(Greenfield) For a third straight year the Exira-EHK Spartans have come up short in a regional final. Last night they suffered a 3-0 setback to Martensdale St. Marys.
Martensdale-St. Marys string of consecutive state softball appearances now stands at seven in a row. They held Exira-EHK to just two hits on the night thanks to a great defensive performance, especially from shortstop Riley Coates who had a hand in eight outs including a 4-6-3 game ending double play. Offensively Martensdale-St. Marys scored two runs on two hits and one error in the 3rd inning to lead 2-0. They would add on an insurance run in the 5th on two hits, a walk, and sacrafice fly. #9 hitter Kyla Morris went 2-2 in the game with two runs scored while cleanup batter Vicki Kordick drove in two of the teams three runs. The other run came on a wild pitch.
Exira-EHK stranded four base runners on the night. They yielded only two hits and one walk off of Martensdale-St. Marys sophomore Riley Wervers who lowered her 1.33 ERA. Spartan star pitcher Rachel Smith suffered just her 2nd loss of the season giving up five hits and two walks in six innings. She struck out seven batters.
The Spartans season comes to an end at 24-2 on the year. They wave goodbye to three seniors, Taylor Paulsen, Claire Paulsen, and Hannah Smith. Martensdale-St. Marys heads to Fort Dodge at 25-4.