COUNCIL BLUFFS — Just a few weeks ago, Iowa Western humbled the Indian Hills softball team on its home field. The Reivers outscored the Warriors 15-1 over 12 innings in the first two regional games of the year for IHCC.
Kendle Schieber made sure that would not happen again on Wednesday. The sophomore shut down the Reivers, allowing just one run over seven innings in the pitching circle while driving in two runs on a third-inning single as Indian Hills knocked off the Reivers in a 2-1 opening game. Despite bouncing back to earn a 9-2 victory over IHCC in the nightcap, the game one loss prevented Iowa Western (32-17, 8-2) from clinching the Region XI regular season title on Wednesday.
Back-to-back wind-aided singles set up Schieber to snap the scoreless tie herself at the plate. The sophomore’s clutch two-run single put IHCC up 2-0 in the top of the third inning.
Schieber dominated a potent Iowa Western lineup early on, striking out five of the first six Reiver batters. The Warrior ace didn’t allow a hit until a fourth-inning single by Dana Hieda, which would eventually turn into the Reivers only run on a sacrifice fly.
Iowa Western put the pressure on Schieber to hold a one-run lead late, collecting three hits to put the tying run at second in both the fifth and sixth. Schieber responded by coaxing a pair of inning-ending fly outs to maintain IHCC’s slim game-one lead. Three-straight groundouts in the seventh sealed the Warriors’ most impressive win of the season yet.
Amanda Whiteman got Iowa Western on the board first early in the nightcap, delivering a two-out, two-run double over the head of IHCC centerfielder Chelsea Griffiths. Nikki Boomgarden cut the lead in half, turning Maddie McGuire’s leadoff double in the second into a run with an RBI groundout for the Warriors.