Highland claims title outright
For the third straight year, Highland softball claimed the Southeast Iowa Super Conference championship.
A 12-0 win over Columbus clinched the outright title for the Huskies, who are 27-1 on the year and 17-0 in conference play.
“It was really important (to win the conference),” Highland head coach Carrie Wieland said. “We had expectations this year that we wanted to follow and one of them was winning the conference. Another is to try and go undefeated, and we are pretty close to that. I think that our next step is the state tournament. We are hitting our goals in stride and the girls work really hard to achieve that.”
Cheyann Adamson led the charge from the leadoff spot for the Huskies, going 3-for-3, with a double, two runs and two RBIs. Morgan Craig and Courtnee Hahn also picked up two RBIs in the contest for Highland.
Defensively, Katie Springer threw a no-hitter against the Wildcats, striking out three and walking one batter.
Despite an impressive record, Highland still has work to do in the final three games of the season, according to Wieland.
“Mentally, we really need to improve on our baserunning,” Wieland said. “Everyone is going to expect us to go and run, but we need to improve on it. We need to take it when it is the right time and not get thrown out on the bases ever and advance the runners and do your job. We tend to get a little out of our element with these teams because we can, but the teams we will see on the trail (to state) are going to be a little bit different.”
Highland will have a good test before districts begin next week, as they will play in a tournament in Alburnett and face Iowa City Regina, who had just fallen out of the 2A rankings last week.
“Our main goal for this weekend is to see Regina, who is always a good team against us,” Wieland said. “We also get to see Edgewood-Colesburg, which is another good team. That’s why we play these things. This tournament is important for us to get ready to play better teams. When we get there, we need to play our game against other teams that we haven’t played all year.”
Before the weekend’s games, the Huskies will have a chance to finish off conference play undefeated at home against Winfield – Mount Union on senior night.
The game will begin at 7 p.m.