In a game heard right here on KCHA Saturday night, the Charles City Comet softball team hosted Independence in a Class 4A Region 4 Semi-Final. The Comets and Mustangs were in a pitcher’s duel for the first half of the game as the score was knotted at zero heading into the bottom of the fourth. The bottom half of the Charles City order was able to break through as Bailey Mitchell, Kelby Katcher, and Maddie Peters all drove runs in the fourth to give the Comets a 3-0 lead. The score would stay that way until Independence pushed across a run in the top of the seventh, but Sammy Heyer was able to complete the game and gave Charles City a 3-1 win. Heyer finished the game giving up that one earned run on four hits and struck out nine. The Comets improved to 31-6 overall on the season and will now travel to Van Horn tomorrow night for the Regional Finals to take on Benton Community for the right to go to the State Tournament.
The North Butler Bearcat softball team was also able to advance to the Regional Finals over the weekend as they defeated Algona Bishop Garrigan at home on Friday night 5-3. Abbie Wix had two hits and an RBI for the Bearcats, Morgan Arjes ended the night with three hits and a run scored and Taylor Graven picked up the win inside the circle as she pitched four and two thirds innings and gave up no runs or hits and struck out nine. The North Butler softball team improves to 23-7 overall this season and will play in the Class 1A Region 4 Finals tonight at Clarksville.
The Charles City Comet baseball team wrapped up their Northeast Iowa Conference season with a home double-header on Friday against Decorah. The Comets were swept by the Vikings as they lost game one 9-2 and dropped the nightcap 4-1. Theo Arndt had a hit, a run scored, and an RBI in game one while Dylan Salinas had a hit and scored a run. In game two, Jalen Jones led the Charles City offense with two hits and an RBI while Arndt pitched five innings, gave up four earned runs on six hits, and struck out two. The Comet baseball team is now 10-19 overall this season and they end their 2017 NEIC campaign with a record of 6-12. They will wrap up their regular season tonight at Vinton.
The Osage Green Devil baseball team saw their season come to a close on Saturday night as they were defeated by Hampton-Dumont 7-2 in a Class 2A District 5 Quarter-Final. The Green Devils conclude their 2017 season with a record of 11-17.
The Saint Ansgar Saints baseball team ended their regular season on Friday night with a non-conference game at South Winneshiek. The Saints were trailing 2-0 heading into the top of the seventh when Colin Kramer had an RBI single that drove home John Patterson, but they weren’t able to tie it up as they lost the game 2-1. Jared Mayer pitched five innings for Saint Ansgar, gave up the two runs on three hits, and struck out seven. The Saints finish their regular season with a record of 24-6 and will begin postseason play tomorrow night with a Class 1A District 5 Quarter-Final at home against Postville.