Rockets advance in postseason play

Members of the Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont softball team meet in the pitching circle before returning to action earlier this season. EBF advanced to the Class 3A regional softball tournament semfiinals with a 9-3 win over Chariton in Eddyville.

EDDYVILLE — Emma Lenox clocked a two-run homer, kicking off a big night for the Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont softball team in the Class 3A regional opening round against South Central Conference rival Chariton. The Rockets built a four-run lead after two innings and scored four times in the third on the way to a 9-3 victory over the Chargers.

Faith Roberts added an RBI infield single to score Reina Taylor, closing out the opening inning before Brooke Shafer scored on a fly out to center in the second inning, giving EBF a 4-0 lead. The Chargers scored three times in the third on a pair of errors to pull within 4-3 before run-scoring hits from Lillie Hynick, Madysen Wade and Emalee Davis gave the Rockets a five-run cushion.

Rylee German's run-scoring single to left brought Davis home in the sixth to cap the scoring in EBF's opening postseason contest. The Rockets (24-10) head to 10th-ranked Williamsburg for the Class 2A regional semifinals on Friday night.

West Burlington 7, Davis County 2

WEST BURLINGTON — Run-scoring hits by Raven Messamaker and Makenna Davis lifted the Falcons to an early four-run lead, ending Davis County's softball season in the first round of Class 3A regional tournament play. Lexy Davis doubled in a pair of runs in the fifth while Madelyn Stutsman added an RBI single in the sixth, sending West Burlington into a regional semifinal showdown with No. 9 Camanche on Friday.

Ashton Madden brought Davis County's only two runs off eighth-grade pitcher Lauren Summers home in the top of the sixth with a two-RBI single. Madden joined Shelby Motykowski and Bailea Yahnke in playing their final games for the Mustangs as seniors.

Davis County ends the softball season with a record of 11-18.

Pekin 6, Wilton 3

WILTON — Erika Coleman blasted a three-run home run in the second inning as the Panthers opened a 4-0 lead and never looked back on the way to a Class 2A regional tournament upset. Kylie Davis doubled and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by Emilee Linder.

“I told (Coleman) to keep a level swing,” Pekin head coach Shelby Atwood said of the Coleman's home run to the Muscatine Journal. “I noticed our first couple batters were dropping (their) back shoulders — we had a lot of pop-ups — and (we) came through with hits … and she kept that level swing and drove it, that’s what we needed.”

Pekin added a run on an RBI single by Alli Bainbridge, scoring Linder, before Zoey Wright doubled and scored on a sac fly by Emi Zook. Wilton scored a pair of runs in the seventh, nearly tying the game on a grand slam by Taylor Garvin that ended up being caught by Wright in center field.

The Panthers (18-14) take on Van Buren in the Class 2A regional semifinals on Friday. 

Van Buren 4, Highland 3

RIVERSIDE — Lexi Jirak delivered a game-changing grand slam home run in the top of the fifth inning, lifting the Warriors to a Class 2A regional road win over the Huskies.

Chelsey Huff made the go-ahead home run hold up, forcing a pair of ground outs to end the bottom of the fifth with the tying run on base. Huff then started a key double play in the sixth that ended with Emily Yahnke being thrown out at the plate trying to score the tying run.

Van Buren (15-11) and Pekin will meet in a rematch of a season-opening 15-14 win by the Warriors back on May 20. The winner will face either Wapello or West Branch, who upset top-seeded Iowa City Regina on Wednesday.

Wapello 8, Cardinal 1

WAPELLO — Caitlyn Reber doubled and scored on the first of two hits by Maddie Cloke as the Comets put the first run on the board before the Arrows rallied, scoring twice in the second and four times in the third to advance in Class 2A regional postseason play.

Cardinal ends the season with a record of 12-13. The Comets return every player from this year's squad.

Sigourney 14, Montezuma 2

SIGOURNEY — Three runs in the second inning and eight runs in the third lifted the Savages to a Class 1A second round win over South Iowa Cedar League rival Montezuma. Megan Stuhr hammered a two-run homer while Jordan Van Ee drove in four runs with a pair of doubles for the Savages.

Sigourney (18-13) heads to No. 15 North Mahaska on Friday for the regional semifinals.