FORT DODGE - Caitlyn Roberts came through for Spirit Lake again.
With two outs and a runner on third base, the sophomore southpaw singled into right field for the walk-off RBI. The 3-2 victory over West Burlington/Notre Dame placed the Indians seventh at the Class 3A State Tournament on Wednesday.
Roberts had also come up with a game-winning hit against No. 7 Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley in the seventh inning.
A 90-minute time limit on consolation games had the two teams go to international tie-breaker rules in the seventh. Under those rules, a runner is placed on second base to start the inning.
In the top half of the inning, West Burlington/Notre Dame's Riley Hale sacrificed Richelle Weeks to third base. But Spirit Lake ace Bailee Newman struck out the next two batters to prevent the run.
In the bottom of the inning, Paige Petersen started at second base. No. 9 batter, senior Kayla Herrig, laid down the sacrifice to move Petersen to third. As the Indians went to the top of the order, Newman went down on strikes. However, Roberts single to right ended the game.
Spirit Lake overcame five errors to come up with the victory-three of them came in the first inning as the Falcons scored both of their runs on the third error.
The Indians had chances to score in both the first and second innings and finally broke into the scoring column in the third inning. Roberts and Kelsey Delperdang both drew walks and Whitlee Reitz brought in both runs with a single.
While Spirit Lake committed one error each in the second and third innings, neither came back to hurt them. Hale led off the fifth inning with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice by Courtney Coffin, but a strikeout and fly out to center ended the threat. The Falcons threatened in the sixth inning when Machaela Diaz singled. Pinch runner Kiera Brown advanced to second on a passed ball and Kelcie Hill drew a walk. Brandall Diaz then reached on a fielder's choice as Spirit Lake got the force out at third place. Sydnee Huddleston then grounded out to second as the runners advanced. But the Indians got out of the inning as Weeks grounded out to shortstop Mackenzie Thate.
The Indians finished with four hits as Roberts was 2-3 and Reitz and Erin Dau each went 1-3.
Newman pitched a complete game as she finished with three strikeouts and one walk while giving up three hits.
For West Burlington/Notre Dame, Kori Mesecher pitched 5 innings and gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits with 10 strikeouts and five walks. Reagan Rogerson took the loss. She faced six batters, striking out four and giving up the one hit to Roberts.
The Indians wrap up a 24-10 season with the loss of just two seniors-center fielder Kayla Herrig and second baseman Carter Hassel.
Indians unable to rally against Pointers
FORT DODGE - Spirit Lake finally broke into the scoring column at the Class 3A State Tournament. But the two runs in the top of the seventh weren't enough as the Indians lost 5-2 to Center Point-Urbana on Tuesday in a consolation game.
The Stormin' Pointers took the lead as Maddie Karr hit a two-run home run over the left-field fence in the bottom of the fourth inning. In the fifth inning, Samantha Crogan drew a walk. When Olivia Brecht hit a sacrifice bunt, pinch runner Tanya Kula scored when a throw to second base went into the outfield. Katelyn Banning then drew another walk and stole second base. A single by Claire Chandler gave the Pointers a 4-0 lead.
Center Point-Urbana added one more run in the sixth as Eliza Hearn reached on an error and advanced to second. Pinch runner Alexa Brooker advanced to third as Karr flew out to deep center field. Brooker then scored on a sacrifice fly to center field by Claire Holtz.
In the top of the seventh, Whitley Reitz led off with a single up the middle. Maddie Richter then grounded out to second as Reitz advanced. Erin Dau and Hannah DeWild then hit back-to-back RBI doubles. But Kayla Herrig popped up to second base and Bailee Newman went down on strikes to end the game.
Newman took the loss as she gave up five runs (two earned) on two hits with four strikeouts and four walks.
Center Point-Urbana pitcher Samantha Croghan struck out 12 batters, walked none and gave up six hits.
DeWild, in her first varsity bat of the season, was 1-1 with an RBI. Dau was 1-2 with an RBI while Mackenzie Thate, Reitz and Herrig each were 1-3 and Newman was 1-4.