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Jaguars knock Cardinals out of 4A playoffs

Published: Friday, July 18, 2014 11:34 p.m. CST • Updated: Friday, July 18, 2014 11:42 p.m. CST
(Jocelyn Sheets/Daily News)
Newton senior catcher Evan Shimon tags out Ankeny Centennial's Michael Reysack (29) on a play at the plate in the bottom of the sixth inning in Friday's Class 4A substate action at Ankeny. Ankeny Centennial defeated Newton, 8-1, to oust the Cardinals from the playoffs.

ANKENY — Newton’s Cardinals came up short in the opening round of the Iowa Class 4A Substate 7 tournament. The Cardinals fell, 8-1, to host Ankeny Centennial’s Jaguars Friday night.

The loss brought to close the 2014 season for the Cardinals. They were 14-20 overall.

The Jaguars got up quick with two runs in the first and two more in the second inning. Down 4-0, the Cardinals scored their lone run in the fourth inning.

It came on the heads-up base running by junior Jordan Travis. Travis singled then sprinted to second when the Jaguar center fielder bobbled the ball. Travis moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a passed ball.

Ankeny Centennial (21-19) put more distance between itself and Newton, scoring four times in the sixth.

“We didn’t beat ourselves tonight. We just got beat by a better team,” Newton senior shortstop Chandler Sturtz.

Sturtz, catcher Evan Shimon and first baseman/pitcher Derek Wrage played their final game for Newton.

More on the substate game and comments from the three seniors and NHS coaches will be in Monday’s Newton Daily News.