Courier sports staff
---- — ALBIA – The final week of the regular season has been a good one so far for the Albia softball team at the plate. The Lady Dees followed up their highest scoring effort of the season on Monday at Davis County by nearly matching it on “senior night” at the Albia Summer Sports Complex, routing Montezuma 14-4 in five innings as the Lady Dees evened their record in their last home game of the year.
The top two hitters in the Lady Dee lineup set the tone for the night. Sydney Weldon and Makenzie Griffin both had three hits, including a pair of home runs for both hitters, and three RBI apiece as Albia added a 15-hit attack to the 18 hits collected as a team 24 hours earlier in Bloomfield.
Albia (15-15) will be bringing that red-hot offense to Wapello County this weekend to compete in the 39th Ottumwa Softball Classic. The Lady Dees will face North Mahaska in the opening game of Saturday’s scheduled at 9 a.m. before facing Southeast Conference contender Fairfield at 1:45 p.m.
Albia 14, Montezuma 4 (5)
Monte 301 00 — 4 7 2
Albia 524 21 — 14 15 1
Albia battery — Lexie Van Polen (W) (5IP, 7H, 4R, 2ER), Emma Dinneen catching.
2B — Dinneen, Rechelle Hindman, Van Polen.
3B — Cheyenne Pottorff, Cassie Smallwood, Sydney Weldon.
HR — Mackenzie Griffin 2, Welson 2.
Hits — Griffin 3-4, Van Polen 3-4, Weldon 3-4, Pottorff 2-4, Anna Riley 1-2, Smallwood 1-2, Hindman 1-4, Pottorff 1-4.
RBI — Griffin 3, Weldon 3, Dinneen 2, Pottorff, Smallwood, Van Polen.
Runs — Griffin 3, Weldon 3, Riley 2, Dinneen, Hindman, Pottorff, Mary Sheperd, Smallwood, Kaitlyn Spieler.
Trojans split SEC finale with Fort Madison
FAIRFIELD – It was a pretty simple two-step process to determining the Southeast Conference softball championship entering Tuesday night. Both steps included Fort Madison, who isn’t even in contention for the crown.
Playing both Fairfield and Washington, the co-leaders of the conference, in both teams final SEC doubleheaders, allowed the Bloodhounds to have a big say in which team would be crowned champion be the end of the season. The Trojans took their first shot on Tuesday, settling for a split with Fort Madison on their home diamond as Fairfield fell in game two 6-3 after winning easily in the opener 9-1.
Marisa Repp had a team-best four hits in the doubleheader for Fairfield, including a pair of doubles in game two, while Alli Deao pitched almost 10 innings against the Bloodhounds on the way to earning her 13th win in game one. Deao allowed just one unearned run on four hits before pitching almost three innings of relief work in game two as Fort Madison scored four unearned runs in the fifth to open a 6-0 lead.
Fairfield (26-10) will next hit the diamond at the 39th Ottumwa Softball Classic on Saturday when the Trojans face North Mahaska at 10:30 a.m. and Albia at 1:45 p.m. The Trojans will then wrap up the regular season with a doubleheader at home next Tuesday against Burlington, but will be watching Monday and hoping for some help from Fort Madison as the Bloodhounds will host Washington as the Demons will need a sweep to win the outright SEC title and at least one win to share the conference title with the Trojans.
Fairfield 9, Fort Madison 1
F.M. 001 000 0 — 1 4 1
F.F. 230 400 x — 9 10 1
Fairfield battery — Alli Deao (W, 13-6) (7IP, 4H, R, 2K), Karley Williams catching.
2B — Makenna Ledger.
3B — Sydney Burnett.
Hits — Makenzie Flattery 2-2, Marisa Repp 2-3, Kenady Waugh 2-4, Ledger 1-2, Katie Anderson 1-3, Mackenzie McClure 1-3, Burnett 1-4.
RBI — Anderson 2, McClure 2, Burnett, Flattery, Repp.
Runs — Anderson 2, Flattery 2, Waugh 2, Burnett, Kelsey Roberts, Madison Roberts.
Fort Madison 6, Fairfield 3
F.M. 200 040 0 — 6 8 1
F.F. 000 011 1 — 3 8 2
Fairfield battery — Haley Grunwald (L, 13-4) (4 1/3IP, 5H, 5R, 2ER, K) and Alli Deao (2 2/3IP, 3H, R, K), Karley Williams catching.
2B — Marisa Repp 2, Williams.
Hits — Williams 2-3, Katie Anderson 2-4, Repp 2-4, Makenzie Flattery 1-3, Mackenzie McClure 1-4.
RBI — McClure.
Runs — Anderson, Repp, Williams.
Six in sixth lifts Comets to win in SEISC south finale
ELDON – Delaney Ridgway led a big Cardinal comeback at the plate, going 4-4 while driving in five runs as the Comets scored six runs in their last at bat of their conference season Tuesday night to earn an 8-3 win Southeast Iowa Superconference south division win over Central Lee.
Morgan Honomichl, playing in her last conference home game on Tuesday, also came up big at the plate for the Comets. The senior outfielder was 3-3 with an RBI and a run as Cardinal entered the sixth inning down a run before making their late rally.
“It was a weird game,” Cardinal head coach Jerald Harter said. “He had a couple of runners get hit with line drives on base to end a scoring chance, but we hung in there and it finally opened up for us in the sixth inning.”
The win clinches a second-place finish in the SEISC south for Cardinal behind West Burlington-Notre Dame, the top-rated team in Class 3A. The Comets (16-13, 9-3) played at Knoxville on Wednesday as the Courier went to press and will be a part of the Ottumwa Classic, opening the two-day tournament at Huston Field against No. 12 (3A) Clarke at 9 a.m. before playing No. 3 (4A) Solon at 12:15 p.m. on Friday
Cardinal 8, Central Lee 3
C.L. 011 010 0 — 3 10 1
Card. 001 016 x — 8 12 1
Cardinal battery — Delaney Ridgway (5IP, 8H, 3R, 2ER, 2K, 3BB) and Lexi Fullenkamp (W, 8-3) (2IP, 2H), Lindsay Moore catching.
2B — Ridgway 3.
Hits — Ridgway 4-4, Morgan Honomichl 3-3, Carlie Bennett 1-2, Lindsey Davis 1-3, Jessie McElderry 1-3, Alexis Adam 1-4, Fullenkamp 1-4.
RBI — Ridgway 5, Adam, Honomichl.
Runs — Danae Moses 2, Adam, Bennett, Fullenkamp, Honomichl, McElderry, Moore.
Ottumwa JV softball squads pick up a pair of sweeps
OTTUMWA – The Ottumwa JV red and white softball teams both scored sweeps on back-to-back days. The Bulldog JV white team shut out Burlington twice on Monday, winning 5-0 and 12-0 at Huston Field, while the JV red squad beat Fairfield 7-1 and 8-0 on Tuesday.
Ellen Carlson struck out five batters over six innings for the Ottumwa JV white in game one against Burlington, walking just two batters in her one-hit shutout. Alexis Nelson went 3-3 with two RBI and one run scored.
Ainsley Arnold added a pair of hits and runs scored in the opener against the Greyhounds. Dalacie Livingston went 1-3 with a double and RBI.
Arnold needed just three innings to earn the pitching win in game two for the Ottumwa white, striking out three batters while tossing her own one-hit shutout that included three walks. Madison Wiley went 2-2 in game two with three runs scored, two stolen bases and two RBI.
Lindsey Winn went 3-3 with two runs scored and three RBI. Ellen Carlson went 2-3 with two runs scored and two RBI. Carrie Hagstrom went 1-2 with a run, a stolen base and two RBI.
The Ottumwa “red” JV beat Fairfield in game one behind Kirsten Mincks, who got the win in the circle with a strikeout, three walks, five hits and just one run allowed over six innings of work in the pitching circle. Ashlyn Thompson went 2-3 with a run and two RBI in the opener against the Trojans while Livingston and Kelsey Peyton each had a double for the Bulldogs.
Mackenzie Sheehan went seven innings in the circle in game two to earn the pitching win for Ottumwa “red” against Fairfield, striking out four batters while walking two batters as part of a two-hit shutout. Peyton went 2-3 with two runs scored while Mincks went 2-4 with a pair of RBI. Wetrich and Robertson also doubled for the Bulldogs.
Both Ottumwa JV teams were in action Wednesday at home against Indianola as the Bulldog white team played a doubleheader against the Indians before the red team played a single matchup in the game that preceded the varsity doubleheader.