Comets top Tribe for 10th win of the season
By John Burbridge
CHARLES CITY — Vying for their first win of the season, the Waukon Indians led the Charles City Comets 4-2 after three-and-a-half innings and were tied at 5 through five innings in Northeast Iowa Conference softball action on Tuesday.
But an upset on the road wasn’t meant to be for the Tribe as the Comets rallied for 4 runs in their half of the sixth for the difference in a 9-5 final.
The result had double-digit significance for both teams as Charles City improved to 10-2 and Waukon fell to 0-10.
Comet junior Allie Cross drove in the go-ahead single in the sixth soon followed by Sadie Gebel’s 2-run double that would cap the scoring.
Dani Reetz picked up her ninth win of the season after coming in to relieve Avery Merta in the fourth inning.
Lisabeth Fiser and Alex Litterer both had three hits for the Comets. Litterer also scored twice and drove in 2 runs.
Cross and Gebel both had two hits and 2 RBIs.
Annika Headington’s 3-run homer in the fourth inning gave Waukon its 4-2 lead.
Due to threatening weather and being scheduled near the end of the regular season, the Comets’ subsequent Thursday NEIC away game against Oelwein was cancelled.
For the Class 4A No. 7-ranked Comets (according to the latest Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union poll released last week), their NEIC record of 8-2 remained in place with only one more NEIC game — New Hampton at home on Monday — on their regular season schedule.
Even with the Comets deprived of a 12th NEIC game, Crestwood — which defeated Charles City twice this season — had already sealed the outright NEIC title anyway as the Cadets were still perfect in the NEIC (10-0) and overall (11-0) as of July 8.
Though the Comets would likely want another crack at the undefeated Cadets, they won’t face them again in the postseason — Crestwood is a Class 3A team where it is ranked 12th in the state.