The Waukee softball team used a large dose of offense to defeat non conference rival Dallas Center-Grimes Tuesday night.
A solid outburst of offense gave the Warriors an early lead which they would not look back from en rout to a 10-1 victory and their tenth win of the season.
The action started out in the very first inning as Grace Foxen made the most of a bases loaded situation by connecting on a bases clearing double. That sparked a three hit night from the senior and gave the Warriors an early 3-0 lead. The Fillies would strike back for what would be their only run in the third inning courtesy of a Kamryn O'Brien RBI double.
Waukee would break the game wide open with a surging fifth inning where the Warriors plated five runs. Two runs came after a wild pitch while Delaney Taylor, Kasey Costa, and Kate Felt each drove in a run. That increased the Waukee lead to an 8-1 advantage before the Warriors would plate two more in the sixth to round out the scoring.
Grace Foxen led the charge offensively with a three hit, three RBI night. Inside the circle Molly Jacobson collected her eighth win of the season by allowing just one run on three hits. In total the Warrior offense collected 14 hits in the win.
After the contest Foxen spoke about the approach she and her team took to acquire the victory.
“We talked a lot about having a lot of energy and keeping the whole team up and supported,” began Foxen. “We also talked about being aggressive and swinging at that first pitch and definitely taking that outside pitch to the right side on the ground.”
Waukee remained consistent with their offense as they recorded their fifth win of the season by five runs or more. Warrior head coach Carrie Eby expanded on the offensive consistency of her team after the win.
“We've really focused on keeping on top of the ball, hard ground balls and line drives are our game plan,” said Eby. “We've focused on being aggressive at the plate and forcing the other team to make plays and when you do that the game tends to go in your favor.”
The Warriors are now 10-2 on the year and will continue their season on the road for the remainder of the week. Friday, the Warriors will embark upon a varsity tournament at East High School up against a field consisting of host Des Moines East, Iowa City Regina, and Waterloo East. The first game for Waukee Friday will begin at 4:15 p.m. followed by game number two at 7:30 p.m.
The Warriors will wrap up the week with a home tournament on Saturday up against Waterloo West beginning at 11 a.m. and Iowa City White beginning at 3 p.m.