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State Baseball: 4A Quarterfinals see Ankeny, Johnston and Urbandale move on to semifinals

Brody Brecht struck out 16 in the Hawks win over Pleasant Valley. Johnston holds off Cedar Falls, and will play Urbandale who tops Waukee in pitchers' duel

DES MOINES, Iowa — 4A quarterfinals lived up to the hype at Principal Park on Wednesday. It started with a pitchers' duel between Waukee and Urbandale. The J-Hawks won it 2-0. They'll face rival Johnston in Friday's semifinal after the Dragons held off Cedar Falls in an 11-7 victory. Then in the nightcap, Ankeny saw their ace, Brody Brecht roll on the bump with 16 K's. Pleasant Valley tied it up at 4 only to see the Hawks put up a late run to advance with a 5-4 win.