The Lady Sabers brought a very impressive 20-5 season record to Carpenter Field July 20. Twin Cedars would match their aggressive and fearless tenacity against the tried and true hitting achievements and dauntless apparitions of the Lady Falcons slugging leader Emily Jones, and the power of Mya Willey, Allie Wik and Maddy Wood, not to mention the high on base results of Jaide Harvey, Brooklyn Reed and Katy Gibbs.
With no weak spots in the Lady Falcon lineup the Sabers would have their work cut out for them tonight. To add more grief to their up hill battle, the Sabers would also have to contend with a battery that ranked tops in the state in strike out creativity; that art presented itself in the forms of Sterling Berndt on the rubber throwing a consistent heat mirage past opponents, and her catcher, Camryn Jacobsen calling the pitching tactics of the game.
Twin Cedars had 2 hits in this Region 3 championship match. The winner of tonight’s game would meet their next opponent on Harlan Rogers Field in Ft. Dodge and play in the first round of the Iowa High School State Softball Tournament.
The Lady Sabers scored first in the top of the 2nd inning, putting their 2 hits in the game to use by way of a solo home run followed by a base hit. Wayne would tie it up with a trifecta of base hits by Jones, Jacobsen and Wik. At the end of 2, it’s all tied up.
Berndt took command from the pitching circle and turned out the lights on any Saber threats for the remaining contest: allowing the 2 hits and striking out 13 Lady Sabers.
A big feature of tonight’s contest was a visible treat just to the east of Carpenter Field. A light rain shower had settled the dust on the field and a bright double rainbow reached across that eastern sky. The Lady Falcons would come to bat in the bottom of the 5th inning and claim the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow in this championship finale.
Harvey led off the bottom of the 5th inning of a tied ballgame. Reed followed up with a perfectly executed bunt pushed down the right side aiming for the SAC, but beating it for a base hit. Two on and Berndt whacks a hard shot up the middle. Bases loaded and no outs for a 3-run RBI double smoked to the left center fence off the bat of Willey. The Lady Falcons add some more grief for the Sabers when Wood trounces a ripped RBI double to right center. Falcons get 4 and take over the game.
The Wayne Lady Falcons are headed to The Harlan Rogers Sports Complex in Ft. Dodge and the Iowa State High School Softball Tournament for their 2nd time in the past 2 seasons. Wayne will go against Lynnville-Sully, Tuesday, July 28 on the Iowa Central Field at 3:30 p.m.
I cannot tell you what a pleasure it has been for me to watch these young athletes this season. A special season with a tremendous amount of social awareness and unrest. Tough things for anyone to deal with by any turn of the phrase. Skylar O’Brien, an 8th grader, steps up and plays an awesome first base for the Lady Falcons this season, playing on a state contending team like another day at the office. Devyn Davis, Claire Carpenter and Molly Arnold always ready to step up and cover any place on the field when called on.
A lesson in how to overcome was a gift to these old eyes and the memories of this season set forth by the mature attitude of this fine Lady Falcon team it will be a proud addition in the history of Wayne High School Sports.
Good luck Ladies, you are winners in any category.
Falcon Pride! We win.