The first 24 spots in the 2018 Iowa high school softball state tournament were determined Monday night, as regional finals take place in Classes 3A, 2A and 1A.
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Region 1: Newell-Fonda 10, No. 7 North Union 0
Region 2: No. 4 Ackley AGWSR 9, No. 10 Fort Dodge St. Edmond 0
Region 3: Janesville 1, No. 5 Clarksville 0
Region 4: No. 9 Lisbon 2, No. 1 Lansing Kee 0 (8)
Region 5: New London 4, North Mahaska 3
Region 6: No. 11 Martensdale-St. Marys 6, Wayne 5
Region 7: No. 2 Collins-Maxwell 7, Glidden-Ralston 4
Region 8: No. 3 Akron-Westfield 6, No. 13 West Monona 5 (8)
Region 6: No. 10 Iowa City Regina 2, No. 9 North Linn 0 (9)
The defending champions are back to defend.
Paisley Gardner lofted a two-out, two-run double into the left-field corner in the top of the ninth inning, and 10th-ranked Iowa City Regina edged No. 9 North Linn, 2-0, in a Class 2A softball regional final Monday night at North Linn High School.
“I’m 28 (years old), but I feel really old right now,” first-year Regina coach Jake Koolbeck said. “I’m just happy I get two more weeks with these girls.”
TROY MILLS - The defending champions are back to defend.
Region 1: No. 5 Alta-Aurelia 5, Western Christian 2
Region 2: No. 8 Logan-Magnolia 2, Mount Ayr 1
Region 3: No. 15 Earlham 9, No. 2 IKM-Manning 3
Region 4: No. 4 Des Moines Christian 14, Pleasantville 8
Region 5: No. 6 Central Springs 15, Saint Ansgar 5 (6)
Region 7: No. 3 Louisa-Muscatine 3, East Marshall 0
Region 8: Wilton 10, Bellevue 0 (5)
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Region 6: Benton Community 6, No. 6 Eddyville EBF 3
Angie Gorkow looked at the scoreboard and still couldn’t believe what she was seeing.
Well, she should believe it.
Gorkow homered and drove in four runs, and Benton Community knocked off its second consecutive top-10 opponent in a 6-3 win over No. 6 Eddyville EBF in Monday’s Class 3A regional final.
The Bobcats (27-14), who beat No. 10 Solon to set this matchup, will play in the state tournament for the fifth time in five years, but the first since winning the 3A title two years ago.
“We were underdogs tonight, so we came in with nothing to lose,” said Gorkow, whose three-run homer capped a four-run second inning to put the Bobcats ahead to stay. “We were still talking about (not making it to state) last year, but it was like, ‘OK, it’s time to go back.”
Jessie Havlik also drove in a run for the Bobcats, who ended the season of last year’s 2A state runner-up. EBF retires 30-8.
Grace Martensen earned the win in relief of starter Kate Buscher, who worked three innings before being lifted after two hits leading off the fourth.
Randie Richmond took the loss for EBF
-- Chad Drury, Ottumwa Courier
Region 8: No. 1 Davenport Assumption 7, Mount Vernon 0
The Mount Vernon softball team was well aware of what it was up against.
Standing between the Mustangs and a berth in the state tournament for the fourth year in a row was top-ranked Davenport Assumption, the defending Class 3A state champion with a pitcher throwing who had lost just once all season.
Tall task indeed.
“They’re a very balanced team,” Mount Vernon Coach Robin Brand said. “They’re quick. They can hit the ball. They’ve got good pitchers. They’re a good team, so we would have had to play one of our best games in order to do that.”
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DAVENPORT - The Mount Vernon softball team was well aware of what it was up against.
Region 1: No. 13 Spirit Lake 3, No. 8 Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 2
Region 2: No. 4 Humboldt 8, Algona 4
Region 3: No. 9 Roland-Story 3, No. 5 North Polk 2
Region 4: No. 7 Atlantic 2, Clarke 1
Region 5: No. 3 Waterloo Columbus 5, No. 11 Crestwood 1
Region 7: No. 2 Albia 2, Williamsburg 0