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Photo by: Andy Krutsinger Addy Kellen collides with the Sigourney middle infielders early on in Friday night’s game.

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News


SIGOURNEY ­— The New London softball team nearly pulled a stunning two-out comeback in Friday’s regional semifinal at Sigourney.

But alas, the Tigers fell just short, falling 6-5 and ending their season two wins short of the state tournament in Ft. Dodge.

Sigourney had seemingly put the game on ice with a three-run bottom of the sixth inning that put the Tigers in a 6-2 hole. The Savages had climbed out of their own 2-0 deficit after RBI singles from Alexa Wenger and Carson McSorley made it 2-0 in the top of the second.

New London was down to their last breath in the top of the seventh with two out and nobody on, needing a four-run rally to extend the ballgame. Sigourney had scored one run in the second, third and fourth innings, and the three-run sixth put them at a comfortable, 6-2 advantage...or so they thought.

Camryn Blint extended the New London season by getting onto first with one out, but the Sigourney crowd didn’t start to stir until the next batter. Layney Loyd stepped to the plate and launched a two-run homer to left field. That cut the lead to 6-4.

Breanna Mettler was next up to the plate and made it even more uncomfortable for the Savage faithful. She drilled a solo shot to left field to cut it to just a 6-5 Sigourney advantage, almost inconcevibly putting the potential tying run at the plate.

Sydni Coleman, who started the game for New London in the circle, sent a fly ball to short right field. Unfortunately for the Tigers, the Sigourney right fielder was able to get under it to make the catch and end the Tigers season.

After the loss, head coach Duane Blint praised his team’s ability to go down swinging.

“We didn’t quit,” Blint said. “A couple of mental mistakes there hurt us but we don’t have (any) senior(s) on the team and we’re going to put a lot of time in the offseason. We’ll be back strong(er) next year.”

Loyd finished the day 2-4 with a homer, two RBIs and one run scored to lead the team offensively. Mettler was 1-4 with a long ball, an RBI and a run scored. McSorley went 2-4 with an RBI. Wenger was 1-2 with an RBI and Addy Kellen and Kara Krieger each finished 2-3 with a run scored.

Coleman was tagged with the loss, going five and one-third innings and giving up six runs (four earned) on nine hits and zero walks, while striking out four batters. Blint pitched the final two outs, giving up no hits or walks in the process.

New London finished the season 15-14. Sigourney will play for a shot at state tonight (Monday) at No. 3 Martensdale St. Mary’s.

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