The Girl’s State Softball Tournament got underway last night in Fort Dodge with the class 1A quarterfinals. Top-ranked H-L-V Victor defeated 17th-ranked Albert City-Truesdale 4-1 to advance to Wednesday night’s semifinal round. H-L-V coach John Prottsman says it wasn’t his team’s best effort, but they’ll take the win and move along to the semis.Prottsman says pitcher Janet Barker settled down after a rocky first inning. He says she was nervous and tried to aim the ball in the first few innings.Prottsman says his team knew the first game of the tournament was the important one.HLV will play Edgewood-Colesburg, who upset 11th-ranked South Hamilton 2-1. Emma Campbell socked a two-run double in the fifth inning to account for Ed-Co’s runs. Pitcher Whitney McElrath scored on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth to give #12 Woodbury Central a 3-2 extra inning win over West Marshall in another Class 1A Quarterfinal. Woodbury Central will play Underwood in the other semifinal on Wednesday night, after holding off a late rally by Kee High to secure the shutout with a 3-0 win. Underwood coach Joyce Tiarks says they’ve had some interesting 7th innings, so she was glad to get out of this game.Tiarks says she was happy to get three runs against Kee High, but says there should have been more. Meghan Brue threw a three-hit shutout for Underwood.
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