D.M. Christian 4, Durant 0
Fort Dodge, Ia. — Some skeptics wondered if Des Moines Christian really homered 40 times entering the state softball tournament.
Leah Harris threw a one-hitter and the fifth-ranked Lions proved powerful at the plate Thursday, swatting two home runs — and beating No. 2 Durant 4-0 in a Class 2-A semifinal.
Anna Albaugh hit a solo homer and Annette Bosman added a two-run shot over the fence to silence doubters. The team has 42 home runs this season, which ranks third in the state.
“It definitely scares teams when they see we’ve had over 40 homers,” said Harris, who threw her fifth straight shutout.
The victory puts Christian (29-6) into a state girls’ team championship for the first time. The Lions will play Treynor at 12:15 p.m. Friday at Rogers Sports Complex.
Durant (32-6) moved on to the third-place game. It will be the first time the school has had a girls’ team playing for a title in any sport. Des Moines Christian’s boys’ basketball team took second in the 1-A final in 1999.
Bosman doubled in the first inning and scored on Olivia Rasmussen’s single. Albaugh homered in the second innings. In the third inning, Bosman hit a two-run shot to center field.
Harris struck out four and did not issue a walk. Her father, coach Howard Harris, will try to share a state title with his daughter today.
“Doing this for my dad makes me so happy,” Harris said.
Durant — 000 — 000 — 0–0-1-2
D.M. Christian — 112 — 000 — x–4-5-0
Leading hitters–C: Bosman 3×3. W–Harris. L–Compton. HR–C: Bosman, Albaugh.
Treynor 3, Sumner-Fredericksburg 2
Fort Dodge, Ia. — Scoring on a wild pitch with two outs in the ninth inning, Treynor topped No. 8 Sumner-Fredericksburg 3-2 in Thursday’s Class 2-A semifinals.
Emma Fiene, a junior, ran in the winning run for Treynor (27-5) when Kelsey Nilges’ pitch hit the dirt and a celebration ensued at home plate.
The Cardinals had the bases loaded with no outs in the second extra frame, but Cougar right fielder Talyn Wheeler made a fly ball catch and fired in a throw to home for the double play.
Down 2-0 in the top of the seventh, Sumner-Fredericksburg (33-11) tied the game with an RBI triple by Tiffany Hoth. An errant throw with two outs by shortstop Lexi Killinger scored Hoth to tie the game.
Treynor will play in its first state title game against Des Moines Christian at 12:15 p.m. Friday.
Sumner-Fred…..000 000 200–2 4 2
Treynor…………..000 200 001–3 10 4
Hitting leaders–SF: Hoth 2×5; T: K. Killinger 2×4, Fiene 2×4, Myers 2×4. W–Keysor. L–Nilges.
— Chris Cuellar