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Pitching shines in MSR softball league

If you like good pitching, plan to stop by Kirkwood or Coe this summer and catch some of the action in the new Iowa Women's Softball League.

It's smoking!

We've got Jaclyn Spencer and Brooke Craig of UNI, Emily Ira of Western  Illinois, Kelsey Aikey of Western Kentucky, Morgan Christner of Illinois State, Lexi Kinnaird and DoniRae Mayhew of Kirkwood and Chelsea Thornley of Webster University, among others.

They'll blow you away.

Ira tossed a two-hitter with 10 strikeouts Sunday as Hawkeye  Convenience Stores blanked Emil's Hideaway, 5-0, in the first game of  their doubleheader at Kirkwood.

Aikey came right back in the second game and tossed a three-hitter  with 12 strikeouts as Emil's Hideaway took the nightcap, 2-1. Taylor  Nearad of Kirkwood, Megan Bonnett of Luther and player/coach Shelby  Crist had two hits for Emil's in the victory.

In the ballgames at Coe, Hailey Duwa of Western Illinois socked a  three-run homer to give Construction Materials a 4-3 victory over  Ironside Apparel in the first game of their twinbill.

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Van Scoyoc boosts Norway in IVL

NORWAY - Arizona State freshman Spencer Van Scoyoc struck out 10  batters in 5 1/3 innings Sunday to help Norway top Watkins, 10-2, in  the first game of an Iowa Valley League doubleheader in Norway.

Otis Roby, Tony Salato and J.T. Sole belted home runs for Norway. Roby  and Salato had three hits.

The Bandits took control with five runs in the fifth inning.

Watkins rebounded with an 8-2 victory in the second game behind a  complete game by Luke Franzenburg. DJ Utley and Phil Velez socked home  runs for the Mudhens. Jonny Frese and Conner Frese had two hits for  the winners.

Travis Mueller hit a home run for Norway.

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Saints lose thriller in state finals

DES MOINES - Less than eight minutes stood between top-seeded Xavier  and a 1-0 victory over the defending Class 2A state champions, but a collision in front of its own goal that involved keeper Owen McCarron would help change those fortunes and lead to a third title in four  years for Norwalk.

The Warriors took advantage of a fallen McCarron to even the score at  1-1 when Kason Crall booted a rebounded ball into an empty net. McCarron couldn’t recover quickly enough as Crall found an open net and didn’t miss from the left wing.

With the score knotted at one, both sides continued fighting for an  elusive title for another 27 minutes, including a pair of overtimes, before Norwalk triumphed 4-1 in a shootout. Krall, Nick Eltjes, Chase Sinclair and Jack Palen notched penalty kick goals, while the Saints were 1-for-3 in the extra session with only Nick Koechner finding the back of the net.

“I knew it would be a hard, close game, and unfortunately for us it ended up this way,” said Xavier Coach Amir Hadzic. “It’s really hard to lose in penalty kicks, especially when we spent so much energy in a game. It’s like finishing a basketball game shooting free throws.”

The late second-half sequence was also tough to stomach for Hadzic’s  senior-laden roster that included veteran forward Luke Duball. The veteran forward’s thoughts echoed those on the Xavier sideline, which felt McCarron was fouled on the game-tying goal.

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Saints top Iowa Falls, eye 8th state title

DES MOINES - The Xavier Saints will be seeking their eighth state  title in school history Saturday afternoon when they face Norwalk in  the championship game of the Class 2A boys state soccer tournament in  Des Moines.

Xavier (14-4) is the No. 1 seed in the tournament. Norwalk (17-4) is  the No. 2 seed and the defending state champions. The championship  match is scheduled for 2:30.

The Saints clipped Iowa Falls/Alden, 4-2, in the semifinals Friday.

Luke Duball and Will Hanigan gave Xavier an early 2-0 lead, but Iowa  Falls superstar Marcos Villa scored twice to pull his team into a 2-2  deadlock at intermission.

All the scoring in the first half came in the first 10 minutes.

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Saints facing Spanish star at state soccer

DES MOINES – The Xavier Saints will be facing an incredibly talented soccer player from Spain on Friday when they meet Iowa Falls-Alden in the semifinals of the Class 2A state tournament in Des Moines.

Marcos Villa has scored 56 goals for Iowa Falls-Alden in 20 games this season and tied a national record when he scored a hat trick in nine straight games.

Iowa Falls-Alden features another scoring machine with Logan Steelman, who's produced 32 goals for the Cadets this year.

Xavier topped the Marion Indians, 5-1, in the opening round of the state tournament at the Cownie Soccer Complex Thursday afternoon. Thomas Bean and Will Hanigan scored for the Saints in the first half to give them a 2-1 lead at intermission, then Shane Scott, Luke Duball and Brian Lang produced goals in the second half.

Jaffer Murphy scored a goal for Marion, which was making its first trip to the state tournament in school history and finished with an 11-5 record.

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