WASHINGTON — Allison Rebling followed up a complete-game shutout in the opening game of a Southeast Conference doubleheader with Washington by recording the final five outs of game two for the Fairfield softball team on Thursday. Rebling allowed just three hits in seven innings of a 4-0 win in game one for the Trojans, striking out 10 batters, before closing out a 5-2 win in game two adding four more strikeouts to her total.
Coty Engle earned her second win in three starts for Fairfield as the eighth-grade hurler struck out five batters in just over five innings. Jenna Norris, Engle's catcher, staked her battery mate to a 2-0 lead with a two-run single in the top of the first scoring Engle and Rebling.
Engle added her own RBI single in the fourth inning. Hannah Simpson added to the Fairfield lead with a two-run single to right, giving Engle a 5-1 lead to work with.
Three hits and a wild pitch allowed Washington to pull within 5-2 as Engle walked the bases loaded before handing the ball to Rebling. After forcing Molly Sparks into an inning-ending pop out, Rebling pitched around danger in the sixth striking out potential tying run Halle Leyden before striking out the side in the seventh.
Simpson broke the scoreless tie in game one with an RBI single that scored Engle in the third inning. Norris scored on a sacrifice fly later in the frame and drove in Engle in the fifth with a two-out RBI single to left that put Fairfield up 3-0.
Fairfield (4-4, 2-0 SEC) joins Washington in the Iowa City West Classic at the Hawkeye Softball Complex on Friday. The Trojans return to conference action Monday with a doubleheader at Fort Madison.
Van Buren 3, Central Lee 2 (11)
KEOSAUQUA — Chelsey Huff brought a marathon Southeast Iowa Superconference south division contest to a close, driving an RBI single into left field scoring Ally Campbell as the Warriors rallied to avoid a loss to the Hawks.
Huff had a key single in the bottom of the 10th, following up a hit by Lexi Jirak with one out that moved Jirak to third before a groundout by Shayna Sprinkle tied the score at 2-2. Jirak also drove in Van Buren's only run in regulation with an RBI single to center that brough home Isabel Manning.
Huff matched Jirak with three hits in the win while also pitching 11 full innings, allowing just one earned run on six hits with four strikeouts and three walks. After facing Danville in conference play on Friday, Van Buren (3-2, 1-1 SEI south) will host Cardinal and Montezuma in a triangular on Saturday.
No. 13 EBF 5, North Mahaska 1
EDDYVILLE — Emma Lenox, Rylee German and Faith Roberts all drove in runs in the opening inning of a nonconference win over the Warhawks.
Peyton Deevers doubled in the third inning, while Madysen Wade singled in Deevers in the fifth as the Class 3A 13th-ranked Rockets rolled to the victory.
Reina Taylor tossed a four-hitter in the circle, striking out six and scattering just four hits.
EBF hosts Centerville in a South Central Conference game Friday.
Cardinal 6, West Burlington 1
WEST BURLINGTON — Home runs by Colby Aschenbrenner and Cameron Honomichl, combined with four errors by the Falcons, helped the Comets even their SEI Superconference South Division record. Honomichl took advantage of West Burlington's first error, a two-out miscue in the first, and slugged a long two-run homer that quickly put Cardinal up 2-0.
Tanner Collins pitched out of danger in the bottom of the first, allowing just one run while stranding the bases loaded to preserve Cardinal's 2-1 lead. Errors allowed Cardinal to add single runs in the second and fourth innings before Aschenbrenner's two-run blast in the seventh clinched the Comet win.
After facing New London Friday in conference play, Cardinal (2-1, 1-1 SEI south) will step out of conference on Monday to host Melcher-Dallas.
Van Buren 7, Central Lee 1
KEOSAUQUA — The Warriors scored six times in the second inning, and that was more than enough to claim a South Division home win.
Ryan Wolfe drove in two runs for Van Buren, while Bryson Starnes and Tony Davison had two hits among the Warriors' eight-hit attack.
Jacob Plecker picked up the win on the mound, striking out two and walking two in a complete-game effort.
The Warriors visit Danville Friday.