The season will continue at least one more day for the Indian Hills softball team. The Warriors opened the Region XI Tournament with a tough 3-1 loss to Iowa Western Friday morning, but bounced back Friday afternoon to beat Muscatine 11-0 in five innings.
IHCC, the 4-seed in the double-elimination tournament, won the coin flip and was the home team for the opening game against top-seeded Iowa Western, even though the Reivers are the host team. The two squads put up zeroes through five innings before Iowa Western broke through with two runs in the top of the sixth. Indian Hills responded with a run in the bottom of the sixth, but left the tying run on third, and an unearned run for the Reivers in the top of the seventh provided the final margin.
Knowing their season would end with one more loss, the Warriors took the field a few hours later against Muscatine, which had lost its opening game to Southeastern. Kendle Schieber and Maddie McGuire each drove in a run in the top of the third to open the scoring, before IHCC blew the game wide open with a 9-run fourth. Lindsay Moore struck the key blow in the frame, cracking a 3-run double to the wall in left that made the score 7-0. Schieber, Sarah Wilson, Clarissa Ramirez, Emma Rickels and Jaylinn Tresslar also drove in runs during a half-inning that took nearly half an hour.
Indian Hills pitcher Mandi Moore made it all stand up, tossing five scoreless innings, which included getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the second when the game was still scoreless.
IHCC advances to a second elimination game Saturday morning, where they’ll face Iowa Western for the second time in the tournament. If the Warriors win that game, they would need two wins Saturday afternoon against Southeastern to capture the Region XI Tournament title.