MVC releases 2020 baseball and softball schedules

The Mississippi Valley Conference announced they will sponsor summer sports and released shortened season schedules on May 27.

Owen Aanestad, Sports Editor

Gov. Kim Reynolds gave permission for high school sports to resume at her daily press conference held on May 20. Both the IHSAA and the IGHSAU met later that day and approved the resumption of the 2020 summer seasons under the Iowa Department of Education guidelines.

The Mississippi Valley Conference announced on May 27 that, as a conference, they will be sponsoring baseball and softball for all 16 eastern Iowa high schools. Practice is set to start June 1 and both the West High baseball and softball teams will open their season on June 16. The season will consist of 20 conference games and be ranked on a 14 game basis to declare a conference champion in July.

Athletic Director Craig Huegel released both baseball and softball schedules via Twitter Wednesday afternoon.

2020 West High Baseball Schedule:

6/16 at Cedar Rapids Prairie

6/18 vs Cedar Rapids Xavier

6/23 at Iowa City Liberty

6/25 vs Cedar Rapids Jefferson

6/29 at Dubuque Hempstead

7/3 at Linn-Mar

7/6 vs Dubuque Wahlert

7/8 at Kennedy

7/10 vs Iowa City City High

7/14 vs Waterloo West

Coming off of a 34-8 season and state semifinal appearance, the West High baseball team led by veteran head coach Charlie Stumpff will have to navigate the tough MVC conference in only 20 regular-season games. Key matchups include both cross-town rivals City and Liberty along with substate finalist Prairie and 3A state champion Xavier.

2020 West High Softball Schedule:

6/16 at Dubuque Senior

6/18 vs Cedar Rapids Prairie

6/23 vs Iowa City Liberty

6/25 at Cedar Rapids Jefferson

6/29 vs Dubuque Hempstead

7/1 at Waterloo West

7/3 vs Linn-Mar

7/6 at Dubuque Wahlert

7/8 vs Kennedy

7/10 at Iowa City City High

With the loss of only one senior last season, the West High softball team is full of experience this year as they hope to make a run in the talented MVC. Key matchups include state qualifiers City High (35-7) and Cedar Rapids Kennedy (37-4) along with cross-town rival Liberty after splitting the series last year.