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.
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.