Iowa City West
July 29, 2011
Box Score | Play-by-play
Alex McMurray homered for the Dowling Catholic Maroons as they defeated the Iowa City West Trojans 4-1 in a 4A semifinal-round game Friday evening. The Maroons will now play for the 4A state championship Saturday night at 8 at Principal Park.
Leading 2-0 entering the third inning, the Maroons made two quick outs against Trojans’ starting pitcher Luke Crimmins. Connor Bravard hit a fly ball to right field that should have ended the inning, but Ryan Siems dropped the ball and the inning was extended. The next batter, McMurray made the mistake costly as he skied a deep home run to left field — landing on the Cub Club roof — and put Dowling up 4-0.
Iowa City West (32-11) responded in the home half of the frame. Ryan Rumpf led off with a double, and was moved over to third base on a productive groundout to the right side of the infield by Siems. Spencer Bonner singled to drive in Rumpf, but that would account for the Trojans' only run of the game.
Dowling (35-7) also got to Crimmins in the top of the first with two out in the inning. Jake Yacinich and Dalton Parrott recorded back-to-back singles with two down. Bravard struck out on a pitch in the dirt and reached first base to prolong the inning. Yacinich scored on the wild pitch to put the Maroons ahead 1-0.
In the second, Jake DeBondt singled to leadoff the inning and came in to score on a squeeze bunt by Zach Coppola.
Crimmins (6-3) was charged with the loss for the Trojans. He completed four innings and allowed four runs (two earned) on four hits. He walked three and struck out three.
Andrew Clemen (5-1) picked up the win for Dowling. He pitched four and two-thirds innings and gave up one run on four hits. He walked three and struck out four batters. Vinny Crivaro pitched a perfect two and one-third innings of relief and struck out four.