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Waukee splits with Urbandale at home

Clint Cole - DCN: Waukee’s Mary Kate Gray steals second base against Urbandale on Tuesday night in Waukee.Buy Photo
Clint Cole - DCN: Waukee’s Mary Kate Gray steals second base against Urbandale on Tuesday night in Waukee.

After winning the first game 3-2 against Urbandale, the No. 7 Waukee softball team was tied with the Bluejays in the top of the seventh inning in the second game. With a runner on third base, the Warriors brought in Kaitlyn Menz, who also pitched the first game.

The go-ahead run for Urbandale was allowed to cross the plate when the umpire called Menz for a balk and the Bluejays went on to win over the Warriors 5-3 in the second game of the double header.

With the season quickly nearing its end, Waukee coach Carrie Embree said that she thinks the Warriors are a team that can make a run in the post season.

“You have to have things clicking at the right time, you’ve got to have luck on your side a little bit,” Embree said. “I think anybody on any given night can end up making a run for it. There’s a lot of good teams in the metro.”

The Warriors will play a pair of makeup games at Ankeny Centennial on Thursday before traveling to Iowa City for a tournament over the weekend.

Boone Tourney

The Waukee softball team competed at a tournament in Boone on June 28 and played two games. The Warriors defeated Saydel 7-0 in the first game, but lost to Boone 5-2 in the second game.

In the first game, Claire Dudek went 4-for-4 with a double, two runs, and RBI and two stolen bases. Mary Kate Gray was a pinch runner in the game and scored two runs and stole three bases.

Sarah Schaefer pitched seven innings and struck out seven batters in the shutout win.

In the game against Boone, Kaitlin Menz was the starting pitcher for the Warriors, but was replaced by Schaefer after four innings as she gave up five runs on seven hits while walking four batters.

Taylor Hulsing and Mackensie Nehls scored the runs for the Warriors in the 5-2 loss to Boone.

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