Becca Alcock rockets a shot in a recent game. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
The season came to an end for the Decorah softball team Saturday night in the regional semifinal of the Class 4A playoffs, as the Vikes lost to Waverly-Shell Rock 6-2 in Waverly.
Earlier in the week the Vikes won their first-round game against Charles City 10-0 in five innings.
The Vikes ended the year 15-18.
Waverly (33-8) faces Ballard (25-10) tonight, Tuesday, July 16, at 7 p.m. at Iowa Falls for the right to go to state.
In Saturday's semifinal, Waverly-Shell Rock struck first. The home team scored two runs in the first to lead 2-0. The Go-Hawks scored another run in the third, then two in the fourth to hold a 5-0 lead. Decorah finally got the offense going in the top of the fifth when they scored two runs to cut the lead to 5-2. The Go-Hawks added a final run in the seventh inning.
Decorah had just two hits in the game. Tori Hartman had a single, a stolen base and a walk. Chelsey Twait had a single and scored a run. Lexi Shelton scored the other run. Shelby Stalberger had the only RBI.
Shelton took the loss. She went four innings, giving up four runs, none of them earned, on five hits, with four walks and three strikeouts. Hartman threw the final two innings, allowing two hits.
"We knew this was going to be a tough game. Waverly has a very strong offense with a lot of power numbers. Our game plan going in was to try to keep them on their toes at the plate - throwing a lot of offspeed and switching Tori and Lexi after one time through the order. Then our defense was going to have to pick us up from there. I think we executed well on the mound. Tori and Lexi both kept their top hitters guessing all night. Unfortunately, they found some holes and were able to take advantage of our miscues," said Coach Teri Olson.
"Offensively, we put the ball in play all but three times. We made them make plays and for the most part they did. They also had a few mistakes, but we weren't able to make the most of them. We started to rally in the sixth inning, Waverly quickly closed the door"
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