Williamsburg ends Assumption’s chase for history
Adam Berte is definitely never going to forget his 100th career victory.
Berte, a graduate of Twin River Valley and former Iowa Central baseball player, helped lead Williamsburg to one of the biggest upsets at the state softball tournament, ending Davenport Assumption’s bid to win four consecutive titles here Wednesday, 5-4.
The Raiders (25-4 overall) advance to meet Albia (21-1) on Kruger Field Friday t 2:30 p.m.
Berte, who is in his fourth season as head coach, is now 100-51 overall.
“It’s great,” he said. “Every coach dreams about (coaching in the finals). You put a lot of time into this and it’s been the goal from day one.”
Despite typically keeping his emotions in-check, Berte did catch himself for a moment while discussing the season even taking place due to the coronavirus.
“That two-plus months of not knowing if we were going to play was the hardest part,” he said. “We knew we had a good team. This is just a really good day.”
Williamsburg’s Jill Holub, one of just three seniors on the team, scored the game-winning run in the seventh on a ball Assumption was unable to field cleanly. From there, ninth-grader Peyton Driscoll closed the door.
Driscoll, who was inside the circle when the Raiders suffered a 12-0 defeat to the Knights during the regular season, worked around a double and a walk in the seventh to secure the win. She struck out seven to improve to 16-3 on the year.
“Peyton admitted after that first game that she checked out a little after allowing a home run,” Berte said. “But we do a book study as a team bonding experience and a quote from the book we read really hit home with her. I thought we all learned from that game.”
Davenport Assumption, who was trying to become the first team to win four consecutive summer state softball titles, struck first when DePaul signee Anna Wohlers took Driscoll deep in the opening inning.
“I probably spent 24 straight hours after that loss thinking about how to pitch to them again if we played them,” Berte said. “Davenport Assumption is the standard in 3A and that’s where we want to be. But getting to see them definitely helped us more than it helped them.”
Driscoll put up four straight scoreless frames after the Wohlers homer before the Knights plated two runs in the sixth to tie it at four-all.
Charley Geguzis had two hits and drove in two runs for the Raiders, while Holub also collected two hits. Williamsburg stole four bases as a team.
For Davenport Assumption, Wohlers and Libby Madden each drove in two runs, while Maddie Loken had three hits.
WILLIAMSBURG 5, DAVENPORT ASSUMPTION 4
Williamsburg 010 201 1 — 5 7 0
Assumption 200 002 0 — 4 7 5
WP–Peyton Driscoll (16-3, 7 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 7 K, 2 BB); LP–Leah Maro (8-2, 7 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 3 K, 3 BB).
HR–DA: Anna Wohlers. 2B–DA: Maddie Loken. RBI–W: Charley Geguzis, Charlotte Wetjen; DA: Anna Wohlers (2), Libby Madden (2). SB–W: Rylie Metz, Aubray Walters, Charlotte Wetjen, Shannon Finn; DA: Lauren Loken, Isabella Krogman (2). LOB–W: 9; DA: 6.