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April 27, 2013

Signature sweep carries IHCC softball into postseason play

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"I'm confident in my team and I'm confident in what I can do," Schieber said. "I think we can do some pretty special things. I feel like everything's starting to go our way right now."

The two wins on Thursday were exactly what Overturf was looking for from his team heading into the postseason, putting Indian Hills back on the original pace he had been maping out since the Warriors season-opening trip to Alabama and Florida.

"We always talk about taking our season in thirds. That first third comes when we open the season starting on that southern trip," Overturf said. "This year, we had some girls admittedly come back a little more mentally beat up than they normally have, but over the second third of the season we're 18-15, so we've really played pretty well since we got back home."

Struggling to put together two consistantly good efforts, however, has been a problem this season for the Warriors. Since suffereing an 11-game losing streak on their season-opening trip south, IHCC's longest winning streak hasn't been longer than four games with Indian Hills only picking up three doubleheader sweeps all season heading into this week.

The Warrriors appeared headed for a fourth on Wednesday at Southeastern. After winning 6-2 in the opening game on the strength of a Schieber grand slam, IHCC opened up a 5-1 lead in game two and appeared to have the Blackhawks overwhelmed.

Errors, however, opened the door for a Southeastern rally. Six unanswered runs lifted the Blackhawks to a 7-6 win and yet another disappointing split.

"The disappointing thing about that last game is that we gave up those extra opportunities to Southeatern. That's something we can't afford to do if we want to win this tournament," Overturf said. "That was a disappointing loss to have and I don't think anyone designs having to play a final regional doubleheader that close to the postseason tournament, but the girls used the opportunity to bounce back in a big way."

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