost over half of their offensive and defensive production from the year prior but they still are a team that teams have to keep their eyes on with 60 strikeouts and 50 hits.
10.) Indianola (7-3)
Despite the loss of their top two offensive producers from last season, Indianola has still shown up quite well to begin the 2022 campaign. Weather limited the Indians’ schedule for this week but still the Indians came out on top 2-1. They did drop six spots in the rankings in large part due to the one run loss to Des Moines East, a team that currently sports just one victory on the season.