CLASS 1-A SEMIFINALS
FORT DODGE, Ia. — Akron-Westfield’s perfection has continued all the way to the state softball championship.
The defending champion Westerners beat Martensdale-St. Marys 3-2 in a Class 1-A semifinal at Rogers Sports Complex. The win will put the team (37-0) into Friday’s 10 a.m. title game against Kee of Lansing.
Kayla Tindall (23-0) threw a seven-hitter and had three hits in the victory.
“We didn’t take anything for granted,” Tindall said. “One swing of the bat can change everything.”
Kortney Hedlund drove in two of her team’s runs. Danika Tindall scored twice.
Akron-Westfield scored a run in the first inning. Martensdale-St. Marys (26-5) tied it in the second inning when Jamie Jordan singled and later scored an unearned run. Kaitlyn Schad doubled and scored on an error in the fifth inning.
Riley Verwers (21-4) allowed nine hits and walked two in the loss. She and Schad both had two hits.
Six of Akron-Westfield’s softball players made up the school’s golf team that placed third at state. Todd Colt coaches both teams.
“It’s been pretty crazy going from golf to swinging a bat, but it’s been fun,” Tindall said.
Martensdale-St. Marys moved on to the third-place game. The Blue Devils will return all but two seniors for next season.
“We have those young girls jumping in there to fill the void,” Martensdale-St. Marys coach Brian Sweet said.
KEE (LANSING) 3, AGWSR (ACKLEY) 1
FORT DODGE, Ia. —
Kee of Lansing lost every softball game it played two years ago. But now the Kee Hawks are headed to the state softball championship.
Eighth-grader Kendra Cooper threw a five-hitter and Kee (34-9) beat AGWSR of Ackley Thursday in a 1-A semifinal at Rogers Sports Complex.
Kee went 0-25 in 2012, 15-14 last year. The team will play in the state championship for the first time in school history at 10 a.m. Friday.
Kaylee Darling walked in the first inning and scored on Valerie Meyer’s single for the Kee Hawks. Ellie Cooper doubled in a run in the fifth inning and scored on Darling’s groundout.
AGWSR (28-7), which moved on to the third-place game, scored its run in the seventh inning. Olivia Ingledue singled in Alexa Johnson.