GOOSE LAKE — After waiting three days to get back to action, the Northeast softball team spent far less time wrapping up a big victory over 3A No. 8 Anamosa.
The Rebels jumped out to a big lead over the Blue Raiders Tuesday when thunderstorms caused the game to be suspended.
Things picked up again Friday, with Northeast holding a big lead.
It was an advantage that continued to grow as the Rebels tacked on four more runs to topple Anamosa, 13-3.
The Blue Raiders, though, got a measure of revenge in the nightcap, rallying back from a 5-3 deficit with nine runs over the final two innings to earn a split with a 12-5 victory (the win clinched the River Valley North title for Anamosa).
The visitors actually struck first in the opener on Tuesday, but Northeast’s start was even better.
Neveah Hildebrandt opened the bottom of the first with a double and was soon joined on base by Bree Mangelsen (hit by a pitch) and Makenna McDonald (bunt single).
With the bases loaded, Valerie Spooner drove in Hildebrandt with a single, and — with the bases still full — Audrey Morris doubled, plating two more runs.
Abby Boyer kept the hit parade going with a single to load up the bases once more and Kayelee Hansen was hit by a pitch, bringing in another run.
Anamosa got another out, but Hildebrandt singled in her second at-bat of the inning to drive in two final runs and make it 6-1.
The Rebels struck again in the second inning — Mangelsen and McDonald hit back-to-back doubles, scoring a pair — and answered a Blue Raiders run in the fourth — Boyer doubled in Morris — to go up 9-2 before the storms made the two teams wait.
When the action picked up again Friday, so did the Rebels.
Northeast scored three more runs in the fifth to go up 12-3 and then ended the game early when Hildebrandt doubled in Hansen in the sixth.
The Rebels pounded out 17 hits with Hildebrandt going 5-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs.
Claire Abbott, Mangelsen, McDonald, Morris and Boyer all had two hits. Mangelsen, McDonald and Morris also had two RBIs, while Madison Tarr scored a team-high three runs (Morris joined Hildebrandt with two).
Junior Alyssa Pessman earned the victory, allowing just four Anamosa hits, while striking out two batters.
The top of the Rebels’ batting order — Northeast’s first four hitters combined for 11 hits in the opener — continued to give the Blue Raiders fits in the nightcap, piling up seven more hits and driving in all five of the team’s runs.
The Rebels (19-13 overall, 10-9 in River Valley play) led 5-3 heading to the sixth when Anamosa scored four runs in the sixth and then five in the seventh to finish off the comeback win.
Hildebrandt, Mangelsen and McDonald all had two hits. Tarr scored twice, while Hildebrandt and Abbott had both a run and an RBI.