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BREAKING NEWS

Lakers win

By Staff | May 4, 2010

FORT DODGE – The Iowa Lakes softball team won its second Region XI title in the last three years by holding on for a 6-5 win over Iowa Central in the double elimination Region Tournament.

Going back into the regular season, the last five games between the two teams have decided by one run though it appeared the Tritons had the upper hand on Monday.

Iowa Lakes defeated the Tritons 5-4 on Saturday in the Lakers’ first game of the tournament.

Iowa Central came back on the other side of the bracket by knocking out top seeded Kirkwood by defeating the Eagles twice on Sunday

The Tritons used that momentum heading into championship day Monday and defeated the Lakers 1-0 in the first championship game to set up a second championship contest. This time Iowa Lakes rallied from a 5-0 deficit to win 6-5.

The title is the second in three years for Iowa Lakes (54-9) and it means the Lakers will host Districts on May 13 and 14 versus the winner of the Nebraska region with the winner of the District moving on to nationals.

Monday’s first game featured a pitcher’s duel between Iowa Lakes Julia Nealer and Iowa Central’s Christina Bradley. The Tritons managed just one hit while to the Lakers’ two, but Iowa Lakes had three errors.

Iowa Central jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the second championship game. A two-out solo home run in the bottom of the third by Christy Cabrera put Iowa Lakes on theboard.

Adrianna Tabone folllowed that with a single, Ashley Heiberger drew a walk and Christianne Saiz doubled to make it 5-3. Saiz scored on the next pitch on a double by Julia Rubek and Iowa Lakes was within one run at 5-4.

Morgan Davis led the bottom of the fourth off with a double and was moved to third on a sacrafice bunt by Melissa Lenzi. After Cabrera was intentionally walked, Tabone beat out a slow roller to the right side to score Davis and tie the game at 5-5.

Morgan Davis led the bottom of the fourth off with a double and was moved to third on a sacrafice bunt by Melissa Lenzi. After Cabrera was intentionally walked, Tabone beat out a slow roller to the right side to score Davis and tie the game at 5-5.

Iowa Lakes grabbed the lead for the first time when freshman Rubek took a 2-2 pitch over the left center fence giving the Lakers a 6-5 advantage.

Saturday’s game:

On Saturday, Iowa Lakes broke a 4-4 tie in teh bottom of the seventh. Cabrera worked a one-out walk, was sacrifice by Tabone. Ashley Heiberger had an infieldsingle to put runners at the corners. fter Heiberger stole second, Cabrera scored on a ball hit by Christianne Saiz to Iowa Central shortstop that was misplayed.

Monday Game 1

Iowa Central CC 001 000 0 – 1 0

Iowa Lakes CC 000 000 0 – 0 2 3

LP: Nealer (26-6)

Monday Game 2

Iowa Central CC401 000 0 – 5 9 0

Iowa Lakes CC004 110 x – 6 9 2

WP: Nealer (27-6); HR: Cabrera (3), Rubek (3)

Saturday’s game

Iowa Central CC 000 021 1 – 4 7 1

Iowa Lakes CC 040 000 1 – 5 8 5

WP: Nealer (25-5) 10 K

Leading Hitters: Christy Cabrera (2-3, 1 RBI); Julia Rubek (2-3); Kelsey Ennenga (1-2, 2 RBI double in 2nd)