Laker softball team advances to Region XI Championship
FORT DODGE — Iowa Lakes advanced to the Region XI championship game by defeating Kirkwood 7-3 on Sunday.
Iowa Lakes played Muscatine CC on Monday for the right to advance to Normal, Ill., and the NJCAA World Series.
Kirkwood scored a first-inning run to take a 1-0 lead, but a two-run home run by Brittany Brohmer (her 19th of the year) put Iowa Lakes on top for good at 2-1 in the second.
The Lakers used a two-out error by the Eagles to take a 3-1 lead in the third and then sent eight players to the plate in the fourth and scored four to make it 7-1. In that fourth, Stephanie Ochoa had an RBI single and then scored on a two-RBI double by Kristina Manser.
Manser then scored on an RBI single by Brohmer to finish out the scoring in the fourth.
Kirkwood scored lone runs in the fifth and seventh, but Aly Bowers closed the door in the seventh to propel Iowa Lakes into the championship game.
Bowers is now 30-7 on the season and becomes only the second Iowa Lakes pitcher to win 30 games in a single season.
Brohmer was 2-3 with three RBIs and Manser 2-4 with two RBIs.
Iowa Lakes and Muscatine have played four times this season with the Cardinals winning three of the four.
On Satuday, the Lakers earned their way into a semifinals in a great matchup between two 50 plus win teams.
Iowa Lakes came out on top of Iowa Central 4-2.
Kimmie White led off the bottom off the second inning by reaching first on an error. Kristina Manser also reached on an error to put runners on first and second.
Brittany Brohmer laced a double to right to score White and move Manser to third. A base hit by Jamie Sorensen scored Manser to make it 2-0 and a sacrifice fly by Michelle McKenna scored Brohmer to make it 3-0.
Iowa Central got one back in the top of the third, but the Lakers responded with a run in the bottom of the third.
Stephanie Ochoa ripped a two-out double to right and moved to third on a single by White. Manser singled up the middle to score Ochoa and make it 4-1.
Aly Bowers limited Iowa Central to six hits and only allowed a single run in the sixth from there on to make the final 4-2.
White was 2-3, Manser 2-3 with one RBI and McKenna 2-2 with one RBI. Bowers struck out five in winning her 29th game of the season.
Kirkwood CC 100 010 1 – 3 9 2
Iowa Lakes CC 021 400 x – 7 9 2
WP: Bowers (30-7); LP: Van Buren; HR: Brohmer
Iowa Central CC 001 001 0 – 2 6 2
Iowa Lake CC 031 000 x – 4 10 1
WP: Bowers (29-7); LP: Jones