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Warriors play at state Monday

North Union takes on Iowa City Regina at 1:30 p.m. in Fort Dodge

July 18, 2017
David Swartz - Managing Editor ( , Estherville News

FORT DODGE - All eight teams in the Class 2A State Softball field are ranked this season.

The North Union Warriors are making their third straight appearance at the state tournament at Rogers Sports Complex in Fort Dodge today with a 1:30 p.m. game against Iowa City Regina. While the Warriors had been ranked in the top two much of the season, they enter the tournament rated sixth.

Regina (27-11) was rated eighth in the final poll. The Regals play much of their season against larger schools, so North Union will have a challenge in the first round.

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Regina bats .313 as a team and are led by senior Sarah Lehman with a .420 average. Lehman also is their top pitcher as she had a 13-6 record with 222 strikeouts with 33 walks. Of the 41 runs allowed, 20 were earned as she has an earned run average of 1.06. Her opponents are batting .125 against her.

North Union (30-6) will see if experience will pay off. The Warriors are batting .384 as a team this season led by Kyarsten Mullen with a .475 average followed close behind by Maddie Rolling at .456, Anna Ingalls at .432 and Kate Anderson at .415.

Ingalls, North Union's senior ace, is 23-3 this season with 216 strikeouts and 34 walks. Of the 38 runs allowed, only 24 were earned as Ingalls has an ERA of 1.13. Opponents are batting .161 against her.

While the Warriors breezed through the Top of Iowa West Conference again this year at 16-0, they did play two good teams in Western Christian (3-2) and West Lyon (3-1) in advancing to this year's state tournament. They also played four quality opponents at the Spencer Tournament near the end of the season.

Iowa City Regina opened tournament play with a 6-0 win over West Branch and then edged Wilton 5-4 before defeating Beckman Catholic 5-0 in the regional final.

On the other side of the bracket are No. 1 seed and second-ranked Durant (31-7) and No. 8 seed and 11th-ranked Logan-Magnolia (31-3). Logan-Magnolia defeated top-ranked CMB in a regional final.

The winners will meet in the semifinal at 3 p.m. on Thursday with the championship game at 4:55 p.m. on Friday. The losers will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the consolation bracket with the fifth- and seventh-place games at 2 p.m.

In the other half of the bracket No. 2 seed and third-ranked Interstate 35 (26-4) will take on No. 7 seed and 10th-ranked Central Springs (29-4) while No. 3 seed and fifth-ranked Waterloos Columbus (34-5) will face No. 6 seed and ninth-ranked Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont (30-8).



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