• AHSTW 3, Missouri Valley 2: Good situational softball and a team effort carried the Vikings to the victory in Wednesday’s Iowa Class 2A regional quarterfinal in Avoca.
Kailey Jones picked up the victory for AHSTW (12-10), and had clean defense behind her. Coach G.G. Harris said it helped that her pitching helped coax Lady Red hits that the Viking defense was able to cleanly field.
The Vikings drew first blood when Katie Anzalone on an error and came home via a Paige Osweiler RBI. The Lady Reds rallied in the sixth but it wasn’t enough.
“It was a collective unit,” said Harris, whose team moves on to Friday night’s contest vs. West Monona at Onawa. “When you can play clean and field the ball in front of you and rely on your D and the pitcher to put yourself in good positions, you’re going to be in control a lot.”
• Ridge View 11, CAM 1: An eight-run fourth inning was what the Raptors needed to end the Cougars’ season in Iowa Class 1A regional quarterfinal action Wednesday night in Holstein.
Coach Larry Hunt said his team left five runners on base in the first two innings, which didn’t help.
“They got some big shots and scored,” he said. “They hit the ball when they needed to and we werne’t able to get runners across.”
The Cougars (9-16) did cut into the Raptors’ lead in the top of the fifth, but Ridge View responded with a game-ending three-run rally in the bottom half.