Softball team wins three straight; busy slate ahead

Girls now ranked ninth in state


The West Liberty High School girls softball team continued their season last week, splitting a doubleheader with West Branch, 5-4 and 12-1, and capping their week with a 6-1 victory over North Cedar.

The Comets improved to 5-2 on the season and are ranked ninth in Class 3A.

On Tuesday, against West Branch, the Comets fell in game one, unable to curb the Bears offense after allowing two runs in the first and fourth innings before giving the visitors a final run in the seventh frame.

Rylee Goodale led the Comets scoring in the first matchup, driving in two runs on her lone hit in game one while Sailor Hall fanned 12 batters from the circle, allowing no walks.

Tides turned for the Comets in the second game against the visiting Bears, drawing first blood with a three-run first, setting the temp for the game. The Comets followed with three more runs crossing the plate in the second and put across four more in the third. The final two runs came in the fourth inning to seal West Branch’s fate and give the Comets the 12-1 victory. Eighth grader Pearson Hall led the Comets from the top of the order, going 3-for-3 with a home run and two RBI in the Comets second game.

Eight of 10 Comet batters recorded RBIs in their second game. Janey Gingerich recorded three strikeouts in her shortened outing.

On Thursday the Comets ended their week with a matchup against the North Cedar Knights.

The teams held each other scoreless through the first two innings before the Knight broke through in the third, scoring one. The Comets responded with four runs of their own in their half of the inning. The Knight bats went quiet from there out while the Comets scored two more in the sixth to take the 6-1 victory.

After playing Tipton Monday night in a double-header and hosting Anamosa Tuesday night, the Comets continue their season Thursday against Northeast in Goose Lake with game time around 7 p.m.

Anamosa will host the Comets and several other teams in a tournament in Anamosa on Saturday that begins at 9 a.m. at the Anamosa Middle School.

The girls of coach Chad Libby keep their busy schedule alive on Monday with a 5 p.m. double-header against rival Iowa City Regina before going to Monticello for a 7 p.m. outing on Thursday, June 17. All home games are played on the girls diamond behind the West Liberty Elementary School.