State Softball

Assumption explodes vs. Benton

Top-ranked Davenport Assumption was on the doorstep of a tight finish in their Class 3A quarterfinal against Benton Community on Monday night. Then in the sixth inning, the Knights’ bats came to life. The Knights led 5-4 heading to the bottom of the sixth, when Davenport Assumption ...

All Westerners in opener

Third-ranked Akron-Westfield wasn’t about to experience a 2017 repeat. Last year, when the Westerners (27-4 overall) were rated second, they were stunned by Sigourney in the quarterfinal round. The specifics may have seemed similar beforehand on Monday, but Akron-Westfield took care of ...

Central Springs shuts out Lo-Ma

When Hannah Ausenhus needed a strikeout, the Central Springs junior reached back and delivered. Ausenhus got out of a bases loaded situation in the sixth, as the sixth-ranked Panthers earned a 4-0 victory over No. 8 Logan-Magnolia to advance to the Class 2A semifinals here Monday at Rogers ...

AGWSR edges Janesville

Inside the circle, there might not be a more imposing pitcher than Taryan Barrick. The state’s strikeout leader added to her total with 13 on Monday, but it was the offense that really got fourth-ranked AGWSR through the first round of the Class 1A tournament at Rogers Park. A pair of ...

Regina takes down Alta-Aurelia

Once again, the Iowa City Regina softball team proved that records do not matter when it comes to the state tournament. The No. 10 Regals played moneyball early and powerball late, knocking off fifth-ranked Alta/Aurelia, 7-2, in a Class 2A quarterfinal at Rogers Park Monday evening. Iowa ...

Lisbon continues postseason run with 3-2 victory

For ninth-ranked Lisbon, the pressure to make it to Rogers Park was daunting. The Lions knocked off two-time defending champion and No. 1 Kee in the regional final to end a 14-year drought from the state tournament. On Monday in the first game on Diamond 2, Lisbon held off 11th-rated ...

Central Springs takes battle with Logan-Magnolia

When Hannah Ausenhus needed a strikeout, the Central Springs junior reached back and delivered. Ausenhus got out of a bases loaded situation in the sixth, as the sixth-ranked Panthers earned a 4-0 victory over No. 8 Logan-Magnolia to advance to the Class 2A semifinals here Monday at Rogers ...

Our first pitch

On behalf of our entire staff and the city of Fort Dodge, I’d like to extend an early welcome and belated congratulations to the players, families and fans from communities all across Iowa. For the 49th consecutive year, the state softball tournament at Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex ...

Cougars ride Barrick, timely hits into 1A semis

Inside the circle, there might not be a more imposing pitcher than Taryan Barrick. The state’s strikeout leader added to her total with 13 on Monday, but it was the offense that really got fourth-ranked AGWSR through the first round of the Class 1A tournament at Rogers Park. A pair of ...

Regina steals way past Alta/Aurelia, 7-2

Once again, the Iowa City Regina softball team proved that records do not matter when it comes to the state tournament. The No. 10 Regals played moneyball early and powerball late, knocking off fifth-ranked Alta/Aurelia, 7-2, in a Class 2A quarterfinal at Rogers Park Monday evening. Iowa City ...

BACK FOR MORE

As far as Olivia Larsen is concerned, the ultimate achievement is always a state title regardless of the sport. For Larsen and unranked Newell-Fonda, their softball championship quest begins here at Rogers Park on Monday when they take on No. 2 Collins-Maxwell in a Class 1A quarterfinal round ...

BACK-TO-BACK

The run put together by Humboldt to reach the state softball tournament a year ago was expected. By becoming the first team in school history to make it back-to-back years, though, all those new faces around the Wildcat program have their own achievement on the resume now. No. 4 Humboldt ...

SHEER WILL

URBANDALE — The sixth-ranked (Class 5A) Urbandale softball team had the home field, the senior stars and the state pedigree. Fort Dodge simply had each other. On a magical night for the program in front of their frenzied fanbase, the unrelenting Dodgers sent the savvy J-Hawks home with a ...

‘CATS ARE BACK

HUMBOLDT — It’s not a far drive to Rogers Park and Fort Dodge for the Humboldt softball team. It’s also becoming a familiar one. The Wildcats (30-3 overall) are headed back to the state tournament, thanks to a third victory this year over North Central Conference rival Algona. This ...

No. 4 AGWSR ousts Gaels

ACKLEY — The St. Edmond softball team has faced a handful of elite all-state pitchers this year. Monday night in a Class 1A regional final, they might have taken on the best in Iowa in AGWSR’s Taryan Barrick. Barrick tossed a no-hitter, striking out 15 to lead the fourth-ranked Cougars ...

BACK AT ONE

Corry Pickering didn’t get to play in the state tournament, but she was still a big part of Winterset’s run to the Class 4A state championship at Rogers Park. The second-ranked Huskies (35-7 overall) fought off an early deficit to claim a 5-2 victory over Ballard (35-6) and claim the ...

Record night for champion Knights

With the record already in Nicole Timmon’s possession, the ovation was more important than closing out the final chapter in the early morning hours of Saturday at the Rogers Sports Complex. With a faithful throng of fans still in attendance at 1:18 a.m., Timmons and top-ranked Davenport ...

PV seals the deal

Pleasant Valley wasn’t going to let this year’s title game come down to the final at-bat. A year removed from being on the Class 5A state championship doorstep, the Spartans (35-8 overall) entered Friday’s Class 5A title contest against top-ranked Waukee (40-4) with a whole new ...

Kee goes back-to-back

Elizabeth Hill had the perfect response to the question of what defending a state championship means. Hill’s top-ranked Kee softball team downed No. 6 Clarksville Friday evening while in between rain delays at Rogers Park, 8-1. “It’s just an awesome feeling,” said Hill, who’s ...

Last team standing

Sarah Lehman sat in the dugout and cried as her Iowa City Regina teammates got set to bat in the bottom of the 16th inning at the Rogers Sports Complex on Friday night. Yes, that’s right: the 16th inning. But little did Lehman know that those tears of disappointment would become tears of ...