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Dees finish 2nd in Class 3A

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Posted: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 9:45 am

By DAVE PAXTON

Editor and Publisher

To place the Class 3A championship game into persective. Pleasant Valley won the Class 5A state championship with a 35-8 record. Three of their losses were to Class 3A state champion Davenport Assumption by scores of 5-1, 7-2 and 5-2. Davenport Assumption finished the season at 44-1. Their only loss was an opening season loss to Moline (Illinois) 4-3. Only six teams scored more than one run against the Knights. Opponents batted .067 and .060 against their top two pitchers.

The Iowa high school girls team of the century? Maybe. Everyone who saw every other team in the five class tournament was pretty sure they could have beaten (dominated) any team in the field.

For the Albia Lady Dees, reaching their first state tournament final in school history, it became an issue of a perfect storm of bad stuff happening in a single inning. Assumption scored eight runs in the third on seven hits, two errors and a walk. Only one hit went past Albia pitcher Jena Lawrence. One of the early hits (Albia fans will claim to their dying day, as will the instant replay on Iowa Public Television) should have been an out at first as Hannah Isley made an incredible stretch.

It might have been the out needed to stem the tide of Assumption offense. Instead it led to an 8-0 loss.

After Davenport Assumption sent 12 players to the plate and scored eight runs, the game could have gone maybe another inning. “I went to the mound to talk to Jena and the infield,” said Coach Larry Achenbach, “and Hannah Isley said we’re not going to quit. And they didn’t. I couldn’t be more proud of a team.”

Lawrence would shut out Assumption in the fourth, fifth and sixth, giving up just three more hits and striking out three.

In the second inning, Albia senior Makenzie Curran made a diving catch in left field with runners on first and third to keep Assumption off the scoreboard.

Unfortunately, All-Tournament Team Captain Nicole Timmons and her riseball dominated. Timmons would set a state record with 20 strikeouts in a seven-inning game, before being pulled by Coach Ron Ferrill to give 19-1 Hannah Kelley a moment in the sun. Abbie Martin would lash a ball down the third base line that was knocked down and thrown to first for the final out.

Prior to that Timmons struck out the side in order in the second, third and fourth, struck out three in the first, fifth and sixth and had two strikeouts in the sixth.

Hannah Isley and Kennedy Schroeder had the game’s only hits. Isley legged out an infield single in the first and both Isley and Schroeder had sharp singles in the sixth to place runners at second and third.

Lawrence walked in the first and Rylee Leshen walked in the fifth.

“We’ve brought home trophies like this before,” said Coach Achenbach at a community gathering Sunday to celebrate the runner-up finish. “But we’ve never brought one home that said ‘Runner-up.’ This is a great team, with great leadership and great talent. And they’re only going to get better.”

All Tournament

Jena Lawrence and Hannah Isley were both named to the All-Tournament Team. Isley set or tied five state tournament records. She finished the three-game tournament going eight for nine at the plate, a state tournament record batting average of .888. She set the record for most hits in a tournament at eight and set the record for most runs in a tournament at six. She tied the homerun record in a single game at two and tied the tournament record with three.

Albia tied the team home run record in a tournament with five (Rylee Leshen 1, Jena Lawrence 1, Isley 3).

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