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Waukee gets strong start to softball season

Clint Cole - DCN:  Waukee's Taylor Luther bats against Marshalltown on May 28.Buy Photo
Clint Cole - DCN: Waukee's Taylor Luther bats against Marshalltown on May 28.

The Warriors extended their perfect record to 5-0 with two very different wins against Des Moines East on May 29. They defeated East 11-1 in the first game of the double header, but won a close game by a score of 3-2 in the second game.

In game one, Kaitlyn Menz struck out ten batters and got the win on the mound. Waukee catcher Taylor Luther went 3-for-4 with a double, a triple and an RBI.

Morgan Nealy went 2-for-3 at the place and had two RBIs. Alex Shepard and Sarah Schaefer also had two RBIs for the Warriors.

In game two, which went into extra innings, Schaefer pitched 7.2 innings and struck out 14 batters, picking up the win. Schaefer also went 4-for-4 at the plate with two doubles.

Shaye Witte went 4-for-4 at the plate as well with one double and one RBI.

The Warriors scored once in the top of the eighth inning and held off East in the bottom half of the inning to win the game.

Marshalltown

After getting off to a winning start with a 6-2 win over Winterset in the season opener in Winterset, the Waukee softball team extended their winning streak to three games with two 10-run wins against Marshalltown on May 28. The Warriors won the first game of the double header 11-1 and the second game 10-0.

In the first game, Claire Dudek, the leadoff batter for the Warriors, went 2-for-2 and scored two runs in the game that only lasted five innings. Kaitlyn Menz went 2-for-3 and had two RBIs.

Menz was also the pitcher for the Warriors and struck out seven batters in four innings while allowing just two hits and one run.

In the second game, Shaye Witte led the game in runs scored with three while Dudek scored twice. Sarah Schaefer pitched six innings for the Warriors and struck out seven batters and gave up just one hit while walking one batter.

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