CR Washington advances in state baseball semi-finals

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DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- The state high school baseball tournament in Des Moines Friday night had two eastern Iowa teams hoping to make it to the 4A championship game Saturday night.


The Cedar Rapids Washington Warriors posted a stunning comeback in the final inning Friday night against West Des Moines Valley. The eighth seeded Warriors scored four runs in the seventh, and a strikeout from Rimmy Nemickas in the bottom of the seventh gave them a 5-4 win. Saturday's game will be the Warriors first time in the Class 4A finals since 1994.

Earlier in the night, Western Dubuque took on Urbandale. The Bobcats jumped out to an early three run lead, but Urbandale came right back, thanks to a rally capped off by an RBI double that put the Jayhawks on top, 4-3. Urbandale held Western Dubuque scoreless the rest of the way. And the Urbandale Jayhawks take the semi-final win, 7-3.

Urbandale will play Cedar Rapids Washington Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Also on Friday, Waverly Shell-Rock's season came to a controversial end against top-ranked Harlan. In the seventh inning, Jeremy Chaplin's three run home run pulled the Go-Hawks to within a run, trailing 7-6. Then, with runners at first and second, Ryan Willis grounded into what looked like a double play. Brady Ramker's hard slide into second broke it up. But then umpires ruled it was interference and called the third out, ending the game. Harlan advances with the 7-6 win and will play Davenport Assumption Saturday for the 3A state championship.