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The 2022 Iowa high school state softball championship games are here. The Class 5A and Class 4A games are Thursday night, with the 3A, 2A and 1A games following Friday at Rogers Sports Complex in Fort Dodge.
Find the schedule, TV and live stream information and score updates here over the next two days. And follow The Gazette’s Jeff Linder on Twitter for live updates from the park.
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State softball championship scores
No. 4 Waukee Northwest 2, No. 1 Fort Dodge 0
Northwest (35-7) denied Fort Dodge (37-7) a championship repeat and claimed its first state title in its first year.
Kiana Carnes’ two-out single in the fifth provided the game’s only two runs. Maddie Oetzman allowed four hits in seven shutout innings and was named all-tournament captain.
The Wolves finished 3-2 against the top-ranked Dodgers this season after splitting a pair of doubleheaders in the regular season.
No. 1 Winterset 3, No. 3 Dallas Center-Grimes 1
Neela Applegate hit a two-run, tie-breaking home run in the bottom of the fifth and top-ranked Winterset (37-4) claimed its second state title in the last three years. It’s the Huskies’ fourth championship overall.
It was the second win for Winterset over Dallas Center-Grimes (35-7) this season, following a 2-1 verdict on May 31.
Winterset’s Jena Young was named all-tournament captain. She was 2-for-3 and scored two runs and pitched six innings.
No. 1 Mount Vernon 10, No. 2 Davenport Assumption 5
As her players returned to the dugout, a four-run lead gone, Robin Brand monitored their faces.
Instead of panic, she saw calm. Rather than worry, she witnessed determination.
They were fine.
They came back with fire,” Brand said.
They stormed back, to be more precise.
Lilly See hit a tie-breaking two-run single in the bottom of the fifth, Addison Gookin delivered a back-breaking two-run home run in the in the sixth and top-ranked Mount Vernon dethroned No. 2 Davenport Assumption, 10-5, in the Class 3A championship game at the state softball tournament Friday afternoon at the Rogers Sports Complex.
“There’s some relief there, but more than anything, it’s a lot of excitement,” said Gookin, the 3A all-tournament captain. “This was the definition of a fun game.”
Mount Vernon completed a 36-4 season with the school’s first softball championship.
No. 4 Iowa City Regina 6, No. 7 Wilton 4
The glitter was gold. The Regals were golden.
Fourth-ranked Iowa City Regina erased a deficit for the third consecutive game at the state softball tournament. This comeback was relatively stress-free, and the Regals topped No. 7 Wilton, 6-4, for the Class 2A championship Friday afternoon at the Rogers Sports Complex.
“It’s every kid’s dream,” pitcher Emma Nibaur said. “This is the best feeling in the entire world. To be standing here in front of your right now, it’s unbelievable.”
The championship is the fourth for Regina (24-11), following titles in 2011, 2015 and 2017.
This is the first under Coach Angela Kessler.
The River Valley Conference South Division rivals split their regular-season encounters. Friday’s high-stakes meeting belonged to Regina because the Regals cashed in more frequently with runners on base.
No. 7 Twin Cedars 6, No. 6 Southeast Warren 3
Twin Cedars (29-3) earned its first team state championship in any girls’ sport.
Jillian French was 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and a two-RBI double. Grace Bailey and Ali Mockenhaupt also had a pair of hits.