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Category: Iowa Softball

  • Kendyl Lindaman is wasting little time getting her name etched into the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union record books.

    Photo courtesy of Ankeny High School
    The Ankeny (Iowa) phenom grabbed a share of the highly coveted record for home runs in a season when she blasted No. 24 Tuesday during an 8-1 win over Prairie (Cedar Rapids) in a 5A playoff opener. The two-run blast helped propel her team to a 33-10 mark and the Hawkettes will face Dowling (West Des Moines) in Thursday's semifinal.

    According to the Des Moines Register, the two-run shot went to center field to help give the defending state champs an early lead.

    “You guys are watching one of the greatest players to ever play in the state of Iowa, there’s no question about it,” Ankeny coach Dave Bingham said.
  • High school sports don't stop completely during the summer, and evidently records can fall in the summer months.

    Photo courtesy of Pleasant Valley High
    Pleasant Valley (Iowa) set itself atop the Iowa record books July 5 with five home runs in a doubleheader to reach 55 for the season. That total bests the previous high of 54 held by Valley (West Des Moines, Iowa) since 2006.

    The record came in a highly anticipated doubleheader against Muscatine (35-3), another contender for the Iowa state title. Muscatine swept both contests, winning 6-4 and 12-8, taking the Mississippi Athletic Conference crown. Pleasant Valley (29-9) is in a different region, so the teams could meet in the Iowa state tournament in Fort Dodge in late July.

    "It is a reflection of our hard work and constant efforts to improve our swing," coach Lori Duncan told the Muscatine Journal. "But the record wasn't one of our goals for the season. One of our goals was winning MAC.

    "So the record didn't get us what we wanted."
  • Famous for its spectacular 88-game baseball winning streak, Martensdale-St. Mary's (Martensdale, Iowa), made big news in softball on Friday when it nipped Earlham (Iowa) 1-0 in 11 innings to capture its first Class 1A state championship.

    The Blue Devils, who compiled an outstanding 41-2 record, scored the game's only run on a bases-loaded squeeze bunt by Emma Ferin.

    It marked a tough loss for dominant pitcher Amber Logemann, who tied the state tournament record with 21 strikeouts and set an overall tourney record with 46 strikeouts in three games. During the week she also ran up 24 consecutive scoreless innings.

    *In Class 2A, Treynor (Iowa) also claimed its first state title as Madison Keysor struck out 15 to post a 4-0 victory over Des Moines Christian (Des Moines, Iowa). It marked her fourth shutout in six post-season games.  Every starter had at least one hit and all 13 hits were singles. 

    *In baseball, Oak Creek (Wis.) became the first Wisconsin team to win four summer state titles with a 5-4 victory over Germantown (Wis.). The Knights did it the hard way by overcoming a 4-0 deficit during the last two innings. Riley Shelton drove in the winning run with a two-out, two-strike single in the bottom of the seventh inning.