State softball: Martensdale-St. Marys tops Earlham in 1-A final

State softball: Martensdale-St. Marys tops Earlham in 1-A final

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State softball: Martensdale-St. Marys tops Earlham in 1-A final

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Fort Dodge, Ia. — The seniors at Martensdale-St. Marys had waited for another state championship opportunity since their eight-grade season.
What was a few more innings?
On a record-breaking Friday for Earlham pitcher Amber Logemann, the Blue Devils (41-2) outlasted the Cardinals for 1-0 win in the 11-inning Class 1-A state championship game.
“We keep getting good kids that buy into this and develop, and to see the smile on their faces now makes it all worth it,” Martensdale-St. Marys coach Todd Verwers said. “I can’t say I saw state championships coming, but I knew it was going to be pretty darn good softball.”
The Blue Devils have made appearances in five consecutive tournaments, but the title game had proved elusive after a 2008 runner-up finish.
After a classic pitcher’s duel that kept the teams scoreless through 10 innings, Martensdale-St. Marys’ Emma Ferin pushed across the winning run on a squeeze bunt with the bases loaded.
“If we could weather the storm a little bit, put pressure on some other kids that we might have a shot,” Verwers said. “We executed perfectly and I don’t even think the play was close at home.”
Logemann kept the Cardinals (35-5) in the game with a tournament record tying 21 strikeouts. The Kirkwood-bound senior set the all-time tournament mark with 46 strikeouts in her three games at Rogers Sports Complex.
“Getting out there, the first 6-to-9 batters I felt great and I knew they were starting to hit me a little bit, but I still felt strong,” Logemann said.
After a near-record 24 straight scoreless innings, fatigue set in for Logemann against the feisty third-ranked Blue Devils.
“That last inning I got a little tired, but I tried to give it my all,” Logemann said.
Martensdale-St. Marys pitcher Emma Michels didn’t dazzle the crowd with strikeouts to get the win.
“I just wanted groundballs right to my fielders,” Michels said. “Getting the experience of coming back has been great, but actually winning this championship is icing on the cake.”
The senior still got the win against Logemann and held No. 2 Earlham in check. Only one Cardinal runner reached third base in the game.
“Emma has been in the background for a few years, but she pitched the game of her life out there,” Verwers said.
The championship is the first for Martensdale-St. Marys, and left Verwers emotional following the 2-hour and 23-minute battle.
“The community backs everybody, the administration backs everybody, so it’s just a great place to be and this feels better than I thought it would,” Verwers said.
Earlham……………..000 000 000 00–0 6 4
Martensdale-SM….000 000 000 01–1 5 1

Hitting leaders–E: Weber 2×4; MSM: Streyffeler 2×5, Ferin 2×5. W–Michels. L–Logemann.

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