Picking up win No. 300 as head coach wasn't a big deal to Dallas Center-Grimes coach Steve Schlafke.
Win No. 301? That would be a different story.
Schlafke reached the milestone at DC-G in surprisingly easy fashion as the Fillies roared past Indianola 10-3 in a rematch of last year's 4A championship game on Diamond 1 at Rogers Park Thursday afternoon.
The victory moved the Fillies (37-5) into the 4A title game on Friday at 4:45 on Diamond 1 against Carlisle, an 11-9 comeback winner over Washington in the other 4A semifinal.
Last year, Indianola blanked DC-G by a 1-0 count in the championship game. The Indians (33-10) now play for third at 3:30 p.m. Friday on Diamond 2.
"I couldn't care less about my personal win total," said Schlafke, who now has 1,087 wins in a 38-year career. "All I would like is for us to get one more.
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DC-Grimes 020 213 2 10 16 1
Indianola 001 002 0 3 6 2
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HBP-Indianola: Paige Aldred. 2B-DCG: Lowary, Taylor Draisey, Allison O'Brien, Jackie Peyton. HR-Indianola: Madi Parrott 2, Brianna Chaplin. Sac- DCG: Brooke Kramer, Rachel Lowary, Peyton. SB-DCG: Rachel Lowary, O'Brien. DP-Indianola 2. LOB-Dallas Center-Grimes 8, Indianola 6. T-1:35.
"No. 301 would mean we've won the championship."
Schlafke also said his players weren't focused on revenge against Indianola; they just wanted to return to the finals after coming close to a state title last year.
"We wanted to get back to the championship game. It's didn't matter who it was. Every kid on our team knew what happened last year, but we wanted to get back to (the finals)," said Schlafke.
In one of the more anticipated semifinals of the tournament, Dallas Center-Grime kept its offensive barrage going. After beating Denison-Schleswig 7-0 in the quarterfinals, the Fillies banged out 16 hits and scored in every inning but two for their seven win in a row and second of the season over the defending state champs.
Dallas Center-Grimes opened the season with a 3-0 win over Indianola.
"All the credit goes to the kids," said Schlafke. "They have worked so hard and really wanted it.
"We've got kids up and down that lineup that can swing the bats. You get to this level and sometimes your offense doesn't believe it can score runs. We told them we can score against anybody."
All those runs came in handy as the Indians belted three home runs off Dallas Center-Grimes all-stater Paige Lowary, who tossed a no-hitter against Denison-Schleswig. Madi Parrott had two of the Indians' home runs. Brianna Chaplin had the other one.
The three homers in the game broke the 4A record for home runs by one squad, and Parrott joined several players with a pair in one contest.
Dallas Center-Grimes made sure none of that mattered, scoring early and often.
The Fillies plated two runs in the second as Dani Heritage stroked a two-run single. After Parrott homered to make it 2-1 in the third, DC-G plated two more in the fourth on another two-run single by Heritage, who finished with three hits.
The Fillies added a run in the fifth on an RBI double from Taylor Draisey and they blew it open with three in the sixth and two in the seventh. Tabitha Taylor had a two-run single in the sixth while Lowary drove home a run with a double.
Jackie Payton had a perfect bunt to score a run in the seventh and another scored on a wild pitch.
Six different players had multiple hits for the Fillies. Lowary finished with a six-hitter, including three strike outs and one walk.
Dallas Center-Grimes and Carlisle actually met twice during the regular season on separate occasions. Today's game will be the rubber match. Carlisle won 2-0 midway through the season while the Fillies won the second meeting just before the post-season 4-1.