The third hit of the night for Bonnett came in the fourth inning, which saw Regina score its fifth run of the night to open a 5-1 lead. With a season hanging in the balance and Bonnett having been taken off the mound by head coach Jon Prottsman, EBF made one last run at keeping its state tournament hopes alive in the sixth as the Rockets used two walks, a Jarrah Jensen single, two Regina errors and two Regina pitching changes in a wild sixth inning to pull within 5-3.
“It’s kind of difficult being pulled out as a pitcher and being put back in,” Bonnett said after having to return to face two batters in the sixth. “I think if I had been a little warmer, I could have done a little better in that moment.”
No. 14 EBF loaded the bases with two outs in the sixth, needing one more hit to potentially complete its comeback. Instead, leadoff hitter Paige Shafer flew out to right as the Rockets were retired in order in the seventh to cap a 25-9 season.
“We do lose three good seniors that provided good leadership, but we have a good nucleus that’s coming back including another group of juniors that will be good leaders next year,” Fenton said. “We had a great year. We achieved a goal of finishing with less than 10 losses and made it one step further in the postseason. We’ve got a good group coming back to try and go even further next year.”
Iowa City Regina took on 32-3, fourth-ranked Highland Monday in the 2A, Region 5 final at Iowa City West to determine a berth in the 2A state softball tournament.
Class 2A, Region 5 Semifinals
Iowa City Regina 6, No. 14 Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 3
EBF 010 002 0 — 3 4 3
ICR 202 101 x — 6 11 2
Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont battery — Nataliah Hopkins (L, 22-8) (6IP, 11H, 6R, 4ER, BB, HBP), Jarrah Jensen catching.