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Iowa high school softball regional finals: Tuesday's 4A, 5A scores and coverage

Grounds crew work on removing moisture from the infield after rain stopped before the Class 5A regional final softball game between the Kennedy Cougars and the Prairie Hawks at Kennedy High School in northeast Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Tuesday, July 16, 2019. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Grounds crew work on removing moisture from the infield after rain stopped before the Class 5A regional final softball game between the Kennedy Cougars and the Prairie Hawks at Kennedy High School in northeast Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Tuesday, July 16, 2019. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

The final 16 bids for the 2019 Iowa high school state softball tournament were awarded Tuesday night in Class 5A and Class 4A regional finals around the state.

Here’s a look at the scores and complete area coverage.

[Monday's 1A, 2A, 3A regional final scores and coverage]

Class 4A

REGION 1

No. 14 Oskaloosa 1, No. 2 Adel ADM 0

REGION 2

No. 1 Carlisle 8, Boone 4

REGION 3

No. 4 Charles City 11, Mason City 1 (5 innings)

REGION 4

No. 7 Dallas Center-Grimes 12, No. 8 Ballard 6

REGION 5

No. 5 Independence 4, Iowa City Liberty 2

Late-inning composure is a staple of any successful postseason march.

Down to its last six outs in front of an overflow home crowd Tuesday night, the Independence Mustangs softball team got the rally it needed and will gallop on to the softball state tournament for the second-straight year.

“I knew we weren’t going to give up,” Independence senior pitcher Mackenzie Hupke said after the fifth-ranked Mustangs used a three-run sixth inning to oust Iowa City Liberty.

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REGION 6

No. 3 North Scott 3, Fairfield 0

REGION 7

No. 6 West Delaware 6, No. 9 DeWitt Central 1

REGION 8

Denison-Schleswig 3, Sioux City Heelan 0

 

Class 5A

REGION 1

No. 1 Waukee 9, Sioux City North 0

REGION 2

No. 8 West Des Moines Valley 6, Des Moines Hoover 1

REGION 3

No. 2 Fort Dodge 3, Ankeny 0

REGION 4

No. 3 Cedar Rapids Kennedy 6, Cedar Rapids Prairie 0

Kennedy plated six runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and romped past Prairie.

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The rally started with a squeeze (from Sam Scheck, with the bases loaded), ended with bang (a three-run double by Kaylin Kinney) and sent the Cougars (37-2) to the state tournament.

For a while, it appeared unlikely that the Cougars would play Tuesday, let alone win.

A small but mighty cell of rain moved into Cedar Rapids around 6:30, and it poured until about 7:15.

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REGION 5

No. 6 Iowa City High 2, No. 11 Dubuque Hempstead 0

The first one was sort of just a pop fly, it seemed. The second one was absolutely crushed.

Iowa City High’s softball team did what Iowa City High’s softball team does Tuesday night in its Class 5A regional final. That’s hit home runs and get good pitching from Ayana Lindsey.

The sophomore threw a four-hit shutout, leading off the bottom of the first inning with a homer that proved to be enough offense in a 2-0 win over Dubuque Hempstead in a Class 5A regional final. That’s back-to-back state tournament trips for sixth-ranked City High, which won only seven games just four years ago.

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REGION 6

No. 4 Indianola 5, No. 12 Southeast Polk 4 (9 innings)

REGION 7

No. 9 Ottumwa 12, No. 7 Muscatine 9 (9 innings)

REGION 8

No. 5 Johnston 9, No. 10 Pleasant Valley 8

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