The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union kicked off their softball state tournament in Fort Dodge yesterday with Classes 1A, 2A, and 3A holding their State Quarter-Final games. In Class 1A the three seed Clarksville was able to defeat Belle Plaine 9-8 to advance to the Semi-Finals. The Indians needed two runs in the bottom of the sixth to take the lead in the game and then were able to hold on for the win. Clarksville will now play Sigourney on Thursday at 7:30.
In Class 2A, Central Springs, as the seven seed was in an instant classic in their Quarter-Final against Interstate 35. The Panthers scored two runs in the first inning and held on to the lead until the bottom of the seventh when I-35 tied it up to force extras. Central Springs failed to score in the top of the eighth and gave up a run on a single up the middle in the bottom half to lose the game 4-3. The Panthers will be in the Consolation Semi-Finals tomorrow against Waterloo Columbus.
The Charles City Comet softball team will begin their 2017 State Tournament tonight with a Class 4A Quarter-Final match-up with Fairfield. The Comets come in as the seven seed in the tournament and will take on a Fairfield team that they do not know much about. Head Comet softball coach Brian Bohlen says even though Fairfield is a bit of a mystery, his team has done a good job of in-game adjusting this season.
Coach Bohlen expects another large following by the Charles City faithful and he was quick to say thank you to the community for their continued support.
The Comets come into tonight’s game with a record of 32-6 while Fairfield has an overall record of 33-9. You can tune into this game right here on KCHA starting with a pre-game at about 4:40 and first pitch is scheduled for 5 pm.
The New Hampton Chickasaw baseball team will be in a Class 2A Sub-State Final tonight as they try to earn the program’s first trip to the State Tournament. The Chickasaws will take on Denver in Cedar Falls. Last year it was the Cyclones who knocked off New Hampton in the same game. The Chickasaws come in top-ranked in Class 2A and they enter with a record of 32-2 while Denver comes in at 17-14. These two teams met during the regular season back on June 8th in Denver and the Chickasaws won that game 8-4. You can tune into this game on our sister station 951 The Bull starting with a pre-game at about 6:40 and first pitch will be at 7 pm.