Huskies take fourth in state
Woodbury Central didn’t let Highland start a new winning streak on Friday.
One day after the Huskies’ 25-game winning streak was snapped in the state semifinal, Woodbury Central jumped on Highland early and often, as the Huskies dropped the third-place game in Fort Dodge, 8-3.
“We are really going to miss our seniors, but it’s a huge disappointment for us and today we just didn’t do what we were supposed to do,” Highland head coach Carrie Weiland said in a post-game interview. “We made too many errors.”
Woodbury Central used a two-RBI single by Jade Peterson to take a quick 2-0 lead, then homeruns in the second and third innings gave them a 5-0 lead.
In the bottom of the third, an RBI single by Courtnee Hahn scored Kelsey Hora as Highland began a comeback attempt, but in the top of the fourth Woodbury Central got the run back on a groundout to make it 6-1.
In the bottom of the fourth the Huskies were able to get a couple runs back as Cheyann Adamson and Kelsey Hora picked up RBIs to cut the Woodbury Central lead to three.
The Wildcats scored two runs in the top of the sixth that solidified the game as Highland leaves Fort Dodge in fourth place.
The Huskies went 32-3 this season and were ranked No. 1 in the state since Week 2 of the softball season.
In the game, the team was led by multi-hit games from Cheyann Adamson (4-for-4, RBI, run) Morgan Craig (2-for-3), Courtnee Hahn (2-for-4, RBI) and Seaira Drish (2-for-3, run).
Highland nearly matched the hits by Woodbury Central by posting 12 to the Wildcats’ 13.
Highland will graduate three seniors, and is hungry to make a return to the state tournament next season.
“Looking to next year is hard right now, but we have a great junior class,” Weiland said. “We are excited to see what they can do as seniors. The girls are going to have to take a break and get back in the cage to start over.”