Happy Lions

The Linn-Mar Lions celebrate their 3-2 upset win over Iowa City Liberty in a Class 4A Substate first round game Friday, July 16.

Linn-Mar opened the 2021 Class 4A baseball postseason with a 3-2 upset of Liberty High School Friday, July 16 at Liberty. The Lightning entered the contest as the No. 2 seed in Substate 4 with a 24-12-1 record while the Lions were the No. 5 seed at 16-22.

Colin Streff

Colin Streff went the distance. He Streff gave up four hits and two runs.

Dominic Olhava smashed an RBI double to score Carson Recker in the top of the third inning, giving the Lions a 1-0 lead. Liberty answered with an RBI ground out by Jack Funke in the bottom of the inning to tie. In the sixth inning Zach Wray blasted a triple and was driven home by Kane Deutmeyer to retake the lead at 2-1. Isaac Anderson drove in the final run as he reached on a fielder’s choice. The “Bolts” attempted a rally in the bottom of the seventh and plated one runner on a double by Keian Secrist.

Jacob Dooley welcomes Carson Recker home

Jacob Dooley welcomes Carson Recker home in the top of the third inning Friday, July 16 in a Class 4A Substate first round game at Liberty High School in North Liberty against the Lightning. Recker scored on a double by Dominic Olhava for a 1-0 lead. The Lions upset the “Bolts” 3-2 to advance to the semifinals and a battle with Cedar Rapids Kennedy.

Colin Streff went the distance on the mound for the Lions giving up four hits and two runs (one earned) with six strikeouts in the contest.

McKade Jelinek beats Noah Kirk’s tag

McKade Jelinek beats Noah Kirk’s tag as he slides into third base in the top of the third inning Friday, July 16 in a Class 4A Substate first round game at Liberty High School in North Liberty against the Lightning.

McKade Jelinek

McKade Jelinek slides into third base as the ball approaches Liberty High’s Noah Kirk home in the top of the third inning Friday, July 16 in a Class 4A Substate first round game at Liberty High School in North Liberty against the Lightning.

Isaac Anderson

Isaac Anderson gets caught in a rundown between second and third base Friday, July 16 in a Class 4A Substate first round game at Liberty High School in North Liberty.

The win advanced Linn-Mar to a Monday, July 19 visit to 22-15 Cedar Rapids Kennedy (after this edition’s deadline). The Cougars shut out Muscatine 3-0 in the first round. The winner of the Kennedy-Linn-Mar game will take on Pleasant Valley (33-4) on Wednesday, July 21 at Pleasant Valley with the winner advancing to the Class 4A State Tournament at the University of Iowa’s Duane Banks Field. Pleasant Valley shut out Cedar Rapids Jefferson (7-32) 11-0 in the first round.

Linn-Mar 3, Liberty High 2

Hits — Zach Wray 1, McKade Jelinek 1, Kane Deutmeyer 1, Carson Recker 1, Dominic Olhava 1

Colin Streff went the distance

Colin Streff went the distance on the mound for the Lions Friday, July 16 against Iowa City Liberty in a Class 4A Substate first round game. Streff gave up four hits and two runs (one earned) with six strikeouts in the 3-2 upset win.

Singles — Jelinek 1, Deutmeyer 1, Recker 1

Doubles — Olhava 1

Triples — Wray 1

Runs —Wray 1, Greg Gerst 1, Recker 1

RBI — Deutmeyer 1, Isaac Anderson 1, Olhava 1

Pitching — Colin Streff 7.0 IP, 4 hits, 2 runs (1 earned), 0 walks, 6 strikeouts

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