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Kingsley-Pierson and Remsen St. Mary’s fall in Class 1A semifinals

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Kingsley-Pierson lost to Don Bosco in Class 1A semifinals on Thursday.
Remsen St. Mary's lost to Newman Catholic in the Class 1A semifinals on Thursday.

DES MOINES, Iowa (KTIV) -- Kingsley-Pierson's run at the Class 1A state baseball tournament came to an end with a 9-1 loss to Gilbertville Don Bosco in the semifinals on Thursday.

Don Bosco scored two runs in the first inning and two more in the second to take a 4-0 lead. KP's only run came in the fifth inning when Evan Neumann scored on a wild pitch to cut the lead to 5-1. But the Dons added four more in the sixth to pull away.

The eighth-seeded Panthers were held to four hits, while the Dons had eight hits. Don Bosco pitcher Lewis Havel threw a complete game for the victory, striking out seven.

"Our goal was to make state and we accomplished that," said KP head coach Taylor Doeschot. "Everything else was kind of icing on the cake. Our boys stayed hungry throughout. They came into this game with the right mentality. We just didn't play as well as the other team today."

The Panthers finish the season at 16-3 while fifth-seeded Don Bosco improves to 19-1.

Remsen St. Mary's was the state of Iowa's last undefeated team, but the Hawks lost to the three-time defending Class 1A champions from Newman Catholic of Mason City, 2-0, in nine innings on Thursday.

Newman scored a run in the top of the ninth inning when a single by Nash Holmgaard brought home a runner from second base for a 1-0 lead. Newman added another run on a wild pitch with two outs.

St. Mary's junior pitcher Dean Harpenau had 15 strikeouts before leaving the game because of a 110-pitch limit in the eighth inning. The Hawks struck out 14 times at the plate.

"These seniors, I mean besides getting to the state title game, what more can these guys do," said RSM head coach Dean Harpenau. "They've been in every sport, every venue multiple times in football, basketball, baseball. I'm going to tell them not to hang their heads. Obviously we're disappointed."

The second-seeded Hawks finish the season 20-1. Sixth-seeded Newman (19-5) will play Don Bosco in the 1A title game Saturday at 10:30 am.

Brad Pautsch

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