State softball: Capsules

9 area teams will compete throughout the week at Fort Dodge

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July 20, 2014 | 7:14 pm

Capsules on the area teams completing at the state softball tournament this week at the Rogers Sports Complex, Fort Dodge.

ALBURNETT (Class 2A)

Record — 26-12

Ranking — No. 15

Coach — Kevin Johnson (16th year at Alburnett, 475-255; 20th year overall, 531-354)

Tournament history — 9th appearance, first since 2008. 1A champion in 1999 and 2005.

Leading hitters — Kayla Hospodarsky, 8th (.449, 5 home runs, 28 RBIs); Maddie Volesky, soph. (.448, 40 runs); Taylor Huber, soph. (.432, 14 doubles, 39 runs, 35 SB)

Top pitchers — Amber Porter, fr. (14-7, 2.04 ERA, 69 K, 37 BB in 144 IP); Cassidy Henle, jr. (11-4, 2.22 ERA, 60 K, 32 BB in 101 IP)

First-round opponent — Pirates face No. 5 Eddyville EBF (24-5) in a 2A quarterfinal at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

CEDAR RAPIDS JEFFERSON (Class 5A)

Record — 34-6

Ranking — No. 6

Coach — Brian Erbe (2nd year at Jefferson, 67-18; 12th year overall, 391-168)

Tournament history — 21st appearance, second straight. Three championships (1983, 1997 and 1998).

Leading hitters — Maddie Hansen, jr. (.455, 46 runs, 14 doubles, 7 home runs); Erin Kuba, soph. (.364, 26 runs); Hannah Towns, jr. (.364, 31 RBIs, 10 doubles)

Top pitchers — Alyssa Olson, jr. (17-5, 0.72 ERA, 175 K, 32 BB in 146 IP); Alissa Good, jr. (15-1, 0.62 ERA, 27 K, 10 BB in 113 1/3 IP)

First-round opponent — J-Hawks face No. 3 Southeast Polk (28-9) in a 5A quarterfinal at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

CENTER POINT-URBANA (Class 3A)

Record — 28-9

Ranking — No. 6

Coach — John Olachnovitch (2nd year at CPU, 55-24; overall, 452-230)

Tournament history — 2nd appearance for CPU (other was in 1994). Urbana was a non-classed runner-up in 1986.

Leading hitters — Katelyn Banning, fr. (.448, 13 doubles, 29 runs); Claire Holtz, fr. (.425, 21 RBIs); Elizabeth Hearn, jr. (.423, 10 doubles, 26 RBIs)

Top pitcher — Samantha Croghan, jr. (16-7, 1.45 ERA, 121 K, 18 BB in 159 IP)

First-round opponent — Stormin’ Pointers face Greene County (27-7) in a 3A quarterfinal at 5 p.m. Monday.

CLEAR CREEK AMANA (Class 4A)

Record — 22-17

Ranking — Unranked

Coach — Barb Lynn (1st year at CCA, 22-17; 2nd year overall, 44-37)

Tournament history — 34th appearance, the most of anyone in Iowa. Back after a one-year absence. Winner of nine state championships, most recently in 2011.

Leading hitters — Molly Villhauer, sr. (.403, 29 runs, 36 RBIs, 16 doubles); Mallory Neubauer, sr. (.367, 37 runs, 11 doubles, 5 home runs); Lauren Stopko, jr. (.325, 27 runs)

Top pitcher — Lexi Kinnaird, jr. (18-7, 1.11 ERA, 186 K, 33 BB in 163 1/3 IP)

First-round opponent — Clippers face No. 3 Solon (37-2) in a 4A quarterfinal at 3:30 p.m. Monday.

HIGHLAND (Class 2A)

Record — 31-1

Ranking — No. 1

Coach — Carrie Wieland (10th year, 271-99)

Tournament history — 3rd appearance, first since 2008. 1A champion in 2007.

Leading hitters — Cheyann Adamson, soph. (.554, 48 runs, 39 RBIs, 31 SB); Morgan Craig, jr. (.518, 40 runs, 38 RBIs); Bailey Walsh, jr. (.415, 10 doubles, 42 RBIs)

Top pitcher — Katie Springer, jr. (27-1, 1.56, 188 K, 20 BB in 162 IP)

First-round opponent — Huskies face Saint Ansgar (19-8) in a 2A quarterfinal at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

LANSING KEE (Class 1A)

Record — 32-9

Ranking — Unranked

Coach — Elizabeth Hill (4th year, 51-74)

Tournament history — 2nd appearance. Other was in 2002.

Leading hitters — Kendra Cooper, 8th. (.493, 12 doubles, 7 home runs, 38 runs, 47 RBIs); Valerie Meyer, jr. (.459, 18 doubles, 39 runs, 39 RBIs); Courtney Cooper, fr. (.427, 12 doubles, 6 home runs, 30 runs, 39 RBIs); Ellie Cooper, soph. (.419, 10 doubles, 46 runs)

Top pitchers — Kendra Cooper, 8th (20-4, 1.63 ERA, 162 K, 25 BB in 142 IP); Courtney Cooper (12-5, 1.91 ERA, 144 K, 27 BB in 95 1/3 IP)

First-round opponent — Hawks face No. 2 Lynnville-Sully in a 1A quarterfinal at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

MID-PRAIRIE (Class 3A)

Record — 25-10

Ranking — Unranked

Coach — Kara Beatty (1st year, 25-10)

Tournament history — 9th appearance, including its fifth in a row.

Leading hitters — Amber Kral, soph. (.574, 12 doubles, 10 home runs, 55 RBIs, 44 runs); Alex Rath, soph. (.547, 50 runs, 41 SB); Lexi Duwa, jr. (.451, 43 runs, 45 SB)

Top pitcher — Taylor Kurtz, jr. (16-4, 2.55 ERA, 90 K and 22 BB in 140 IP)

First-round opponent — Golden Hawks face No. 2 East Marshall (32-3) in a 3A quarterfinal at 11 a.m. Monday.

SOLON (Class 4A)

Record — 37-2

Ranking — No. 3

Coach — Jim White (2nd year at Solon, 78-6; 20th year overall, 887-124)

Tournament history — 11th appearance, including four straight and 10 since 2003. Claimed titles in 2003 and 2007.

Leading hitters — Taylor Nearad, jr. (.547, 55 runs, 58 RBIs, 27 doubles, 5 home runs); Mallory Madsen, sr. (.482, 43 runs, 20 SB); Sydney Lawson, soph. (.472, 46 runs, 27 SB); Ali Herdliska, jr. (.468, 55 RBIs, 15 doubles, 6 home runs)

Top pitchers — Emily Ira, jr. (21-1, 0.40 ERA, 250 K, 14 BB in 141 IP); Holly Hinkel, sr. (16-1, 1.47 ERA, 75 K, 21 BB in 86 IP)

First-round opponent — Spartans face Clear Creek Amana (22-17) in a 4A quarterfinal at 3:30 p.m. Monday.

WEST DELAWARE (Class 4A)

Record — 30-7

Ranking — No. 10

Coach — Kevin Schuchmann (11th year at West Delaware, 389-112; 28th year overall, 825-428)

Tournament history — 13th appearance. Captured the 3A championship in 2007.

Leading hitters — Emily Thole, jr. (.471, 39 runs, 34 SB); Reeann McCarty, sr. (.417, 27 runs, 30 RBIs); Haley Morrison, jr. (.413, 27 runs, 29 RBIs).

Top pitcher — Hannah Cole, sr. (27-6, 1.18 ERA, 291 K, 72 BB in 226 IP)

First-round opponent — Hawks face No. 11 Norwalk (27-12) in a 4A quarterfinal at 1:30 p.m. Monday.

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