The Class 1A baseball playoff journey begins Saturday for two schools in the KCII area at Highland High School. In the first game of a playoff doubleheader, Hillcrest Academy will face the Grand View Christian Thunder. The Ravens enter the game at 11-10 on the year after a 15-12 win over Danville in Kalona on Thursday, courtesy of a three-run homer from Jace Rempel. The Ravens finished 9-5 in the North Division Superconference, in third place and are hitting .244 as a team with Luke Schrock at .378 with 31 hits and 27 runs scored. Rempel has a squad of 21 top players. On the mound, Hillcrest holds a 4.33 ERA with Seth Ours and Luke Schrock a combined 6-4 in 66 innings with a 3.15 ERA. Rempel is 2-0 in 15 innings with an .89 mark. Grand View Christian is 6-9 this year. The Thunder are based in Des Moines and are not in a conference, and are in only their third season as a program. On Thursday, they beat Central Decatur 6-5. On the year, they’re hitting .214 with Austin Jordan at .400 with 16 hits and 12 runs scored. Grand View has a 5.53 overall ERA with Jordan at 3.21 with a 2-3 record. Tate Moulton is 3-3 on the year. These two teams have never met.
At the last drink, the Highland Huskies welcome the Montezuma Braves. The Huskies come in 20-3, Superconference North Division runners-up. They dove out of the conference to beat Sigourney 14-1 in their final playoff tuneup on Wednesday. The Huskies are hitting .352 as a team with four .400-plus players led by Trevor McFarland at .493 with 36 hits and 26 RBIs. The Highland ERA team is 2.31 with Chase Schultz at 8-2 with a 1.83 mark. Ethan Paisley is 5-1 at 2.28 and Logan Bonebrake, Peyton Yeggy and Connor Grinstead are 7-0 combined this season. Montezuma is 1-14 this year, finishing with the same record in the South Iowa Cedar League. They were on the wrong side of a 7-4 scoreline against HLV on Monday. During the year, the Braves are batting .216 collectively with Owen Cook to a team-best .452 with 19 hits and six runs scored. Monty’s side ERA is 5.06 with Cook at 3.58 to lead the way and record the team’s only win. These teams last met in 2007 with the Huskies scoring a 7-6 win.
You can hear the action from both ends of the doubleheader live on AM 1380, FM 102.5 and KCIIradio.com, starting with the Washington HyVee Pregame Show at 4:30 p.m. and the first pitch between Hillcrest and Grand View at 5 p.m. with the Highland and Montezuma game to follow live from Highland High School.