OTTUMWA – It may not have been the same caliber of competition that they'll be facing over the next few weeks in regional play.
Still, the ability to put some runs on the board had to feel good for the Indian Hills softball team Saturday considering how their last two days had gone.
On Tuesday in their first Region XI doubleheader of the season, the Warriors had to settle for a split at Muscatine after stranding 21 runners on base over 18 innings against the Cardinals. Another 15 runners were left as wasted scoring opportunites Friday in a pair of painful one-run losses to Southeastern at Romalynn "R.L" Hellyer Field.
So on Saturday, after spotting the William Penn junior varsity squad a 4-1 lead in the opening game of an impromptu matinee, the Warriors spent the rest of the day making breakthroughs offensively. IHCC used a five-run third-inning to take the lead for good in game one in route to an 8-5 comeback win then batted around in the second inning of game two, scoring eight times to bring the doubleheader to an early end with a 12-1 five-inning triumph.
"You hope that helps us. You hope that helps the girls figure out what will make us more confident at the plate on a consistant basis," Indian Hills head softball coach Jim Overturf said. "You're going to hit every ball hard every time, but there are moments you have to have a good feel for when you're at the plate as a hitter."
As it turned out, the games would be the only chance the Warriors to wash away the bitter taste of last week's disappointments going into next week. For the fourth time, IHCC's home regional doubleheader with No. 15 (DI) Iowa Western was postponed due to weather as the forecast of rain on Sunday forced Overturf to make a call late Saturday afternoon to push the games back to a later date with the Reivers in West Burlington awaiting a decision on whether to stay over in Ottumwa after sweeping Southeastern earlier in the day and hope the weather would stay away or head on back to Council Bluffs.