Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Oskalooosa Fall Short in Bid for 2-1A Softball Title

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Oskalooosa Fall Short in Bid for 2-1A Softball Title

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PRATT — Oskaloosa’s softball team rolled into the Class 2-1A state championship game, downing Hutchinson Trinity 6-1 in Friday’s semifinals.

But once the Bears got into the championship game, they ran into an offense that was on an even bigger roll.

Colgan scored 17 and 14 runs in its first two state-tournament games and stayed on the offensive, striking for six runs in the second inning of the title game against the Bears. The Panthers built a 10-1 lead before Oskaloosa mounted a late rally.

The Bears got home runs from Paige Lowe and Megan Miller in a five-run fifth, but couldn’t muster enough to complete the comeback, falling 10-7 to Colgan in the title game. Oskaloosa (23-3) finished runner-up at state for the second straight year, taking second in 3A last year.

“We knew they’d be tough,” Oskaloosa coach Lisa Braun said. “I told our girls when we went over there that it would likely take all we had to get them. And except for that second inning, I thought we played very well.”

Oskaloosa went up 1-0 in the first inning on a Regan Curry RBI single.

But Colgan fired right back. Kaitlin Crossland connected on a grand slam to highlight the Panthers’ six-run second inning.

Lowe led off the fifth with a solo home run and Miller followed with a two-run shot two batters later. Ellie Stember and Reese Curry each added RBI singles as the Bears cut the deficit to 10-6.

Faith Lowe made it 10-7 in the sixth with an RBI single, but the Bears couldn’t get another with Colgan turning a double play to end it.

“I’m just so proud of this team and especially our seniors for fighting back,” Braun said. “Lesser teams would’ve given up when it was 10-1, but we fought.”

Oskaloosa advanced with an easy win over Trinity. Miller and Lindsay Schupp each drove in two runs and had two hits in the win.

ROSSVILLE THIRD IN 2-1A BASEBALL

Rossville saw its hopes of capturing the Class 2-1A state baseball title end with a 9-4 loss to Marion in the semifinals. But the Bulldawgs bounced back in a big way, beating Humboldt 19-3 for third.

“I am proud of our kids for the improvement that we made,” Rossville coach Eammon Bradley said. …

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