Jul. 4—MONTEZUMA — Lynnville-Sully's softball team needed a big seventh inning to dispatch Montezuma on Friday night.
The Hawks wrapped up a share of the South Iowa Cedar League title following a 10-5 road win.
L-S scored five runs in the top of the seventh to break a 5-all tie and then held the Bravettes scoreless in the bottom of the seventh.
The Class 1A No. 9 Hawks (22-7) finished the conference season at 15-1. Class 1A No. 7 Sigourney also finished 15-1.
L-S led 3-1 after three innings and pushed the lead to 5-1 in the top of the fourth. Montezuma (8-20 overall, 4-12 in the SICL) scored three runs in the fourth to close the gap and tied it with a single run in the sixth.
The Hawks, who claimed their fourth straight win, finished with 13 hits and one error. The Bravettes had six hits and two errors.
L-S collected five extra-base hits and stole seven bases. Korinne Jansen led the way with four hits, two runs, two RBIs and one steal. She had one double and one triple. Jansen's batting average rose to .417.
Lily Zylstra finished with three hits, two runs and one steal, Laci Keen cranked her fifth home run of the season, had two hits and drove in two and Denali Conover doubled and tallied two hits and two RBIs.
Reagan McFarland and Abby Squires each had one hit. McFarland scored one run and stole one base and Squires tripled and had one RBI.
Greenlee Smock scored one run and stole two bases, Aliya James had one run and one steal and Caitlin Alberts and Megan Van Zante each scored one run. Makayla Tice had one steal.
Conover pitched and collected the win in the circle after allowing five runs — two earned — on six hits with three strikeouts, four walks and one hit batter in seven innings.
Montezuma 4, Lynnville-Sully 3
Lynnville-Sully's baseball team failed to hold a 3-0 lead against host Montezuma on Friday and it cost the Hawks a share of the SICL championship.
The Braves trimmed their deficit to 3-1 in the fifth and then plated three runs in the bottom of the seventh to win 4-3 in walk-off fashion.
The loss dropped L-S into a tie for second place in the final SICL standings. The Hawks and North Mahaska ended the conference slate 12-4 and Sigourney won the league at 13-3. Keota was fourth at 11-5.
The Hawks (16-10) scored twice in the first inning and then added one run in the third.
Conner Maston started on the mound and pitched into the seventh inning but had to be taken out after reaching the maximum 110 pitches.
Maston allowed three earned runs on three hits with 10 strikeouts and one walk in 6 2/3 innings.
Braden Alberts took the loss after allowing one earned run on two hits.
The Hawks had eight hits and committed one error. They couldn't take full advantage of seven Brave errors.
Caleb Rea, Blake Rea and Mason Jansen all had two hits apiece to lead the Hawks. Caleb Rea doubled and scored two runs and Blake Rea had one RBI.
Corder Noun Harder had one hit, one run and two steals, Maston chipped in one hit and Braden Alberts walked twice.
Eddie Burgess had two hits at the plate and earned the win on the mound for Montezuma (10-6, 9-6). Burgess allowed no earned runs on 10 hits with seven strikeouts and two walks in seven innings. He also reached the 110-pitch limit.