The Denison-Schleswig girls posted a Hawkeye 10 Conference softball doubleheader sweep of Red Oak on Thursday night at Denison.
D-S squeaked out a 9-8 victory in game one, and followed that up with a 16-4 triumph in six innings in game two.
The sweep moved Kevin Dau’s D-S club to 8-4 in the H-10 and 13-9 overall on the year.
"It was nice to get a couple of conference victories. For the most part, I thought we were good in all three facets of the game. We had a lot of quality at bats. We played pretty well defensively and our pitching was better," commented Dau.
"You know, Heilesen (Sarah) had a great night at the plate. She saw the ball well and made good contact all night. Just a tremendous night for her," he added.
D-S raced out to a 5-0 lead in game one before Red Oak tied it with five runs in the top of the fifth.
The Monarchs then pushed four runs across in their half of the fifth to take a 9-5 lead.
The visiting Tigers then scored one run in the sixth and two more in the seventh to make it a one-run game. In fact, Red Oak had the tying run stranded at third base when D-S recorded the final out for the win.
Heilesen went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored to lead D-S at the plate.
Alex Mohr went 2-for-4 with a double and four RBIs. Paige Armijo was 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBIs and two runs.
Kayla Rauch also went 2-for-4 with one run and Kambrie Dau was 2-for-3 with one RBI and two runs.
Raegan Andersen finished 1-for-4 with a double and Tatum Fink was 1-for-3 with two runs for the Monarchs.
Heilesen started in the circle and tossed six and one-third, allowing eight runs on six hits with three strikeouts and six walks.
Cambri Brodersen relieved Heilesen with one out in the seventh, striking out one in an 11-pitch performance.
The D-S girls put together a nine-hit attack in game two, highlighted by Heilesen’s 2-for-4 performance at the plate that included two grand slams and eight RBIs.
The Monarchs raced out to a 4-0 lead after two innings. Red Oak got two back in the top of the third to make it 4-2, but then a four-run bottom of the third for D-S behind Heilesen’s first grand slam homer put Dau’s club up for good at 8-2.
Red Oak scored their final two runs in the top of the sixth to make it 8-4.
D-S then plated eight runs in the last of the sixth to win by the 10-run rule. The big blow being Heilesen’s second grand slam of the game that moved her season total to four home runs.
Tatum Fink also went 2-for-4 with a double and one run. Mohr was 1-for-1 with one RBI, four runs and four walks.
Andersen was 1-for-2 with one RBI and three runs. Rauch finished 1-for-3 with two RBIs and one run. Dau was 1-for-4 with one RBI and Pick wound up 1-for-3 with one RBI.
Freshman Brodersen started in the circle for the first time in her young career and picked up her first varsity triumph, as she gave up four runs on 11 hits with two walks in five innings of work.
Heilesen then tossed the sixth, yielding no runs on one hit with two Ks and one walk.
"It was great to see Brodersen get her first win at the varsity level in her first start. She did a nice job and threw well for us," Dau said.