Area Teams Finish State Softball Tournament (7/24)


The State Softball Tournament wrapped up for our area teams yesterday as both Saint Ansgar and North Butler got two games in down in Fort Dodge. In the consolation semi finals, Saint Ansgar found themselves in an instant classic with Alburnett as seven innings wasn’t enough to determine a winner. Saint Ansgar was able to strike first via a two run home run by Kelsie Willert in the bottom of the first inning. Alburnett cut the lead in half with a run in the third, they tied it with a run in the fifth and took the lead with a run in the sixth. The Saints would not go away quietly as they were able to push a run across in the bottom of the seventh as Paige Salz singled with two outs to score Willert and force extras. Neither team scored in the eighth, but the Pirates would plate three runs in the top of the ninth. Saint Ansgar kept fighting though as they were down to their final out once again when Mel Gerbig reached on an error which scored two runs. After a single and a walk loaded the bases, a pop out to the third baseman ended the game 6-5 in favor of Alburnett. Alex Patterson pitched all nine innings for the Saints, she gave up 12 hits and only walked one batter.
While that game was going on North Butler was having a tough time with Maple Valley in their consolation semifinal. After a four run third inning put the Bearcats down 5-0 Maple Valley would score ten runs in the top of the fourth to take an insurmountable 15-0 lead. North Butler did come up with a run in the bottom of the fourth as Marcy Jacobs was able to score on an error, but that was it for North Butler and it put them up against their Corn Bowl Conference foe Saint Ansgar for seventh and eighth place.
North Butler’s Lisa Feldman got the scoring going in the top of the first launching over the fence for a solo home run. The score stood one to nothing until the top of the third when North Butler was able to score six runs on just one hit which was a Feldman double. Saint Ansgar aided that six run inning with three errors. The Bearcats plated a run in the fourth and went up by eleven with a three run sixth inning which is where the game ended. Saint Ansgar was unable to get any offense going as Taylor Graven was inside the circle for North Butler and she gave up only one hit and issued just two walks while striking out five. North Butler earned a seventh place finish and ended the season with a record of 19-10. Saint Ansgar finishes eighth with a final record of 19-11. Congratulations to Saint Ansgar and North Butler schools, players, coaches and fans on an exciting season.