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Solon moves on to 2A semifinals

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DES MOINES-The top-seeded Solon Spartans beat the Sumner-Fredericksburg Cougars 5-1 in the first Class 2A quarterfinal in the Iowa high school state baseball tournament at Principal Park in Des Moines this afternoon. With the win, the Spartans advance to the semi-finals against the winner of the game between Saint Edmond and Saint Albert in the second game of today's afternoon session.

The Spartans scored first in the bottom of the first inning. Leadoff man Derrick Loveless doubled, went to third on a groundout, and scored on a single by Cody Strang, who leads all of class 2A in batting and home runs.

The first lead didn't last long as the Cougars came back to tie the game with their only run in the top of the second inning. Tanner Wheeler drew a one-out walk, stole second base, and scored on a two-out single by Kyle Klemen.

Solon went back on top with a run in the bottom of the third inning. Marshall Koehn led off with a double down the left field line and scored when Loveless ripped a shot that went past Nolan Gitch at second base for an error.

The Spartans took advantage of another error while adding three runs in the fifth inning. With one out, Loveless led off with a single, stole second, advanced to third on a groundout, and scored on a triple to the wall in center field by Strang. Glitch was charged with a second error when he mishandled a ground ball off the bat of Ben Bergman that allowed Strang to score. Tyler Smith and Shawn Olson followed with singles that brought in Travis Brimeyer with the final run of the inning. Brimeyer had entered as a courtesy runner for Bergman. The Cougars got out of the inning when Wheeler threw out Smith at the plate from left field after a single by Ryne Brimeyer.

Bergman went the distance on the mound for the Spartans. The lefty improved to 10-0 on the year and struck out 10. Cougars' starter Nolan Nuss also went the distance in the game and finishes the season at 12-2. Only three of the five runs he allowed were earned over six innings.

Solon (37-5) is now two wins away from becoming the first team is Iowa High School Athletic Association history to win a state championship in football, basketball, and baseball in the same school year. Their semi-final game will take place on Thursday night at 6:00.

The Cougars finish at 33-11.
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