DES MOINES — Unranked Carroll Kuemper got a big night from Tyler Laing as the Knights knocked second-seeded and eighth-ranked Van Meter out of the Class 2A state baseball tournament Monday, 5-3.
Laing went 3-for-4 with two RBIs at the plate and was a home run shy of the cycle. He also pitched six innings, allowing four hits and three runs with nine strikeouts.
The game was tied 3-3 after five innings when Kuemper (21-12) loaded the bases with no outs. After two strikeouts, Dawson McDermott fought off a two-strike pitch and dumped a single into center field to score the winning runs.
Van Meter finished 30-5.
IOWA CITY REGINA 5, TREYNOR 0: Iowa City Regina scored three early runs and starting pitcher Ryne Schooley was dominant with a complete-game, four-hit shutout.
Regina third baseman Mitchell Gahan went 2-for-2 with three RBIs.
The Regals improved to 28-7 while Treynor ended 32-5.
CENTERVILLE 3, ESTHERVILLE-L.C. 1, 8 innings: Centerville didn’t get its first hit until the sixth inning, but the Big Reds made them count to advance with an extra-inning victory over Estherville-Lincoln Central.
Treye Rinehart was the star for Centerville (24-10). He went 2-for-3 with two of the team’s three RBIs.
Centerville starter Brett Kauzlarich was just as impressive on the mound. He pitched all eight innings — 112 pitches — and only allowed one run on six hits. He struck out seven and walked two.
Estherville Lincoln Central bowed out at 23-7.