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Mt. Ayr 10, GVC 5
The Raiderettes played their first round regional game on Wednesday evening against Grand View Christian where they punched their ticket to another regional semi-final in Truro for what would be their third year in a row.
Linsie Barnes had a phenomenal preformance at the plate for the Raiderettes where she gave Grand View Christian fits, as she amassed five hits in Raiderettes 10-5 victory on Wednesday. Barnes singled in the first, singled in the second, singled in the third, singled in the fifth, and singled in the seventh.
Mount Ayr came out firing In the first inning, pushing six runs across and allowing the Thunder one run.
Zoey Larson was on the mound for the Raiderettes where she helped to earn the win for Mount Ayr. Larson surrendered five runs on eight hits over seven innings, striking out four.
The Raiderettes were hot on offense where they totaled 15 hits and 10 RBI’s in the game with a total of 36 at bats.
Linsie Barnes, Hayden Ruggles, Taylor Lumbard, and Anna Newton each had multiple hits for the Raiderettes with Barnes leading Mount Ayr with five hits in five at bats.
The Raiderettes took this win as a breath of fresh air, and will face the Interstate-35 Roadrunners for the third consecutive year in a regional semi-final.
The game between the Raiderettes and the Roadrunners will take place on Friday July 7 in Truro at 7:00 p.m.
Interstate-35 12, Mt. Ayr 1
The Raiderettes were on the road to Truro for what would be their final game of the season on Friday July 7.
This would be the third consecutive year in which the Raiderettes would face the Roadrunners in a regional semi-final, with their first year being back in 2020.
The teams went 50/50 in the previous matchups, with Interstate-35 winning in 2021, and the Raiderettes coming out on top in 2022 leading them to a state tournament appearance last season.
The Raiderettes were unable to get any runs across in the top of the first inning, but expected things to get moving as they were able to get several runners on base quickly.
The Roadrunners wasted no time at the plate in the bottom of the first inning where they were able to score seven runs against the Raiderettes off multiple hits.
One lone run was scored in the second inning by the Roadrunners catcher as the result of a solo home run making the score going into the top of the third inning 8-0.
Neither team scored in the third inning, but the Raiderettes were able to put up one run in the top of the fourth inning thanks to Taylor Lumbard who scored Breya Nickle on a base hit.
With the score 8-1 in the sixth inning, the Roadrunners were not finished, as they put up four more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to end the game with a final score of 12-1.
The Raiderettes ended their season with an overall record of 12-13, fourth place in the Pride of Iowa Conference.
The team will graduate six seniors, each large parts of the Raiderettes roster: Zoey Larson, Linsie Barnes, Kalee Wise, Tegan Streit, and two seniors from Diagonal, Anna Newton and Taylor Lumbard.