State Softball

REGAL TREATMENT

Eighth-ranked Iowa City Regina will play for its second state championship in three seasons after upsetting No. 2 Durant here Thursday afternoon at Rogers Park, 2-0. The Regals (29-11 overall) meet Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont on Diamond 1 at 4:55 p.m. Friday. Last year, Iowa City Regina was ...

Assumption does it again

One through nine in the order, Davenport Assumption’s potent lineup is already an embarrassment of riches. Throw in one of the state’s premier pitchers, and it’s not hard to figure out why the Knights entered the state tournament as the prohibitive favorite to win the Class 3A state ...

Rally carries Winterset to finals

Execution and effort are staples of state softball tournament teams that stay on the winner’s side of the bracket. A little luck never hurts, either. Second-ranked Winterset seized an opportunity to rally in the bottom of the sixth inning, plating three runs to take down defending Class 4A ...

Albia will play for 1st title

Albia head coach Larry Achenbach was having a friendly chat with reporters when, out of nowhere, a gang of players carrying a jug of ice water sprinted his way and gave him a wake-up call yesterday evening at the Rogers Sports Complex. Newly drenched from head to toe, Achenbach could only ...

Kee earns shot to repeat in 1A

Defending champion Kee High of Lansing continued to live up to its top-ranked billing here on Thursday, as the Hawks again advanced to the Class 1A title round with a 7-3 victory over Westwood at Rogers Park. No. 9 hitter Sydney Strong went 2-for-2 with a pair of runs scored and two RBI to ...

Manufactured runs power Bombers

Ballard didn’t need any help in its Class 4A state softball semifinal against Charles City here on Thursday. The fourth-ranked Bombers still got plenty of it from the mistake-prone Comets. All but one of Ballard’s runs came on plays in the infield as the Bombers posted a 6-1 victory and ...

Richmond’s bat, arm lift Rockets

Randie Richmond did it all for ninth-ranked Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont on Thursday. Richmond hit a two-run homer in the fifth and pitched a three-hitter, leading the Rockets to the Class 2A state championship game thanks to a 2-0 victory over Interstate 35 at Rogers ...

Waukee back in title game

Top-ranked Waukee is headed back to the Class 5A state championship game. The Warriors plated a run in the first and added an insurance one in the sixth, defeating No. 4 Cedar Rapids Kennedy Thursday at Rogers Park, 2-0. Waukee (40-3 overall) advances to Friday’s title round vs. Pleasant ...

Spartans return to title round

Carli Spelhaug’s fifth-inning solo home run on Thursday lifted Pleasant Valley to it second consecutive Class 5A state championship game here at Rogers Park. The seventh-ranked Spartans (34-8 overall) earned a 2-1 victory over No. 6 Urbandale in the semifinals. They meet No. 1 Waukee on ...

Warriors finish eighth in 2A

It was a tough Wednesday in the consolation rounds for North Union, as the Warriors dropped two games to finish eighth in Class 2A. North Union fell to Logan-Magnolia in the consolation semifinals, 8-0, and dropped another 8-0 decision to Waterloo Columbus for seventh. Senior Anna Ingalls ...

Semifinal previews

Class 5A Waukee (39-3) vs. CR Kennedy (36-7) Top-ranked Waukee continues its chase for a fifth state title when they meet No. 4 Cedar Rapids Kennedy on Diamond 1 Thursday at 11 a.m. The Warriors (39-3) won gold in 1999, 2000 and 2015. They ousted 10th-rated West Des Moines Dowling in ...

Consolation roundup

Class 5A Fifth-place: WDM Valley 2, Johnston 1 West Des Moines Valley plated a run in the sixth and another in the seventh to best Johnston in the consolation final, 2-1. Mackenzie Ward recorded 11 strikeouts and scattered five hits, while Karley Kopaska and Claire Stalzer each drove in a ...

GOT YOUR BACK

Winterset junior Ally Pickering summed up the last 24 hours of her life by simply calling it “crazy.” Pickering’s younger sister and starting right-fielder, Corry, was involved in a car accident on her way to a send-off for the second-ranked Huskies Monday. She had 12 staples inserted ...

PROPER SEND-OFF

The fourth-ranked Humboldt softball team did exactly what they wanted here Wednesday at Rogers Park. They played Humboldt softball. The Wildcats doubled up No. 10 West Marshall, 6-3, in the consolation semifinals, then routed third-ranked Sioux Center in the consolation final, 10-0 in five ...

WAUKEE ZONED IN

Sometimes, simple is better. Especially when it comes to handling the pressures of the state softball tournament. Top-ranked Waukee may be the odds-on-favorite to capture the Class 5A championship this week at Rogers Park, but the Warriors aren’t about to make any assumptions after what ...

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 ...