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Newman beats Van Buren for Class 1A state baseball title


DES MOINES – One year after a runner-up showing at the state tournament, top-seeded Mason City Newman Catholic ended its season with an even better result on Saturday afternoon. The Knights beat the third-seeded Van Buren Warriors 6-2 to win the 2013 Class 1A championship game at Principal Park.

Newman lost 1-0 to Martensdale-St. Marys in the state final last season.

The top-ranked Knights, who have made it to the 1A title game in three of the last five seasons, hoist the championship trophy for the fourth time in school history. It was their 11th state tournament appearance in the past 13 years.

The two teams matched runs in the second and seventh innings, but Newman’s four-run third was the difference in the game. The Knights used two walks, an error and two, two-run singles by Kane Louscher and Pete Lapointe to build a 5-1 advantage after three innings.

Newman jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second and never trailed in the game. Joe Burgmeier singled to lead off the inning and quickly moved to third after an error on a pickoff attempt. Lapointe drove him home in the next at-bat on a sacrifice fly to right.

The Warriors tied the game in the second with a two-out, RBI single off the bat of Tanner Smith. Robert Barker led off the inning with a single and scored the tying run.

After the Knights’ four-run third inning, each team was held scoreless until the seventh. Newman padded its lead with one run in the top half of the inning. Burgmeier singled and stole second before denting the plate on a Lapointe RBI single, extending the lead to 6-1.

Lapointe went 2-for-3 with four RBI and Burgmeier went 2-for-4 with two runs scored to pace the Knights’ offense.

Van Buren’s Garrett Saunders recorded an RBI single in the bottom half of the seventh to cut the deficit to 6-2 before Newman reliever Casey Hall forced a game-ending groundout.

Newman starter Kaden Wadle (8-0) allowed two runs on 10 hits in six innings to earn the win. Hall came in for Wadle in the seventh and allowed just one hit in one inning of relief.

Barker (3-1) started for the Warriors and allowed five runs — one earned — on five hits in three innings. Robby Laughlin finished the game for Van Buren, allowing one run on four hits over the final four frames.

Noah Whitten, Barker, and Saunders each recorded two hits on the afternoon to lead Van Buren at the plate.

The Warriors — making their first-ever state tournament appearance — end their season at 26-6.

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