The brackets have finally been released for Class 1A and 2A baseball and there are some interesting developments involving teams in our listening area.
In Class 1A District 8, Keota will be the host school throughout the bracket. The Eagles (9-8) will face BGM (9-12) in a tough first round matchup at 7 PM on July 11th. Before that game, Iowa Mennonite School (10-8) will play Tri-County (1-17) at 5 PM. The two winners will play in the semis in Keota at 7 PM on July 13th.
In the other half of that bracket, HLV will host. The Warriors (12-9) will be a favorite against English Valleys (3-11) in their first game on July 11th at 7 PM. Before that game will be Sigourney (11-7) and Iowa Valley (7-9) playing at 5 PM. Winners of those games will play in Keota at 5 PM on July 13th. The District 8 Final will be in Keota at 7 PM on July 15th.
District 10 is a busy district for the Southeast Iowa Superconference, as all eight teams are from the same league. Highland will host throughout the bracket in Riverside. The Huskies (16-4) will play winless Danville (0-20) in the first round at 7 PM at home. Before that game will be Pekin (13-7) taking on Cardinal (11-10) at 5 PM. Those games are on July 11th. The winners will play at 7 PM in Riverside on July 13th.
In the bottom half of the bracket, Notre Dame of Burlington will host. The Nikes (12-4) play Winfield-Mount Union (2-17) at 7 PM on the 11th, while New London (16-4) will play Holy Trinity Catholic of Fort Madison (3-14) at 5 PM. Winners will play in Riverside in the semifinals at 5 PM on July 13th. The District 10 Final is at 7 PM on July 15th in Riverside.
District 11 is loaded with area teams from the Bluegrass Conference and South Iowa Cedar League. Twin Cedars will host the bracket throughout in Bussey. The Sabers (14-7) will play North Mahaska (7-12) at 7 PM on July 11th. Before that game, Moravia (18-6) will play winless Moulton-Udell (0-14) at 5 PM. The winners advance to the semis in Bussey on July 13th.
Colfax-Mingo (15-3) will host the other first round games, as they’ll play Montezuma (2-17) at 7 PM. That follows a matchup between Lynnville-Sully (15-5) and Melcher-Dallas (11-11). The winners will play in the semifinals in Bussey on July 13th. Bussey will also host the District 11 Final at 7 PM on July 15th.
In Class 2A, District 11 has an interesting draw. Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont (13-15) will face Pleasantville (16-10) at Pella Christian High School at 5 PM on July 8th. Following that game, host Pella Christian (12-15) will play Albia (8-18) at 7 PM. The EBF/Pleasantville winner will play Centerville (16-10) on the road on July 11th at 7 PM, while the PC/Albia winner will play Davis County (16-11) in Centerville at 5 PM. Centerville will host the District 11 Final at 7 PM on July 15th.
Finally, PCM did enough to earn the bye in Class 2A District 14. The Mustangs (16-7) will await the winner of Roland-Story (18-12) and Woodward Academy (0-16). PCM will play their first district game in Van Meter on Tuesday, July 11th, at 5 PM. Following that game will be Van Meter (22-2) taking on either Ogden (13-13) or CMB (3-17) at 7 PM. Van Meter will also host the District 14 Final at 7 PM on July 15th.
The winners of all districts in Class 1A and 2A will play in Substate Finals at various locations on Tuesday, July 18th. The winners of the eight substates in each class will advance to the State Baseball Tournament at Principal Park in Des Moines.