A seventh-inning rally by the West Delaware softball team came up short as the Hawks lost 6-3 to the Western Dubuque Bobcats in the Class 4A, Region 7 final July 13 at Farley, ending their season at 28-10.
Few scoring chances against Bobcat pitcher Sydney Kennedy and multiple Hawk errors proved too much for the Hawks to overcome.
Western Dubuque scored two runs in the bottom of the second with two outs. After a lead-off single by Maddie Harris, Hawk pitcher Erin Mullen retired the next two Bobcats hitters. But back-to-back errors gave the Bobcats a 2-0 lead.
Western Dubuque scored three more in the third. Sara Horsfield led off with a single. A catcher’s interference call and a Hawk error loaded the bases for Harris, who singled home two runs, with another run scoring on an error, before a single by Meg Besler drove in the final run, giving the Bobcats a 6-0 lead.
The Hawks’ offense hadn’t gotten a runner to third base and only two runners to second through six innings. But that changed in the seventh.
Eva Winn and Alissa Holtz hit back-to-back singles to lead off the inning. With one out, Mullen drove a Kennedy pitch over the left-field fence for a three-run homer, cutting the lead to 6-3 and bringing up the top of the Hawk lineup. But Kennedy retired two of the next three hitters, ending the Hawk threat and their season.
West Delaware had six hits, Mullen’s home run and singles from Ella Koloc, Heather Heims, Kayla Felton, Winn and Holtz.
Mullen held the Bobcats to five hits.
Coach Tiffany Rave reflected on the loss. “Things don’t always go your way. Tonight there were some things that were uncharacteristic of us. But that’s part of playing softball. What I was proud of is we could have rolled over and died real quick early on and we kept on fighting. The fact they did what they did in the seventh inning really shows a lot of heart.”