On the road around Iowa
The No. 10 Iowa Lakes softball team finished a long road weekend with a 4-2 record.
On Friday, the Lakers played their first games of the season on Iowa soil winning a twin bill in Oskaloosa against the William Penn JV. Iowa Lakes won game one, 5-0, and game two, 11-6, in eight innings.
The Lakers opened region play on Saturday taking on No. 16 Muscatine Community College. Muscatine took game one, 5-0, and Iowa Lakes responded to take game two, 10-2 in six innings.
On Sunday, the Lakers ended with a split against Kirkwood with the Eagles taking game one, 5-4, and Iowa Lakes winning game two, 13-7.
In Friday’s doubleheader, a two-out, two-run double by Sarah Dockter in the top of the second gave Iowa Lakes a 2-0 and that would be all sophomore Aly Bowers needed. She limited the Statesmen to three hits while striking out seven.
Kimmie White had a bases-clearing double in the third to make the score 5-0. White was 2-4 with three RBIs, Kristina Manser 2-4 and Camiel Salcedo 2-4.
In game two, Iowa Lakes scored two runs in the third with RBI singles by Andy Hacker and Manser.
A bases-loaded double by Manser made the tally 5-0 with Manser later scoring on an RBI double by Emily Reimers to make it 6-0.
William Penn chipped away with a run in the fourth and three in the fifth to make it 6-4.
A two-run home run in the sixth would chase starter Lauren Smith as she left with the score tied 6-6. It remained tied going into the eighth, when Iowa Lakes erupted for five runs.
Bowers worked a hitless seventh and eighth to pick up her 14th win of the season. Salcedo was 3-5 with one RBI, Hacker 2-4 with two RBIs, Manser 3-5 with four RBIs, White 2-5 with one RBI and Stephanie Ochoa 2-2 with two RBIs.
On Saturday, Muscatine broke open a scoreless game in the third with a two-run home run by Ashli Czerwiec and then added two more on a two-run home run by Leigha Strong in the fifth.
The Laker had an early opportunity with runners at second and third in the second inning and again a scoring opportunity with the bases loaded in the sixth, but both times came away empty.
Aly Bowers dropped her second game of the season to move to 14-2 on the season. Andy Hacker was 2-3 and Brittany Brohmer 2-3.
Iowa Lakes responded immediately in game two by sending 10 batters to the plate and scoring four runs to take a 4-0 lead.
Kristina Manser had a solo home run in the inning with Caiti Block, Aly Cloud and Jamie Sorensen all picking up RBIs.
Muscatine cut the lead in half in the second, but Iowa Lakes responded again with four more in the fifth highlighted by a solo home run by Stephanie Ochoa and a three-run home run by Brittany Brohmer. An RBI single by Kimmie White and an RBI double by Brohmer finished out the scoring in the sixth.
Freshman Lauren Smith went the distance for Iowa Lakes to go to 6-1 on the season. White was 4-4 with one RBI, Brohmer 3-3 with four RBIs, Manser 3-4 with one RBI, Ochoa 2-4 with two RBIs and Hacker 2-4.
On Sunday, Iowa Lakes took a 2-0 lead in game one on a two run error by Kirkwood. The Eagles got one back in the second and tied it in the third before Brittany Brohmer hit her third home run of the season over the center field fence to give Iowa Lakes a 4-2 lead in the sixth.
Iowa Lakes could not close the game with two errors leading to three Kirkwood runs and an Eagle win.
Aly Bowers took the loss to drop to 14-3 on the season. Brohmer was 2-3 with two RBIs for Iowa Lakes.
The Lakers responded after the game one loss with eight runs in the top of the first in game two. Brohmer added a solo home run in the second to take a 9-0 lead.
Kirkwood chipped away to get it to 9-3, but a run in the sixth and a three-run home run by Brohmer in the seventh pushed the lead to 13-3 before the Eagles scored four in the seventh to make the final 13-7.
Lauren Smith went the distance for Iowa Lakes improve to 7-1 on the year.
Brohmer was 4-5 with five RBIs, Michelle McKenna 2-5 with one RBI, Camiel Salcedo 2-3 with one RBI and Stephanie Ochoa 2-4 with one RBI.
Iowa Lakes (24-5, 2-2) was scheduled to host NIACC for a home opener today, but the doubleheader was rescheduled for April 9.
The Lakers are on the road against Southwestern Community College on Thursday in Creston.
Iowa Lakes CC 023 000 0 – 5 11 2
William Penn JV 000 000 0 – 0 3 1
WP: Bowers (13-1); LP: Sonim
Iowa Lakes CC 002 400 05 – 11 14 3
William Penn JV 000 132 00 – 6 8 4
Smith, Bowers (6th)
WP: Bowers (14-1): LP: Fowler; HR: WPJV/ Mienecke
Iowa Lakes CC 000 000 0 – 0 6 2
Muscatine CC 002 021 x – 5 8 1
WP: Watkinson: LP: Bowers (14-2): HR: MCC/ Czerwiec, Strong
Iowa Lakes CC 400 042 – 10 16 3
Muscatine CC 020 000 – 2 6 1
WP: Smith (6-1); LP: Savage; HR: ILCC/ Manser, Ochoa, Brohmer MCC/ Thomas
Iowa Lakes CC 020 002 0 – 4 5 5
Kirkwood CC 011 000 3 – 5 9 3
WP: Streb; LP: Bowers (14-3); HR: ILCC/ Brohmer
Iowa Lakes CC 810 001 3 – 13 13 4
Kirkwood CC 000 120 4 – 7 12 4
WP: Smith (7-1); LP: Van Buren; HR: ILCC/ Brohmer (2)