Spirit Lake picks up state consolation win
Spirit Lake finished their season with a 5-1 win over Waterloo Columbus Catholic in a Class 3A State Softball Consolation contest on Wednesday. The Indians took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third with a couple of walks and a RBI single by Kelsey Kannenberg. The Sailors answered in the bottom half of the inning, getting their run on a walk and a RBI single by Sydney Schultz. Columbus threatened with base runners at first and second in the fourth but a fly ball and runner interference on a ground ball ended the inning. In the fifth, the Sailors got runners at first and second but a fly ball to right was caught by Emma Loveall. She then threw the runner out at third as she tried to tag up for the double play. The Indians broke the tie in the top of the seventh. Jordyn Hamm and Emily Alger each got on base due to errors and both scored on a two RBI single by Emma Jenness. Karli Olsen then singled to right, pushing Jenness over to third. Both runners then scored on a two RBI single by Payton Ahrenstorff.
At the plate, Jenness was 1-for-2 with a walk, two runs scored, and two RBIs for Spirit Lake. Kannenberg was 1-for-2 with two walks and a RBI. Kannenberg got the win for the Indians in the pitching circle. She pitched all seven innings, giving up one run on six hits, striking out three, and walking two. Spirit Lake finishes the season at 29-8. They graduate seniors Kannenberg, Alger, Hannah Poolman, and Brooke Harrington.
Schultz led Columbus at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a RBI. Kayla Sproul took the pitching loss. She pitched all seven innings, giving up five runs on four hits. She struck out three and walked five. The Sailors season ends at 38-4.