FORT DODGE — Lynnville-Sully’s Hawks suffered their second loss of the 2014 season. It came at the wrong time.
Tuesday Lynnville-Sully dropped a 4-0 decision to Kee of Lansing in the opening round of the 2014 Iowa Class 1A State Softball Tournament. Kee scored three runs in the fourth and one in the fifth of a pitcher-dominated contest at Harlan and Hazel Rogers Park in Fort Dodge.
Lynnville-Sully is back at Rogers Park Wednesday to go after its new goal — fifth place in the state tournament. The Hawks play Marquette Catholic (34-7) in the consolation semifinal at noon on Mittera Field. Marquette Catholic lost, 2-0, to AGWSR (28-6) on Tuesday.
“The dream changes. Instead of going after a state championship, we regroup and go after fifth place,” Lynnville-Sully head coach Stacey Alberts said following Tuesday’s game. “We’re no stranger to this situation and we know it’s not going to be easy to work through the bracket for fifth. We’re all competitors — the players and the coaches — and we’ll be ready to play Wednesday.”
The winner of the consolation semifinal plays for fifth place at 4 p.m. Wednesday on Mittera Field. The loser drops to the seventh-place game at 4 p.m. on the INS Field.
Madison Rasmusson took the pitching loss for Lynnville-Sully, allowing five hits and walking one, plus striking out two. Kendra Cooper was Kee’s winning pitcher, giving up five hits and striking out five.
More on Lynnville-Sully’s first-round loss in Wednesday’s Newton Daily News.