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Clarke Softball Opens Post Season Play

The Clarke Crusaders opens up play in the Heart of America Athletic Conference Softball Tournament later on today. The Crusaders are the number 2 seed and will meet 7th seed Baker at 12:30. Baker advanced with a win yesterday over 10th seed Benedictine 7-0 as the tournament opened up in St. Joseph, Missouri.

The winner will play this evening against either 3rd seed Evangel or 6th seed Mid-American Nazarene. The losers of those two game play at 3:30 for a chance to remain in the tournament.

Below is the tournament bracket


Clarke Ranked 6th in Final NAIA Baseball Poll


The Clarke University baseball team is ranked 6th in the country according to the final NAIA poll of the season. The Crusaders with a 42-and-10 record overall finished as the regular season champs of the Heart of America Athletic Conference at 26-and-6 and enter the Heart Conference Tournament as the top overall seed.

Speaking of the Heart tournament, it has been delayed one day over weather concerns in Ozark, Missouri, the site of the tournament. Instead of starting today, the first games will be played Thursday. The Crusaders will open the double-elimination portion of the tournament against the No. 8 seed at 10 a.m. on Friday. The tournament’s No. 7 and No. 8 seeds will be determined tomorrow following two play-in games. Culver-Stockton and Evangel will square off at 10 a.m., while Avila will face Graceland at 1 p.m.

The tournament championship game is set for 4 p.m. on Monday.  If necessary, a second championship game will be played at 1 p.m. on Tuesday.  The tournament champion and runner-up will receive an automatic bid to the 2017 NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round.

Dubuque Co. Legion Baseball Hosts State Tournament

The Dubuque County American Legion baseball team is hosting the Iowa state championships this weekend at Dyersville and Cascade.
Dubuque, the defending state champion, has a first round bye in the seven team tournament and will meet either Carroll County or Cedar Rapids Jefferson in the second round at 1:30 on Saturday at Commercial Club Park in Dyersville. Carroll will meet Jefferson at 11 o’clock.
The other half bracket plays in Cascade on Saturday with Johnston facing Cedar Rapids Washington at 11 o’clock and Ottumwa meeting Ames at 1:30. The two winners then face off in the semi-final at 4 o’clock. The winner will meet the winner coming out of Dyersville on Sunday at 1 o’clock in Cascade for the state championship and the right to go the Central Plains Regional later this summer.
The 17 player Dubuque County roster has members from all the high schools in the county.

Fighting Saints- USHL DRAFT

The Dubuque Fighting Saints made 10 selections last night during Phase One of the USHL Draft. The first round choice for Dubuque, number 13 overall, was forward Jacob Hale out of Minneapolis. Hale notched 20 goals in 24 games for Minneapolis High School. He is a colligate commit to the University of Minnesota- Duluth. Dubuque’s pick in the second round and the 29th overall was defensemen Braden Doyle hailing from Lynnfield, Massachusetts.

The Phase Two draft is today. The teams will be selecting players born between the years 1997 and 2001. You can follow the draft live at USHL-dot-com.