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Iowa City West clips Jefferson at State Baseball tournament

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The second-seeded Iowa City West Trojans topped the seventh-seeded Cedar Rapids Jefferson J-Hawks 4-3 in a seventh-inning thriller Wednesday night in a Class 4A quarterfinal to advance to the semifinals. Jefferson scored twice in the top of the seventh to tie the game at 3-3. West loaded the bases and scored the winning run with one out in the bottom of the seventh.

Iowa City West drew first blood in the bottom of the second when an error and a fielder’s choice put runners on the corners for the Trojans. Jefferson’s Connor VanScoyoc misplayed a grounder, allowing Spencer Wiskus to cross the plate, putting the Trojans up 1-0.

Spencer VanScoyoc sparked the J-Hawks offense in the fourth with a stand-up double to the warning track in center field. A sacrifice bunt placed him on third followed by a sacrifice fly to right field that brought him home, knotting the game at one.

The Trojans’ offense came alive in the bottom of the fifth as Izaya Ono-Fullard led off with a stand-up double down the left field line. Connor McCaffery followed with a triple to deep right-center field, pushing Fullard across the plate. A wild throw by shortstop Brayden Frazier allowed McCaffery to score, giving Iowa City the 3-1 lead.

Jefferson started a rally in the top of the seventh as a pair of walks and a single by Zeb Render loaded up the bases for the J-Hawks. Down to his final strike, Manny Olutunde came through for Jefferson, blasting the ball to center field allowing two runs to cross the plate and tying the game at three.

In the bottom of the frame, the Trojans loaded up the bases with a pair of walks and a single by Ono-Fullard. Wiskus knocked the ball down the right field line for a walk-off RBI-single to end the game. He finished the night 2-for-3 with a RBI and a walk.

Iowa City West (34-6) advances to the semifinals on Friday at Principal Park.

Jefferson ends at 28-12.

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