The Denison-Schleswig girls improved their season softball record to 6-0 on Thursday night with a Hawkeye 10 Conference doubleheader sweep of Clarinda at Denison.
D-S rallied to win the opener, 3-2, and followed that up with a 9-5 victory in game two, as the Class 4A sixth-ranked Monarchs also moved to 4-0 in league play.
"Two big conference wins. The girls did a nice job of battling back in game one and we continued to hit the ball in game two," commented Denison-Schleswig head coach Kevin Dau.
"We didn’t play that clean, but the girls just found a way to get the job done. The thing that I liked the most was that we did the little things well at the plate to generate some runs at critical times.
"We were able to put the ball in play to score runners. That was huge, because we made the defense work and that’s all you want on the offensive end," Dau added.
D-S trailed 2-1 when the Monarchs plated the tying run in the bottom of the fourth. Dau’s club then scored the go-ahead and eventual winning run in the fifth.
D-S scored its three runs on seven hits.
Kayla Rauch went 2-for-3 with a double and one run batted in to lead D-S.
Sarah Heilesen went 1-for-3 with one run.
Alex Mohr was 1-for-2 at the plate. Raegan Andersen went 1-for-3.
Kambrie Dau finished 1-for-3 with one run and Tatum Fink was 1-for-3 with one RBI.
Heilesen tossed all seven innings for the win, as she gave up the two runs on nine hits with nine strikeouts and only two walks.
In game two, the D-S batters pounded out 12 hits with five different players collecting at least two hits.
After a four-run first inning, D-S plated one run in the second, two in the third and two more in the fourth to take a 9-2 advantage at the time.
Clarinda then scored three times in the sixth to end the scoring.
The Monarchs won despite committing five errors after the third inning.
Heilesen went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.
Paige Armijo just missed hitting for the cycle, as she was 3-for-4 with a single, double, triple, three RBIs and one run.
Mohr went 2-for-4 with a double and one run.
Kailey Pick finished 2-for-4 with a triple, two RBIs and two runs, while Rauch wound up 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two RBIs.
Heilesen and freshman Hailey Meseck combined pitching efforts in game two.
Heilesen started and threw three innings for the win, as she yielded no runs on two hits with four Ks and three walks.
Meseck, on the other hand, tossed the final four innings, allowing five runs on three hits with one K and one walk.
"We got a little sloppy defensively behind Meseck. Heck, we led 7-0 and then committed five errors. We have to clean that up," Dau said.