In a game of pure determination, the Dallas Center-Grimes softball team took down Class 4A’s top team in Carlisle Saturday night.
On the road, the Fillies used a strong five run seventh inning to take control of the game late and eventually the win over the Wildcats 7-6. It was a game in which despite a youthful roster, head coach Steve Schlafke talked about the calm demeanor displayed by his team.
“The team went out there and had great focus,” began Schlafke. “The girls know they can win and by just focusing on their game they went out and got the win.”
The action started in the third inning where both teams traded two runs in the inning. That was followed by a Carlisle run in the fourth and the 3-2 Wildcat advantage held until that decisive seventh inning. It was in that final frame where DC-G officially took the reigns and stole the show with a five run seventh.
It took all eleven hits for the Fillies to scrape out the win and those eleven hits were spread out across seven batters. The biggest night offensively came from freshman Maria Hendricks who delivered three hits in four trips to the plate while earning her 22nd RBI of the season. Fellow freshman Morgan Rosenbeck had a solid night as well going 2-4 with two of the team’s five total RBI’s in the game.
Inside the circle Lani Gannon took the win with over six innings under her belt allowing just two earned runs while striking out two batters in the process. Gannon now has breached the 100 strikeout mark with 101 on the season. Fellow sophomore Riley Hall definitely earned her stars after entering a sticky situation, relieving Gannon in the bottom of the seventh. With just one out and the bases loaded, Hall effectively saved the season for the Fillies by not allowing a single hit and closing the door on Carlisle.
After the game coach Schlafke spoke about the masterful performance by the sophomore pair inside the circle.
“Lani threw a great game and really kept the Carlisle hitters off balance,” said Schlafke. “We got to the point where we had to bring Riley (Hall) into the game and she also pitched great. You really can’t say enough good things about her performance. Even though she got just two outs, they were probably the two most important outs of the game as she came in with the bases loaded and just one out.”
All in all the Fillies played one of their best games all season and despite all the talent on the team, it was a mental edge that coach Schlafke spoke about as the key factor.
“As I told the girls before the game, the record we had through most of the year is our season record and not our current record,” began Schlafke. “Our current record started after we got back from Linn-Mar at the end of June. As coaches we tried to not make the game bigger than it was with such a young group. It’s all about one game at a time and not letting the girls over think things.”
The win gives DC-G a 17-22 record and grants the Fillies a seat at the region four championship game and a rematch with Pella High School. The Lady Dutch also earned an upset win to advance, defeating 13th ranked Ballard. DC-G will be battling for their eighth state tournament appearance in school history.