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Women's Summer Collegiate Fast-Pitch Softball League

Register for 2019 IWSL season

Registration has begun for the 2019 season in the Iowa Women's Softball League.

All league members from 2018 will receive a 50 percent discount if they register by Aug. 31. The player fee will be $50 instead of $100.

All players who register between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31 will pay $75 instead of $100 for a 25 percent discount.


Anyone who registers between Jan. 1 and April 30 will pay the full $100.

Full refunds will be granted to anyone who registers and is unable to  play, with no questions asked.



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.



Ira shines for Hawkeye Convenience Stores

Emily Ira enjoyed a big day for Hawkeye Convenience Stores in the Iowa Women's Softball League on Sunday.

Ira, a left-handed pitcher from Western Illinois, pitched a two-hit shutout with 12 strikeouts as Hawkeye Convenience Stores blanked Emil's Hideaway, 10-0, at Busse Field in Game 1. She also went 3-for-3 as a hitter with two runs scored and an RBI.

Kylee Biedermann of Clarke had two hits for the winners and Erin Drahozal of Upper Iowa collected two RBIs. Payton Bruner of Mount Mercy, Brittni LaFountaine of Illinois State, Emma Hartman of Cornell and Jenna Schwartzhoff of Clarke also had RBIs for Hawkeye Convenience Stores.

Hailey Duwa of Western Illinois hit a double for Emil's Hideaway.



KCRG 9.2 showing IWSL games Sunday

The Iowa Women's Softball League has hit the TV jackpot.

All three games in the IWSL this Sunday will be televised live by KCRG 9.2, with the tripleheader beginning at noon on Busse Field at Mount Mercy University.

Local sportscaster Bob Bruce and former Linn-Mar softball coach Jon Harms will be calling the action.

The first game will feature Emil's Hideaway against Hawkeye Convenience Stores. The second game, scheduled for 1:45 p.m., pits Emil's Hideaway against Ironside Apparel. And the third game, scheduled for 3:30, matches Hawkeye Convenience Stores against Ironside Apparel.

"We greatly appreciate the good folks at 9.2 for putting us on their schedule again this year," said Jim Ecker, the director of the Iowa Women's Softball League. "This will be great exposure for college softball and a big boost for the league. I know the girls will love it."



IWSL softball teams beat the heat

The five teams in the Iowa Women's Softball League battled each other and battled the heat Sunday with some interesting results.

Three of the five games were shortened to five innings with the temperature in the mid-90's and another game ended in a scoreless tie.

Ironside Apparel and Hawkeye Convenience Stores battled to a 0-0  deadlock in the first game at Mount Mercy, with both sides flashing  some stellar pitching and defense.

Hawkeye Convenience Stores blanked Emil's Hideaway, 8-0, in the middle game. And Emil's Hideaway turned around and topped Ironside Apparel,  7-1.

Metro Sports Report swept its doubleheader from Bosch Financial, 2-1  and 12-6, at Simpson College in Indianola.



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