Defending champion Bondurant-Farrar rolled to a 9-4 victory over West Burlington/Notre Dame in a class 3A quarterfinal round game. Coach Roger Roland’s team started quickly by scoring seven runs in the first inning. “Then we got a little shaky, it’s a long time to keep a lead for 7 innings when you play a really good team,” Roland says. He says they deserve credit for continuing to battle to the end.
Roland says the Blue Jays lost the momentum after the big first inning and says he began to wonder “Am I the only coach in the world that’s going to lose a 7-0 lead at state?”
West Burlington/Notre Dame coach David Oleson says he was proud of the way his team battled back. “It was an unfortunate start for us, had an error, had maybe a ball that should have been caught, walked a couple and the next thing you know, they’ve got 7 on the board,” Oleson says.
It was too big of a hill for the Falcons to climb out of as they fall to 23-13. Oleson says a couple of breaks would have let them back into it, “But we didn’t quit, I’m really proud of them for that.”
Third ranked Clarke blew the game open by scoring seven runs in the third inning in a 13-0 win over Spirit Lake in a class 3A quarterfinal. Carley Robbins had a two run homer for the Lady Indians, her fifth round tripper of the season. “I had 3 last year up here, so it’s kind of ironic. I’ve kind of been in a hitting slump…so I am glad I hit that,” Robbins says.
Clarke scored a run in the first and five more in the second and Robbins says that helped everyone relax.