The Denison-Schleswig girls wrapped up their softball regular season on Monday night with a Hawkeye 10 Conference split against league champion Harlan at Denison.
Harlan rallied for a 7-3 victory in game one, while D-S scored two runs over the final two innings in the nightcap to pull out a 7-6 triumph over the visiting Cyclones.
The split allowed D-S to finish 15-5 in the H-10, good for second place, while moving to 23-13 overall.
Harlan, which had the conference title wrapped up before Monday’s action, finished 18-2 in league play and moved to 27-7 overall after the split.
Kevin Dau’s D-S club scored the game’s initial run in the bottom of the first inning.
That lead held up until Harlan tied the game with a run in the top of the sixth.
Harlan then pushed six runs across in the seventh on two outs, highlighted by a two-run home run off the bat of Julia Schechinger.
D-S managed two runs in its final at bat.
The Monarchs had six hits, led by Paige Armijo, who went 3-for-4 with one run.
Kayla Rauch went 1-for-3 with one RBI and one run. Kambrie Dau was 1-for-3. Payton Goslar finished 1-for-2.
Sarah Heilesen opened in the circle and took the loss for D-S in six and two-thirds innings, as she allowed seven runs on five hits with five strikeouts and six walks.
Hailey Meseck tossed one-third of an inning in relief for the Monarchs.
"We seemed to be in control for five-plus innings, but we just didn’t finish and get the job done," commented Dau.
"You know, we were leading 1-0 and got two quick outs in the seventh when a throwing error allowed them to take the lead. It all just fell apart after that," he added.
"We just needed finish and we weren’t able to," Dau remarked.
In game two, Harlan led 6-5 after three innings before the Monarchs rallied with runs in the sixth and seventh for the win.
In the sixth, D-S got a two-out single by Heilesen scoring Hannah Slater to tie it at 6-6.
Slater had led off the inning with a single.
Then in the seventh, Rauch singled and eventually came around to score the winning run on a two-out double by Pick.
Heilesen would go the distance for the win, as she tossed 129 pitches, allowing six runs on four hits with nine Ks to her credit and six walks.
The Monarch batters had nine hits in all.
Heilesen went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and two runs. Pick finished 2-for-4 with two doubles and one RBI.
Raegan Andersen was 1-for-4. Armijo went 1-for-3 with a double, one RBI and one run.
Rauch finished 1-for-2 with two runs. Dau was 1-for-2 with one RBI.
Slater wound up 1-for-2 with one run as well for the Monarchs.
"The girls did a nice job of battling back in this contest," Dau said.
"It was nice to get a split against the conference champions. The win allowed us to finish second in the league," he added.