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April 29, 2013

Reivers beat Indian Hills for third time for regional softball title

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Durflinger nailed the next pitch for a double into left-center field, which looked like it would score Moore with the tying run from first. A quick relay kepy Moore at third, where relief pitcher Aubrey Voboril would strand the former Cardinal Comet by striking out Olivia Starcevich with the bases loaded.

"Softball's a game of inches. We were inches away from playing Sunday as an undefeated team needed just one win to win the regional title," Overturf said.

Instead, IHCC had to try and win three games in a row on Sunday. The Warriors got their first win by edging Muscatine 4-1 on the strength of a go-ahead bloop fifth-inning single by Moore and a two-out two-RBI sixth-inning hit by Kaylyn Decock.

Against the Reivers, however, small ball proved to be a big difference maker. Iowa Western opened up a 5-1 lead in the fourth inning, scoring three runs in the inning without hitting the ball out of the infield as consecutive suicide squeeze bunts sparked the rally.

"I had a feeling that KayCee (Miller) was going to squeeze in front of me," Morgan Hoeg, who had the last bunt that led to a pair of runs scoring, said. "Coach is all about keeping momentum going, so I knew when KayCee got her bunt down, I knew I was going to squeeze again."

"I just felt like we needed to shake some things up," Ross added. "I knew we were going to go back-to-back on the squeezes. I knew they weren't going to be expecting it. It does take a little bit of everything to win at this time of the year."

The Warriors didn't go away, thanks to sophomores Hiliary Pennington and Matzen. Pennington joined Jaylinn Tressler in reaching base in the fifth inning ahead of Matzen, who's region-best 14th home run brought Indian Hills back within 5-4.

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