State Softball

FD’s pride comes from its people

When Fort Dodge Parks and Recreation director Lori Branderhorst thinks of the state softball tournament and its 47-year relationship with Rogers Sports Complex, she doesn’t see the money or the amenities first. She sees the people. ‘‘This event is all about the workers, the volunteers ...

Lara hits game winner for Spartans

Pleasant Valley junior Alexia Lara never gets cheated when she’s standing in the batter’s box. Her swing is long and violent, but also a thing of beauty when she gets the sweet spot of the bat on the center of the ball. “I’ve been told I swing hard all the time,” Lara said. “I ...

Hobbs drives in six for Bombers

Ballard exploded for seven runs in the first two innings and never looked back here Tuesday night in an 11-5 Class 4A state quarterfinal victory over Carlisle at Rogers Park. Isabell Hobbs drove in six runs for the fourth-ranked Bombers (34-5 overall), who set the school record for ...

Mustangs snap first-round jinx

Mount Vernon is hoping the third time is a charm at this year’s state softball tournament. Class 3A qualifiers in each of the last three postseasons, the Mustangs finally got the quarterfinal monkey off their back with a resounding 11-5 victory over third-ranked Sioux Center at Rogers Park ...

Urbandale back in 5A semifinals

Urbandale salvaged what was otherwise a rough day for the CIML against eastern Iowa schools, plating single runs in both the fifth and sixth innings to defeat Cedar Rapids Jefferson in a Class 5A quarterfinal here on Tuesday night, 5-3. Skyler Shellmyer, Allison Yoder and Jessica Walljasper ...

Isley powers Lady Dees

Carter Isley isn’t the only member of his family making history. Hannah Isley, the younger sister of the former two-time state champion and current University of Northern Iowa wrestling standout, hit a pair of home runs to help the Lady Dees advance to the Class 3A semifinals with a ...

Kennedy snaps tourney hex

It took 35 years, but Cedar Rapids Kennedy can finally bask in the glow of a victory at the state softball tournament. And the Cougars had to beat the team that has been nearly unbeatable at the Rogers Sports Complex in recent years to get that monkey off their backs. A three-run home run ...

Moorman delivers in extras for Indians

Oskaloosa head coach Jay Harms is a member of the Iowa Girls Coaches Association Hall of Fame, owns over 800 career wins and won the Class 4A state championship last summer. But even he couldn’t have predicted what happened Tuesday at Rogers Park. Freshman shortstop Meghan Moorman ...

Schmidt comes through for Comets

Charles City junior Tayler Schmidt is one of the top hitters in the state. On Tuesday night, Schmidt was given not only a second, but a third chance, to hurt Fairfield. And she took advantage. Schmidt reached on a walk and scored the game-winning run when senior Shantel VanHauen delivered a ...

GET TO KNOW… Anna Ingalls, North Union

Anna Ingalls of North Union has helped lead her team to their third straight state tournament. The Warriors were sixth last season and fifth in 2015. Ingalls has a record of 23-4 with 225 strikeouts. The senior is also batting .432 entering the tournament with 15 stolen ...

POINTER SISTERS

No matter what pitch Ellie Jacobson threw and no matter where she placed it, Center Point-Urbana was there to put a charge into it. That’s the kind of night it was for the Humboldt freshman pitcher and her Wildcat teammates on Monday during a Class 3A quarterfinal on Diamond 2 at Rogers ...

Regina pulls away from NU

Jon Prottsman was a little nervous as Iowa City Regina’s first-round game progressed, but after the sixth inning, that feeling quickly evaporated. Prottsman saw his Regals explode for five runs in the sixth and move into the Class 2A state softball semifinals with an 8-1 win over North Union ...

I-35 finds a way late

Interstate-35’s motto “Hold the Rope” stood true to form in their Class 2A quarterfinal victory on Monday at Rogers Park. The third-ranked Roadrunners (27-4 overall) walked off into the semifinals with a 4-3 victory over No. 10 Central Springs (29-5) in eight innings. “We believe in ...

Rockets take off in 7th, 7-2

Ninth-ranked Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont’s pursuit of a second appearance in the Class 2A state championship game in the last four years got off to a good start on Diamond 2 at Rogers Sports Complex on Monday afternoon. The Rockets’ offense came alive in the seventh inning and pitcher ...

Westwood prevails in slugfest

Westwood and Colfax-Mingo matched the ever-rising temperatures Monday at Rogers Park, putting on an offensive clinic in a Class 1A state quarterfinal. The Rebels were the ones left standing, advancing to a semifinal meeting with No. 1 and defending state champion Kee behind an 11-9 ...

Assumption impresses

Top-ranked Davenport Assumption has a bad taste in its mouth after last season’s Class 3A championship, but the Knights got off to a quick start in their return to Rogers Park on Monday. Nicole Timmons and Hannah Kelley combined to pitch a one-hitter on their way to a 10-0, six-inning ...

Sigourney stuns Akron-Westfield

Cinderella took another step toward the Class 1A state softball championship here Monday at Rogers Park, as unranked Sigourney knocked off No. 2 Akron-Westfield in the quarterfinals, 7-3. The Savages (23-11 overall) now face Clarksville (28-2) on Thursday night in the semis on Diamond 2 at ...

Durant blanks Panthers

Second-ranked Durant wanted to make sure they put an end to its first-round curse at Rogers Park. The Wildcats (32-7 overall), who have qualified for state three straight seasons, stayed on the winner’s side for the first time with a 9-0 victory over Logan-Magnolia (31-4). Durant will now ...

Kee picks up where it left off, 18-1

Defending Class 1A state champion Kee made an early statement here Monday, earning a record-setting 18-1 victory over Montezuma in opening round action at Rogers Park. The top-ranked Hawks (36-2 overall), who have made three championship games in four years, will face Westwood (30-10) on ...

Clarksville rallies to top Belle Plaine, 9-8

Makayla Holub showed her experience Monday night in the state tournament at Rogers Park. Holub, one of just two seniors on the Clarksville roster, drove in the game-winning runs in the bottom of the sixth, leading the Indians to a come-from-behind 9-8 victory over Belle Plaine. Clarksville ...