SOLON (38-4) vs. HARLAN (21-14)
When: 6 p.m.
Where: Principal Park, Des Moines
Noteworthy: Solon looks to go back to back after winning it all in Class 2A last season. The Spartans have dispatched of Waukon (11-0 in five innings) and Marion (11-2) at the state tournament. Harlan is a surprise finalist as the No. 7 seed, knocking off Boone (6-4) and Washington, Iowa (8-2). It’ll be interesting to see if Solon goes with ace Brandon Shulista tonight. He will have had three days rest but has been suffering from shoulder issues. He is 9-0 with an ERA under 1.00. Toronto Blue Jays draft pick Derrick Loveless is 5-for-8 with four runs and three RBIs here. The lone junior starter (Austin Dall) is 6-for-8 with five RBIs. Harlan should throw ace Alex Brown (5-0, 1.29 ERA).