By Jon Swisher-Sports Director:
Day four of the 2019 High School Softball State Tournament in Fort Dodge saw our first KMCH Sports coverage area team since West Delaware in 2007 win a State Title. The 2A top-seeded North Linn Lynx took down the sixth-seeded Warriors of Alta-Aurelia 3-0 in a game that started 38 minutes late and lasted until 10:30 last night inside the Rogers Sports Complex in Fort Dodge. The Lynx got on the board with 2 runs in the second inning as Grace Flanagan was knocked in by Jill Smith with a single to left. Then Smith scored on a Natalie Gallery infield hit. North Linn didn’t score again until they added one run in the sixth as Gallery led off with a double off the center field fence. She scored on a Jenna Lemley sacrifice flyout. That was more than enough for junior ace pitcher Abby Flanagan as she stymied the Warrior batters all game long. They tallied four hits but had just six base runners without one making it to third base and struck out 15 times as Flanagan improved her record to 29-2 on the season. The Lynx join a small group over the years of teams to win the championship in their first ever state tournament appearance.
KMCH Sports Director Jon Swisher caught up with a few of the ecstatic and almost speechless Lynx players after the contest:
Junior Natalie Gallery talked about the surreal feeling and how her hit to the fence felt:
Three lady Lynx were selected as members of the Class 2A All-Tournament team; sophomore Kaitlyn Sommerfelt and juniors Abby Flanagan and Hannah Bridgewater. Sommerfelt shines a light on the closeness of this talented group:
This team breaks the Softball program record at North Linn for most wins with 42, 4 more than last season. For her incredible consistent pitching efforts Abby Flanagan was named 2A All-Tournament captain. She commented on her mindset going into the game and how proud she is of team especially the lone senior Paige Doyl:
The outgoing and always talkative Bridgewater echoed some of her teammates thoughts and shared more on the fun these girls had together:
The Lynx were led by head coach 78 year-old Marv Porter in his second season at the helm, his fifth overall at North Linn. Porter is a Manchester native and 1961 Manchester ManHawk graduate assisted by his Granddaughter Amber and Taylor Henderson.
The title was the sixth in the history of North Linn athletics, the fifth in girls sports since the school opened in 1966. It’s the second this year to go along with the Boys Basketball championship last March. Those two join Girls Cross Country and three girls Track titles.
Third place in 2A went to Mount Ayr as they beat East Marshall 5-4.
Class 1A was won by Collins-Maxwell 4-3 over Clarksville. Lisbon beat Newell-Fonda 6-2 for third place.
The final day of the state tourney comes up today with Third place and Championship contests in 3A, 4A and 5A. Our final Softball broadcast of the season will be live on KMCH and KMCH.com with Sports Director Jon Swisher and WD AD Matt Weis later this afternoon around 4:45 as the West Delaware Hawks face Charles City in the battle for third in Class 4A.
Friday, July 26
Class 3A Third Place
2:30 p.m. – Iowa Central Field
Columbus Catholic (36-5) vs.West Liberty (29-6)
Class 3A Championship
3:30 p.m. – Kruger Seeds Field
Davenport Assumption (40-2) vs. Louisa-Muscatine (35-4)
Friday, July 28
Class 4A Third Place
4:45 p.m. – Iowa Central Field
West Delaware (31-11) vs. Charles City (36-4)
Class 4A Championship
5:45 p.m. – Kruger Seeds Field
Carlisle (37-3) vs.North Scott (27-4)
Friday, July 26
Class 5A Third Place
7:00 p.m. – Iowa Central Field
Johnston (35-9) vs. Iowa City West (35-8)
Class 5A Championship
8:00 p.m. – Kruger Seeds Field
Waukee (40-3) vs. West Des Moines Valley (31-10)