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Iowa Lakes splits to end regular season

By Staff | May 1, 2010

Iowa Lakes freshman Julia Nealer earned her 24th win of the season on Thursday against St. Thomas JV. Nealer led Region XI Div. II in wins (24), ERA (.529) and strikeouts (244) in the regular season. EDN file photo

ST. PAUL, Minn. – It has been a season to remember for the Iowa Lakes Community College softball team as they recorded their third straight 50-win season, capped with a split against St. Thomas JV on Thursday.

The Lakers took the first game of the doubleheader by a score of 7-2 but fell in the final game 12-7.

Julia Nealer picked up win number 24 in the first game, giving her an overall record of 24-5 in her freshman season.

Kayla Grantski picked up the game two loss and Kristen Heimerl hit a home run in both games, increasing her season total to 10.

Iowa Lakes finishes the regular season with a 52-4 overall record, 19-5 in the region, earning them a No. 2 seed in the Region XI Tournament.

The Lakers first game in the regional tournament will be today against Iowa Central at 1 p.m.

Kirkwood earned the No. 1 seed with a 52-4 overall record and a 22-2 mark in the region and they appear to be the biggest threat to the Lakers’ championship dreams.

Either the Lakers or Kirkwood possess the top individual in nearly every statistical category for the season and are one and two in team batting average with Kirkwood having the upper hand .420 to .400

The Lakers’ Christy Cabrera led the region in hits with 100, doubles with 29 and stolen bases with 56.

Ashley Heiberger leads in triples with eight and RBIs with 87. She also is second in steals with 43 and third in home runs with 10.

Nealer was undoubtedly the best pitcher in the region with a .529 ERA, 24 wins, 244 strike outs and four saves- all tops in the region.

Kirkwood’s Molly Link was the lone hitter with a batting average better than .500 with a .508 average and led in on base percentage with .544. Jami Miller leads in slugging percentage with .901.

Kylee Knop had 23 wins for Kirkwood and Amanda Lambrecht totaled 230 strikeouts and had a .575 ERA on the season.

Kirkwood will face North Iowa Area Community College today at 1 p.m.