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Huskies get rare softball win over Comets

Huskies get rare softball win over Comets
Press photo by John Burbridge
Charles City left fielder Lydia Staudt makes a catch on a short flyball as Rachel Chambers (No. 4) and Alex Wohlers (No. 5) look on.

Press Staff Report

OELWEIN — The Oelwein Huskies almost had two huge innings against Charles City during Monday’s Northeast Iowa Conference softball game.

The first came in the first inning after the Comets took a 2-0 lead in the top half. The Huskies responded with an 8-run rally that included a towering home run from Naomi Goede.

Now that was huge, but the top of the fifth could have been just as huge if not more for the Huskies.

With the score still at 8-2, the Comets loaded the bases with only one out and their heart of the order coming up.

Husky pitcher Kennedy Lape managed to retire the team’s leading home-run hitter Rachel Chambers before getting Ashlyn Hoeft to hit a sky-high flyball to short right field. But when it appeared Oelwein was going to get out of the jam, the ball was misplayed allowing 2 runs to score.

Alex Wohlers followed with a 2-run double ahead of RBI hits from Allie Cross and Sadie Gebel, and suddenly the game was tied.

For a team that hasn’t beaten the Comets in at least 12 years, it didn’t look good for the Huskies.

But Oelwein would later retake the lead in its half of the fifth on Lape’s RBI single. Then after the Huskies added an unearned insurance run in their half of the sixth, Lape got the complete-game victory in a 10-8 final.

Ironically, it was a great defensive play on another ball hit by Hoeft that helped the Lape and the Huskies hang on for a rare win against the Comets.

Hoeft led off the seventh with a deep drive to center field that was hauled in by a leaping catch from Zoey Risney on the warning track.

It was the third-straight loss and conference setback for Charles City, which fell to 15-7 overall and 8-3 in the NEIC.

Oelwein improved to 9-8 and 4-6.

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