WEST BURLINGTON — Jim Overturf was waiting, and hoping, that his Indian Hills softball team would figure out a way to string together clutch hits to put together big innings.
Friday showed signs that the Warriors might be figuring out how to create those big game-changing rallies. Indian Hills used a six-run rally in the third inning to take game one, 6-1, and nearly pulled off a come-from-behind victory in game two thanks to a four-run seventh inning.
Southeastern, however, rallied back in the final inning of the Region XI doubleheader to earn a split in walk-off fashion. Ashlee Amador singled with the bases loaded and one out in the final inning to drive in two runs, turning a 4-3 deficit into a 5-4 win.
IHCC’s last three losses have now come in walk-off fashion. The finale at Southeastern also was the sixth time in the last 10 Warriors games that was decided in walk-off fashion.
Batting the second time around against Southeastern game one starting pitcher Cecila Alvarez, Indian Hills finally strung together several clutch hits. Kendle Schieber drove in the first run with an RBI single one inning after pitching out of a Blackhawk scoring threat. Emma Rickels followed with a two-run single before Maddie McGuire added an RBI single to make it 4-0 IHCC.
Former Ottumwa Bulldog Paige Schreiner then stepped up, driving a hard-hit grounder through the middle of the Southeastern defense for a two-run hit. By the time the rally was over, IHCC had batted around and staked Schieber to a 6-0 lead in the pitching circle.
Schieber allowed just one run to cross the plate for Southeastern. The Warrior sophomore earned her team-best ninth win of the year in the game one victory.
Indian Hills had another big scoring rally that nearly gained the Warriors a regional sweep on Friday. Down 3-0 heading into the seventh in game two, IHCC scored four times in its last at-bat to take a 4-3 lead.