Courier sports staff
---- — SIGOURNEY — The Sigourney softball team made quick work of its first game to be stopped in the middle due to rain and picked up several days later. The 15th-ranked (1A) Savages took care of their 17th South Iowa Cedar League victory on Wednesday, finishing off a five-inning 10-0 shutout of English Valleys.
Jordan Carter finished off a one-hit shutout of the Bears that included four strikeouts while several Sigourney stars stepped up to contribute to the “two-day” win. Carter and Becca Ohland each had two hits with Ohland scoring twice while Maddi Denny drove in three runs and scored two more in the win.
“Picking it up in the middle of an inning was unusual for our girls, but we tried to keep things the same going in,” Sigourney head coach Shelly Striegle said. “The girls picked it right back up where they left off and kept things rolling.”
Rain played tricks on Sigourney’s schedule one more time this regular season Tuesday as a scheduled SICL matchup with BGM was called off due to nasty weather in the area. The 15th-ranked Savages (19-5, 17-2) will try to make up that contest Friday before heading into the postseason to host a Class 1A regional second round contest on Wednesday.
Sigourney 10, English Valleys 0 (5)
EV 000 00 — 0 1 2
Sig. 431 2x — 10 11 2
Sigourney battery — Jordan Carter (W) (5IP, H, 4K), Bri Schauf catching.
2B — Becca Ohland.
3B — Brooke Schroeder.
Hits — Carter 2-3, Ohland 2-3, Courtney Herman 1-1, Karah Appleget 1-3, Maddi Denny 1-3, Schauf 1-3, Schroeder 1-3, Emily Danosky 1-3, Sydney Davis 1-3.
RBI — Denny 3, Hermann 2, Schroeder, Schauf.
Runs — Denny 2, Stacy Moore 2, Ohland 2, Carter, Danowsky, Davis, Hermann.
1st inning more than enough for Panthers
PEKIN — One inning was plenty for the Pekin softball team Wednesday night. As it turned out, it was the very first inning that led the Panthers to a comfortable and quick win over Keota as 13 runs in the opening frame held up in a 13-0 victory.
The one big opening inning saw Pekin get plenty of people up to the plate as nine different players scored at least one of the 13 runs. Cheyann Lankford, who earned her 15th win in the pitching circle with a one-hit shutout, joined Brittany Gillam and Madelyn Baker with a pair of hits and a pair of runs scored.
“We got about everybody into the ballgame and everybody did something,” Pekin head softball coach Bryan Marlay said. “Everyone got out there and got us a big inning for us.”
Pekin (20-10) is back on the diamond Monday to wrap up the regular season against WACO. The Panthers are also home next Wednesday to open Class 1A regional postseason play against either Iowa Valley or West Branch.
Pekin 13, Keota 0
Keota 000 0 — 0 1 5
Pekin (13)0 0 — 13 10 2
Pekin battery — Cheyann Lankford (W, 15-4) (3IP, H. 4K), Tiana Slaney catching.
2B — Lankford, Slaney.
HR — Maranda Baker.
Hits — Lankford 2-2, Brittany Gillam 2-2, Madelyn Baker 2-2, Maranda Baker 1-1, Slaney 1-1, Peyton Atwood 1-2, Emily 1-2.
RBI — Mad. Baker 2, Mar. Baker 2, Lankford, Gillam, Leslie Stone, Slaney, Atwood, Adam.
Runs — Lankford 2, Gillam 2, Stone 2, Mad. Baker 2, Mar. Baker, Courtney Comstrock, Emily Bemis, Adam, Kelsie Spilman.
OHS JV white sweeps Indians; red falls 7-3
OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa JV “white” softball team took a pair of games from Indianola on Wednesday. The Bulldogs edged the Indians in the opener, 4-3, behind a three-hitter from Mackenzie Sheehan before scoring a 5-1 win over Indianola in the nightcap with a four-hit, four-strikeout performance tossed by Ainsley Arnold.
Sheehan struck out six batters in game one while Lindsey Winn tripled and drove in two runs for the Bulldogs in the opener. Dalacie Livingston added two hits and scored a run while Madison Wiley and A.J. Nelson both went 2-4 in game one.
Livingston added three more hits in game two, including a double, and drove in two runs to help Ottumwa ‘white’ complete the sweep. Arnold added a double and drove in three runs while earning the win in the pitching circle while Winn also added a double in the game-two triumph.
The Ottumwa “red” JV team lost the only game of the day, falling 7-3 to the Indians in the warm-up to the second-ranked Bulldogs (5A) CIML Metro sweep of No. 5 (4A) Indianola. Kirsten Mincks took the loss after pitching four innings, walking two while allowing 10 hits and seven runs in the start.
Sheehan finished the game one inning pitched, giving up one hit in relief. Caroline Carlson went 2-2 and the plate while Sheehan hit her first career home run.
Ottumwa’s two junior varsity softball squads wrap two very successful seasons on Monday as part of an emotional day at Huston Field. The JV “white” will look to wrap up their season with two games against Des Moines East at 1 and 2:30 p.m. before the Bulldogs’ “red” JV team takes the field at 4:15. The finales for the junior varsity softball teams will come moments before the No. 2 (5A) Bulldogs play their CIML Metro “Senior Night” doubleheader against East starting at 6 p.m.