FORT DODGE, Ia. — Earlham’s Kaylie Brindley wanted to end her high school softball career at state. She got her chance.
Brindley threw a two-hitter to lead No. 2-ranked Earlham to a 3-0 win over North Butler of Greene Tuesday in a Class 2-A state quarterfinal at Rogers Sports Complex.
Last year, Brindley’s team lost in a regional final, one win short of the tournament.
“It gave us a little extra drive this year,” said Brindley, who struck out nine and walked one.
Earlham (29-4) scored all three runs in the first inning. Morgan Johnston scored one run and singled in Kristen Weber for another. Addie Herman singled and scored on an error.
“It brings up my confidence,” Brindley said of the early lead.
Brindley is playing in her third state tournament. She will go on to play softball at Waldorf.
North Butler fell to 18-9.
Earlham had a calm celebration after the win. No over-the-top screaming or shouting.
“They’re a really relaxed group,” Earlham coach Chris Caskey said. “When they’re relaxed, everything just happens for them.”
Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 5, Alburnett 1
Nataliah Hopkins threw a four-hitter and Ashley Pilcher scored twice in a Class 2-A state softball quarterfinal.
It was the first state tournament win for Eddyville-Blakesburg/Fremont (25-5) since 1999.
Alburnett fell to 26-13. The team advanced to consolation play. Taylor Huber scored her team’s only run.
Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont scored four runs in the top of the first inning to win.
Highland (Riverside) 5, Saint Ansgar 0
Katie Springer threw a three-hit shutout to lift top-ranked Highland (32-1) to a 5-0 win over Saint Ansgar (19-9) in a Class 2-A quarterfinal Tuesday at Rogers Sports Complex in Fort Dodge.
Springer retired the final 14 batters she faced as she improved her season record to 28-1 with her 13th shutout of the season.
The junior struck out five and didn’t walk a batter as Highland ran its winning streak to 25 games.
Highland gave Springer all the offense she would need with a three-run third inning.
Bailey Walsh had an RBI single in the three-run third as Highland built a 4-0 lead.
Senior Seaira Drish had two doubles and an RBI for Highland as the Huskies finished with 11 hits.
— Ryan Murken, Iowa City Press-Citizen
Woodbury Central 4,
Maple Valley/Anthon-Oto 3
Keely Steffen drove in Halle Still with a one-out single to break a 3-3 tie and lift Woodbury Central on Tuesday night.
Still went 3-for-4 hitting leadoff and earned the win after scattering three hits and two walks in three innings of relief. Steffen and Baylee Bechen each added two hits.
Emalee Fundermann had two hits, including a double, for Maple Valley.