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Back in the running

By Staff | Apr 22, 2011

Iowa Lakes coach Shane Bouman congratulates Kristen Heimerl as she rounds third base after hitting a three-run home run that ended the first game against NIACC on Thursday. EDN photo by David Swartz

With two wins over North Iowa Area Community College on Thursday, the Iowa Lakes Softball Team has set itself up for a chance at sharing the Region XI title.

The Lakers host league leading and No. 6 rated Kirkwood on Saturday. The two teams, along with Iowa Central, are in a three-way race for the regular season title.

However Kirkwood, with only two region losses at 14-2, has the edge over both Iowa Lakes and Iowa Central, who each have four losses.

On Thursday, the Lakers swept the Trojans with wins of 13-5 in six innings and 11-0 in game two.

“This puts us back in the running for a regular season conference title with everything on the line Saturday,” said Laker assistant coach Jess Van Loy. “We are excited about the opportunity.”

Kelsey Ennenga laid down this bunt and then beat the throw to first for an infield single to set up Kristen Heimerl’s game-ending home run. EDN photo by David Swartz

In game one Thursday, Taylor Mackey struggled at times, but still got the win. She struck out five batters while walking five and hitting one.

The highlight of the game though was Kristen Heimerl’s three-run home run over the left field fence in the bottom of the sixth to end the game.

Hayley Condon went 4-4 at the plate to lead the Lakers’ 16-hit parade.

In game two, Iowa lakes scored four runs in the first inning and seven in the third. That was more than enough support as Julia Nealer shut out the Trojans with eight strikeouts in five innings.

At the plate, Carla Carillo and Priscilla Quintana both went 2-3 with two RBIs while Katie Larson was 2-3 with an RBI.

Iowa Lakes third baseman Hayley Condon fires to first base for an easy out during the fourth inning against NIACC on Thursday. EDN photo by David Swartz

Iowa Lakes (23-7, 14-4) and Kirkwood (34-8, 14-2) begin play at 1 p.m. Saturday.