Just as it has been all season long, it was clear from the very beginning of the Class 5A Region 1 semi-final that the Waukee softball team was going to showcase a prolific offense.
Saturday, July 13 in front of the hometown crowd, the Warriors jumped out to a fast start and never looked back in route to a 14-0 win over Council Bluffs Lincoln. Credit the fast start oddly enough to patience for the Warriors as Waukee was issued ten walks across the first two innings of play. Within the first inning, that also included four hits highlighted by a majestic grand slam by future DMACC softball star Molly Jacobson. The swing appeared effortless and highlighted what the senior had been working on all offseason.
“I really worked hard on my extension through the zone,” began Jacobson. “That’s one of the things I didn’t do as well with last year and with the extension I’ve been able to be more precise with my hitting.”
More precise she certainly has been as her now 54 RBI’s on the season tops the entire CIML-Iowa Conference and ranks second in all of Class 5A.
All that helped to post nine runs within that first inning for Waukee meanwhile Jacobson inside the circle dished out three straight strikeouts in the first inning. When the second inning struck, five walks and one hit ended up sealing the deal for the Warriors in the 14-0 win.
The win was aided in large part by the seniors on the roster which has been the same narrative the Warriors have had all season long.
“These seniors had a sour taste in their mouths from the way last season ended and they grouped together this year to do everything they can to produce a different outcome,” said head coach Carrie Eby. “They’ve really done a great job of being students of the game which has really helped this season.”
In total, the patience that the seniors have instilled helped to capture the 14 runs on just five hits. Inside the circle, Molly Jacobson went two innings and delivered three strikeouts while sophomore Elly Bates came in for one inning and also put out three strikeouts.
Next up for the Warriors will be the all decisive regional championship game on Tuesday, July 16. The Warriors will be searching for their 11th state tournament trip in school history. In their way will be the 21-12 Sioux City North team. First pitch from Waukee will get the game started at 7 p.m.