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Thursday, July 26, 2007

River Valley's Katie Carnes readies to lay down a bunt in recent softball action. Carnes was 4-4 - all successful bunts - to lead the Wolverines at the plate in their exciting 6-5 loss to Westwood in Moville Monday night. Photo by Dan Whitney.
Westwood earns state tourney berth in extra innings

MOVILLE - The packed crowd watching Maple Valley Conference foes River Valley and Westwood play for a berth in the Class 1A State Softball Tournament saw a doozy here Monday night, with the Westwood Rebels sneaking away with an exciting 6-5 Regional Final win in eight innings.

Westwood's Jalene Sykora, the winning pitcher, laced a single down the left-field line to send home Jordan Kerns from second base to give the Rebels the hard-earned 6-5 victory over the gritty Wolverines.

River Valley pitcher Jody Peterson fires a pitch to the plate while her teammates, shortstop Angie Edwards and left fielder Shelby Chester, stand ready on defense at the Class 1A Regional Final in Moville July 23rd against eventual winner Westwood. The win put the Rebels into the State Tournament. Photo by Paul Struck.
The win sends Westwood to the State Tournament in Fort Dodge for the first time in school history. River Valley also has never made it to the State Tournament.

The Rebels took a 5-0 lead after the first two innings with a four-run second inning thanks to four timely hits and a couple RV errors.

However, the Wolverines answered back to tie the game at 5-5 with three runs in the sixth frame. Lead-off hits by Shelby Chester and Katie Carnes ignited that big rally. The speedy Carnes was 4-4 to lead RV at the plate, including four drag-bunt singles from the talented lefty.

RV totaled 11 hits in the game and the Rebels tallied niine off losing pitcher Jody Peterson, who struck out eight in the tough loss. Peterson allowed six runs on nine hits and three walks.

Katie Walker, Katie Sibenaller, and Emily Ketelsen had two hits each for the winners. Sykora struck out seven batters in getting the win.

River Valley ends its season with a 15-16 record, while Westwood takes a 19-21 mark into the State Tournament.

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