Garrigan can’t stop Falcons

-Messenger photo by Britt Kudla Emma Fogarty of Bishop Garrigan catches a pop fly against Clarksville during class 1A quarterfinal on Monday

The first state experience for Bishop Garrigan came to an end Tuesday, but left the Golden Bears with plenty of momentum and confidence for the coming years.

After falling to Clarksville in the quarterfinals, the Golden Bears suffered a 10-0 loss in five innings to Wayne in the consolation contest at Rogers Park on Veterans Field.

While it wasn’t the outcome Bishop Garrigan (29-8 overall) wanted, without a senior on the roster, the coming years present plenty of chances to return to state.

“I firmly believe these girls have what it takes to make it back here,” BGHS head coach Wendi Meister said. “This was the first step in our progress. Now, we’ll look to take the next step.”

Madison Meister, Amanda Miller, Gracie Elsbecker, Ashlyn Hovey and Bailey Meister each had one hit for the Golden Bears.

Elsbecker is the niece of former Fort Dodge athletic director and baseball coach Matt Elsbecker.

For Wayne (24-9), Allie Wik drove in three runs with a double and both Sterling Berndt and Raegan Tilley had two RBI. Berndt had three hits and Tilley two.

Berndt also earned the win, striking out seven without a walk over five innings.