State softball: Indianola tops Dallas Center-Grimes in 4-A final

State softball: Indianola tops Dallas Center-Grimes in 4-A final

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State softball: Indianola tops Dallas Center-Grimes in 4-A final

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Fort Dodge, Ia. — Pitchers Abbie Van Vleet of Indianola and Paige Lowary from Dallas Center-Grimes took control of the scoreboard at Rogers Sports Complex on Friday.
From the mound, the two aces stopped numbers from lighting up in the Class 4-A state championship.
Van Vleet won the tug-of-war, as Indianola left with a 1-0 victory and its first state title trophy.
“My girls kept saying, ‘This is going to happen,’ and all we had to do was put one base runner on and put her around,” Indianola coach Stacy Evans said. “They achieved this.”
Each team managed just two hits in the game, but the Indians (31-11) got one that mattered to lead off the sixth inning.
From the nine-spot, Cassie Burris smacked the only extra-base hit of the game and pinch-runner Kristina Quijano later scored on an error.
“They did what they needed to do to get the runner on base, and we didn’t execute it,” Dallas Center-Grimes coach Steve Schlefke said. “Indianola beat us, and they’re the ones that played the game and did what they needed to do to win the ball game.”
With a pair of dominant pitchers, the coaches knew offense was going to be tough to come by.
“We knew it was going to be a pitching duel going in, but I felt good when Abbie came in well-composed,” Evans said.
A Northern Iowa commit, Van Vleet allowed just one run in the tournament. Any anxiety she felt before the game didn’t show. Indianola’s lone senior carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning.
“I was so nervous just pacing up and down the dorm rooms,” Van Vleet said. “I went on walks throughout the day and our team always plays games throughout the day and it cools us down.”
The Fillies beat Indianola 1-0 on June 29 with Lowary on the mound. She and DCG defense couldn’t hold the Indians scoreless on their second visit with the lineup.
“We know how well they’re playing and how good of a pitcher Van Vleet is,” Schlefke said. “She did exactly what we expected her to do. When we did make contact it went right at them. In a 1-0 game, that’s the way it’s going to be.”
Consecutive base runners were unmanageable, as hitters had limited contact with the ball and faced well-executing defenses.
“It’s our job to get in the pitcher’s head, and every little contact, foul ball or tick is a weakness for them,” Evans said.
Dallas Center-Grimes’ Taylor Draisey hit a deep ball to left field with two outs in the seventh inning. Putting one last scare into the Indianola faithful before a celebration erupted, it dropped to Ally Orwig to end the quickest state championship of the day.
“I thought it was gone,” Van Vleet said, “but we couldn’t ask for anything better right now.”
D.C.-Grimes…..000 000 0–0 2 1
Indianola………000 001 x–1 2 0

W–Van Vleet. L–Lowary.

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