IOWA CITY – Don’t be fooled by the 19-19 record.
Iowa City Regina is anything but a mediocre high school softball team.
After a summer of earning their 19-19 record by playing one of the toughest schedules in the entire state, Regina continued to show the payoff on Friday night by moving within one win of a return trip to the Class 2A State Softball Tournament. The Regals jumped out to an early lead and held off a pair of rallies by 14th-ranked Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont to score a 6-3 win in the Class 2A, Region 5 Semifinals.
“Bottom line, when you come to a game like this you don’t want to lose it. You want to make the other team beat you,” EBF head coach Tony Fenton said. “It was just a classic case of one team hitting the ball in places where the other team wasn’t. That just happened to be Regina. For whatever reason, every ball they hit got past us and every ball we hit seemed to go right to them.”
The reasons for both, in large part, had to do with Regal star utility player Megan Bonnett. The junior showed the ability of an all-state player by out-dueling EBF’s ace junior Nataliah Hopkins in the pitching circle over the first four innings by allowing just one run on three hits.
Meanwhile at the plate, Bonnett got her team off to a good start against Hopkins by drilling an RBI double to right center in the opening inning. Bonnett scored herself on a two-out hit by Jenny Wick as the Regals opened a 2-0 lead after one.
“I was so nervous I was shaking at the beginning of the game,” Bonnett said. “I’m glad I pitched as well as I did and I’m glad I hit as well as I did, but I’m really glad my teammates were right there to help pull me through.”