Summer Sports Postseason Continues (7/15)

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The Iowa Girls Athletic Union softball playoffs continued last night with a trip to the State Tournament on the line for a few area teams. In a game heard right here on KCHA FM last night, the Osage Green Devils softball team traveled to Emmetsburg to take on Spirit Lake in a regional final. Spirit Lake opened the game with two scores in the top of the first inning, but Osage was able to tie things in the fourth by pushing across two runs of their own. Spirit Lake would regain the lead in the fifth with three runs, but Osage got right back in it in the bottom half of the inning as Chandler Banta knocked out a solo home run and Cassidy Mohl and Amber Schwarting drove in runs. With the score tied 5-5 heading into the seventh, Spirit Lake was able to plate a run via a bases loaded hit to make the score 6-5. Osage would go down quietly in the bottom of the seventh as their season ended. The two-time defending North Iowa Conference Champions finished their season with a record of 25-4.
In a Class 2A regional final last night, the North Butler Bearcat softball team was in a dog fight with the Denver Cyclones. North Butler struck in the first inning when Emily Dolan recorded a 2 RBI single to give the Bearcats the lead. Dolan was also dazzling inside the circle as she allowed only one baserunner until the sixth inning when Denver was able to take the lead with three runs. North Butler would tie the game with a run in the seventh to force extra innings. The score remained 3-3 until the bottom of the tenth inning when Dolan stepped to the plate with runners on first and second and two out. She smacked a ball just over the outstretched arm of the left fielder for the game winning hit and the celebration began. North Butler improved to 18-8 on the season and their next game will be at Fort Dodge next Tuesday in the opening round of the State Tournament. The Bearcats will face Earlham who is 28-4 this season, first pitch will be at 5:30pm.
North Butler will be joined by fellow Corn Bowl Conference member Saint Ansgar at the Class 2A State Tournament after the Saints were able to shut out Manson Northwest Webster 4-0 last night in Algona. Saint Ansgar plated three runs in the second inning and never looked back as Alex Patterson scattered seven hits over the course of the game inside the circle while walking none and striking out six. Saint Ansgar would add an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth to secure just their second State Tournament appearance in program history. The Saints will take on Highland in the opening round in Fort Dodge next Tuesday. First pitch will be at 1:30pm.
There was also some baseball played last night around the area in both regular and postseason play. The Charles City Comets traveled to Waterloo West for a non conference matchup. The Comets would erase an early deficit with four runs in the top of the fifth to take a 5-3 lead. Waterloo West tied the game in the bottom of the fifth before Charles City was able to regain the lead in the top of the seventh 6-5. The lead would not hold though as the WaHawks scored two in the bottom of the seventh for the walk off win. Tyler LaBarge was 3-4 at the dish with a double and two runs scored to lead the Comet offense. Sam Lipke was the only other Comet with multiple hits as he recorded two singles and 2 RBI. Charles City drops to 10-18 overall this season and will finish up the regular season tonight with a Northeast Iowa Conference make-up game with Waukon.
In a game heard right here on KCHA last night, the Osage Green Devil baseball team advanced to the district semi finals behind an outstanding pitching performance by senior Doug Perrin. Perrin carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning when a two out single by Saint Ansgar’s Jared Kramer broke that up. Perrin was able to complete the shut out though as Osage easily handled the Saints 8-0. The Green Devils broke open a 3-0 game in the bottom of the sixth when they scored five runs on five hits in the frame. Osage will now take on New Hampton tonight in New Hampton in the Class 2A district semi finals. You can tune into that game again here on KCHA FM with first pitch set for 7pm.
The North Butler Bearcat baseball team was also able to advance out the postseason’s first round after they posted a 6-1 win over Clarksville last night. The Bearcats will now take on Janesville in Janesville in a class 1A district 5 quarterfinal and that game will start at 7pm.
The Nashua Plainfield Husky baseball team will also play in a Class 1A district 5 quarterfinal in Janesville. They will take on Ackley in the early game which is set to start at 5pm. The Huskies come in with an overall record of 7-18 while Ackley enters at 8-19.
The Riceville Wildcats and Rockford Warriors will play in the Class 1A District 4 quarterfinals tonight. Riceville will be in Lake Mills taking on West Hancock in a five o’ clock game. Riceville is an even 14-14 this season while West Hancock is 4-13. Rockford will play in Mason City at Newman Catholic’s field against Belmond Klemme. Rockford is 11-8 this season while Belmond Klemme is 6-17.