Before mother nature could strike with severe weather, the Class 5A eleventh ranked Waukee Warriors defeated Southeast Polk by a 4-2 final.
The game started off in favor of Southeast Polk with an early 1-0 advantage. No worries on the part of the Warriors as they struck for three runs in the second and one more in the fourth inning. That put Waukee ahead 4-1 before a nearly two hour weather delay too effect in the fifth.
Waukee used pitching by committee to earn the win. Molly Jacobson earned the bulk of the work and went four complete innings while Elly Bates finished things up for the final three innings. The pitching by committee approach has been quite successful for the Warriors and head coach Carrie Eby spoke about that earlier in the season.
“We have a lot of good pitchers on this team,” began Eby. “Pitching multiple girls give the younger pitchers more repetitions against varsity level talent while also giving Molly a rest. It also allows the coaching staff to play around with the line up and not have to worry about the pitching performance.”
The Warriors did finish game one but did not finish game two. The second game of the Southeast Polk double header will resume on Thursday, July 5 at 1 p.m. For now, the Warriors bring their record up to 19-6 and will continue their season by playing the Rams once again, but this time at Southeast Polk. Game one will kick things off with first pitch this afternoon at 5 p.m.