The high school baseball season came to an end Friday for the metro area’s Class 4A teams as all three dropped substate openers on the road.
Cedar Falls (18-18-1) suffered a heartbreaking 1-0 defeat at Ottumwa (24-15), Waterloo East (3-36) fell at fourth-ranked Iowa City High (29-12) by a 10-0 score in six innings, and seventh-ranked Southeast Polk (27-14) knocked out Waterloo West (6-35) 12-2 in five innings.
OTTUMWA 1, CEDAR FALLS 0: Austin Shotts fired a complete-game two-hitter and Treyton Larkin’s RBI groundout in the third inning produced the only run as Ottumwa advanced to the substate semifinals.
A walk, a single and a sacrifice bunt set up the game-winning run.
SOUTHEAST POLK 12, WATERLOO WEST 2: Southeast Polk scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning and didn’t slow down until it built a 12-0 cushion after a seven-run fourth.
The Rams got starting pitcher Joe Bagley out after four innings and 48 pitchers. West finished with five hits and plated both its runs in the top of the fifth.
IOWA CITY HIGH 10, WATERLOO EAST 0: East kept a high-powered Iowa City High attack off the scoreboard for the first three innings, but the Hawks took control with three runs in both the fourth and fifth and then ended it with four in the sixth.
Brett McCleary went the first five innings and Bryce Frantz finished up the six-inning no-hitter. McCleary also knocked in three runs with a pair of hits and Travis Reyhons went 3-for-4 as City High piled up 13 base hits.