First round wins
Rachel Degner fired a two-hit shutout, and Alicia Lovin belted an RBI triple to help send Albert City-Truesdale to a 2-0 victory over Clay Central-Everly in a Class 1A regional quarterfinal game on Saturday night at Albert City.
AC-T, now 29-7 overall, played Armstrong-Ringsted (24-13) in the regional semifinals on Monday night at Albert City.
AC-T won the game despite getting only four hits. AC-T scored a run in the fourth inning on a sacrifice fly by Krista Peterson and added an insurance run in the seventh when Shayla Degner doubled and scored on a triple by Lovin.
AC-T turned a sparkling double play in the bottom of the seventh inning to thwart a Clay Central-Everly rally.
Degner allowed two hits, walked one and struck out eight batters.
"We've talked about how important the execution of the sacrifice bunt is when you ge this far into tournament play," AC-T coach Kim Johnson said. "We executed the bunt and later scored. Defensively, we made a few mistakes but came back with some awesome defensive plays to get out of the jam. Rachel pitched well again."
Audubon 4, Newell-Fonda 1
Audubon scored all four of its runs on errors as it eliminated Newell-Fonda from the Class 1A regional tournament on Saturday night at Audubon.
The Mustangs, who finished 27-10 overall, committed six errors in the game, leading to four unearned runs. Losing pitcher Ashley Hetrick gave up eight hits, no earned runs, walked two and struck out one.
The Mustangs had just five hits, including two apiece by Erin Kies and Emily Koster. Kies clubbed a solo home run.
Rockwell City-Lytton 0
Ashley Hetrick tossed a four-hit shutout, walked three and struck out three to lift Newell-Fonda past Rockwell City-Lytton in a Class 1A regional first-round game last Friday at Lytton.
Newell-Fonda had six hits, but benefitted from 11 walks. Erin Kies went 4-for-4 and scored a run. Ashley Loos and Abbey Wells each had a single.
AC-T 14, North Iowa 3
Albert City-Truesdale made the most of its five hits in routing North Iowa in a Class 1A regional first-round game last Friday night at Albert City.
AC-T scored two runs in the first inning, five in the second, four in the third and three in the fifth.
April Schuknecht went 3-for-3, scored two runs, and drove in a run. Rachel Degner drove in three runs and scored twice. Lori Hogrefe was credited with two RBIs. Alicia Lovin scored four runs.
Degner pitched the win. She allowed four hits, one earned run, walked two and struck out two over five innings.
"We continue to play well," AC-T coach Kim Johnson said. "We showed a lot of discipline at the plate and drew 10 walks. We also executed the bunt. That will be important down the road."