Courier sports staff
---- — NEW SHARON – Down 5-1 late at North Mahaska, 15th-ranked (1A) Sigourney scored the final four runs of regulation before a seven-run explosion in the top of the eighth lifted the Savages to a come-from-behind 12-5 win at North Mahaska in a South Iowa Cedar League thriller.
Brooke Schroeder’s three-run homer in the sixth inning completely erased the Warhawks’ lead, tying the game at 5-5. Sigourney then sent 10-straight hitters to the plate in the eighth and took the lead for good with Emily Danowsky’s two-run double.
Four-straight run-producing hits led to the seven-run rally for the Savages, capped by Karah Appleget’s two-run homer.
“What was nice to see is the girls were so calm,” Sigourney head softball coach Shelly Striegle said. “Going into the fifth inning down 5-1 and even down 5-2 going into the sixth, I kept wondering when they might start to panic. They never did. They kept looking for good pitches to hit and looked for a little bit of small ball at first and finally used the long ball at the end.”
Sarah Bowen had three hits including a double for North Mahaska while Carissa McBirnie was 2-5 with a double and two runs scored. Both No. 15 Sigourney (18-5, 16-2) and North Mahaska (16-9, 14-4) were in key SICL matchups Tuesday as the Courier went to press as the Savages hosted BGM while the Warhawks traveled to SICL leader No. 5 (1A) Lynnville-Sully.
The Savages will wrap up the regular season making up an SICL contest against English Valleys while North Mahaska will host Montezuma on Friday.
No. 15 (1A) Sigourney 12, North Mahaska 5
Sigo. 001 013 07 — 12 14 4
N.M. 103 100 00 — 5 11 3
Sigourney battery — Jordan Carter (W, 16-5) (8IP, 11H, 5R, 3K, 2BB), Bri Schauf catching.
2B — Maddi Denny, Becca Ohland.
HR — Karah Appleget, Brooke Schroeder.
Hits — Ohland 3-5, Schauf 3-5, Emily Danowsky 2-4, Sydney Davis 2-4, Appleget 2-5, Courtney Herman 1-2, Brooke Schroeder 1-3, Denny 1-5.
RBI — Schroeder 3, Appleget 2, Danowsky 2, Ohland 2, Sy. Davis, Carter.
Runs — Appleget 2, Davis 2, Herman 2, Ohland 2, Schroeder 2, Danowsky, Sierra Davis.