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Women's Summer Collegiate Fast-Pitch Softball League

Craig, Aikey sparkle for Emil's

Strong pitching was the name of the game for Emil's Hideaway in the Iowa Women's Softball League Sunday.

Brooke Craig from UNI and Kelsey Aikey from Western Kentucky tossed a pair of gems as Emil's Hideaway swept a doubleheader from Construction  Materials at Coe.

Craig spun a three-hit shutout with seven strikeouts as Emil's Hideaway took the first game, 13-0, in five innings.

Aikey tossed a two-hitter with 11 strikeouts as Emil's rallied for a 3-1 verdict in the nightcap. The only run against Aikey was unearned.

The sweep lifted Emil's Hideaway to 6-6 for the campaign and moved them into second place in the standings behind Ironside Apparel, which  has a three-game lead at 9-3.

Adara Opiola of UNI went 2-for-4 for Emil's in the first game with a triple and two RBIs. Mallory McArtor of Coe had two hits and Taylor Bell of Waldorf scored three runs.

Alyssa Wiebel of Illinois State went 2-for-2 with a double for Construction Materials in the first game.

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Promes tosses 2-hitter for Ironside Apparel

Marissa Promes gladly makes the 2 1/2-hour drive from Jefferson in western Iowa each Sunday so she can play in the Iowa Women's Softball League in Cedar Rapids.

It turned out to be an especially happy drive back to Jefferson Sunday evening.

Promes tossed a two-hitter as Ironside Apparel topped Emil's Hideaway, 5-2, in the first game of their doubleheader at Coe College Sunday in  a game televised live by KCRG 9.2.

Promes, who helped Indian Hills Community College reach the NJCAA Division I World Series this year, struck out seven batters and allowed only one earned run.

Emil's Hideaway rebounded with a 4-2 victory in Game 2 as Taylor Kurtz from the University of Dubuque pitched a complete game.

Ironside Apparel scored four runs in the sixth inning of the opener to break a 1-1 tie. Erin Kuba of Indian Hills and Hannah Onken of Wartburg had RBI singles in the game for Ironside Apparel, while Morgan Smith of Southeastern and Promes had RBI grounders.

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Softball games are smash hit on KCRG 9.2

College softball players rarely get a chance to play their games on live TV, but that changed Sunday at Coe College.

The doubleheader between Construction Materials and Hawkeye Convenience Stores in the new Iowa Women's Softball League was  televised by KCRG 9.2 to a live audience in Eastern Iowa.

From all accounts, it was a smash hit.

The college athletes got a chance to showcase their skills on TV, the folks at KCRG 9.2 got a good show for their viewers, and the softball league got some terrific exposure.

Construction Materials swept the twinbill, 7-6 and 8-1.

Hawkeye Convenience Stores jumped out to a 6-0 lead after two innings in the first game, but Construction Materials scored five runs in the third inning to pull within 6-5.

It stayed that way until Alyssa Wiebel of Illinois State belted a  two-run homer to left-center in the fifth inning to give Construction Materials a 7- 6 lead and the victory.

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KCRG 9.2 will broadcast MSR softball games

Guess what?

This Sunday's doubleheader in the Iowa Women's Softball League will be televised live by KCRG 9.2 from Coe College at 2 p.m.

The local ABC affiliate will broadcast the twinbill from Coe next Sunday, July 2 as well.

How about that!

The new league has gotten off to a fabulous start this season with 52 college players on four teams. All told, there are players from 24 different colleges and 35 high schools in the program.

The Iowa Women's Softball League is the only collegiate summer fast-pitch league in the state. Everything is going so well that we're looking into the possibility of expanding with four more teams in Des Moines in 2018.

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Nearad sisters hit homers for Emil's

Anyone who follows college softball in Cedar Rapids knows that Taylor Nearad is a terrific power hitter.

Her sister Jess is very good, too.

The Nearad sisters both slugged home runs Sunday to help Emil's Hideaway defeat Hawkeye Convenience Stores, 10-0, in the second game of their Iowa Women's Softball League twinbill at Coe.

Hawkeye Convenience Stores won the first game, 5-4.

Taylor Nearad, who starred at Kirkwood the past two years, got the family started Sunday with a solo home run. Jess Nearad, who played at the University of Dubuque, followed with a solo shot of her own later in the game.

The Nearad sisters are from Solon, and Taylor Nearad was named the National Junior College Player of the Year for the second straight  time this season for Kirkwood.

Kelsey Aikey of Western Kentucky pitched a shutout for Emil's Hideaway in the 10-0 victory.

Taylor Kurtz hit a home run for Emil's Hideaway in the first game.

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