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Rocket girls continue postseason run; Wolves' season ends with loss to Spartans

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Regional softball quarterfinals

Regional softball continued in Class 1A and Class 2A on Wednesday night.

In Class 1A, Region 2, the Ar-We-Va girls stayed alive with a 5-4 victory over 11th-ranked West Harrison at Mondamin.

In Class 2A, Region 3, IKM-Manning saw its season come to an end after being shut out 10-0 by West Monona at Onawa.

Ar-We-Va 5

West Harrison 4

In a battle of Rolling Valley Conference foes, Ar-We-Va avenged two regular season losses to the league champions with its 5-4 triumph on Wednesday night.

The win improved Ar-We-Va to 9-11 overall and put the Rockets into a Region 2 semifinal contest tonight (Friday) against Ridge View (22-10) at Onawa at 5:30 p.m.

Ridge View advanced with an 11-1 victory over CAM on Wednesday night at Holstein.

West Harrison, which had won nine of 10 going in and accumulated earlier victories of 15-3 and 7-5 over Ar-We-Va, saw its outstanding season end at 25-4 overall.

Ar-We-Va jumped up 2-0 with two runs in the top of the second inning.

West Harrison, though, scored once in the third and three times in the fourth for a 4-2 lead.

The Rockets got one in the fifth to pull to within 4-3, setting up a two-run seventh that put the visitors up by a 5-4 margin that would hold up for the Rockets to advance to the semifinal round.

Maggie Ragaller had the big hit in the seventh for Ar-We-Va, a two-run single that proved to be the difference.

Ragaller finished 2-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and one run.

Emily Hinners went 4-for-4 with one run.

Leslie Luft was 2-for-4 at the plate, as was Maddie Owen.

Kora Obrecht also went 2-for-5 with two RBIs. Jadeyn Smith was 1-for-4 and Maci Ruch wound up 1-for-3 with a double and one run.

Smith went the distance in the circle for the win, as she gave up four runs (one earned) on five hits, struck out two and walked three.

West Monona 10

IKM-Manning 0

IKM-Manning had no answer at the plate against West Monona junior pitcher Lexi Lander, who threw a perfect game with eight strikeouts for the Spartans.

West Monona (29-5) will now take on AHST/Walnut (12-10) in a Region 2 semifinal game tonight (Friday) at Onawa at 7 p.m.

With the loss, IKM-Manning’s season was stopped at 10-16 overall.

Bianca Cadwell suffered the pitching loss for the Wolves, as she gave up 10 runs on 10 hits with two strikeouts and three walks.

West Monona did all of its offensive damage in two innings, netting five runs in the second and five more in the fifth.

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