The third-ranked Charles City Comet softball team stirred up more drama in Fort Dodge Wednesday night in the class 4A semifinals.
But the North Scott Lancers survived a nine-inning marathon to upend the Comets 3-2. Sam Lee blooped a single in to shallow left for the win.
The Comets were one out away from their first state championship birth in nearly a quarter century until North Scott’s Rachel Anderson cracked a two-out hit to center and Sam Lee followed with a two out hit to left.
Both were dropped and credited as errors and the Lancer runners scored to tie the game in the seventh.
No teams scored in the eight until the Lancers stunned Charles City in the ninth.
The Comets jumped out in front in the sixth to take a 2-0 lead.
Sami Heyer threw the complete nine-inning game. She gave up seven hits, three runs, none of them earned, struck out seven and walked two.
Ryan Cheeck is credited with the win after pitching 5 1/3 giving up three hits, two runs, both earned, one walk and 11 strikeouts.
Lydia Staudt led the Comet attack with two hits.
Charles City will play tonight at 4:45 against West Delaware in the consolation game. The Comets will try for third place for the first time since 1991.
The third-rated Clarksville Indians are playing for gold today after shutting out Lisbon in the Class 1A state semifinal. The decisive run came in the fifth inning. Bailey Myers is credited with the lone RBI.
Kori Wedeking went the full game and gave up two hits and struck out two. The Indians face Collins-Maxwell for the 1A crown today. The two teams clashed on June 15, with Collins Maxwell winning 1-0.
The Charles City baseball team took on #1 Cedar Rapids Xavier last night for a birth in the state tournament. But the Saints flexed their muscles in a 17-2 four-inning win.
Erik Hoefer reports.