Des Moines Christian 11, Emmetsburg 0 (5 innings)
Fort Dodge, Ia. — Winless in three previous quarterfinals at the state tournament, Des Moines Christian ended that streak and continued another by thumping Emmetsburg 11-0 in Monday’s Class 2-A matchup.
The fifth-ranked Lions put together their fourth straight shutout, all coming in the postseason.
“We just tried our best to get ahead early, and getting that done kept us pretty excited all game,” Des Moines Christian senior Tierra Fletcher said.
Emmetsburg (32-10) was outgunned early in the five inning contest, allowing the Lions to bat around the order in the second and third.
The early deficit and lengthy stays on defense put the No. 7 E-Hawks in unfamiliar territory.
“Our pitcher was out there for an hour and there’s was on the mound for like 10 minutes,” Emmetsburg coach Travis Birkey said. “We came out flat and I told them that I didn’t think we had any good practices coming in, and the little things matter. When you get to this stage, the little things show up big time against a good team. And they’re a great team.”
Leah Harris commanded the mound for Des Moines Christian (28-6), allowing four hits and striking out seven E-Hawk batters.
Harris has been on the mound for three of the four straight shutouts.
Lions coach Howard Harris avoided any superfluous discussion on the streak, like a pitcher during a no-hit attempt.
“We don’t want to talk about that — I can’t explain that,” Harris said with a laugh. “When you get to this level against another state tournament team, you don’t expect to score 11 runs.”
Des Moines Christian scored five runs on three hits in the second and third innings. Freshman Chloe Frey cleared the bases with a two-out double in the second, and the onslaught begun.
“A lot of our girls just like to go up and swing at anything and get their cuts in, and when you’re down five runs you don’t just go up there and start swinging,” Birkey said.
Harris feels the difference between this team and his squads that have come up short in Fort Dodge has something to do with the scoreless innings the Lions keeping racking up.
“The defense has been a constant for us and has been the marked difference from last year,” Harris said.
The win put Des Moines Christian into Thursday’s semifinals against No. 2 Durant at 1 p.m.
D.M. Christian….155 00–11 9 0
Emmetsburg……000 00– 0 4 3
Hitting leaders–DMC: Fletcher 2×3, Rasmussen 2×4, Huffey 2×2; E: Rehm 2×2. W–Harris. L–Schmidt.
Durant 3, Denver 0
Fort Dodge, Ia. — Paige Compton tossed a three-hitter to lead No. 2-ranked Durant.
Mackenzie Snowbarger hit an inside-the-park homer. Durant (32-5) scored all three runs in the third inning.
Denver, a first-time qualifier, fell to 26-7.
Denver – 000 — 000 — 0–0-3-2
Durant – 003 — 000 — x–3-5-0
Wolter and W.Matlack. Compton and Porstmann. W–Compton; L–Wolter. HR–Du Snowbarger.