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Class 1A state semifinal: A MASTERFUL DISPLAY

St. Albert blasts Alburnett to reach state title game, hoping to capture school’s first championship in 22 years

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St. Albert looks ready for primetime.

Naturally, an extra innings thriller paved the way for a semifinal blowout Wednesday afternoon.

A methodical Falcons squad rolled into the Class 1A title game in Carroll, knocking off sixth-seeded Alburnett, 10-0 in five innings.

The second-seeded Falcons have only allowed three runs so far in the state tournament, outscoring AHS and Lisbon by a combined score of 19-3, playing as if the Council Bluffs school is the best team left in the state.

The dominance is nothing short of what St. Albert starter Jeff Miller has come to expect.

“It means we came ready to play,” Miller said after pitching five innings of scoreless ball, allowing just three runs while striking out six. “We preach that all year how we have to come ready to play in big games.”

The Falcons produced four runs in the second inning, snagged four more in the fourth for an 8-0 lead before sealing the deal in the fifth with two more. St. Albert’s bats were electric, collecting 10 hits in all, many of which were run-scoring singles.

Alburnett did produce a number of chances throughout the game though they never truly came close to breaking through. The St. Albert defense was too strong while the bats were timely when it mattered most.

“We were patient and waited to get a pitch we could hit,” Miller said. “We did that top to bottom in our lineup today.”

St. Albert has not won a state title in 22 years, last prevailing in 1999 though they’ve reached the state tournament five times since.

Miller has reached the state tournament two other times in his career, but the 2021 run is the first time his Falcons could come away with a victory. Now, the Falcons find themselves one victory from a state title.

“It feels amazing,” Miller said. “We’ve won two in a row. It’s a crazy feeling. I’m excited for tomorrow.”

Miller was impressive at the plate Wednesday as well, driving in four runs while tallying two hits in three at-bats.

St. Albert’s Colton Brennan collected two RBI to go with a perfect, three-for-three night at the plate while Isaac Sherrill also tallied a pair of RBI.

The Falcons will square off against Lansing Kee in tomorrow’s state championship game at 12 p.m. The Kee Hawks tallied a come-from-behind, 5-3 win in extra innings over Remsen St. Mary’s in Wednesday’s first semifinal.

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