State Softball

Indianola reaches finals in 5A

For the second consecutive game at the state tournament, the Indianola softball team’s offense exploded late to give them some breathing room. Star pitcher Sydney Sickels didn’t need it. The University of Illinois recruit was spectacular on Wednesday, firing a two-hit shutout with 16 ...

Spartans earn chance to repeat

Pleasant Valley is back in the Class 5A championship round, and the Spartans made their return with authority here on Wednesday. A seven-run fifth inning broke things wide open for top-seeded PVHS, which drubbed West Des Moines Valley at Rogers Park 9-4 last night. Junior Carli Spelhaug ...

INSTANT CLASSIC

It took elite skill to defeat Fort Dodge’s will at the state softball tournament here Tuesday. Lindsey Culver’s two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning allowed third-seeded Cedar Rapids Jefferson to finally break free from the eighth-ranked Dodgers in a classic pitchers’ duel at ...

Houge sisters lead Collins-Maxwell to 1A finals

If you didn’t know who Mikayla Houge and Collins-Maxwell were before this week, you definitely do now. Houge, a sophomore, pitched a one-hitter to lead the second-ranked Spartans to the Class 1A state championship game here Wednesday at Rogers Park, 1-0 over No. 9 Lisbon. Collins-Maxwell ...

Strong return for Roland-Story

In the state softball tournament for the first time in 29 years, ninth-ranked Roland-Story showed it belonged with a statement-making victory in its Class 3A state quarterfinal against third-ranked Waterloo Columbus at the Harlan Rogers Sports Complex yesterday afternoon. The Norse (29-4) ...

Valtman hits walk-off HR

Cedar Rapids Xavier made the smart decision in the bottom of the fifth inning when it elected to intentionally walk Newton slugger Emily Valtman during a Class 4A state quarterfinal on Diamond 2 at the Harlan Rogers Sports Complex yesterday afternoon. Locked in a scoreless game, the Saints ...

Champs pitch shutout

When you have two of the top pitchers in the state at your disposal, the need to light up the scoreboard isn't there. For top-ranked Pleasant Valley, that's exactly what they bring to the state tournament in seniors Ellie Spelhaug and Alexia Lara. The Spartans took care of Iowa City High ...

Indianola rallies late to advance

Down 1-0 in the sixth, third-ranked Indianola plated four runs to advance to the Class 5A semifinals with a 4-1 victory over No. 10 Dubuque Hempstead at Rogers Park. Payton Anderson and Taylor Bowling each had two hits for the Indians (35-3 overall), with Sammie Becker, Brooke Tucker and ...

Lady Dees make a statement

The second-ranked Albia softball team has a number of reasons to play this state tournament. After advancing to a finals as an underdog last year, the Lady Dees made quick work of No. 13 Spirit Lake here Tuesday at Rogers Park, scoring a 10-0 victory in five innings. Next up for Albia (32-4 ...

Tigers explode late to advance to semis

It took second-ranked ADM a little while to get on track, but once they did, there was no stopping the Tigers. ADM advanced to the Class 4A semifinals with a 9-1 victory over upset-minded Dallas Center-Grimes here Tuesday afternoon at Rogers Park. The Tigers (34-7 overall) will now face ...

Consolation Roundup

Class 1A Newell-Fonda 14, Martensdale-SM 10 Ella Larsen, Megan Morenz and Maggie Walker all drove in two runs to help give Newell-Fonda a 14-10 victory in a Class 1A consolation game at Rogers Park Tuesday over Martensdale-St. Mary’s. Morenz, Walker and Bailey Sievers all had two hits ...

Warriors survive

It was only fitting that a Class 4A quarterfinal filled with imperfections ended in an unconventional way here on Tuesday. Allie Jo Zieser flew into what became a scattered double play to nix Independence's last-chance rally and allow Sergeant Bluff-Luton to escape with a 3-2 victory on ...

Valley returns to semis

West Des Moines Valley pitcher Claire Stalzer was at her best when her back was against the wall during the Tigers’ Class 5A state quarterfinal on Diamond 2 at the Rogers Sports Complex yesterday evening. And now Valley (32-9) is back in the semifinals for the fourth time in the past six ...

GAME DAY FOR DODGERS

Andi Adams knows Fort Dodge doesn’t necessarily have the look of a prototypical powerhouse program. The eighth-ranked Dodgers’ style is much more unconventional — befitting a school and a town that annually embraces the underdog role. “I guess it’s kind of like sandlot softball,” ...

Defending runner-up Albia rolls into 3A semis

The second-ranked Albia softball team has a number of reasons to play this state tournament. After advancing to a finals as an underdog last year, the Lady Dees made quick work of No. 13 Spirit Lake here Tuesday at Rogers Park, scoring a 10-0 victory in five innings. Next up for Albia (32-4 ...

No. 2 ADM finds rhythm, tops DC-Grimes

It took second-ranked ADM a little while to get on track, but once they did, there was no stopping the Tigers. ADM advanced to the Class 4A semifinals with a 9-1 victory over upset-minded Dallas Center-Grimes here Tuesday afternoon at Rogers Park. The Tigers (34-7 overall) will now face ...

Hoover triumphant in return to state

The last time Des Moines Hoover faced Charles City at the state softball tournament was in 1982, as the Huskies claimed the one-class championship. Making their return to Rogers Park three decades later, Hoover used a 7-2 victory over the Comets Tuesday to advance to the Class 4A semifinals. ...

Hoover upsets No. 4 Comets

The last time Des Moines Hoover faced Charles City at the state softball tournament was in 1982, as the Huskies claimed the one-class championship. Making their return to Rogers Park three decades later, Hoover used a 7-2 victory over the Comets Tuesday to advance to the Class 4A semifinals. ...

FINAL FOUR

The scenario was similar to last season for the Humboldt softball team. But the end result was much different. The No. 4 Wildcats scored a 3-0 victory over seventh-ranked Atlantic here Monday night in the final game on Diamond 2, advancing to the Class 3A semifinals for the first time in ...

Defending champ Spartans handle Iowa City High

When you have two of the top pitchers in the state at your disposal, the need to light up the scoreboard isn’t there. For top-ranked Pleasant Valley, that’s exactly what they bring to the state tournament in seniors Ellie Spelhaug and Alexia Lara. The Spartans took care of Iowa City ...