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Blint’s dominance leads Tigers to regional finals tonight
Jul 09, 2018
Photo by: Andy Krutsinger The New London softball team celebrates after the final out in Friday night’s regional semifinal against No. 8 Sigourney.

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News

 

SIGOURNEY — The Sigourney softball team came into Friday night’s regional semifinal as the number one seed in Class 1A Region 5. The Savages were the eighth-ranked team in Class 1A and had almost everybody back from their state semifinal team last season. Now, the Savages are gone.

Starting Pitcher Camryn Blint kept the high-powered Sigourney offense off-balance all night, and New London grinded out two runs to elimiante the region’s top seed 2-0, earning the Tigers a spot in tonight’s regional final.

The first Tiger run came in the top of the third. Sophie Reighard, who batted in the nine-spot for the Tigers, got on base and came around to score on an error. The Sigourney catcher attempted to pick her off at third, and Reighard was able to scamper home to make it 1-0.

New London added another score in the fifth inning, and again it was Reighard who touched home plate. This time, Reighard’s run came on an RBI single by Blint, who helped her own cause with the only RBI of the night for either team.

Sigourney starter Jordan VanEe did keep the Savages close, however. She escaped a two-on and one-out jam by getting out New London sluggers Layney Loyd and Breanna Mettler, the heart of the Tiger lineup, and the lead stayed at 2-0 into the bottom of the fifth.

As the game went on, Blint looked even more dominant. She worked one-two-three innings in the fifth, sixth and seventh to completely stifle any chance the Savages had to make a run.

“You know what? She reminded me of Jena,” said father and coach Duane Blint, referencing former Tiger ace Jena Blint. “She was throwing that little up ball and that little curve ball that she has, and that change-up was working early on, had it way off stride. My gosh, that’s the best game she’s thrown.”

Blint gave up just three hits over her seven innings of work, and walked nobody. She also struck out 10 Sigourney batters on the night. It was only the second time all season that Sigourney was shut out in a game. The only other time happened in late May at Fairfield.

Offensively, the Tigers had five hits. Carson McSorley went 2-4. Blint was 1-4 with an RBI. Kara Krieger was 1-2, and Marah Hartrick went 1-3. Reighard was 0-2 with the only two runs scored of the ballgame.

“Everybody stepped up tonight,” Coach Blint said after the game. “When Breanna and Layney didn’t hit the ball well, the bottom of our lineup stepped up.”

North Mahaska scored another upset on the other side of the bracket, knocking off Lynnville-Sully. That means that not only do the Tigers get to play in the regional final tonight (Monday), but they get to host.

The big game will begin at 7 p.m., at the New London softball field. Tonight’s winner will earn a spot at the state tournament in Ft. Dodge next week.

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