DES MOINES, Iowa–Top-ranked and top-seeded Cedar Rapids Xavier broke a 1-1 tie with three runs in the sixth inning and held on to defeat Marion 4-1 in the first Class 3A semifinal Friday at Principal Park. The win puts Xavier in Saturday’s championship game, where the Saints will seek to add to the state title they won in 2006.
Logan McDermott fired a two-hitter for Xavier (40-2) which won its 27th straight game.
Marion scored first, pushing across a run in the top of the fifth. With two outs, pinch hitter Lucas Unsen got a walk. He scored from first on a single by Gage Franck, who hit a blooper that got past the right fielder.
Xavier tied the game 1-1 in the bottom of the inning. One-out back-to-back singles by Bryson Bastian and Nate Skala, and then two-out back-to-back walks forced in a run.
The Indians threatened in the top of the sixth — but had a runner out at home on a sacrifice squeeze bunt attempt, and a runner picked off at third.
Xavier scored three runs on three hits in the sixth. A walk and a single Garrett by Reis, a ground out and an intentional walk loaded the bases with one out. Isaac Ball ripped a two-run single, and Jaxson Konzen lofted an RBI double for the 4-1 edge.
Marion ended the season at 33-6.