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Women's Summer Collegiate Fast-Pitch Softball League

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.



3 IWSL games end in ties

The teams are so evenly balanced in the Iowa Women's Softball League  this year that it's hard to pick a winner.

That was the case Sunday when three of the four games at Busse Field  ended in ties.

The IWSL carefully monitors each pitcher, to make sure they do not  throw too much in a summer league game and jeopardize their careers.  So when a pitcher is done for the day, she's done. And if a team does  not have a deep bullpen, a game can end in a tie.

Emil's Hideaway blanked Hawkeye Convenience Stores, 3-0, on a combined  no-hitter by Kelsey Aikey of Western Kentucky and Abby Carlin of  Western Illinois in the first game of their doubleheader. The second  game of the twinbill ended in a 4-4 deadlock.

Bosch Financial and Ironside Apparel, which have the two best records  in the IWSL, then played two straight games that ended in 3-3 ties in  both contests.

The purpose of the Iowa Women's Softball League is to give all the  players an opportunity to play during the summer and sharpen their  skills, with little concern for wins and loses. Or ties.



Ironside Apparel sweeps IWSL twinbill

Ironside Apparel swept a doubleheader from Emil's Hideaway, 7-0 and  5-3, to highlight the second week of the Iowa Women's Softball League  at Busse Field Sunday.

Bosch Financial rallied to tie Hawkeye Convenience Stores, 5-5, in the  first game of their twinbill. Bosch took the second game, 4-2.

Bosch Financial leads the IWSL standings with a 3-0-1 record. Ironside  Apparel is sitting in second place at 3-1-0. The two leaders clash  June 16 at Busse Field at 3 p.m.


Jordyn Kleman of Winona State tossed a five-hit shutout with six  strikeouts as Ironside Apparel blanked Emil's Hideaway, 7-0, in the  first game of their doubleheader.

Haley McFarlane of Saint Cloud State belted a three-run double off the  wall in left-center field and finished 2-for-2 with two runs and four  RBIs.



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