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Women's Summer Collegiate Fast-Pitch Softball League

IWSL ends successful second season

There was more good pitching, hitting and defense Sunday as the Iowa Women's Softball League finished the season on a strong note.

Ironside Apparel ended the year on a high note by winning both of its game for the first time this season at Mount Mercy.

Bosch Financial also finished with a flourish with an 8-0 victory over Metro Sports Report at Simpson College.


Lauren Kuch of Kirkwood hit a two-run double in the top of the seventh inning to snap a scoreless ballgame and help Ironside Apparel blank Emil's Hideaway, 2-0, in the first game at Mount Mercy.

Adara Opiola of Northern Iowa and Taylor Kurtz of Dubuque scored on Kuch's clutch double. Ally Johnson of UNI socked a triple for the winners.

Natalie Halvorson of Kirkwood starred in the circle for Ironside Apparel.



Look Who's Playing in 2019 IWSL

Sixteen players have already registered for the Iowa Women's Softball League for the 2019 campaign as of July 30.

This early registration period is for all players who participated in the IWSL this season. If they register by Aug. 31, they will receive a 50 percent discount and pay $50 instead of the regular $100 player fee.

Anyone who registers between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31 will get a 25 percent discount and pay $75. Anyone who registers between Jan. 1 and April 30  will be charged the full $100.


The goal is to have eight teams and 120 players for Year 3 in 2019, with four teams in the Central Division and four teams in the Eastern Division.



Lehman jumps from IWSL to Hawkeyes

When Sarah Lehman joined the Iowa Women's Softball League earlier this year, she did not know where she'd be playing college softball next season.

Now she's landed a spot as a pitcher with the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Lehman, a multi-sport athlete at Iowa City Regina, spent the 2017-18 school year as a volleyball player at Coe College, but she decided to change sports and wanted to join the Hawkeyes.

New Iowa Coach Renee Gillispie watched Lehman pitch for Ironside Apparel in the IWSL this season shortly after being named at Iowa and now Lehman will be one of her pitchers.

Lehman enjoyed another solid outing Sunday when she tossed a complete game in a 3-3 tie with Hawkeye Convenience Stores in the third and final game at Mount Mercy.



McFarlane, Robertson shine in IWSL

Haley McFarlane of St. Cloud State and Sydney Robertson of Mount Mercy enjoyed big days in the Iowa Women's Softball League on Sunday.

McFarlane went 5-for-6 with two homers and five RBIs for Ironside Apparel in their two games at Mount Mercy. Robertson also went 5-for-6 with two triples and four RBIs for Emil's Hideaway.

McFarlane and Robertson produced two of the best offensive displays in the two-year history of the league.


McFarlane went 3-for-3 with two long solo homers and three RBIs as Ironside Apparel nipped Hawkeye Convenience Stores, 7-6, in the first game at Busse Field.

Ironside Apparel scored two runs in the top of the seventh to erase a 6-5 deficit on a walk by Tawny Menster (Mount Mercy), a single by Abby Downs (UNI), a single by McFarlane, a single by Natalie Halvorson of Kirkwood and another single by Jessi Butler of Kirkwood.



Craig tosses gem for Ironside Apparel

Brooke Craig of UNI pitched a terrific game for Ironside Apparel in  the Iowa Women's Softball League on Sunday.

Craig tossed a five-hit shutout as Ironside Apparel blanked Emil's  Hideaway, 4-0, in the first game at Mount Mercy.

Adara Opiola, one of Craig's teammates at UNI, went 3-for-4 for  Ironside Apparel in the victory. Tawny Menster of Mount Mercy was  2-for-3 with two doubles and scored two runs. Morgan Goedken of  Wartburg was also 2-for-3.

Erin Kuba of Utah State had two hits for Emil's Hideaway.



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