FORT DODGE — It took 20 innings, but Cedar Rapids Jefferson was able to get on the board.
And that made the J-Hawks winners in their season finale.
Tori Brandon singled home a run and Erin Kuba scored on a delayed steal of home as Jefferson defeated Waukee, 2-0, in the Class 5A seventh-place game at the state softball tournament Wednesday afternoon at the Rogers Sports Complex.
“Definitely, the goal was to go out with a win,” said Jefferson pitcher Alyssa Olson. who struck out six in a three-hit shutout. “It was a really good season, and this was the way to end it.”
Jefferson (35-8) was offensively challenged all week (and the J-Hawks had only one hit in the first five innings), but finally broke through in the top of the seventh. Maddie Hansen walked, Kennedy Dighton reached on an error and Kuba singled.
Brandon’s infield bouncer was ruled a hit when pinch-runner Kristen Naber scored ahead of an errant throw. Then, with the bases loaded, the J-Hawks ran their familiar “aw-shucks” play in which the runner from first runs to second to draw a throw from the catcher.
It worked, and Kuba beat the return throw home.
The J-Hawks dropped their consolation semifinal, 12-0, to Pleasant Valley earlier Wednesday. Hailey Duwa hit two home runs (including a grand slam in the fourth inning) and drove in six runs, and the Spartans banged out 18 hits.
ALBURNETT RALLIES FOR 5TH in 2A
Down 5-1 after three innings, Alburnett rallied for eight runs in the next three and raced past Mapleton MVAO, 9-5, in the 2A fifth-place game.
The Pirates (28-13) scored twice in the fourth to draw within 5-3, then took the lead for good in the fifth. Amber Porter punched an RBI single to make it 5-4, then Maddie Volesky followed with a two-run double to put Alburnett in front. Kaitlyn Boline’s RBI single capped the rally.
Alburnett scored two more in the sixth.
The Pirates won their consolation semifinal, 6-5, in nine innings against Saint Ansgar. With the score knotted at 3-3, Taylor Huber broke the tie with an RBI single. The Pirates got two insurance runs and ultimately needed the both.
MID-PRAIRIE EDGES CPU IN 3A
Mid-Prairie hit three home runs and defeated Center Point-Urbana, 7-5, in the Class 3A fifth-place game.
Amber Kral hit a two-run shot (her 11th of the season) in the bottom of the first inning. Chelsea Kral delivered a three-run blast in the second, then Emma Troyer went deep in the fifth.
Ashley Sojka’s single put the Golden Hawks (27-11) in front, 6-5, in the fourth.
Alyssa Wade homered for CPU (29-11).
WEST DELAWARE 6TH, CCA 8TH IN 4A
A five-run third inning by Oskaloosa was ultimately the difference as the Indians defeated West Delaware, 7-2, in the 4A fifth=place game.
West Delaware (31-9) won its consolation semifinal, 2-1, over LeMars, scoring two early runs for a lead that Hannah Cole protected with a three-hitter..
Clear Creek Amana (22-20) suffered a 3-1 loss to Oskaloosa and an 8-3 defeat against LeMars and finished eighth in 4A.
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