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Fillies qualify for state tourney once again

Clint Cole -DCN: The Fillies celebrated with the state qualifier banner after beating Boone 7-0 in the regional finals on Tuesday in Dallas Center.
Clint Cole -DCN: The Fillies celebrated with the state qualifier banner after beating Boone 7-0 in the regional finals on Tuesday in Dallas Center.
Clint Cole - DCN:  Allison O'Brien tags a base stealer out at second.
Clint Cole - DCN: Allison O'Brien tags a base stealer out at second.

The Fillies have been the No. 1 ranked team in the state in Class 4A all season long and they are on their way to the state tournament for the fourth year in a row and will be looking to capture their second-straight state championship. They defeated Boone 7-0 in Dallas Center on Tuesday night in the regional finals to punch their ticket to Fort Dodge.

DC-G will play against LeMars in the first round of the tournament on Monday night.

The Fillies came into this season as the No. 1 team in Class 4A after winning the state title last season and only losing one starter and DC-G coach Steve Schlafke said that getting to the state tournament was their plan.

“I don’t think our kids had any doubt, but you still have to play the games, obviously that game on Saturday against Perry… It just goes to show you, anything can happen,” Schlafke said. “Even though we had no doubt that that’s what our goal was, to get back there and have a chance to repeat, there was nothing that was given and nobody took anything for granted.”

The Fillies were technically the visiting team against Boone, despite playing on their home field in Dallas Center and got off to a quick start, taking a 2-0 lead on a two-RBI double by Allison O’Brien.

The Fillies extended their lead to 4-0 in the top of the second inning on a 2-run homer by Paige Lowary.

After that, the game was silent until the Fillies put three more runs on the scoreboard in the sixth inning. Paige Lowary was 2-for-2 in the game and also drew two walks.

In addition to her big bat, Paige Lowary also struck out 11 batters, walked two and gave up just two hits in the shutout win.

Rachel Lowary went 1-for-3 with two RBIs. Jackie Peyton was 2-for-3 with a run scored and Dani Heritage was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.

Brooke Kramer went 2-for-4 as well with a double, an RBI, a stolen base and a run scored.

In the regional semifinals on July 12, the Fillies played a nailbiter against Perry, a game which they won by a score of 1-0. Paige Lowary, like she has been for most of the season, was the story of the game.

Lowary scored the only run of the game in the bottom of the sixth inning on an RBI by Rachel Lowary. The Fillies only had three hits in the entire game, but it was all they needed to come out on top.

Lowary also pitched a complete-game no hitter and struck out 15 batters, picking up her 18th win of the season.

The Fillies will start their run for the state title on July 21 against LeMars at 11:30 a.m. at Rogers Park on INS Field in Fort Dodge. If they win they will play in the semifinals on Mittera Field on July 24 at 3 p.m.

The Class 4A state championship game is on July 25 on Mittera Field at 4:45 p.m.

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