By Jon Swisher-Sports Director:
The 14th-ranked Cascade Cougars softball team tallied another note for themselves in the history books of the program Thursday afternoon at the State Softball Tournament in Fort Dodge. The Cougars improved their mark to 24-10 and advance on to the 2A championship contest with a 6-2 semifinal victory over IKM-Manning inside the Rogers Sports Complex. It wasn’t the easiest of starts for junior pitcher Lynsey Dolphin and Cascade who gave up a two-run homer in the top of the first to the Wolves number three batter. Fourth-year Cougar head coach Ken Weber says he knew his team had the positive attitude and composure to put the bumpy start behind them and respond:
With Dolphin, Rea and Weber all reaching base, sophomore Lisa Tucker came up with a huge two-base error that scored all three runners. Sophomore Bailey Clemens added a RBI single for the 4-2 lead after 1 inning. The Cougars added 2 in the bottom of the second on a 2-run long ball by the senior Weber. Coach Weber credits the great leadership supplied by his daughter and Rea that help guide the younger squad with experienced play:
The six runs were more than enough for Dolphin who improved her record to 12-4 as she scattered 7 IKM-Manning hits, one each inning, struck out one but recorded 10 pop-out outs. Cascade picked up their second win ever at the state tourney and move on to the title game facing #10 Iowa City Regina. Coach Weber is ecstatic that his program is in this position but he was confident that could happen because of lots of hard work and time commitment put in by the girls and this will only help the future of the program:
This years’ success isn’t just for the present group of Cougars, it also pays honor to all those before in the program including the only other team to make it to state in softball history, the 1994 squad led by head coach Jim O’Meara:
The River Valley Conference foes will meet at 10am Friday morning. In the only other meeting of the season back on June 23rd in Cascade, Regina won 3-1. We’ll have all the coverage live on MIX 94.7 KMCH and KMCH.com around 9:45am with Sports Director Jon Swisher and Roger Reed.