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Waukee stops defending state champion Cedar Rapids Prairie in 4A State Baseball

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The fifth-seeded Waukee Warriors knocked off the defending champions and fourth-seeded Cedar Rapids Prairie Hawks 1-0 in a Class 4A quarterfinal game on Wednesday at Principal Park behind a stellar pitching performance from junior Drew Irvine. Irvine threw a complete-game shutout and allowed just two hits and stuck out five.

The game, which was supposed to start at 11 a.m., was delayed about an hour and 20 minutes because of rain.

Prairie starter Casey Day was almost as impressive, allowing one run in his complete-game performance. His three walks were ultimately what did him in. He threw four-straight balls to walk in the only run in the game.

Both teams breezed through the first two scoreless innings. Day and Irvine combined to throw 56 pitches — 33 for Day and 23 for Irvine — in the first two frames. Waukee picked up the only hit, which came in the first inning courtesy of Jake Morrison. The Warriors put two runners on in that first frame, but they couldn't make a dent in the scoreboard.

Prairie threatened to strike first in the third inning after putting two runners on with one out via an error and a single. The next two batters couldn't do much, however, leaving the game scoreless after three frames.

The bats remained quiet until the fifth inning, when Waukee loaded the bases with three-straight two-out singles. Fischer Henderson walked, giving the Warriors the first lead of the game at 1-0.

Irvine continued to get stronger as the game went on. In the sixth inning, it took Irvine just eight pitches to retire the side. He struck out one in the frame as well.

The Hawks almost got to Irvine in the seventh inning. The first batter reached via a walk, and the next batter, Griffen Clark, worked a 3-2 count. But Clark grounded into a 5-4-3 double play that killed the comeback rally.

Prairie (29-13) was in its third state tournament appearance. It has gone 3-2 in those appearances. The Hawks won it all in 4A last season, beating Davenport West, Waukee, and Iowa City West.

Waukee (29-13) has made it to four-straight state tournaments. It made two appearances previously, in 2003 and 2000. The Warriors are 5-5 in tournament games.

Waukee will play will play the winner of the game between Johnston and Marion Linn-Mar on Friday at Principal Park in a Class 4A semifinal.     

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