The North Mahaska Softball team advanced to the Class 1A Region 5 semifinals with a 4-0 win over Moravia last night. It was a pitchers duel early on, but a big Moravia error in the third inning led to three Warhawk runs and was the game changer. Moravia pitcher Autumn McDannel had struck out eight straight Warhawk batters through 2 1/3 innings, when Tessa Fuller and Haley Pinkerton reached on back to back singles, then on a Carly Ehret bunt attempt , the Moravia catcher overthrew the ball deep into right field and the Warhawks capitalized scoring three runs.
The Warhawks added another run on three more hits in the fifth inning, a double by Fuller, an RBI single by Pinkeron and a single by Emma DuCore to seal the win. DuCore, the eighth grade Warhawk pitcher allowed just four hits while striking out 10 and walking three for the win while despite striking out 13 McDannel suffered the loss for Moravia. At the plate Fuller was 2-3 with two runs scored, Pinkerton went 2-4 with an RBI, Mallory Klinker was 1-3 with a double and DuCore was 1-3 with a single.
North Mahaska improves to 14-18 overall and will travel to Sigourney to face Sigourney Friday night in the Class 1A Region 5 Semifinal after Sigourney hammered Moulton Udell last night 13-0 in three innings to advance. You can hear Fridays game live on 104.9 FM KBOE and kboeradio.com with Jamie Brockman starting around 6:45 pm.
Story Provided By Jamie Brockman