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Women's Summer Collegiate Fast-Pitch Softball League

Hawkeye Convenience Stores named title sponsor

The good folks at the Hawkeye Convenience Stores helped us get the new Iowa Women's Softball League off to a great start this summer by sponsoring one of our teams.

Now the Hawkeye Convenience Stores will have their name directly tied to the entire league as the title sponsor for 2018.

Hawkeye Convenience Stores has eight locations in Cedar Rapids, Marion and Hiawatha, as well as a store in Iowa City and another store in Davenport.

"We at Hawkeye Convenience Stores are proud to be the 2018 title sponsor for the Iowa Women's Softball league," said Matt Banning, the  CEO of the company. "This league provides an opportunity for college softball players to work on their skills and for teammates and old friends to get together regularly for some friendly competition.

(CLICK HERE TO REGISTER)

"This opportunity didn't exist in our area until last year, and we are excited to be part of it from the beginning," Banning continued. "Our family of companies and employees support and participate in the communities we serve. For these reasons, we are delighted to support the Iowa Women's Softball League."

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2018 MSR softball league off to fast start

It took Morgan Goedken exactly 50 minutes to register for the Iowa Women's Softball League for next season.

Goedken, a catcher from Wartburg College who played in the league this summer, received an e-mail from the Metro Sports Report at 11:17 Friday morning to tell her the registration process had begun.

Fifty minutes later - at exactly 12:07 p.m. - Goedken had submitted  her registration form with the $100 player fee to become the first player in the IWSL for 2018.

Five more players quickly followed, including a shortstop from Crystal Lake, Ill., who plans to drive from the Chicago suburbs to Cedar Rapids so she can play in the league.

Yes, we're off to a fast start.

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We had four teams and 60 players in the league this past summer in Year 1, with all the games held in Cedar Rapids at Kirkwood Community  College and Coe College. We plan to have 10 teams and approximately 140 players in the league next summer, with six teams in Cedar Rapids  and four teams in Central Iowa at Simpson College and the Iowa State University Recreation Field.

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Registration begins for expanded softball league

The new Iowa Women's Softball League got off to a great start in Cedar Rapids this summer with four teams and 60 players.

Now we are delighted to officially announce that the league plans to expand into Central Iowa next summer and have 10 teams in 2018.

Registration begins today at the MetroSportsReport.com website. Simply click on the registration link and get started.

The Iowa Women's Softball League was created this year to give active college softball players a league of their own during the summer. It is the only collegiate fast-pitch league in Iowa and was warmly received by the players, college coaches and community.

Based on the results this year, it convinced us to expand the program in 2018 and reach even more players.

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We plan to have six teams in the Eastern Division in Cedar Rapids next summer with games at Kirkwood Community College, Coe College and  perhaps Mount Mercy University.

We also plan to have four teams in the Central Division with games at Simpson College in Indianola and the Iowa State University Recreation Field in Ames.

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Softball league looks to expand in 2018

Players, coaches and fans all agree that the new Iowa Women's Softball League was a smash hit in Year 1.

Now league directors are planning to make it even better in 2018 by adding more teams and expanding into Central Iowa.

The first season of the IWSL ended Sunday with exciting games at the  Kirkwood and Coe softball fields.

Emil's Hideaway topped Construction Materials, 6-2, in a single nine-inning affair at Kirkwood.

Ironside Apparel and Hawkeye Convenience Stores battled to a 3-3 tie in game that ended in a deadlock due a time limit, then Hawkeye Convenience Stores took the nightcap 6-2.

Ironside Apparel, which clinched the league title last week, finished the season with an 11-6-1 record. Emil's Hideaway finished 9-8,  Hawkeye Convenience Stores was 9-8-1 and Construction Materials  finished at 5-12.

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New softball league making history

The new Iowa Women's Softball League has made history this summer in Cedar Rapids as the only summer collegiate program in Iowa.

Now the History Center in Cedar Rapids plans to make the league part of its permanent exhibit.

The players and coaches for Emil's Hideaway and Construction Materials gladly posed for pictures Sunday following their doubleheader at Coe College for the History Center exhibit. Next Sunday, the teams from Ironside Apparel and Hawkeye Convenience Stores will post for similar pictures following their twinbill at Coe.

Team jerseys, league stories, schedule cards and other artifacts also will be part of the exhibit. It's all thanks to Margaret O'Banion, the Metro Sports Report photographer who is making it all happen with her friends at the History Center.

There were interesting developments on the fields Sunday. Emil's Hideaway swept a doubleheader from Construction Materials, 9-2 and  5-4, in their games at Coe.

Over at Kirkwood, Hawkeye Convenience Stores swept a doubleheader from Ironside Apparel, 11-5 and 6-5.

Ironside Apparel, which clinched the league title last week, fell to 11-5 for the season. Emil's Hideaway and Hawkeye Convenience Stores squared their records at 8-8, while Construction Materials fell to 5-11.

The historic season will end next Sunday with doubleheaders at Coe and Kirkwood at 2 p.m.

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