Western Dubuque cruises past mistake-prone A-D-M in 4A state semifinals: Bobcats roll, 8-1
Western Dubuque didn't need any help against Adel-Desoto-Minburn Wednesday.
But the Bobcats got some in the Class 4A semifinals at the state softball tournament Wednesday. They took advantage of five Tiger errors to post a decisive 8-1 victory and earn the right to face Boone for all the marbles in the 4A championship game Friday at Fort Dodge.
"We just like to put pressure on other teams," Western Dubuque pitcher Sydney Kennedy said. "Rex (Massey) always says ground balls make great things happen. Making them make the play was really key in getting us those runs."
The Bobcats took control of the game in the third and fourth innings. Kennedy broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run double to right-center field off A-D-M pitcher Aliya Yanga in the bottom of the third and the Bobcats were off and running.
"I was just seeing the ball out of her hand well today," Kennedy said. "I think that was key and stepping up and being a leader for the other girls."
Western Dubuque scored three more runs in the fourth inning with the help of A-D-M mistakes.
Sara Horsfield was 2-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs for the Bobcats in the win. Brynn Walters had one hit, run and RBI apiece and Audrey Biermann singled and scored for Western Dubuque.
Kennedy had 10 strikeouts against just one walk and she limited A-D-M to just four hits to help her team take a 34-7 into the 4A championship game.
"Nobody thought we would be here," Kennedy said. "We proved that we could do this. We're here to bring it."
Western Dubuque and Boone (28-8) will face off at 5 p.m. Friday on the Kruger Seeds Field at the Rogers Sports Complex.
A-D-M fell to 26-11. The Tigers played brilliantly on defense in a 1-0 quarterfinal victory over Clear Creek-Amana Tuesday, but everything fell apart against Western Dubuque.
"They came out and took advantage of our errors and it cost us the game," A-D-M head coach Lindsay Stanford said. "They were the better team tonight."
The Tigers' only run of the game came on a solo home run from Addison Banse in the top of the third inning that gave them the early lead. Banse was 2-for-3 and Olivia Tollari also went 2-for-3 with a double to account for all of the Tiger hits.
Yanga took the loss after giving up four runs on four hits and two walks with five strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings. Tess Boorn threw 2 2/3 innings and surrendered two unearned runs on one hit with two walks.
A-D-M will get a chance to end the season on a better note during Friday's 4A third-place game against No. 1 Winterset. The Huskies were a 4-2 loser to Boone in the other semifinal.
The Tigers lost their most recent matchup with Winterset in a tight 1-0 battle. But they handed the Huskies their only Raccoon River Conference loss by a 6-2 score June 9.
"We're going to put this past us," Stanford said. "Third place is nothing to frown about. We're going to come back ready to go against a team that we know a lot about."
A-D-M and Winterset will play at 3:30 p.m. Friday.