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Tuesday, July 16, 2002

Alison Waggie fired a two-hitter, walked three and struck out five to help Wall Lake View-Auburn to a 4-1 victory over Storm Lake St. Mary's in the first round of the Class 1A district softball tournament on Saturday night at Wall Lake.

WLVA played Newell-Fonda on Monday night at Wall Lake. St. Mary's finishes its season with a 15-16 record.

St. Mary's scored its lone run in the fifth inning. Michelle Drey singled, advanced to second base on an outfield error and later scored on an infield error.

Angie Laven had the other hit for the Panthers.

WLVA scored two runs in the sixth inning to pull away from a 2-1 lead.

"I thought this was one of the few losses this year that we played reasonably good defense," St. Mary's coach Phil Skamser said. "We weren't perfect and those errors cost us big. On the offensive end, it was going to be hard to win the game only on two hits."

"Alison Waggie was extremely tough on our hitters," Skamser added. "Her ball moved and tailed and forced us into a lot of routing ground balls. We will miss our seniors (Laven and Peggy Ploeger) who had tremendous careers. We have a good nucleus of players coming back who will continue to improve."

Newell-Fonda 6, Sac City 3

Erin Kies went 4-for-4 and drove in three runs to power a 14-hit attack as Newell-Fonda eliminated Sac City from the Class 1A district tournament on Saturday night at Wall Lake.

Ashley Hetrick picked up her school-record 22nd win of the season, scattering 10 hits and allowing two earned runs while walking one and striking out four.

Kies belted a double and three singles for the Mustangs. Andrea Larsen was 3-for-4 and drove in two runs. Ashley Loos went 2-for-4 and scored two runs. Sara Larsen was also 2-for-4.

"The key to the game was Hetrick pitching us out of several jams and getting some timely hitting," Newell-Fonda coach Dick Jungers said. "We really hit the ball well. Give Sac City credit. They kept fighting, but we had an answer for all of their threats."

Schaller-Crestland 7

Aurelia 0

Erica Willer fired a four-hit shutout, walked none and struck out nine over seven innings to help Schaller-Crestland beat Aurelia in the first round of district tournament play on Saturday night at Alta.

Schaller-Crestland had just seven hits in the game. Courtney Whitmore had two hits, including a double. Jenna Malcom slugged a solo home run.

Amy Wedeking, Tessa Schmidt, Carrie Christiansen and Megan McClintic each had a single.

Schaller-Crestland scored three runs in the fifth inning to break the game open.

Alta 7, Galva-Holstein 0

Brooke Sliefert fired a one-hit shutout, walked none and struck out three as Alta got past Galva-Holstein in the first round of the Class 1A district tournament on Saturday night.

Alta had 10 hits in the game, including three by Ashlea Payne and two by Jamie Snyder. Snyder scored two runs.

"Brooke Sliefert pitched a great game," Alta coach Megan Cooper said. "She kept the ball low and let the defense do their job. Defensively, we had only one error, and we made up for it by picking the baserunner off at first base."

"Overall, we had a great team effort," Cooper added. "Offensively, we hit the ball well. This is the first time in five years that Alta has advanced past the first round of districts."

AC-T 8, Twin River Valley 1

Rachel Degner tossed a four-hitter and AC-T scored five runs in the first inning to hand Twin River Valley a setback in district tournament play.

AC-T, now 25-7 overall, played Laurens-Marathon on Monday night at Albert City.

Degner allowed one earned run, walked two and struck out eight.

Degner and Alicia Lovin each had two hits. Lovin had a triple. April Schuknecht, Lori Hogrefe, Alicia Erlandson and Mollie McCabe each had an RBI single.

"We came out on fire and our first five hitters scored in the top of the first," AC-T coach Kim Johnson said. "That pretty much took the wind out of their sails. We also executed the bunt well and played solid defense."

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