SIOUX CENTER - In a preview of tonight's Class 3A Region 1 first-round game, Spirit Lake and Sioux Center faced off in Sioux Center on Friday with the Warriors coming away with an 8-7 victory.
The Indians held a 5-3 lead heading into the sixth inning, but Sioux Center scored five runs to take the lead. Spirit Lake could only get two runs back in the seventh.
Sami Ashland took the loss for Spirit Lake. She pitched 5 1/3 innings and gave up eight runs (five earned) on nine hits with one strikeout and two walks. Maddie Richter pitched two-thirds of an inning and gave up two hits and one walk.
The Indians had seven hits led by Bailee Newman, who went 3-4 with an RBI. Paige Krause was 1-2 with three RBIs. Mackenzie Thate was 1-2; Carter Hassel was 1-3 and Carly Ites was 1-4. Thate and Kayla Herrig each had an RBI.
Spirit Lake (18-16 overall) returns to Sioux Center for tonight's 3A Region 1 contest. Game time is 7 p.m.