LONE TREE – One out from entering the seventh inning with its lead intact, the Calamus-Wheatland softball team instead entered the final frame facing a two-run deficit.
With runners on first and second and two outs in the sixth inning of Monday’s game, hosting Lone Tree had three straight batters reach safely.
The result was four runs that flipped the Warriors’ 5-3 lead into a 7-5 deficit, and the Lions escaped their own jam in the seventh inning to preserve the 7-5 victory.
Cal-Wheat opened the bottom of the sixth with a ground out, but the next Lone Tree batter singled and then reached second safely on a fielder’s choice that put runners on first and second with one out.
Warriors pitcher Alison Boeckmann came back with a strikeout, but the next Lion singled to bring in a run, and back-to-back Cal-Wheat errors brought in three more to put the hosts in front.
The Warriors threatened in the seventh. Taylor Jacobsen was hit by a pitch and Alyssa McElmeel came up with a one-out single before Grace Elvert followed a second out with a walk to load the bases.
Lone Tree, though, got the third out it needed on a lineout.
Cal-Wheat needed just two batters to open the game’s scoring as Addy Widel singled and Elvert blasted a two-run home run.
The Lions answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning and then took the lead with another run in the second.
This time, Cal-Wheat answered. Kiah Widel singled to plate Boeckmann and tie the game, and the Warriors added individual runs from Kaylie Wilhelm and Jacobsen – both via Lone Tree errors – in the fourth and fifth innings, respectively, to go in front.
A. Widel and Elvert both had two hits to lead the Warriors (16-19 overall, 11-13 in Tri-Rivers play) with the latter hitting a homer, driving in two runs and walking twice.
Boeckmann, McElmeel, Addison Luepker, Jacobsen and K. Widel also had hits.
A pair of unfamiliar foes loom for the Warriors as they begin postseason action in 1A Region 6.
The action kicks off Monday with a first-round home contest with Green Mountain-Garwin (GMG).
The Wolverines are set to travel nearly two hours for the contest.
Members of the Iowa Star Conference, GMG is 2-21 and very young with just three upperclassmen on its roster.
The winner of the contest with be back in action Wednesday for a quarterfinal trip to Belle Plaine.
The Plainsmen, who earned a state tournament berth in 2017, recently entered the 1A state rankings at No. 15 and are 21-7, including 15-1 in their previous 16 games.
Central City earned the other bye in the bottom of the bracket, while another Tri-Rivers Conference squad, second-ranked Lisbon, earned the top-seed in the region.