Jordyn Beck

Jordyn Beck dials in a pitch at home against Iowa City Liberty High.

Allie Long

Allie Long makes an out at the centerfield fence in game one of a varsity doubleheader at home against Iowa City Liberty High.

The Linn-Mar softball team played a tough opening round in the Class 5A, Region 6 semifinal Saturday, July 10, against conference foe, the Cedar Rapids Prairie Hawk at Prairie. The teams were evenly matched and entered the softball postseason with Prairie ranked third and Linn-Mar ranked fourth in the Mississippi Valley Conference.

Linn-Mar seniors

Seniors Olivia Holm, Allie Long, and Samantha Gangestad were recognized for their contributions to Linn-Mar’s softball program between the first and second game of a varsity doubleheader Monday, July 5 against the visiting Liberty High Lightning.

It was another closely contested match with Prairie coming away with a 2-1 win in extra innings. All three games played between the two foes this year were decided by one run.

Kaylece Morgan

Kaylece Morgan slaps the ball during a varsity doubleheader at home against Iowa City Liberty High Monday, July 5.

The Lions scored in the top of the second inning with a double from ninth-grader Kaylece Morgan, who plated sophomore Grace McCarty for the first run. The Hawks tied it up in the bottom of the third inning and the score remained tied 1-1 through seven innings of regulation play.

Jordyn Beck  2

Jordyn Beck delivers a pitch in the top of the first inning of game one of a varsity doubleheader at home against Iowa City Liberty High Monday, July 5.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, the action heated up when a Prairie runner was caught in a pickle between first and second bases. Linn-Mar senior Samantha Gangestad, was playing first base and collided with the Prairie runner trying to dive back to first base. The collision between Gangestad and the Prairie runner resulted in the Prairie player being called safe and replaced by a courtesy runner. Gangsted, however, had to be assisted by her coaches to walk off the field and was unable to return to play.

Samantha Gangestad

Samantha Gangestad puts out Liberty High’s Brynlee Slockett in game one of a varsity doubleheader at home Monday, July 5. Gangestad, Olivia Holm, and Allie Long were recognized between games for Senior Night.

In the top of the eighth inning, the Lions had three hitters go up to bat and all three were retired in batting order. Last ups was to Prairie’s advantage. In the bottom of the inning, the Hawks had a double, a sacrifice bunt to advance the runner to third, and a single that scored the runner on third to seal the win.

The Lions wrap up their season with a 20-10 Mississippi Valley Conference record and a 25-12 overall record.

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