(Des Moines) After placing 2nd in the 2010 State Baseball Tournament and then coming up short in the semi-finals in each of the last two years (lost 6-5 in 8 innings vs Gilbert in 2011, lost 6-3 to eventual champion Beckman Catholic, Dyersville in 2012), Kuemper Catholic is back in the Class 2A semi's for an impressive fourth straight year.
Wednesday night they will oppose 2nd rated North Polk. North Polk is the defending state runner up and comes in at 30-4. They needed 13 innings to eliminate Albia in round one which forced the squad to go much deeper into their pitching staff then they would have liked. That should work in Kuemper Catholic's favor as the night's only needed to use one arm on the hill in their 5-1 quarterfinal win over Spirit Lake. Senior ace Chris Halbur struck out ten batters in Monday's complete game.
Kuemper Catholic is one of the hottest teams in the state having won 27 of their last 29 games. They Knights are 29-6 overall and ranked 4th in the state.