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July 2, 2014

Savages lock up second in SICL

SIGOURNEY – The14th-ranked (1A) Sigourney Savages celebrated senior night with a 12-0, four-inning win over Tri-County Wednesday night in Sigourney. The win moved Sigourney’s South Iowa Cedar League softball record to 16-2 and locked up second place in the conference. Add to that a nearly .500 non-conference record and the Savages are having a fine summer with a 21-8 record to date.

Katlyn Little had a two-out hit for the Trojans in the first, but failed to score. The Savages also stranded a runner in their scoreless first.

Jessica Steen led off the Tri-County second with a hit, but again would be left on base. One of the key plays of the game came in the Trojan second as starting catcher, Megan Striegel, was hit on the hand

and had to leave the game.

Sigourney then cranked up their offense in the bottom of the inning. The Savages had just two hits, but took advantage of some wildness by Trojan pitching, stole bases and took the extra base almost at will.

“We have been working on taking the extra base and stealing quite a bit," said Sigourney coach Shelly Streigle. "I think we are definitely seeing the play and not having to be told to take it.”

“Megan (Striegel) being hurt really had an effect on our play," said Tri-County coach Chad Little. "I think it bothered our pitchers and our whole defensive play. We made a lot of errors that we normally wouldn't make.”

The bottom of the big inning started with a hit by pitch, a Trojan error, and two walks. Becca Ohland then doubled to clear the bases.

“I’ve had lots of opportunities for RBIs this summer," said Ohland, the Savage lead-off hitter. "The bottom of our line-up is hitting and getting on base.”

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