DES MOINES — Remsen-St. Mary’s opened its Class 1A state baseball title defense with an upset win Friday at Principal Park in Des Moines.
The No. 5-seeded Hawks knocked off top-ranked and fourth-seeded North Linn 5-1, ending a 16-game Lynx winning streak.
St. Mary’s starter Blaine Harpenau, an eighth grader, gave up seven hits but allowed just one run in his complete-game, 90-pitch performance. He struck out four and walked two.
Four of St. Mary’s five runs were unearned. The Hawks (28-7) are attempting to win back-to-back state titles for the first time since 1984-85.
North Linn ended the season at 41-3.
NEWMAN 10, CAM 2: Top-seeded Newman trailed 2-0 early before coming back with a nine-run bottom of the fifth inning to advance to Thursday’s semifinals.
Newman starting pitcher Evan Paulus pitched a seven-inning complete game with 10 strikeouts. He did not allow a hit or walk after the first inning. Paulus also had a stellar showing at the plate, driving in the first three runs of the game for the Knights, including a two-run home run in the fifth.
Newman shortstop Ben Fitzgerald fueled the scoring barrage in the fifth with two doubles, along with the Paulus two-run homer.