SWEA CITY - North Union was nearly perfect in its opening playoff game, a Class 2A quarterfinal against Okoboji on Thursday.
The Warriors, ranked first in Class 2A, had 12 runs on 11 hits in the 12-0 four-inning victory over Okoboji (17-16).
Defensively, North Union ace Allie Ingalls struck out the first eight batters in the Pioneer lineup. But then she hit the No. 9 batter, Clare Eckard, Okoboji's only baserunner of the night.
North Union ace Allie Ingalls struck out nine of the 13 Okoboji batters she faced on Thursday.
EDN photo by Chloe Rosdail
She responded by recording her ninth strikeout against leadoff batter Olivia Rohlk.
Ingalls' defense helped her in the final inning as the Pioneers hit three balls to the outfield-two caught by center fielder Jasmine Clausen and one by left fielder Harley Lindell.
Offensively, the Warriors were the visitors by virtue of the coin toss. They went right to work.
Ingalls led off the game with a single and went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Tori Johnson. Cheyanne Boland then singled and stole second bases as the Warriors had runners on second and third.
Colette Haag then hit a grounder toward the Okoboji third baseman. The overthrow of first base allowed two runs to score.
In the second inning, two Pioneers proved costly. Sara Johnson reached on an error and Jasmine Clausen drew a walk. Sara Johnson scored as Autumn Boland reached on an error.
Ingalls followed with a two-run triple. She scored on a passed ball.
Tori Johnson and Cheyanne Boland then drew walks before Okoboji finally got its first out when Haag popped up to second. Dena Looft then hit a grounder to third and the Pioneers took the force at third base.
North Union wasn't quite done as Lindell hit a double to bring two runs home. She tried to stretch it into a triple, but was tagged between bases to end the inning. However, the Warriors led 9-0.
After a scoreless third inning, North Union went to work in the top of the fourth. Tori Johnson led off with a single and went to second on the sacrifice bunt by Cheyanne Boland. Haag came up with an RBI single followed by a double by Dena Looft.
Lindell's second double of the night scored two more runs and Sara Johnson singled to bring in the final run of the game.
At the plate, Ingalls was 2-4 with two RBIs. Lindell was 2-3 with four RBIs. Sara Johnson was 2-3 with an RBI. Tori Johnson and Cheyanne Boland each went 1-1. Clausen was 1-2 while Haag, and Looft each went 1-3.
North Union (30-4) hosts the winner of Lake Mills at 7 p.m., today in Swea City. Lake Mills defeated Pocahontas Area/Pomeroy-Palmer 8-0 on Thursday.
North Union met Lakes Mills on June 26 with the Warriors winning that game 8-0.