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Winterset wins state championship

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Winterset softball won the Class 4-A state championship 4-3 in an 11-inning game against returning state champion Carlisle on Thursday. 

State Champions

Winterset softball took the Class 4-A title at the 2020 State Tournament.

The Winterset softball team beat Carlisle 4-3 on Thursday in the Class 4-A state softball championship on Thursday. See Section B in this week’s edition for more coverage of the game. Pictured are team members (front row, from left) Delaney Osborn, Abby Benshoof, Bailey Acton, Jaya Kleemeier, Avary Darling, and Laney Renfrew; (back row) Riley Kious, Jessie Nicholson, Ava Lowden, Lauren Carter, Thea Banning, Bridget Stover, Jena Young, Natalie Drake, Lily Applegate, Summer Little, Molly Breeding, and Allie Soderbergh.

 

Winterset’s young team faced a challenging opponent in senior-dominated Carlisle. While Winterset had only one senior on the team, Carlisle had six starters returning from 2019. 

Freshman Jena Young scored Winterset’s first run in the first inning. Young was Winterset’s best player this season, ending the season with a .571 batting average and nine home runs – the most of any freshman in the state. Natalie Drake then scored the Huskies’ second run, also in the first inning. 

The Wildcats’ first run was scored in the first inning by freshman Isabelle Noring. Molly Hoekstra scored Carlisle’s second run in the fifth inning to make the two teams tied 2-2. 

Allison Soderberg scored Winterset’s third run in the sixth inning, bringing the score to 3-2 before freshman Reagan Roling scored a run for Carlisle to tie up the score again. 

Winterset and Carlisle were tied 3-3 until the 11th inning when Lauren Carter drove in Jena Young for Winterset’s final run of the game. 

All-Conference teams

Winterset had several players named to RRC All-Conference teams this season. 

Bridget Stover and Jena Young were named to the first team all-conference. Thea Banning and Lauren Carter were named to the second team all-conference. Jessie Nicholson received honorable mention. 

Covid-19 impact

The 2020 season was delayed three weeks due to Covid-19 concerns, and the season was shortened from eight weeks to six; 335 schools fielded the A team, and two chose not to. There were 26 teams impacted by Covid-19 this season; of those, 11 chose to end their seasons early. There were no teams with confirmed cases in Fort Dodge this week. 

State Champions