COUNCIL BLUFFS — After suffering one hard-to-swallow loss to Iowa Western in their first postseason test, the Indian Hills softball had to absorb an even tougher loss to the Reivers in a game that ended the Warriors' season.
A bases-loaded infield hit off the glove of IHCC pitcher Kendle Schieber in the bottom of the seventh inning by Michelle Trulin allowed Iowa Western to score a 3-2 win over the Warriors in an elimination game in the Region XI Tournament on Saturday. The win moved Iowa Western into the championship game against Southeastern, a game the third-seeded Blackhawks won, 2-1 in 11 innings, to claim the postseason title.
Indian Hills opened the tournament against top-seeded IWCC on Friday morning and dropped a 3-1 decision. They came back with a vengence later in the day, drubbing Muscatine 11-0 in five innings.
Schieber suffered her second heart-breaking loss to Iowa Western on Saturday. The Conception Junction, Missouri native gave up seven hits and went the distance in the pitching circle.
The sophomore all-region, first-team choice had the only extra-base hit in the game, a double. IWCC jumped ahead 2-0 in the 3rd and IHCC tied it at 2-all in the fifth. Griffiths scored all the way from second base on an infield grounder and McGuire singled home Lindsay Moore for the second run.
The Warriors close the season with a 24-25 record. IHCC will say goodbye to eight sophomores Schieber, former Ottumwa Bulldog Paige Schreiner, former Cardinal Comet Laci Moore, Kaylyn Decock, Mackenzie Haight, Jaylinn Tresslar, Katie Walsh and Liz Penrose.