DES MOINES Every Iowa high school baseball team dreams of ending its season playing at Principal Park.
Humboldt will now get that chance here this week.
Winners of 11 straight and 19 of their last 20 games, the seventh seeded Wildcats (25 7 overall) will face No. 2 seed Pella (30 8) in a Class 3A state quarterfinal here tonight. at the home of the Triple A Iowa Cubs jerseys.
course every team goal is to reach the state tournament, but we didn wholesale mlb jerseys necessarily expect this, said HHS head coach Jason Thurm, who previously guided the Wildcats to state appearances in 2000 and 2005. go undefeated in conference and get through district and substate play (unblemished) was quite an achievement.
just kept picking up momentum and getting better. (Qualifying for state) is a tremendous accomplishment for these kids. Brady Shelgren (49 H, 40 RBI, 39 R, 24 SB), senior Chris Witzke (56 R, 42 H, 37 SB, 25 RBI) and junior Devon Clark (.430 BA, 46 H, 43 RBI, 41 R) are the offensive catalysts for the Wildcats, who claimed the 2016 North Central Conference title with a perfect 14 0 mark.
Team wise, Humboldt is batting .301 with 266 runs scored and 95 stolen bases in 102 attempts.
En route to Des Moines, the Wildcats ousted NCC foes Iowa Falls Alden (11 8) and Webster City (6 2), along with Gilbert (9 7). In their substate final victory against the Tigers jerseys, Humboldt rallied from five runs down entering the bottom of the sixth inning.
have a great team leadership, Thurm said. gelled a lot earlier than anticipated. Our kids get along well and spend time with each other.
all starts with the seniors, who patrol the team in that regard. They set a great example. (9 0 record, 1.93 ERA) will receive the starting assignment on the mound this evening for the Wildcats. The hard throwing southpaw and University of Illinois Springfield signee has allowed just 33 hits in 65 1/3 innings of work on the year, while striking out 122.
For his career, Witzke holds a 25 7 pitching record with 345 strikeouts in 228 innings.
Leading the way for the fifth ranked Dutch, who have won eight in a row and 13 of their previous 15 outings, are junior Tyler Hillman (.456 BA, 57 H, 38 R), senior Grant Judkins (.439 BA, 50 H, 44 R) and sophomore Jaden Rolffs (.409 BA, 47 H, 33 RBI). Defending state semifinalist Pella owns a .330 team batting average with 344 hits and 259 runs scored.
Iowa Hawkeye signee Judkins (9 1; 68 2/3 IP, 27 H, 108 K, 0.71 ERA) and Purdue University recruit Hillman (9 1; 62 1/3 IP, 38 H, 61 K, 0.90 ERA) are the top hurlers for the Dutch, who sport a miniscule 1.83 combined staff ERA. Little Hawkeye Conference champion Pella advanced to his point with shutouts over Newton (6 0), Knoxville (10 0) and Oskaloosa (2 0).
a tough team, said Thurm of the Dutch. anticipate seeing Judkins. It be a challenge. They look solid up and down the lineup and in the field. to Thurm arrival, the Wildcats also made state trips in 1990 and Before last summer, Pella only other state bid came in community support has been fabulous, Thurm said. time has picked up interest even more every place we been. It seems to have doubled up with each game.
energy from our crowd at the substate game was unbelievable. It was almost like a football or basketball tournament type atmosphere. We anticipate that again in Des Moines. winner will face either third seeded Carlisle (31 6) or No. Top seeded Dubuque Wahlert (29 14), No. 8 seed Solon (21 20), fourth seeded Harlan (27 5) and No. 5 seed Sioux City Heelan (27 15) round out the rest of the 3A state field.