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Tritons get on the board

ROCHESTER, Minn. — When Bo Tjebben heard there was a chance to play here Saturday, he jumped at the opportunity.

Tjebben and the 18th-ranked Iowa Central softball team took advantage of the opening, sweeping Riverside (25-0) and Gogebic (12-0) to improve to 2-4 on the year.

“I got the call that they needed a team and we were ready to get on the bus and go play,” said Tjebben, who is in his first year as the head coach. “It didn’t matter who were were playing or what time the games were scheduled (7 a.m. and 9 a.m.). We just wanted the chance to get on the field.”

In the opener from the Rochester Dome, former Humboldt standout Carlie Thompson connected on a three-run homer to provide all the support Kayla Wookey would need as she tossed a five-inning no-hitter with 13 strikeouts.

Thompson finished 4-for-4 at the plate while Fort Dodge Senior High grad Loghen Schnetzer had a two-run double. The Tritons scored 13 runs in the fourth inning. Thompson, Schnetzer, Abby Wilson, Abbie Thilges and Megan Poole all had multiple hits for the Tritons with Wilson adding two steals.

“The umpire said he has done games there for 12 years and Carlie’s home was the longest he had ever seen hit,” Tjebben said. “She really has been working so hard on getting better so it was great to see her have success.”

In the win over Gogebic, Thilges was 3-for-4, driving in four runs including a double. Iowa Central had another big frame, scoring nine runs in the second.

“It was good to get out there and play, to give the girls some confidence,” Tjebben said. “We had great team chemistry and it was a good atmosphere.”

Madison Huisman, Thilges, Thompson, Kenzie Rosenboom, Laila Pelds and Allyson Stewart all drove in runs. Huisman had 11 strikeouts in four innings with just a single hit allowed.

Pelds had two homers with Stewart and Rosenboom each connecting on one.

“Our pitchers did a great job of hitting their spots,” Tjebben said. “They were really on-point and had so much juice behind everything they threw.”

Iowa Central has a date set for March 7 with the Ottawa JV before heading to Fayetteville, Ark. for a series of games March 12-14.

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