STORM LAKE - The Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn team ran into a powerful, experienced Newell-Fonda team here Monday in a Class 1A Regional softball final.
Newell-Fonda advances to the State Tournament with a 34-7 record and they will meet Charter Oak-Ute (27-12) on Monday morning at Rogers Sports Complex in Fort Dodge.
Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn bows out with a fine 19-9 mark for the season.
Eagle ace Kayla Foresman took the pitching loss, allowing eight earned runs to the hard-hitting Mustangs on 16 hits and six walks, with three strikeouts.
MMC managed just four hits in the game off N-F hurler Jenna Falline, who shut down the Eagle offense by allowing just one run on four hits and two walks, with one K.
Jalyn Doeden had two hits in three trips to lead MMC at the plate, while Kayla Theisen scored her team's lone run on an RBI fielder's choice off the bat of Alison Meehan after singling and advancing to second on a Doeden single. Foresman also had a single for the Eagles.
Alyssa Henrich was a force for the Mustangs with a 5-6 game at the plate, three RBI, two runs scored, and a double and triple. Hailey Falline was 3-4 with three RBI for the winners.
"We hit the ball right at them and they hit the ball in the gaps all night long," said MMC assistant coach Lisa Haveman. "We'd adjust to their slap hitters and they would still find the gaps. It was frustrating. They're a tough team, but we just didn't have it tonight."
MMC beat Algona Garrigan 8-3 in last week's semifinal game at Storm Lake to advance to the finals against #4 N-F.
Foresman was winning pitcher, allowing no earned runs while firing a no-hitter for seven innings of work. She walked none and struck out one as the eagles defense rose to the ocassion.
MMC had eight hits in the win, led by Foresman 2-3 with an RBI, Theisen 2-4 with a double and run scored, and Erica Dreckman 1-3 with two runs scored and two stolen bases,
Veteran coach Leo Hupke's Eagles graduate four talented seniors who've carried much of the varsity load for four or five seasons - Foresman, Dreckman, Doeden, and Brandi Orr.