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State Softball

ARM STRENGTH

Peyton Driscoll shrugged it off. It was just one pitch, nothing to sweat about. But that one pitch was all that stood in the way of the Williamsburg freshman tossing a no-hitter in her state debut on Veterans’ Diamond on a steamy and breezy Tuesday afternoon. Still, she’ll take a ...

ABBY’S ROAD TO NO-NO

Defending state champion North Linn showed no signs of slowing down here Tuesday afternoon, starting its tournament run with a convincing 10-0 victory in five innings over Ridge View at Rogers Sports Complex. The Lynx (24-0 overall) have won 30 consecutive games dating back to last season and ...

Lisbon ends Newell-Fonda’s season

Sometimes, softball is as simple as hitting it where they aren’t. Second-seeded Newell-Fonda found that out the hard way on Tuesday night in a Class 1A quarterfinal tussle with traditional power Lisbon. The Mustangs couldn’t muster any offense against freshman left-hander Ryleigh Allgood, ...

Walk-off inside the park HR pushes Clarksville into semis

One swing of the bat — and one fast runner — was all it took to push Clarksville into the Class 1A state semifinals on Tuesday night. Cheyenne Behrends was off to the races on a lead-off line drive to right field, as her inside-the-park home run in the bottom of the eighth inning gave the ...

Sparkling debut

Northeast is at the state softball tournament for the first time in school history, and the Rebels are sticking around for a few more days. Neveah Hildebrandt drove in Elizabeth Chambers to break a tie, sending Northeast into the Class 2A semifinals with a 5-4 victory over Central Springs here ...

C-M in line for trifecta

It took Collins-Maxwell a while, but the two-time defending state champion Spartans finally pulled away from Mason City Newman in a Class 1A quarterfinal on Tuesday. After the eighth-seeded Knights rallied to pull within a run in the sixth inning, C-M took advantage of Newman miscues to plate ...

Knights storm into semis

Stopping Davenport Assumption from making history is going to be mighty tough. The second-ranked Knights took the first step towards a potential fourth consecutive state championship yesterday afternoon with a 15-0, 3-inning demolition of 15th-ranked Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley in a Class 3A ...

POWER SURGE

Korinne Jansen and Mallory Loftus embraced the big stage for Lynnville-Sully on Tuesday, picking the perfect time to break out the long ball after a season of being kept in the yard. Jansen and Loftus both hit their first home runs of the year, powering the fourth-ranked Hawks to a 9-4 Class ...

Loecker throws gem for Ogden

Denali Loecker has learned to accept the fact that opposing teams are going to walk her. But the University of Iowa signee is also figuring out other ways she can contribute to Ogden. Loecker drew four walks on Tuesday, but scored three runs and tossed a one-hitter in leading the Bulldogs ...

Falcons ride one-hitter to semis

Through six innings, Underwood could do nothing against Louisa-Muscatine ace Hailey Sanders. Sanders received all the run support she would need early on, tossing a one-hitter with 12 strikeouts to lead the Falcons into the Class 2A semifinals with a convincing 6-1 win over Underwood at ...

BREAKOUT

One at-bat sometimes defines a game. For top-ranked Fort Dodge on Monday at the state softball tournament, one at-bat did just that — and also showed the grit and determination that epitomizes its program. Dodger pitcher Jalen Adams had that moment at the plate during her team’s 7-0 ...

AN EMOTIONAL GOODBYE

For every hard hit ball by Humboldt Monday night, a Mount Vernon defender was there to cleanly field it. The Mustangs used that near-flawless defense, along with timely hitting and a late grand slam by Nicole Sullivan, to stun the Wildcats and their large contingent inside Rogers Park, 7-4. ...

Centennial reaches semis

When Ankeny Centennial head coach Brett Delaney said his team found a “little luck” Monday afternoon at the state softball tournament, he wasn’t kidding. Down to their last five outs and trailing 2019 state runner-up Waukee in the sixth, the Jaguars staged an incredible comeback, ...

Muscatine takes out defending champs

A new queen will be crowned in Class 5A after Muscatine knocked off defending state champion West Des Moines Valley here Monday afternoon, 3-1. On a perfect day for softball, the Muskies used runs in the fifth and sixth to stun the Tigers at Rogers Park. Muscatine (19-2 overall) now faces ...

CR Kennedy pulls away

What makes Cedar Rapids Kennedy so tough to defeat is the fact that the Cougars are far from just a one player team. Kaylin Kinney, who had not allowed an earned run in 51 innings entering this week, surrendered three to Pleasant Valley on Monday in the Class 5A state quarterfinals. But ...

North Scott advances in lopsided 4A opener

Fifth-ranked North Scott took advantage of a shaky Charles City defense to score early and often on Monday to set up a rematch of the 2019 Class 4A state title game. The Lancers scored five first-inning runs, courtesy of just two hits and four Charles City errors, and cruised to an 11-0, ...

Dallas Center-Grimes ends Fairfield’s long streak

Third-ranked Fairfield entered Monday’s Class 4A state quarterfinal round riding a 22-game win streak. No. 8 Dallas Center-Grimes made sure it didn’t reach 23. Backed by a four-run third inning, DC-G took control and never trailed over the final four frames, as it handed Fairfield its ...

Carlisle moves on

Relaxed and in control from the opening pitch, top-ranked Carlisle sailed through the Class 4A quarterfinals Monday afternoon at the Rogers Sports Complex and inched closer to a potential second straight state championship. Utilizing small ball to near perfection, the Wildcats (19-3) plated ...

Winterset advances, 7-4

Jena Young has a bright future in front of her, and the present isn’t too shabby either. Winterset’s freshman lead-off hitter set the tone Monday afternoon with a double on the second pitch of the Huskies’ Class 4A state quarterfinal against West Delaware, and she finished 3 for 3 with ...

Albia makes quick work of Creston

It was an efficient and quick night for Albia, as the Lady Dees topped Creston in a Class 3A quarterfinal here Monday night, 12-0 in four innings. Alex Beard, Jena Lawrence, Lauren Bayer, Danica Workman and Ellie Spurgin all drove in two runs each for Albia (20-1 overall), who advances to face ...