Cardinal girls win first leg of doubleheader
Starting next week, the Newton softball team will be participating in regional play taking place at Des Moines Hoover. This is refreshing news for a team that struggled mightily to find its identity at the beginning of the season because the Cards seem to have found their stride.
Although Newton split its games with the visiting Little Dutch from Pella, the team played with a grit that had not been on display in games earlier this season. The Cards won the first matchup with their Little Hawkeye Conference foes, 3-1, and even though they took the loss in the second game, 5-3, they battled back from a four run deficit and came within a base hit of tying the game.
“It was one of our better days of the season. We didn’t have one bad inning. We had confidence at the plate,” Newton coach Ashley Ryan said. “Our infield and outfield made some big plays when we needed it. It’s probably the best ball I’ve seen us play, and that’s a huge positive because it’s taking us toward next Thursday. That’s our goal right now.”
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