Prep Softball

Tuesday's Iowa high school softball 4A, 5A regional finals: Roundup, final scores

Georgia Kimm scores a run for Iowa City High during a regional semifinal win over Cedar Rapids Prairie on Saturday in Cedar Rapids. The Little Hawks host Linn-Mar in a regional final Tuesday. (Hannah Schroeder/The Gazette)
Georgia Kimm scores a run for Iowa City High during a regional semifinal win over Cedar Rapids Prairie on Saturday in Cedar Rapids. The Little Hawks host Linn-Mar in a regional final Tuesday. (Hannah Schroeder/The Gazette)

The 2018 Iowa high school softball state tournament field was completed Tuesday night as regional finals take place in the larger two classes.

Scroll down for all the scores. Complete area coverage is on the way.

• Monday’s roundup: 1A, 2A, 3A regional finals

• State softball tournament pairings, schedule

Class 4A

Region 6: No. 11 Cedar Rapids Xavier 8, Keokuk 0

Xavier grabbed hold of the momentum early en route to an 8-0 win over Keokuk to advance to the Class 4A state tournament.

“We put in a lot of hard work along the way,” Saints center fielder Charlotte Richards said. “That we finally made it to the state tournament feels amazing.

“We’re ready to do some damage in Fort Dodge.”

Xavier reached the regional finals the past two seasons, but just couldn’t quite get past that final hurdle. Hard work, communication and an attack mentality lead the Saints to their first state berth since 2010.

 

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CEDAR RAPIDS - Momentum is a strange thing in athletics.

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Region 7: No. 5 Independence 7, Marion 5

Staked to a 7-2 lead in the top of the seventh inning, Mackenzie Hupke surrendered three runs and four hits before sending Independence (34-6) to the state tournament for the first time since 2005 with a groundout and a strikeout.

“Just get three outs before they get five runs,” said Hupke, a Drake commit who improved to 23-3 in the circle this season.

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INDEPENDENCE - Heather Hupke watched as her star pitcher toiled in pursuit of the final out.

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Region 1: No. 15 Sergeant Bluff-Luton 4, No. 8 Denison-Schleswig 3

Region 2: Des Moines Hoover 3, No. 9 Lewis Central 2

Region 3: No. 2 Adel ADM 8, No. 14 Norwalk 1

Region 4: Dallas Center-Grimes 6, Pella 5

Region 5: No. 10 Newton 4, Fairfield 1

Region 8: No. 4 Charles City 6, Center Point-Urbana 1

Class 5A

Region 6: Iowa City High 4, Linn-Mar 2

The playlist here included Journey’s 1980s hit “Only The Young.”

Fitting. Oh, so fitting.

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It wasn’t just another night in any town, but the Iowa City High softball team is ahead of its time.

Ella Cook’s two-run double in the sixth inning snapped a 2-2 draw, and the Little Hawks defeated Linn-Mar at City High.

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IOWA CITY - The playlist here included Journey's 1980s hit "Only The Young."

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Region 5: No. 4 Cedar Rapids Jefferson 8, West Des Moines Dowling 0

In the history of the world, there are some pretty remarkable dynasties — the Ming Dynasty, for one, and also, maybe, Cedar Rapids Jefferson softball.

The No. 4 J-Hawks earned their 24th state tournament trip Tuesday night, defeating West Des Moines Dowling, 8-0, in a Class 5A regional final at Niemeyer Field.

“It’s our tradition,” junior Lindsey Culver said. “That’s what being a J-Hawk is about, going to Fort Dodge.”

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Region 1: No. 8 Fort Dodge 5, No. 6 Urbandale 2

Region 2: No. 5 West Des Moines Valley 4, No. 9 Ankeny 0

Region 3: No. 7 Johnston 1, Des Moines East 0

Region 4: No. 3 Indianola 3, Ottumwa 2 (8)

Region 7: No. 10 Dubuque Hempstead 4, Davenport West 0

Region 8: No. 1 Pleasant Valley 4, No. 13 Burlington 2

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