The Johnson County American Legion
baseball team defeated Des Moines 22-13 on Monday to advance
to the championship of the Area Tournament.
Johnson County will play at 5 p.m. today at West High
against the winner of Monday night's late Des Moines vs.
Benton County game. Johnson County needs to win one game
for the championship; its opponent will have to win two.
The tournament winner will advance to the state tournament
Friday in Ottumwa.
Jack Butler picked up the victory after pitching the
last 4 2/3 innings, striking out one and walking none
while allowing two runs.
Cody Smith and Wes Freie hit three-run homers for Johnson
County, and Patrick Reilly and Layne Swartzentru-ber hit
Smith scored three runs.
Jonathan Gilmore had two hits and two runs, Jason Ogden
batted 3-for-6 with two RBIs, and Nick Muhlenbruch was
3-for-6 with three RBIs.