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Women's Summer Collegiate Fast-Pitch Softball League

Olejniczak leaves UNI, joins Iowa softball

Emma Olejniczak has left the University of Northern Iowa softball  program after two years and has joined the Iowa Hawkeyes, UI Coach  Renee Gillispie confirmed Monday.

Olejniczak compiled an 11-17 record in two seasons as a pitcher for  the Panthers. She was 5-8 with a 3.36 ERA as a freshman in 2018 and  was 6-9 with a 6.38 ERA this past season.

"She has been accepted to UIowa and has her classes confirmed,"  Gillispie stated in response to a question from the Metro Sports Report.

Olejniczak graduated from Perry High School in 2017. She went 23-11  with a 1.28 ERA as a senior, with 356 strikeouts in 219 1/3 innings.



Bosch grabs slim lead in IWSL race

Bosch Financial swept its doubleheader against Emil's Hideaway Sunday  at Busse Field and grabbed a half-game lead in the Iowa Women's  Softball League standings with one week left in the season.

Bosch Financial sports an overall record of 9-2-3, with Ironside  Apparel a half-tick behind at 8-2-4.


Autumn McDanel of Belmont tossed a five-hit shutout as Bosch Financial  blanked Emil's Hideway, 5-0, in the first game of their doubleheader.

Elison Ollinger of Belmont and Lexi Merritt of Grand View ripped  back-to-back RBI triples in the fourth inning when Bosch scored three  runs to open a 4-0 advantage.

Merritt was 2-for-2. Emma McDanel of Iowa Wesleyan and Kaylee Watson  of Grand View had RBI singles. Paige Timmerman of Luther lofted a  sacrifice fly.



Porter keeps Bosch tied for IWSL lead

With one swing of her bat, Georgia Porter kept Bosch Financial tied  for first place in the Iowa Women's Softball League Sunday.

Porter, who plays at Simpson College, laced a two-run double with two  outs in the bottom of the last inning to give Bosch Financial a  dramatic 5-4 walk-off victory over Ironside Apparel in the second game  of their doubleheader at Busse Field.

Ironside Apparel won the first game, 5-3, and the split left both  clubs with identical 7-2-3 records with two weeks left in the season.

Bosch Financial trailed 4-2 entering the bottom of the last inning in  the second game of their twinbill. Liv Erickson of Simpson walked,  Payton Bruner of Mount Mercy hit a single and Kaylee Watson of Grand  View drove in Erickson with an RBI single to make it 4-3.

Erica Oler of UNI recorded the second out of the inning with a  strikeout, but then Porter ripped her double to right-center to drive  in Bruner and Watson with the decisive runs.

Watson had two hits in the 5-4 victory with a double and two runs.  Emma Schnell of Northwestern College, making her debut in the IWSL,  pitched three effective innings in relief to get the victory.



McFarlane belts 2 homers against Halvorson

Haley McFarlane is the only player in the history of the Iowa Women's  Softball League to belt two home runs in a single game.

She did it last year and now she's done it again.

McFarlane socked a pair of solo homers as Ironside Apparel trimmed  Emil's Hideaway, 2-1, in the first game of their doubleheader Sunday  at Busse Field.

McFarlane hit both of her home runs against Natalie Halvorson, the top  pitcher for the DePaul Blue Demons this year. McFarlane and Halvorson  were teammates at Cedar Rapids Prairie.

McFarlane, who plays at Saint Cloud State, hit a line drive over the  wall in left field for her first homer. She belted a long shot off the  scoreboard in left-center for her second homer.

Kelsey Aikey of Western Kentucky was the winning pitcher for Ironside  Apparel in the 2-1 victory. She tossed a four-hitter with four  strikeouts.

Ironside Apparel won the second game, 4-2, to sweep the doubleheader.  McFarlane had two sacrifice flies, giving her four RBIs for the day.



KCRG 9.2 shows all the IWSL action

The folks from KCRG 9.2 spent more than 12 hours at Busse Field Sunday  and gave its audience of full dose of action from the Iowa Women's  Softball League.

The local TV station showed all four games in the IWSL and was treated  to four exciting games, with none of the contests decided by more than  three runs.


Autumn McDanel of Belmont tossed a five-hitter with seven strikeouts  as Bosch Financial trimmed Emil's Hideaway, 5-2, in the first game of  their doubleheader.

Lexi Merritt of Grand View had a big two-run double for Bosch and  scored twice. Olivia Heckel of Stevenson was 2-for-2 with an RBI and  Peyton Bruner of Mount Mercy contributed an RBI single.



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