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Tigers and Bulldogs move on in regionals

Clint Cole - DCN: A-D-M's Caitlyn Gruening bats against WCV on Tuesday.
Clint Cole - DCN: A-D-M's Caitlyn Gruening bats against WCV on Tuesday.
Mike Ketelsen - DCN: Ali Flaherty tags a runner out at second base.
Mike Ketelsen - DCN: Ali Flaherty tags a runner out at second base.
Mike Ketelsen - DCN: Bailey Richards bats against Panorama on July 3.
Mike Ketelsen - DCN: Bailey Richards bats against Panorama on July 3.

The Adel-DeSoto-Minburn and Van Meter softball teams both started their postseason runs on Tuesday night. The Tigers played against West Central Valley in Adel and the Buldogs played against Audobon in Van Meter.

Both teams picked up big wins and advanced to the next round of their respective brackets. The Tigers defeated WCV by a score of 8-1 while the Bulldogs finished off Audobon 12-0 in just three innings.

The Tigers had a 3-1 lead over WCV after the first inning and it stayed that way until the bottom of the fourth inning when the Tigers added four more runs to their lead. One more Tiger run in the bottom of the fifth inning rounded out the scoring for the game.

A-D-M coach Rick Dillinger said he wasn’t happy with the fact that the Tigers had a few errors to start the game, which led to one run by WCV, but overall he was happy.

“Anytime you advance, you’re happy,” Dillinger said. “It’s tournament time so you just take it one game at a time and keep trying to advance.”

When the game was over between the Tigers and the Wildcats, the A-D-M players didn’t go home. They went back onto the field to take infield and outfield practice, something Dillinger said he has been doing his entire career when it comes to tournament time.

“That’s tournament stuff,” Dillinger said. “It’s just another half hour, fifteen minutes where we can get some more stuff done before the next day.”

The game ending earlier than usual played a part in them taking this extra practice as the game started at 7 p.m. instead of 7:30 p.m. like most games throughout the season.

Left fielder Gabbie Glenn, a sophomore, went 1-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs, a stolen base and a run scored. Montana Popp went 2-for-3 with a run scored, a double and an RBI while Kenzi Sutton had the same stat line, but was also walked once.

Molly Jacobsen, the Class 3A leader in strikeouts through the regular season, struck out 13 Wildcats on Tuesday night while giving up just three hits and zero earned runs (one total) earning the win in the circle for the Tigers.

The Bulldogs scored 12 runs against Audobon and only needed six hits to do it. They also drew seven walks in the shutout contest.

Ali Flaherty didn’t have any base hits, but that didn’t stop her from scoring three runs for the Bulldogs. Bailey Richards, the Bulldogs’ pitcher, also scored three runs while Casey Jamison and Shelby Tipling scored two apiece.

Jamison and Lizzy Lyon had two RBIs each in the game while Flahert had two stolen bases and was walked three times.

In the circle, Richards struck out four and three a no-hitter in three innings pitched while walking three batters.

The Bulldogs played their second round game against Earlham in Earlham on Wednesday night. The score of the game wasn’t available before press time.

The Tigers will play in the second round of their regional tournament on Friday against Atlantic in Adel. The game will begin at 7 p.m. and the winner will advance to the regional finals in Winterset on July 14.

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