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April 27, 2013

Signature sweep carries IHCC softball into postseason play

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Thursday, however, was a complety different situation for the Warriors. Indian Hills played with confidence and didn't give any extra opportunities to the Reivers, leading to Iowa Western being shutout for the first 11 innings of Thursday's doubleheader.

"I felt like we could hang with them even before Thursday," Schieber said. "We played right with them at their place earlier this year. We felt like it was our day to win."

"Iowa Western is the team everybody wants to beat. That's what really made a big difference for us (on Thursday)," Pennington added. "Knowing that they were unbeaten coming in here and knowing where they stand in the region makes us want to beat them that much more."

The 12th-ranked Reivers will have to have the shortest memories of their last outings on Hellyer Field as Iowa Western opens the regional tournament today at 10 a.m. against Southeastern. After IHCC and Muscatine meet at noon, the two losing teams meet in Saturday's lone elimination game at 2 with the two winning teams meeting at 4.

The Warriors know they may not have seen the last of Iowa Western, having lost the regional championship game to the Reivers each of the last two years. But in a tournament where seeds ranging from the number three to the number one have won it over the past three seasons, anything and everything has a possibility of happening before this weekend in Ottumwa is over.

"I asked the girls how they felt after losing that last game against Southeastern on Wednesday. They felt terrible. I asked them how they felt after sweeping Iowa Western Thursday and they felt estatic," Overturf said. "It's all about maintaining that positive emotion and momentum from game to game and inning to inning. You can't let it get away or you could let the season slip away pretty quickly."

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