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Cadets sweep season series against Comets

Cadets sweep season series against Comets
Press photo by John Burbridge
Charles City sophomore Ashlyn Hoeft, shown here fouling off a pitch in a game against New Hampton, had four hits including a home run and double during Tuesday’s win over Decorah.

By John Burbridge

CHARLES CITY — Last softball season, Charles City’s Lisabeth Fiser led the state in hits.

Most of those hits were singles, but with Fiser also being among the state’s top base stealers, those singles might as well have been doubles and triples.

When Fiser makes her way around the basepaths, it’s usually in a series of 60-feet sprints.

But during Wednesday’s home Northeast Iowa Conference softball game against Crestwood, Fiser circled the bases by way of a home-run trot (yet a rather fast home-run trot).

Normally a left-handed slap hitter, Fiser turned on the first pitch from Cadet ace Laken Lienhard and “slapped” it over the right-field fence for the first out-of-the-park home run for the senior all-stater.

It was the second time in as many meetings this season that the Comets greeted Crestwood’s senior standout with a home run in the first inning. Back on June 18, Allie Cross touched Lienhard for a 2-run blast to give Charles City an early lead.

But like in the previous game, Lienhard proceeded to throw zeros at the Comets for the remaining six innings while allowing the Cadets to sweep the season series in a 5-1 final.

Lienhard drove in 3 of her team’s runs with a pair of home runs.

Unlike the game before when the Comets lost 8-2 and Lienhard recorded 14 strikeouts, the Comets more often were able to put the ball in play and forced the Cadets to make several outstanding defensive gems while holding onto their lead.

Charles City fell to 8-2 overall and 6-2 in the NEIC.

The Class 3A Top 10-ranked Cadets improved their undefeated overall and conference records to 8-0.

With the score tied at 5 through five innings, the Comets rallied for 5 runs in the sixth inning and 5 more in the seventh to pull away while sweeping the regular-season series against the Vikings on Tuesday.

Sophomore Ashlyn Hoeft had four hits, including a home run and a double, and drove in 4 runs.

Hitting ahead of Hoeft in the lineup were leadoff hitter Lydia Staudt, who had three hits and 3 RBIs, and Fiser, who had three hits including a triple.

Allie Cross, Alex Litterer, Sadie Gebel, and winning pitcher Dani Reetz each had two hits for the Comets.