Charles City moved into Friday afternoon's Class 3A semifinals with a 6-4 win over fourth-ranked Cherokee on Tuesday afternoon.
Charles City (27-10) struck first when Dustin Rippentrop tripled and scored on Eric Miller's RBI groundout in the top of the first inning.
Cherokee briefly took the lead in the third when Cory Ege drove in two runs with a triple. However, Charles City came back with four runs in the top of the fourth to take a 5-2 lead. Five consecutive runners reached base, including an RBI double by Jeremy Kurash.
Cherokee made it 5-3 in the fifth when Mark Johnson came across the plate. Charles City got the run back in the top of the sixth on Trent Barry's RBI single.
Cherokee threatened in the bottom of the seventh, scoring one run, but stranded the tying run on first.
Miller (8-2) earned the win for Charles City. He went seven innings allowing four runs on five hits while striking out seven. Ege (7-3) took the loss for Cherokee. He lasted 3.1 innings, giving up five runs on five hits.
Charles City moves on to Friday's first semifinal to take on ninth-ranked and top-seed Cedar Rapids Xavier. Cherokee ends their season with a 28-7 record.
Carroll 1, Marion 0
Carroll won a pitcher's duel 1-0 over Marion on Tuesday night to advance to the 3A semifinals on Friday afternoon.
The two teams combined for four hits - two apiece and one run decided it. After a 1:11 rain delay Carroll capitalized on an error to score the game winner for the 1-0 victory.
Matthew Fleshner reached on an error. The pinch-runner Derek Major stole second and scored on Greg Schulz's single to the gap in right-center.
Schulz (9-0) and Marion starter Matt Holland (5-3) were locked in a duel for most of the night. Schulz allowed just four Marion batters to reach base and only five were able to reach base against Holland. Both pitchers went the distance with Schulz striking out four and Holland fanning five.
Joey Swanson was the only Indian able to get a hit off of the Carroll starter. He singled to lead off the game and later singled in the sixth.
Carroll (25-9) moves on to face the winner of Tuesday night's final quarterfinal between Saydel and Western Dubuque on Friday afternoon. Marion, making their first state tournament appearance, ends the season with a 25-12 record.
WLVA 4, AHST 2
Seventh-seeded Wall Lake View Auburn pulled off the second upset of the day (Monday) with a 4-2 win over second-seeded A-H-S-T on Saturday afternoon at Principal Park.
A-H-S-T opened the scoring in the fourth inning with an RBI single by Keith Robinson. WLVA answered in its half of the inning with a sacrifice fly off the bat of Rick Bruening.
WLVA took the lead for good with two runs in the bottom half of the fifth inning. A two-run single by Nick Buse put the Wolverines ahead 3-1. A-H-S-T rallied for one run in the top of the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Blake Peterson. The tying run came to the plate with two outs, but WLVA ended it with a strikeout.
WLVA pitcher Steven Aschinger (11-1) went the distance, scattering four hits and giving up just two unearned runs while striking out eight.
Don Bladt (5-3) took the loss. He gave up four runs on just three hits in six innings of work. After the game, Bladt traveled to Ames and played in the Iowa Shrine Bowl football game. The fourth and final quarterfinal game of the day took just 1 hour 19 minutes.
WLVA (29-7) moves on to face Lenox in the second 1A semifinal at 2 p.m. on Thursday.