CEDAR RAPIDS - For the second time in six days, the Cedar Rapids Rampage faced off against the Kansas City Comets.
This one did not need overtime.
Goalkeeper Brett Petricek and the Cedar Rapids defense held the Comets scoreless for the e ... »
Trailing Central 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth, the Luther softball team rallied with a pair of runs to win the Iowa Conference tournament championship Saturday afternoon in a battle of top-10 teams in Decorah.
Natalie Stockman’s lined single to left scored Ashley Burrows from second to give the No. 3-ranked Norse a walk-off win and automatic berth to the NCAA Division III tournament. It’s Luther’s second straight IIAC tournament title and fourth in five years.
Luther, the IIAC regular-season champion, began the ninth with three straight singles to load the bases, with Ashley Strien’s sac fly tying it before Stockman’s winner.
A two-out rally featuring doubles from Emily Wilson and Karly Olson gave No. 10 Central the lead in the top half, but the Dutch (32-8) dropped their third game to Luther (39-3) this season.
Samantha Bratland got the win for Luther, allowing three hits and a run in the two extra innings. Annie Versnik started and gave up just two hits in two innings, then Amanda Witzlib went five innings, allowing eight hits and a pair of runs while striking out four.
Mariah Fritz pitched 8 1/3 innings for Central, giving up 12 hits, two walks and four runs (three earned).
Luther took a 1-0 lead on Addy Pender’s second-inning sac fly, then went up 2-1 on an error in the fifth. Central forced extras with Sara Tallman’s sixth-inning RBI single. Both teams left 11 runners on base.
Luther beat Wartburg 5-1 in Saturday’s semifinal round while Central beat Loras 8-0 in six innings.
The D-III selection show is Monday at noon.