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Tiger run ends in Ft. Dodge

Janesville pulls away from New London late in consolation game
Jul 18, 2018
Photo by: Jim Slosiarek, The Gazette The New London softball team accepts its state tournament trophy after their consolation loss to Janesville on Tuesday morning.

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News

 

FT. DODGE — New London’s season came to an end at the state softball tournament in Ft. Dodge on Tuesday. The seventh-seeded Tigers fell 7-0 in their consolation match against sixth-seeded Janesville.

The Tigers went down in order in the top of the first. Janesville had two runners reach base in the bottom of the first, but New London catcher Layney Loyd gunned down both runners trying to steal second.

With one out in the top of the second, Sydni Coleman continued her hot bat at the plate. Coleman hit a single into center field and dashed around the bases to third base on an error by the Wildcat center fielder.

Unfortunately for New London, Coleman was out on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Kara Krieger. Krieger grounded the ball to the pitcher, and Coleman was caught between third and home. That made the second out of the inning, and the Tigers would go scoreless.

Coleman worked a one-two-three inning in the bottom of the second and New London had another quality chance in the third but couldn’t score.

Marah Hartrick walked to open the inning. Carson McSorley reached on an error two batters later to put two on with one out. Janesville was able to get the force out at third base on a Camryn Blint grounder. McSorley and Blint were on second and third on a two-out wild pitch but New London couldn’t capitalize.

Coleman continued to shine on the mound in the bottom of the third inning, getting three strikeouts in the frame. In the fourth, however, the Wildcats broke the scorless tie on a one-out RBI double by Kennedy Meister.

The Tigers had a runner on second base in both the fifth and sixth innings. Sofie Reighard reached with a base hit in the fifth and moved up on a wild pitch, but was stranded on second. Loyd took second on a two-base error in the sixth but couldn’t move up.

The wheels came off in the bottom of the sixth. A six-run inning blew the game open and helped Janesville pull away with the win.

The Wildcats put runners on the corners with one out. Julia Meister brought a run home with a single, which made it 2-0. Pyper McCarville scored one on an RBI single to stretch the lead to 4-0, and that brought an end to Coleman’s day in the circle.

Blint came in to finish the game for New London, still battling a finger blister. Janesville scored four more runs after Blint came in, two on a double by Kamryn Umthum and two on a single by Grace Hovenga.

Krieger put one more Tiger on base with a hit-by-pitch in the top of the seventh but was stranded on base when Janesville recorded the final out.

New London recorded just two hits in the loss. Coleman and Reighard each went 1-3. Coleman finished the tournament with three hits to lead the team.

Coleman went five and one-thirds innings in the circle, giving up five runs (four earned) on eight hits and one walk, while striking out four Wilcdats. Blint gave up two earned runs on four hits and no walks, while striking out one.

Janesveille’s K. Meister went the entire game in the circle, giving up two hits and two walks and striking out four Tigers over her seven shutout frames.

The loss ended a memorable run from the Tigers, which included four wins to get to Ft. Dodge, three of which were nail-biters.

New London scored a 2-1 comeback win over Montezuma in the second round, getting the game-tying RBI from Krieger and the game-winning hit from Alexa Wenger. Blint’s brilliance in the circle led to a 2-0 upset over No. 8 Sigourney in the regional semifinals and a wacky regional final game against North Mahaska ended on a two-out error that scored both the tying and winning runs.

New London ended the season at 20-11. The Tigers will lose four seniors to graduation: Hayley Krieger, Breanna Mettler, Blint and McSorley. That senior class was involved in three state tournaments over their high school careers. Mettler, Blint and McSorley were in the starting lineup for all three state tournaments.

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