Well, it happened. Iowa was the first and only state in the country to play high school sports this summer, as COVID continues to spread. And it was able to finish seasons in both baseball and softball. Some teams couldn't finish their seasons.
Plenty more teams had their seasons affected in some way by the coronavirus. Now that the dust has settled from Iowa's summer sports seasons, here are some of the top takeaways from the state softball tournament in Fort Dodge:. Welcome to the state title club.
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Albia and Ogden won the Class 3A and 2A titles, respectively. Not only were those the schools' first softball championships, they were the schools' first team-sport state titles ever. Good on you, Lady Dees and Bulldogs.
Some history in eastern Iowa, too. By beating Fort Dodge in the Class 5A title game, Cedar Rapids Kennedy became the first school from the Cedar Rapids metropolitan area to win a softball championship in 22 years. Speaking of Kennedy Kaylin Kinney is special. The Nebraska ee cemented her legacy as one of Iowa's all-time greatest softball products by leading the Cougars to the title.
Over Kennedy's three wins in Fort Dodge, Kinney pitched 20 of the 21 innings, allowing just four earned runs on 12 hits while striking out At the plate, Kinney went 5-for-8 with two doubles, two home runs and six RBIs.
The Cougars dominated as a team, too, outscoring their opponents en route to the state title. Winterset has to feel extra special about its Class 4A championship.
Because the Huskies beat their Raccoon River Conference rival Carlisle, which had defeated Winterset in five consecutive games dating back to That Huskies victory took 11 innings, by the way. Winterset was one strike away from winning in seven innings, but the Wildcats tied it up on a single and four more innings were played. Heck, it got so late at the Rogers Sports Complex that it even got a little chilly.
Say thanks to Lauren Carter, everyone.
She hit the two-out RBI single up the middle in the top of the 11th to give the Huskies their and, eventually, end the game and send everyone home. Perhaps no team was more dominant on the mound than Albia. And that's thanks to Lady Dees ace Jena Lawrence, who pitched every single inning during Albia's title run and allowed just one run on 12 hits while striking out Lawrence brought her best when it mattered the most, too. In Albia's win over Williamsburg in the 3A title game, Lawrence allowed just three hits and struck out eight — and, oh, by the way, she supplied the game's only run with a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth.
Albia was the only No. In 5A, top-seeded Fort Dodge lost to No. In 4A, Carlisle was No. In 2A, No. And in 1A, No. Ogden's Denali Loecker didn't break Iowa's home run record, but she'd probably rather have the state title anyway. The Iowa ee entered Fort Dodge with 66 home runs, five shy of former Ankeny Centennial great Kendyl Lindaman's record of 71 set in Opponents barely pitched to Loecke, who logged just four official at-bats over the Bulldogs' three games. Mount Ayr intentionally walked her four times in the quarterfinals.
Loecker did smash one home run in the title game, leaving her with 67 for her career. Loecker got it done on the mound, too, pitching every single inning for the Bulldogs. She allowed just five runs on 10 hits while striking out You'd better believe Clarksville was extra happy to beat Collins-Maxwell for the 1A state title.
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The Spartans had had the Indians' for the past couple of years. Last season, Clarksville went Those two losses came to Collins-Maxwell. Entering last week's state tournament, Clarksville had just one loss. That came But, when it mattered most, the Indians got over the hump and topped the Spartans in Fort Dodge. There weren't too many hits in that game. In fact, both teams combined for just six hits.
Clarksville shortstop and leadoff hitter Cheyenne Behrends had two of those six — and they were both home runs. One in the fourth, and one more for insurance in the sixth.
The 1A championship featured a heck of a pitchers' duel, too. For Clarksville, Kori Wedeking pitched a complete-game shutout with three hits allowed and seven strikeouts. Collins-Maxwell's Mikayla Houge allowed just the two runs on three hits while striking out 11 Clarksville batters over seven innings. You wouldn't know there's a pandemic based on state softball attendance. The final attendance total for the week was 17, Contact him at mbain dmreg. Your subscription makes work like this possible.
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