Monarch girls move past SB-L into regional final

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Monarchs vs. Warriors

The Denison-Schleswig girls put themselves in position to qualify for the state softball tournament after posting a 6-3 victory over 12th-ranked Sergeant Bluff-Luton in a Class 4A, Region 8 semifinal game on Saturday night at Sergeant Bluff.

Winners of three in a row and 12 out of 14, the D-S girls also avenged an 11-1 loss to SB-L back on June 15 at the Monarch Tournament at Denison.

With the win, Kevin Dau’s D-S club moved to 25-13 overall and will now take on Sioux City Heelan (16-13) in a Region 8 title game tonight (Tuesday) at Denison at 7 p.m.

Heelan advanced to the final with a 2-1 victory over Le Mars in a regional semifinal game on Saturday night at Briar Cliff College at Sioux City.

D-S did all of its damage in the first three innings, as the Monarchs scored two runs in the first and four more in the third to take a 6-0 lead.

SB-L (27-7) got on the scoreboard with two runs in the fourth and tallied the game’s final run in the fifth.

D-S won despite being outhit, 5-4.

Alex Mohr went 1-for-3 with two runs scored for D-S. Sarah Heilesen also went 1-for-3 with two runs.

Kambrie Dau finished 1-for-3 with one RBI and Payton Goslar wound up 1-for-3.

Paige Armijo and Kayla Rauch each drove in one run and scored single runs for the Monarchs, which will trying to reach the state tournament for the first time since the summer of 2013.

Heilesen allowed the three runs on only five hits, struck out seven and walked five.

D-S and Sioux City Heelan last met in the regional tournament in 2015 when the Crusaders earned a 9-8 victory at Denison.

"We didn’t have a lot of hits, but what we did do was put the ball and play and make them work defensively. They helped us out early on that allowed us to get on the board," commented Dau.

"In games like these, you’re facing really good pitchers and you’re not going to get a lot of hits, so you have to do the little things to take advantage and we were able to do that tonight," he added.

"Heilesen also threw well for us. She did a nice job of mixing things up a little and our defense was pretty solid behind her tonight. It was just a good win over a very good opponent."

"Now we’re in the position that I think everyone had hoped we would be when the season started," Dau said. "We knew were going to have a good team this year. We had that one bad stretch, but I think we’re past that and we’ve played pretty good softball the past month or so," Dau said.

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