SIGOURNEY — The 23-9 Sigourney softball season came to an end Friday night as they dropped a 6-4 decision to HLV. The Class 1A, Region 5 semifinal loss to HLV might not have been a true upset, but the Savages had defeated HLV twice previously by scores of 7-1 and 2-1.
At this time of the summer, teams need to be playing their best ball.
The loss just didn't fit the way Sigourney had been playing as of late. Four walks and two errors have not been a part of a Savage line score nearly all summer.
“We just didn't seem to have that little spark that we needed," said Sigourney coach Shelly Streigle. "Sometimes emotions get in the way, especially with a big group of seniors.”
Sigourney used Becca Ohland's lead-off walk to plate their first run in the top of the first. Ohland would come around to score on an HLV error.
The Savages bunched three of their 11 hits together in the second to go up 2-0. Brooke Waechter's one-out single was followed by Leah Carter's double.
The run scored when Brooke Schroeder singled. Sigourney would leave the two runners on base. Sigourney would continue to have runners on base, but would be blanked for the next four innings.
HLV tied it in the third. The big hit was a two-run single by Kate Schaefer.
The visitors went ahead 5-2 with a three-run fourth. Two walks and a Savage error were part of the inning that spelled defeat for Sigourney. Brooke Kuesel drove in two with a two-out hit.
Neither team scored in the fifth. Sigourney looked to rally in the sixth when Waechter and Leah Carter had back-to-back one-out singles.
For the fifth-straight inning, Sigourney left a runner on base. They would leave eight runners on base for the game.