HCHS junior Ryan Doran watches his three-run double soar toward the right field fence during the second inning of Tuesday night’s Class 3-A state quarterfinal game vs. Oskaloosa at Principal Park. Cyclones Jared Moser, Connor Bruck (2) and Dillon Sears (1) all scored on Ryan Doran's second-inning double to give HCHS a 6-0 lead over Oskaloosa. The Cyclones ended up winning 6-0 to advance to Friday’s semifinal round against Bishop Heelan. Harlan Community freshman Connor Bruck (2) steals second base during the Cyclones’ 6-0 state tournament win over Oskaloosa. HCHS junior Nick Foss (33) steals second base in the first inning as the ball gets away from Oskaloosa second baseman Bennett Spry. HCHS sophomore Brett Sears improved his record to 9-0 on Tuesday night, pitching five and one-third scoreless innings as the Cyclones beat Oskaloosa 6-0.

Cyclones strike early, eliminate Oskaloosa 6-0 in 3-A state quarterfinal

First-inning double play, Doran three-run double highlight fast start as HCHS advances to state semifinals

 DES MOINES (July 25) -- With recent history as the guide, this one was vintage Harlan Community.
 A fast start with the bats, stingy pitching and game-changing defensive plays all added up to another victory Tuesday night as the top-ranked Cyclones defeated Oskaloosa 6-0 in a Class 3-A state baseball tournament quarterfinal at Principal Park.
 Improving to 6-1 in their last seven state tournament games, the defending state champions will take a 35-2 record into Friday’s 11 a.m. semifinal game against 8th-ranked Sioux City Bishop Heelan (32-12).
 “Getting the first one is big,” said HCHS sophomore pitcher Brett Sears, who improved to 9-0 on the mound.
 Staked to a 6-0 lead after two innings, Sears battled his command at times but did not allow a hit until the fifth and pitched five and a third scoreless frames.
 Oskaloosa, which finished 28-14, was making its first state baseball appearance since 1998 while the Cyclones are back in Des Moines for the seventh year in a row.

2017 State Baseball Tournament --- Scores, Pairings & Schedule
at Principal Park • Des Moines

Quarterfinal Scores: Tuesday, July 25
Assumption 12, Bondurant-Farrar 2 (5) -------- Harlan Community 6, Oskaloosa 0
Dubuque Wahlert 5, Marion 4 --------------------Bishop Heelan 4, Saydel 1
Semifinal Pairings: Friday, July 28
1:30 p.m. - Davenport Assumption (#1 seed, 39-5) vs. Dubuque Wahlert (#4 seed, 27-15)
11 a.m. - Harlan Community (#2 seed, 35-2) vs. Bishop Heelan (#3 seed, 32-12)
Championship Game: Saturday, July 29, 5:00 p.m.

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