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Two trophies have new homes. It's time to hand out a third. From Rogers sports complex in Fort Dodge it's the high was girls High School athleten union championship. It's time for softball in class 3A. A great day of softball so far. The ground crew is getting for this 3A match up between the defending championship Bondurant-Farrar and last year's runner up the Clarke -- Lady Indians. Fantastic softball so far, this is the only rematch of the day from last year's championship game. Bondurant-Farrar looks to do it again and it starts with Emily Wilson. >> Laura: Emily was on a year ago and is having another great tournament this year. She's doing it at the plate with a 498 average. She also has quite a bit of pop in that bat. 11 home runs. Now that's four, number four in 3A this year. And number 10 in all of the state. So she's also having a good state tournament here. Three of six with one big home run and RBIs. >> Paul: Putting them on top will be the Clarke Indians and it's fantastic is Libby. >> Laura: She throws all of them very very well. Very tough to hit. To tell you how dominant this year in the regular season, 218 strikeouts, only 33 walks. Here in the tournament, 17 strikeouts, only one walk last night in the semi, 12 strike outs. She needs to have that performance if they want to win it here today. >> Paul: The wind is still a factor but not quite the deal that it was. Overcast skies. Let's go to public address announcer Jim for today's introduction. >> Good afternoon, welcome to the sports complex. This is a championship game between the Lady Jays and Bondurant-Farrar and the Indians of Clarke. Let's meet the non-starters. First for the visitors from Bondurant-Farrar. Number two, Lindsey Carter. Number seven Kenzie Epperly and Abbie Osborn and Emily Campbell. Dusty rolened and Hannah Baker. Now playing center field number 23, Ashley Burrows. The first baseman number eight, Katie norton. Short stop number 11, Emily Wilson. The pitcher, number 12, Keely Bycroft. Playing center, number 1 Annika Ekstam. Playing left field, number 13, Erin Handley. Sydney Carroll. Playing second number five Isla Ekstam. Playing third, number 6 Kenzie Adkins and the right fielder, number 17, Kinzie Peters. The Lady Jays head coach is Mr. Roger Roland. Now the non-starters for the home team of Clarke. Number one, Amanda Kindred. Number two, Alex Boyce. Number 9, Hannah Moore. Number 10 Chynna Beydler. Number 9, Sydney Marker. Number 12 Baylie Balcaen. Number 19, Brooke Hem and number 27 Hayley Gilbert. The assistant coaches for Clarke are Stacey Richey Brittany Martin and Kari Price. Number 25 Kennedy Crees. Short stop number 7, Vanessa bakely. The pitcher number 8 Libby Ben es. First place number four Devon Carson. Playing left field, number 22, Carley Robins. Playing third number 13 Sarah Andrews. Playing second, number 14, Sydnee Redman. The designated player number 15, Ally Deutsch. Number six, Lexy Carson. Playing right field number five, McKenzie auto. The head coach is Lindsay. First base is Mr. Tony Tower -- calling the balls and strike the crew chief Mr. Jeff Tank. Ladies let's play state championship softball. We're ready for class three A state softball. It was a late night. We're going to find out how late a little bit later. Paul Yeager alongside Laura Leonard here as we are right underneath the diamond basically. We're at field level just off home plate but this Iowa public 25E8 vision crew is going to show you the following players for Bondurant. Emily at first, Katie, Emily, Erin, designated player, Sydney Carroll, Isla Ekstam Kenzie Adkins and Kenzie Peters. Your defending champion and they are going to face Clarke and that pitcher right there, Libby Bemis. She has a lot of pitches. >> Laura: She really does and can throw a lot of different ones. She can throw a screw ball, a rise ball, a curve and a change. >> Paul: Here's the defense for the Lady Indians. At first base is Redman, Andrew at third, left to right is Robins -- and auto left to right. We're ready to play here at 2:38. The first pitch is bunted foul out of place. Ashley Burrows, the senior playing center field. >> Laura: A good lead off hitter, usingism speed to get down the line. >> Paul: Second pitch is outside for a ball. And the next one is out there for a ball. Behind the plate is Jeff. Third is Shannon, your umpiring crew. The pitch lifted into the air towards left. Back goes the left fielder Carley Robins to make the pitch and one away at the top of the first. What's it going to take for Bondurant-Farrar to win tonight, Laura. >> Laura: They need that good solid defense. You can't afford to make mistakes, you can't afford to have errors in a title game. They need to find a way to win. Just do the little things, lay down bunt, take an extra base when they can do that, just do the little thing that will help them get another victory and another state title. >> Paul: The Lady Jays are 22 and 13. At one point this season they lost seven straight ball games. They were down several times in the season, but as coach Roland told us last night, I'm sorry, early this morning, that the girls never doubted. They may have lost seven straight, there was a little gum brink -- grumbling but they had a plan and here they are for a chance to defend the title. >> Laura: You said it was more the surrounding people not necessarily the team that really had gone I'm throwing in the towel this might not be our year to get back to state. It was more the commune Jays kind of going hey do you know what, nice job. It's going to be an okay season. We'll get next year and lo and behold they are defending their state title from a year ago. They have great support from Bondurant-Farrar defending this place. >> A senior playing first base today, she's down at the count, one, two. The pitch lifted in the air on the infield but it's drifting towards right. Stepping back is the second baseman, Sydnee Redman to make the catch and there's two away on two fly outs. >> Laura: Well earlier in the day, those would have been an adventure for those infielders and out fielders. It's calmed down since earlier this morning and those fly balls are a little bit more routine. >> Paul: The wind has died down. It was gusting at 25 this morning. It's now dropped to just 12 miles an hour. You can definitely tell the difference. I mean, the wind was shaking things, the tarp around us, anybody that had tarps out in the outfield, any flags, banners, they were halving pretty strong. But now it's just a nice cool day. It is a little hazy. Earlier in the week, there was a forecast of about 92 degrees for today but it's not that. Ripped down the right, that's the first hit for the Jays isEmily Wilson gets on board. We talked about her on the open, Laura. >> She certainly has a hot bat here in the tournament as well as coming into the season. She's led this team. >> Paul: That will bring in Bycroft. The first pitch is up. She's up in the count one out. Bondurant-Farrar and Clarke, two schools not too terribly far apart from one another. In the central part of the state Bondurant-Farrar northeast of Des Moines. Bondurant is where the new High School is. We talked about new schools new attitudes. That was the story at Kee. Come back to being the throw over to first to Carson, erases the Jays returns. One hit one left no score between Bondurant-Farrar. Clarke is coming up. >> Laura: A good quick inning for Clarke to get themselves a little bit of time under their belt, maybe shake out some nerves and now the opportunity to get to the plate and hit. >> Paul: Let's take a look at the order for the Clarke Lady Indians. Kennedy Crees, the center fielder bats first. Second is Vanessa Bakley the pitcher Libby Bemis, the left faryltd Carley Robins and Sarah Andrews. Sydnee Redman made a catch there at the top half. The designated player is alley Deutsch. Lexy Carson is the catcher and MacKenzie Otto is your next player. Some pitchers in this tournament, Laura have ERAs under one. She's in the championship game but we talked about the competition she played. What's that say about her. Let's look at the defense before we get to that point. Norton is first, Ekstam at second, Wilson at short. Add kins at third, Burrows and Peters exphind that is Ekstam. Blue Jays. In the traditional baseball style, the button up jersey up the front and the ma room color. First pitch is a strike. Kennedy Crees steps in batting 402. Takes the second pitch in their first tournament. What do you think about the staff for Bycroft. Do you read into her ERA much. >> Laura: I don't. She's come up against good competition and the ERA for her two game is 1.93. But when you have a team that has the power and the potency to be able to score a lot of runs, you can afford to give up a few extra runs. So her team is certainly backing her up at the late and putting up a lot of crooked numbers on the score boards. And she's giving up a few but hey, they are playing for the title. >> Paul: Can't argue with that. Good conversation -- just beyond the second baseman Ekstam and in for a hit getting the first hit of the game for Clarke is Kennedy Crees. One aboard here. >> Laura: Didn't take a full swing just punched it out over the drawn in infield to draw the inning. >> Paul: All score is the same in the book. It looks the same, you get on base and it's an effective way. >> Laura: That's what you want in a lead off hitter somebody who can handle the bat. >> Paul: On to first for Katie Norton. >> Laura: Don't make this game bigger than what it is. They were in this position a year ago, got imeat. Don't make it out to be more than what it is in the rematch. Then they need to flush the path. We'll talk a little bit more about what that all means they need to put last game's behind them and think the here and now. >> Paul: A foul beyond the reach of her Coach Lindsay Diehl. No souvenirs here in the ways of softball today. You hit one in the stands, you cannot take it home. >> Laura: As much as these fans would like to keep them. They do have to return them. >> Paul: You want a souvenir, the union will sell you a T-shirt. >> Laura: They're good looking T-shirts. >> Paul: They are. Getting past the third baseman Adkins. Missed an opportunity there, probably to get home. But Bemis is on board with a single. That was a hit all the way. They were trying to get the lead runner. It's a tough play from Wilson on to Adkins. Even a good throw is a hard time getting it. >> It would have been very close. That was a great athletic play by Wilson to backhand that and keep that ball in the infield otherwise a run would have scored. She did save a run by diving and keeping that ball in the dirt here in the infield. >> Paul: Crees at third. Devon Carson at the pitch. Foul out of plate. >> Laura: Even if you could have gotten a beat on it you would let it drop anyway because your momentum is going away from the play. That runner would have tagged up you would have had to turn and throw. That run could have scored. Even though it wasn't catchable that's a situation where you have to think about that where it's up in the air. >> Paul: 1-1. Here comes the second run. And it's going to be a two-run score. Crees and Bemis and a 2-0 lead for Clarke here at the bottom of the first. Art lawyer putting the pressure on early. Lay down the incumbent. -- bunt. The defense was playing back so they get the one run in. The ball scoops by and the second run comes in underneath the tag. >> Paul: That's an out but that's why they play the game. The first pitch is in there for a Paul. A night for both of these teams and we will find out how late and some of the things they did after the ball game with Brent Blum will be along here in just a little bit to fill you in on that. 1-1 to Carley Robins. Robins playing left. At second is Devon Carson. She had the single to score two. Rips it in the hole past third base, past the diving Adkins and Robins is on first. >> Laura: They're getting the seeing eye hit. They're finding the opening and punching the ball through taking advantage of it. That ball up in the zone a little bit and they're not able to get and get a glove on it and keep it on the infield but the run did not score. >> Paul: Making the way out to talk with this team. There you see Lindsay Diehl talking with her players but meeting out on the center circle is Roger Roland. Roger's been at the state tournament before last year with Bondurant. >> This is play one -- a victory and we'll come in and take our chances that they'll score three runs. >> Paul: Roger Roland. Good advice. Very calm demeanor there. Didn't run out, just kind of saunters in, saunters out to let them know. Body language means a lot to a Coach. >> Laura: They play off the Coach's emotions what they do and especially their body language. If they get fired up then the team might do that and get tight and nervous. He's very calm. Just one of those attitudes and one of those personalities that he can calm down a team. >> Paul: Run comes home they get the out on the second but scoring is Devon Carson and it's 3-0. However, the Jays concede the run. I think that was the play the whole time as they get the out, they play hot box down there between first and second getting thrown out is Robins there. The tag applied. And if you heard, Coach roland, we do have the Coach's mic, the home player mic. We're able to listen in at certain points. We're not listening for in-game strategy but we like to hear what they have to see at the center circle or to their team. And the strike out is recorded as Sarah Andrews. So the out is recorded but Clarke strikes first with three runs in the first. 3-0 is our score as the Lady Jays will try to make a dent into this run. There's a lot of ball game to be played during the nice bright daylight. Not the case last night. That wasn't the case last night was it Brent Blum. >> It was not. The afternoon pushes the start time back for the class 3A semifinals to 10:30 and the Clarke game did not start until 11:00. The game did not end until 11:50 and But good news, these teams do stay locally here at Iowa central community college and they were in bed by 1:30 I was told. Bad news for the coaches they had to do laundry until 3:30. It's the coaches who get stuck with the bad stuff but everybody fully rested and ready for the finals today. >> Paul: Lindsay Diehl told us that afternoon the game she said well I have to go do laundry. I asked her if she was going to sleep. It was laundry over scouting. >> Paul: Well you got to have clean players. That's the way I see it. You can't have smelly union forms. I would have voted for laundry as well. These two teams know each other very well and the coaches know each other very well. So they know tendencies, there's not at this point, are when you've seen a team, you know a team. There's not a whole lot that's going to change from the last time you saw them in a tournament in the regular season to now. >> Paul: Clarke actually played in the Bondurant tournament but did not play, did not match up that way as the first pitch to Annika he can Ekstam. Giving you all those great pictures as you see Roger Roland there, you see Libby Bemis there, there's the out field camera. They're up on a lift out there in center. Not as windy before what they were getting shaken around. There's another one of the views from above the dugouts and behind home. Great job. A swing and a miss, Ekstam is struck out and there's one away. And there's another camera an . We're not done. There's the dugout. That's looking inside the Bondurant's huddle and we also have one in Clarke. Those little go pro cameras can do a lot. Get a chance to see what you can't quite get from the stands. For other broadcasts we're happy to put this altogether. High fly ball lifted towards left going to the center fielder Crees to make the catch. There's two away now in the second. >> Laura: Great communication out in the outfield. You can see both Robins and Crees going after that ball. Crees the center fielder communicates, talks, calls off Robins, Robins go beyond and backs her up. >> Paul: A little bit of a smile. Always good to have a little bit of fun when you're playing. Bemis the pitch for a ball. Sydney Carroll steps in, an eighth grader. A designated player. 243 is her average. The only eighth grader in the starting line up. As a freshman, Ekstam and Adkins and Peters but Peters just plays the field in this line up. But the seniors at the top of the line. There are six starters returning from last year's state championship team for the Jays and it's a strike for 2-1. >> You talk about Kinzie Peters and only being right field. That's a player they needed to replace, a position they needed to replace from a year ago and they're having some players come out they're hitting always from right field. Coach Roland says we need somebody to catch maybe two out of three, two out of fore. And Kenzie Peters came out and he goes who is that girl in blackout there she's catching a lot of things out there. Who is that girl in black. Found out who she was last year. Didn't know why she didn't go out. She's on the team. He goes all I call her is the girl in black. That's how I know her. >> Paul: The girl in black will not get a chance to bat there. That is Sydney Carroll who gets a hit and puts a runner out with two outs. The reason she didn't get out last year she was taking drivers Ed. >> Laura: That's right, she's taking drivers Ed and didn't go on you but she came out this year and that's her nickname the girl out in the right field who can catch a lot of fly balls. >> Paul: You need someone like that. Right field, that's one of those positions that the ball's harder to catch than you realize because it's tailing away. It's like a Haley comet type thing and cuts away from a right handed batter. If it's a left-handed batter it's straight like playing left field. When you're in right that ball is tailing away. When you think of that chances are it's about three to four feet to your left. >> Laura: It does have a difference when it comes up that way to right field. >> Paul: Isla Ekstam at the plate. Swung on and miss. She's playing second today. Doesn't have to be granted by the umpire. They asked for it anyway. There's a time limit called strike. The batter needs to get in there. The pitcher needs to get in there. These kind of a clock going on. >> Laura: We saw a couple times yesterday where a couple players called for time and the empire did not grant it. >> Paul: Swung on and hit back to Bemis. Over to first. It's recorded and the blue James leave -- Blue Jays another runner. Three and-a-half, three nothing, Clarke. Don't miss a minute of today's exciting action, Iowa public television is streaming today's Softball Championship live. Vite if you got relatives out of state there's where to do it out of the country. If you're watching on-line somewhere, send us a tweet at Iowa Public Television. Tell us where you're watching from today. Better yet show us a picture. >> Paul: They want to keep the pedal down. 3-0, that's not a lead at all. >> Laura: You know, it really isn't and especially between these two teams, they're both explosive, they both can score a lot of runs, so you got your three in the first inning. They're looking to get another three here in the second inning. >> Paul: Sydnee Redman. Digs in from the right-hand side. The pitch. Lifted in the air towards right. The girl in black make the catch. Lindsay Peters and there's one away here in the bottom of the second. >> Laura: The drivers Ed paid off. They're navigating around ride field. That's a great find and that's what Coach Roland said is that we have a smaller community that we have to be able to find these young ladies that are willing to come out and play and we've got to put them in positions, some may come off a pinch run or pinch hit. >> Paul: 3:00 on Friday July 25th, 2014. Hazy conditions here at the complex from Fort Dodge right next to the airport. If you listen you'll hear airplanes, sort of like we're playing at Shea stadium in New York, the old Shea. The pitch on the way. Ripped. The the right side on board is Ally Deutsch. They've gone to the left side today. >> They've been able to get around. They've been able to find that gap, that five six hole right there to left field and that's where the majority of their hits have come from today so their timing is perfect and they're able to pull the ball. >> Paul: Lexy Carson digs in. The pitch, low. Deutsch is the designated player. She bats for MacKenzie Otto and Deutsch is at first. She's a sophmore. Carson a senior, the catcher is at the plate, the pitch. Another call strike. Lindsay deal is back in Fort Dodge. She was a player at Clarke. Played at Clarke college and them she came and the job opened up at Iowa central. She actually recruited her assistant coaches. That are on this blog. >> Laura: It's nice to have assistant coaches. They played for that Coach and you bring those players up as coaches and you're all on the same page. You all have the same thought process. >> Paul: Towards center, reaching up and grabbing is Ashley Burrows and it's two away now in the second. And Diehl remembers when she was a player and they had a nice conversation even when she was a player. >> Laura: He was Coaching at Lincoln at the time and she was in High School and that's where they first crossed paths. I tell you what, listening to both of these coaches talking about one another, mutual respect on both sides. They really get along very well. They both respect each other Coaching ability, their teams and their players. >> Paul: Down the right side. That's going to be a base hit. Nice by Kennedy. By she had a great at bat right there. Take a look at this one again Laura see how good that was. >> Laura: Lead off hitter from the left side. Look how she deadens the ball right there getting a couple steps running up in the batter's box, lays it down and the defense is playing back just a step slow not getting out and jumping on that bunt. >> Paul: Swung out and miss. Do you call that a slap hitter or more of a bunt. >> That one I would call more of a drag bunt. I think her first at bat is probably a bit more of a slap she's able to deaden the ball and scoop down the first baseline. A little conversation between Coach and Bakley and the two of them just kind of pushed each other away. I'm sure something was said there to make each one laugh a little bit. >> Paul: The pitch. Just outside of the zone, two outs two on here in the second. Deutsch got on with a single. She's at second. Crees at first. The pitch. Fouled back. One and two. A little conversation with Blum here in just a moment. Softball to be played. Vanessa sacrificing the first inning. She swung on and miss. Strike three and that will end the Indian half of the second in. We've played two, 3-0, Clarke leads Bondurant-Farrar. Let's go to Brent Blum. >> I've got to write this down. They've had a great partnership with the Iowa girls athletic union. How do they invest. >> The Iowa farm bureau is very proud to be the prime sponsor for the Iowa girls High School athletic union because we recognize how valuable the youths are to the state of Iowa and our future. Athletics gives kids the opportunity to learn a lot of character quality such as I'm work, leadership a strong work ethic. These are values that are important to our members, and we feel it's very important to try to promote those kind of values. We offer millions of dollars worth of granting programs to try to forward that goal. >> What a beautiful way to illustrate in a great set and a great tournament with the softball tournament here. >> Oh, absolutely. We've got a perfect day for it. The kids are playing their hearts out and we're just very proud to be a part of it. >> Thank you, nick. >> We're very proud what the kids are doing to further their futures. >> Paul and Laura back to you guys. >> Paul: Thank you very much. We go to the top of the third. Clarke leads Bondurant 3-0. And the pitch to Adkins is a ball as we begin the third. Clarke scored three runs in the first. Shut out in the second. That one's a strike. One and one pitch. Kenzie Adkins. These have freshman sophmore eight graders in that line up that will be the seniors when they're back again the next time. >> You know, these are programs. Again a little bit smaller but they do have to bring up the younger players. And I think both of these places have pretty good junior programs, youth program that these young ladies get experience playing some tournament ball, some 14 and under teams. As a matter of fact the Coach Diehl. They just have the ability to bring up these younger players and just keep reloading their teams. >> Paul: Ashley Burrows put down a bunt that was just inches away from being fair. She was already rounding first. When that one went foul. She'll do it again. Burrows steps in. That one's in the dirt. And the lefty Burrows stands in that box. She's like to slap it down again. Maybe another bunt. A one one pitch. Ripped down the right field. Past the right fielder and that goes all the way. She's in there with a stand up triple here in the third inning. The lead off to Lady Jays rally. >> Laura: That's what Bondurant needed to make a big hit, just turns on it. Adkins laces it into right field and then turns on the jets. Picks up Coach rowland as he rounds second, waiving her on to third and she gets there standing up. >> Paul: She makes it look effortless. Coach heads out. We have a chance to listen here. A little bit of strategy there from Coach Roland. There's what Coach Diehl had to say. >> Laura: This is the point in the ball game where you are Coach Diehl you're saying we don't want to give up that 3-1 lead, we don't want to give momentum back over to Bondurant-Farrar and on the other hand Coach Roland planning strategy how to get the first run pushed across. >> Paul: Runner at third. The pitch a strike. Katie Norton, the senior. Squeezes on, the bunt goes down and fields it. Nobody's covering second to throw. They get the short stop there to make the play. And it's out at second but the run counts coming up for Clarke. Vanessa. Take a look at this one. The bunt, if she lets that go another foot it's foul. Instead there's nobody, she was sprinting to short, it was a foot race between Norton and Bakley, Bakley wins. The pitch is in there for a ball. 2-0 now. Emily Wilson at the plate. Top of the third, one run in for the Lady Jays. Another one in there. Up high for a ball. Ripped foul by Emily Wilson. Norton was credited with a single, was thrown out at second on that last play. Burrows scores and now Wilson bats with two outs. Draws a walk and the Jays have another runner aboard and they'll restart. >> Laura: They're hoping that that running mistake does not hurt them. It was a situation where that base was open just for a split second. She does a great job getting over to cover up second. >> Paul: Called strike. Annika Ekstam. Actually is on deck. Bycroft is at the plate now, the lefty. A little more in vogue in softball and you can teach yourself to play left. The Coach is probably going to put you out there. >> Laura: A lot of times they will find, the coaches will find the players that can handle the bat, they can run up in the box and put the ball down or swing away, have a good eye, know what the defense is doing. And have a little bit of speed. They will turn you around and teach you how to hit from the left side. >> Paul: Bemis on the mound in the circle. Lifted in the air down the right field line trying to make a run for it. Extending the glove but not coming up is MacKenzie Otto. >> Laura: Good effort, and Otto was playing a little bit more a few steps closer to right center field so she had a long run to try to get to that one. >> Paul: Reset on the 2-2. Two strike outs for the inning by Bemis. The Lady Jays score for the run. Two hits, one error and one left two and-a-half, 3-1 . Let's see how these teams got here. The top seeded team in 3A went advanced over mid-prairie. Bondurant-Farrar. The upset of center pointer and Clarke took care of Greene county last night. That game finish add at this morning. Talk about Clarke, they have a schedule that's nothing to laugh at either. They play a lot of big teams. They play -- who lost in the seamize. They lost -- ADM, Eddyville-Blakesburg who just lost. They're playing for a title tonight, Johnson who is playing for a title tonight. Bondurant-Farrar they have played the 5-3 win for Clarke. Clarke has a tough schedule too. >> A lot of these schools do. We talked about that a lot of these school that you see here at the state tournament has scheduled difficult teams and have had a difficult tournament run to get here. And they like to play very good competition to try to season their team. When they do get into regional play, they are a little bit more experienced. >> Paul: Bemis who will continue her career next year. The pitch. It's a strike. >> Laura: You talked about how she got here that first round game they won over Spirit Lake and it was a perfect game. The only time in tournament history that a perfect game has been thrown. So three innings face the minimum number of batters and they won 13-0. >> Paul: The 3-1 is fouled away. The count will move forward. Sometimes those games are good, sometimes those games are not so good. You want to keep your team sharp but you also want to give them some rest. Now it's a little different here as the strike out's recorded by Bemis to start the third. The quarter finals for class 3A were played on Monday and them they didn't play until last night until 10:30. That's a long time up. Thee probably their biggest break of the season. >> Laura: Yes, it really is. Probably since the beginning of the year when they started practice. You're right, that's probably the longest amount of time they've had off in between games in a long long time. And then short turn around time getting done so late last night and then having to come back and play a game here in the mid afternoon. So far it hasn't affected either team. I think the adrenaline has kicked in and they had a little bit of extra time to sleep in and get rested up. >> Paul: Back at the park around 11. It was about Bondurant. I didn't see when Clarke came in. They warmed up on the fields north of where we are at. Devon Carson, a 1-2 fouled back into the screen. 3-1 your score here in the third. We've awarded two championship trophies already. Akron-Westfield. >> Laura: By caught is doing a better job locating the pitchers and starting to get command of the strike zone. >> Paul: That's the fourth strike out for by caught. The ball is hit into center field, bounces right where it meets the dirt by Carley Robins to get a hid with one out in the third. >> Laura: Looks like that ball hung up just enough for Robins to be able to get into the bat on it, just enough behind it to get it over second base to the outfield. >> Paul: The pitch. Is a called strike as Sarah Andrews steps in. Andrew today is 0-1 with a strike out in the season. 323 batting average. Steps in from the right. A pitch from the lefty. Talk about Bycroft she is batting from the left side. She is a left-handed thrower but you will see it from time to time that a girl who can throw right will bat left to take advantage of whatever. You haven't seen that much from Clarke because they're just bruisers when it comes to getting the ball. >> Laura: It changes every year for these coaches as these kids go through High School and graduate and you have different personnel year in and year old so you have to work with what the personnel is that you somewhere for that year. And so if you have speed, you utilize that speed. If you have hitters that can national the ball, then you try to play to that strength. And so it's ever changing for these High School coaches. And they have to adapt to what kind of skill level that they have on their team. >> Paul: It's not like in college or the pros where you go and recruit a player for a position or a need or a way to fit your system. >> Laura: No, but I think with both of these programs you have those lower level programs which I think they obviously all filter into these high schools. But I think they all learn under the same system. And so you do have players that are on the same page with the coaches. >> Paul: Little flare is hit to Katie Norton who picked it up. They lead one. We played three. 3-1 your score. Here in Fort Dodge, as Brent Blum is going to be with us in just a moment. He talks with head Coach Diehl from Clark. And he's ready to go. Brent. >> Coach your team on the state last year but this year it's different. How do you think they handle the big stage. >> I keep saying all along the only way you experience it is to experience it. Last year being in this game and realizing this is just another game, like we played all season and the schedule we've played has presented us for this moment. I've been talking about July 25th, at 2:30 for a long time for these guys. We expected to be here and I think my kids are nice and relaxed. >> You have reputation for being big bombers but you manufactured three runs in that first inning. >> If you look at me you wouldn't think that I was a bunter myself back when I played. That's never been my mentality but we've made some adjustments. When you get down and you play tough teams you're going to have to do those kind of things and do something that's maybe different out of your regular game plan. >> How much do you trust Libby. >> I trust here. She's been cool and calm. I better get over there. >> Thank you, I appreciate it. >> Paul: Thank you for the opportunity to talk there, Coach Diehl appreciate that. >> That goes back to what she says one of the keys, big deal perspective, don't make it bigger than what it is. You have prepared for this moment the entire season and now you have your opportunity. So don't get all wound up in just this moment. It's an entire season that's coming to the head here in the state tournament title game. >> Paul: Focus on the prospect is what she told us. That's exactly what you're talking about as the first pitch is a strike. To Annika Ekstam. 268 on the season, three homers. Next pitch goes through the glove into the screen. Evens the count at 1-1. >> Coach Diehl also talked about there was the fact that do you know what, we're bombers, we like to knock the ball around the mark but we had to take what they were giving us in that inning where we scored the three runs. We manufactured it, took advantage of their mistakes and that's what you have to do in a game like this. >> Paul: The big stage that they were on last year we talked about the rematch of last year, that one is ripped and Bondurant by the way could hit home runs. They had two last night in the semifinals win over East marshall. That one finished at 11:48. The next pitch is called a third strike is dropped. Down to first to complete it is Lexy Carson to Devon Carson. And there's one away here in the Blue Jays half. >> Laura: We move along in this ball game, Bondurant was able to stretch across one run in that last inning. They're going to need to start looking for ways to manufacture some runs. That goes back to one of the keys that Coach Roland said find a way to win. They're going to have to dig down deep and try to find a way to get back in this ball game. >> Paul: Swung out and miss. Coming right into your living room here behind home. It will be nothing and two to Erin Handley. Bemis. She's one of six seniors on this squad. The pitch, fouled out of play. They'll do it again. Six seniors who played a tough schedule. And as Coach said July 25th at 2:30, something they talked about for a long time. Part of that mentor game. >> Do you know what, that's a nice goal to have and that's a great way to start the season, putting that up in the locker room in the dugout or whatever it might be, July 25th, 2:30. That's your goal to focus on for the entire year and that's what this team has done. >> Paul: Reached out and just out of the reach of the first baseman. Here's the thing though. They almost didn't get here. They had to get a walk-off hit from Vanessa Bakley. She had a walk off hit in the regional finals. They were down to their last strike in that contest. They almost didn't make it here. To get a chance to play at 7/25 at 2:30. Third baseman Sara Andrew makes the play. And these two away. >> Laura: A little smile between Andrew and Carson the catcher. Both of them going after it. Was not sure coming behind the plate to go after that. >> Paul: We talked about Bemis as a pitcher. We're not completely breaking those down. Tell me what she's throwing. Trying to keep a batter off balance. What's she throwing. Right there, that was an off speed and it looked like it had a little bit of a drop to it as well and that is her off speed pitch when she goes to that drop ball but she will throw a screw ball and a curve ball that move into a hitter out away from a hitter and she has great command of that rise ball right there that she throws and so she's got a variety. And Coach Diehl said do you know what a lot of people will go yeah I have all of these pitches, I can throw them all but can you throw them very well and she said that Bemis can throw all those pitches very very well. She's very impressed with what her pitcher can do. >> Paul: Like an actor saying can you play this part. Yeah yeah yeah. Never done that part before and they sell it. Pitch is in there for a strike. Count is full 3-2 with two outs here. >> I don't think she needs to sell it though. She's got all the goods. She certainly does. Minnesota state will get a very good pitcher. >> Paul: Another strike out. Bemis strikes out two of three. You see Keely Bycroft, aistic out there. What type of pitch is she throwing there Laura. >> Every one of those strike out pitches was on the outside of the plate. One was high, one was right down the middle, one was about knee level. So they're certainly working the outside of the plate when they want to go and get that strike out. So location location location and that's what they're doing very well. Keely Bycroft with four strike outs, Libby Bemis -- keep you off balance that way as opposed to throwing off your timing and throwing off your location. >> Laura: How are you going to approach that hitter and where are you going to throw them. High in the zone, low in the zone or are you going to jam them, are you going to go outside and make sure they don't have that plate coverage where they wave right through it. >> Paul: As the first pitch comes in for a ball to Sydnee Redman as the substarts to make its way include the clouds. You can feel the humidity starting to pick up a little bit and the breeze still just keeps slowing down. As intense as it was when we started at 10:00 a.m. the welcome relief, I just don't want to see that breeze go away. >> Laura: We can keep maybe 10 mile an hour or 12 mile an hour breeze that will be okay. >> Paul: Up the middle past the reach of Bycroft and it will be a single for Sydnee Redman to lead off the top half of the fourth. >> Laura: That's a shot right back up the middle and Bycroft could not get the glove across to glove it. Just tipped off the top of her glove but shoots out to center field. Burrows there and gets it back into the infield. >> Paul: Burrows shapes her eyes there and you can see that sun starting to creep back into the contest and make its presence felt. First pitch for a strike to Ally Deutsch. These players have all kinds of conditions and that's what Coach Diehl talked about last night. They loved to play in the rain. They were genuinely excited when the skies opened up. >> Laura: They were the only ones excited when the skies opened up. Sometimes you get a situation, you get conditions that a team feels comfortable. And this Clarke team likes to have it a little bit wet, a little bit muddy. They like to have some raindrops coming down on them and that's where they play their best ball and she said yes they were estatic when it started raining and we like it like that. We play our best softball. For whatever reason, they are mudders. They love to get into the mud. >> Paul: Foul ball as they chase the ball into play. There's a joke there but I'm going to refrain from using it. The pitch. Close to her head. Deutsch got out of the way. A ball and strike now. Runner at first is Sydnee Redman. Redman with a nice shot up the little. The Lady Indians would like to get another one. The pitch from Bycroft is up stairs for another ball. 2-2. One, four and two for the Blue Jays from Bondurant-Farrar. Three seven and one for Clarke. They lead and they're at the bat. Another ball. Clarke in -- a lot of changes in the athletic program there. Ball four issued to Ally Deutsch. That's a walk. There was a family in town that won the lottery and so did the community as the family will build a new football stadium, do some renovations around down. And everybody's going to benefit there. That's one thing that Coach Roland talked about with his squad is he really liked the ladies that he has, the character of this team. He says if these players are indicative of what's out there right now, society is going to be just fine as we see a courtesy runner come in. Great rapport she has with her players. She says I love you, take a deep breath. She's actually pinch hitting here with Amanda Kindred. The sophmore gets a chance to bat here in a 3-1 concess. She pinch hits for Lexy Carson. >> Sometimes coaches get a gut feeling and they go with that gut feeling and make those changes and make those substitutions and that this is going to pay off for her. >> Paul: Courtesy runner at first is McKenzie Otto, is that right? Yes. Who is also the right fielder. That ball goes out of play. >> Laura: Kindred had some play appearances. It's not like she comes off the bench and never seen a diamond at all. She's got 65 coming into the tournament, hitting close to 300. So she has the ability to get the ball to the outfield and maybe push across another insurance run. >> Paul: Kindred the pitch. 2-2. With that ball pitch. Big not to come in. Off the bench you think since you haven't swung the bat yet in this ball game but you know the situation. As you say, Coach has a feeling. Two on, no out. Popped up right side. And it is going to get out of play. >> Laura: Sometimes you just have to play those punches as a Coach. If it pops in your mind and you think it's a good fit for that situation, you have to pull the trigger on it and make that substitution. >> Paul: Kindred, blasted into the middle of the infield. Here comes a run to score plate to plate drop, safe. It's going to to be Redman down to third goes Otto. And Kindred is at first on a very nice fielding play but after that it didn't quite go the Blue Jays way. The ball hit at short to Wilson and she tried to shovel it to Ekstam. She got it just couldn't quite keep it in the glove. Call is safe and then the run comes home to score. That's Redman and that make it 4-1. We have another change out here coming into runs for Kindred is going to be Sydney Marker and at third is Otto. That's McKenzie auto and that is Sidney Marker. >> Well they just created a little bit of chaos and you're right, Wilson made a great play keeping that ball in the infield. I think when Ekstam came across, I think she was looking to either maybe pull the ball out of the glove to see if she could look to first to turn it or make sure she had an eye on the runner in Redman over there at third so she wouldn't go home and she just took her eye out of the ball, popped out of her glove and the run scores Paul Paul the ball is going to be foul from Crees, the syrup playing center field. Runners at the corners, no outs. Clarke trying to get a little distance here in Bondurant-Farrar. The pitch from Bycroft. Going for that slap hit and striking out is Kennedy Crees. That will be the inning's first out and the number two hitter in the line up. Bakley comes in and there will be a little meeting at the circle here. Roger Roland makes the way out. >> My gut's telling me -- I know, we're going to hit away. Going into the first and third. Okay. Throw it down here, you're going to get the two. Right now we're not going to go anywhere, okay. >> Paul: Lindsay Diehl talking it up. First pitch every batter, they can play that game back in her mind. She knows what happened to Kennedy on this first pitch and now they're going to see what they do with Vanessa if it plays out the way it's drop up. The pitch. Popped up right side. In a trouble spot, it's going to drop. They're going to score. They're waving the runner to third and that's smarter. Standing at second is Bakley. Bakley drives in a run to make it 5-1. >> Laura: That ball fell into no man's land pops it up to the right side and falls in and deep finding the green in right field and constitutes aways. That allows Marker to go from first to third. They talked about that in a huddle can she go from first to third in base hit and she certainly did. >> Paul: That brings in Bemis. Bemis today one for two, a hit and a strike out. She's heading the count. The count 2-0, the pitch up high. 5-1, Clarke scored two here in the fourth. Three in the first. They're going to walk her. Sends your number three hitter to pitch to your number four hitter. Bemis goes to first, Devon Carson comes in and Carson has two RBIs and is one for two as well. >> Big spot in the ball game and one is to load them up. Now you have to force any base infield drawn in. You have to come home with a ground ball and see if you can turn the double play. >> Paul: Pops up lifts it deep to center. That's going to be deep enough to likely score the run. The aren't will score, the throw comes to third. She scores but none of the other runners can move up but getting the job done is Kevin Carson from the sacrifice fly to center to Burrows and she threw it to third. >> She was so deep with that ball backing up when she caught it she knew exactly she was going to go to third base to see if she could catch the base runner sleeping. They had the defense and knew they seeded to stay close to second and first and we're not going to advance. That was a smart defensive play. >> Paul: Chynna is going to come in and run for Libby Bemis, the courtesy runner. So Robins will come in and now Coach Roland is just asking for a little careification out there behind first base. Having a conversation with Tony sour the. You watch the empire there tap his left arm. Just like coaches, umpires are talking to each other as well on where the play's off. A pitch, the change up comes in for a strike. Almost floater. >> Laura: She's been coming after these hitters and shear tarting to tee off on her so she had to throw in something different to catch them guessing. >> Paul: In there for a ball. Coming up at the bottom of this bombing. Brent Blum will have a conversation for us. And if he only does one question, it could go up until tomorrow if we let it. Coach Roland I think we just have on the air and he just talked for quite a while. Very relaxed individual. Very fortunate, feels blessed to be here. He says some coaches never make it to the state tournament and here he's won it three times. Swung on a miss and it's a strike out of Robins. But, the Indians, the Lady Indians push three more across the plate to take a 6-1 lead here in the fourth. It's going to be a lot of, they're going to start pecking away now to go into the top of the fifth. They're trailing five, you know you got some big hitters but it's just a matter of one at a time, right. >> Laura: Yes. This is where you have to start manufacturing some runs if you can. First of all you need to get runners and you have to do it any way that you can, if it's by a walk, it's leaning in and getting hit by a pitch whatever it is. You have to have some discipline at the plate but you definitely need to start gifting base runners because you're running out of outs. >> Paul: You're running out of time here. 6-1 you trail. Let's go to Brent Blum. >> Roger your team has bablghted back all season long how do you get back into this one. >> We have a heart of a K40EU7 it's a 7 inning game not a 4 inning game. We're going to keep battling until the end and if they beat us we'll just tip our hats and say great job. >> You have the fire power for a couple swings to go your way is that the case. >> We had some big in is and we're hoping and praying we've got one more left. >> Thank you Coach. >> Paul: Coach Roger Roland with breath Blum. Nice job, good to see you working. He's been chasing down stories. We've got one more for you here as we get to at the bottom of the inning. 6-1, the Lady Jays send their eight nine and back at the top of the order with Isla Ekstam. Watches that ball go by for a ball. 149 hitter on the season. The pitch is a short hop. Up and fielded safely to Carson and these one away. >> Laura: Bakley comes in hard, charges at a short hopper but she has the great hands to be able to glove that, make the strong throw to get that first out but that was a great play by Bakley at short stop. A little floater out there one hop gets on her quickly and a good strong throw. >> Paul: Coming in to bat now is Adkins. That's a double, stand up double with one out here in the fifth. Kenzie Adkins, nice piece of hitting. >> Laura: That could be the start of the girning Coach Roland talked about good job getting that ball and driving it into the gap. Never did hesitate around first base. Gets down to second base, let's take a look to see if that ball was going to scoot away and see if she could sneak out another base and she's going to right now mall Paul pitch gets away from Carson, from Bemis. And Adkins goes to third. Burrows and a triple her last at bat. Lifts it in the air. Deep to right, back. Off the wall. That's going to be extra bases. That's going to be another triple. A triple for Ashley Burrows scores another run. Kenzie Adkins touches the plate to cut the lead 6-2. >> Laura: Burrows gets a great pitch up into the wind and she never stopped running. She didn't look at it at all, didn't think it was out and she motors around to third base and drives in their second run of the ball game and gives them a little bit of momentum. A. >> Paul: Kenzie Adkins scores for the Jays and Roger Roland has that same look on his face, not too excited, not too down. Keep the team even. Swung on and miss. Katie Norton. Had a hit the last time. She's one for two. Single and an RBI, 273 on the season, playing first today. The pitch from Bemis. A strike. >> Laura: Just would like to get either something to the right field. You don't want to give up outs right now. If she can get something to the right side of the field that would definitely score the run or get something up in the air so she could get the sacrifice fly and get the run? >> Paul: She's going to bunt it. The play goes one three, one four that is. Bemis to the covering second baseman. But it gets the run home. Fast fly fast bunt works the same. Norton gets the job done and now it's a 6-3 ball game. >> Laura: Now you creep a little bit closer and still looking to try to get a few more runs but that's exactly what you wanted to do in this inning, just peck away at that lead, try to keep the opponent in check and then get your next turn at bat. >> Paul: Down to seven outs. First pitch to Emily Wilson is a ball. And the second pitch is a Paul. Top of the fifth, 6-3 Clarke leads Bondurant a class 3 championship, class 3A. Ball lifted to the right and out of play right behind the camera on the first base dugout. You start to see the Lady Jays on the, they're on the rack I guess as you like to call it. They're on the fence, they're cheering on. A little more pep in their step now. Bemis hadn't been overpowering. They're getting hit to make it another one right there for Emily Wilson. >> Laura: We talked about Emily Wilson at the beginning of the ball game she was on the all tournament team a year ago she's an all district performer this year. Again, having a really solid state tournament and shoots that one through the right side to keep the inning alive. >> Paul: Wilson stands at first and Keely Bycroft the pitcher. 0-2 today. Tough play goes to second. Safe at second, safe at first. >> Laura: Now you can see the momentum going back to Bondurant and now the hitting is getting contagious. >> Paul: Bycroft gets on base. They're going to call it a fielder's choice. It doesn't matter what the choice is as long as you have some runners. Conversation time. The Jays fans come to their feet. The Indians fans start to clap. Nice nice and relaxed coming back. >> Paul: Lindsay Diehl has the conversation. They're looking, they're talking strategy and just telling them to relax as the pressure's on Bondurant. That's still the case, you're still up 6-3 if you're Clarke. You have a player at the plate who struck out twice and Annika Ekstam the pitch. Ground ball hit back to the pitcher Bemis. It went off her foot for a foul ball. >> Laura: She's trying to walk at one off. It Kim off the top of her foot but you heard Coach Diehl said let's go right after and that's the strategy they're certainly going to be right after this hitter. >> Paul: Swung out and missed. Thrown down to third it's going to be too late and a stolen base for Emily Wilson. >> Laura: Defense kind of forgot about her and she snuck over from second to third and nobody back to cover. >> Paul: However Bycroft did not move up she's still at first. So runners now at the corners. The pitch is hit hard but foul and out of play. 6-3. Annika Ekstam. >> Laura: You get Bycroft over at first and you got Wilson at third, so do you send that runner? I don't think they would make a play on her even though there is two outs. >> Paul: Pitch goes outside. They're going to do the first and third advance. Now Keely by caught will be at second for a stolen base. The Lady Indians within buy. Biggs in the pitch high over the screen. Here comes the run to score, safe at the plate. Wilson scores, Bycroft at third and it's a 6-4 ball game. >> Laura: Bemis just overthrew that. Got a little anxious was trying to get the big strike out. That one got away from her, over the head of Carson and in comes Wilson to play that fourth run for Bondurant. >> Paul: Lady Jays feeling the momentum on their side. Bemis has the count. That's going to be a foul ball. >> Laura: Staying alive up there. Swinging that and fouling often pitches that she really doesn't like but knows they're in the zone, has to do something with them and is looking to try to find a pitch that she can put in play and maybe get another run across. >> Paul: Another ball in the dirt. Stopped by Lexy Carson. And it's a 3-2 count. >> Laura: Carson has a big job you have to get down in front of that ball. You don't want another ball to go to the back stop. >> Paul: That run would make it a one run game. Over to the second baseman. Redman to Carson the inning is over but not before the Lady Jays get three to cut this lead 6-4. And the Lady Indians are going to say pressure still on emthis. 6-4 is our score. Paul Yeager alongside Laura Leonard. Got away quickly but we've got ourselves a great ball game. >> Laura: You heard Coach Roland say we've got big inning and they got themselves a big inning and got some momentum back. That's what they needed they would like to have a one, two, three inning right here because their bats are hot right now and they want to get back to hit. >> Paul: If you are the Lady Indians you try to slow it down and stretch that game out a little bit. >> Laura: That could be the strategy, you have to understand your hitters, you don't want to take them out of their rhythm. They have some bombers and some like to switch at that first pitch and maybe not. So you have to figure out who is at the plate for you and maybe have them take a few pitches to slow it down just a bit. >> Paul: Clarke scores three in the first and three in the fourth. Lady Jays scored once in the third and three times in that top of the fifth. 6-4 contest. We at the sports complex. Paul Yeager alongside Laura Leonard. Brent Blum is here and the entire Iowa Public Television production crew. Thank you for letting us be part of your Friday afternoon. We still have two more to play after this one and this one's far from over. 4A will be next, a great match up. We'll be back. So Eric and Molly will have that 4A game for you when we're done here. Right now we are locked in a good one. They're starting to fill up a little bit more as the bigger school brings in a few more fans. This is a close game in Bondurant, a lot of people here. Popped up left side is going to make its way into the outfield and it's going to be hauled in by Ashley Burrows. One away here in the fifth. >> A year ago these two teams met for the championship and Bondurant won in that ball game 6-3. Now they've led into the fourth inning 3-2 but then they scored three runs in the top of the seventh to he can tend that lead, they ended up winning 6-3. That was a game where it was fairly close. It was never back and forth, Clarke never had the lead in that ball game but Bondurant had that big inning late which gave them some insurance run and got them their state title. >> Paul: Fouled off and the right side. Sydnee Redman. Andrew flew out. Ally Deutsch on deck. Redman one for two today. A hit and a run scored. Also flied out back in the second. Digs in against Bycroft. The pitch fouled off right side out of play. You can see the fans there in the outside. They bring their lawn chairs. They're sitting in those stands. They're watching on the other diamond, the conlation game looks -- consolation game looks like it's over there. They've watching this class 3. Popped up right side towards the outfield. Ball gets away from the right fielder. Couldn't quite squeeze it and that will be the fifth error of the game. >> Laura: That was a tough one, you can see she's got the sunglasses on and the sun is a factor now in this ball game so the tough play and I Ekstam was going out on the pop up and she might have gotten distracted going after that ball. >> Paul: Coming to back is Ally Deutsch. She'll face Bycroft. Coming on deck is Lexy Carson. in there for a strike. Deutsch had a hit and a walk, scored a run back in the fourth. Part of that three run fourth for the Lady Indians. Digs in the 0-1. Down to first for a throw back, not in time. >> Laura: She's hot in the tournament. Four for five over the course of the tournament and one home run. So doing a great job hitting her stride here up in Fort Dodge. >> Paul: Batting 419 pops it up again out of play. Ball behind one and two. >> Laura: Also has four RBIs here in the tournament. When runners in scoring position she's been able to knock them in. >> Paul: Redman's at first. Pitch is up stairs for a ball to Deutsch. Bycroft wears that face mask as most pitchers do. All of the infielders for the Lady Jays wearing masks as well. Not required. Worn for protection. Some of those shots the girls with really get around on pitches now. No matter how quick your reflexes are, sometimes you're not going to get it. >> Laura: Definitely saw a need for the helmets and the face mask when you're in the batter's box. We saw one lady last night get beamed in the helmet and knocked her off her feet and she was perfectly fine. She went right down to first base. You think about back in the day when they didn't wear helmets. >> Paul: Popped up behind the plate. Oh. Annika Ekstam gave all her effort there to try to get that one right in front of us. >> Laura: What a great effort and that ball was moving away from her as well and she was right up against the fence had it in her glove, just could not pull it in. >> Paul: Catching the ball behind home or any foul ball is very very tough. That ball has a different spin than when it goes into the field. The pitch is on and missed. Ally Deutsch goes down swinging. Second out of the inning. And they're going to bring in Lexy Carson to bat. >> Laura: A big strike out for Bycroft. They have a runner on. They don't want to let her get any further than first base right now. >> Paul: Swung on and lifted on the right side of the infield to second baseman. He can tam going back to make the catch. The Indians have four. They lead one. We played five great innings softball here in fort biology -- Fort Dodge and it's been some exciting plays so far in this contest. We take a look at some of the first five innings highlights back in the farce. Bycroft couldn't quite get it back to home and the Indians scored twice. And then in the third bond rat Bondurant came back. There's a ball that goes into right field and Clarke for three times in that fourth inning. They did it on big hit singles and a walk and another single and then Bondurant comes back with a triple. That's two triples and then they had a bunt. Emily Wilson push one across and then the one goes over the screen, the pitch and the other run scored, Wilson scores on that pitch and that's how we get to this point. 6-4 is your score as we go to the top of the sixth. The Lady Jays have six outs to score three runs to win it. The Clarke Lady Indians have six outs to win it. Leading by two. >> Laura: If you're Bondurant it becomes a two inning game. You have six outs, you have to figure out a way to score at least two and keep your opponent in check. And Clarke on the other hand knows they have six outs to get. >> Paul: Ball down the third baseline it's a fair ball. It's going to rattle around in the corner heading for second. Here's the throw. Safe. The sophmore. We're not going anywhere, take a look at one right down the third baseline just over the chalk. Hadley running the whole way. The throw just a second too late and the Lady Jays have their lead off runner aboard. The pitch to Sydney Carroll is a ball. We saw a lot of hard hits by Clarke early on, starting to see a few more heart hits for Bondurant-Farrar. Here the game goes on, Laura. >> Laura: You already have your runner in scoring position so no need to give up an out to move her to third base. You have to rely on your hitters right now to see if they can manufacture that run and produce that run by swinging away. >> Paul: Change up hit down the third baseline is going to be foul. Just out of reach of Sara Andrew. Andrew really had no chance on that last hit. She was off the line about three feet, four feet maybe just kind of landed right behind her. Sydney Carroll at the plate. There's an RBI out there. That high pitch that looks oh so good in the easy but she can never catch up to it. One away to bring in Isla Ekstam. >> Laura: That's the kind of pitch you have to throw when you need a strikeout that ball just rises. It looks good when it's coming at you and then it just goes up. >> Paul: A fast ball right ahead. Gets ahead 0-1. Runner at second. Pitch is high. 1-1. Bondurant a 9-4 quarter fine win and a 8-4 win last night over East Marshall. 0-2. Foul. >> Laura: Good pitch by Bemis and going away from the right handed hitter and Ekstam did a great job getting that plate coverage getting the bat out so she can spoil that pitch and get another one. >> Paul: Popped up out of play. The sun is out. Humidity is here. This is good old fashion Iowa heat right here. >> Laura: Supposed to be in Fort Dodge for the state tournament. >> Paul: Ball is bounced to the plate. Runner's play or the fielder's play pretty much straight up. Looks like Crees is shaded a little bit to the left side of the second base. Ball goes up the middle. Throws across at first to Carson. Handley gets to third. >> Laura: Handily hesitated a little bit as Bemis took a look at her. She got kind of hung up between second and third and then Bemis went ahead and got the out. >> Paul: A tough play. You have to make the tag between second and third. And that will bring in Kenzie Adkins. She had that double. Puts the cue ball on it. It's going to be caught by Sydnee Redman to end the threat. The Jays leave a runner. 6-4 as we go to the bottom of the sixth. Let's take a listen in. >> Relax, okay. Let's continue to make adjustments at the plate. Let's push some runs across right now. You guys are some of the best hitters in the state of Iowa the I was talking over there to, it's normal to talk to television people on game day but I was talking to them and they said you guys have so many and you are so walk up there with hat confidence but still focusing on the process and one pitch at a time. Let's go right now, come on. >> Paul: Here come the huddles. The Indians looking to get a couple runs here. All we have to offer with Iowa Public Television. Watch highlights August 11th through the 14th at the IPTV booth. Join us for the fair and market to market on the 15th all at the Iowa State Fair. The athletic union state championship class 3A here in Fort Dodge. The Lady Jays Bondurant-Farrar in the blue. They're on the field. The pitch is from Keely Bycroft. Her team trails 6-4. The count is even as one ball and one strike to Kennedy Crees. Slap hit down the first base side and it hit her down the line and that's exactly what the umpire at home watches it the entire way. Let's get an explanation. >> Can you ask him? Can you do that for me. >> It's an out, though. >> Paul: What happened was there was that slap hit for the drag bunt. It was more of a drag bunt on that situation. And Crees hit the ball, she touched the ball out of the batter's box which makes her out. If she's hit with the ball in the batter's box it's a foul ball. But when she's out of the batter's box she's out. >> Laura: That was a close play too. She was already one step down the line. Again we've seen her do such a great job right there it just hits her on the foot and in the field of play and Crees is going to play her softball next year as a good happened her of the bat but at that time just could not get out of the way. >> Paul: Pitch is lifted to right and to cannot see Peters and the -- Kenzie Peters and the out is made. And there's two away here in the Lady Indians half of the sixth. That will bring in Libby Bemis, the pitcher. 396 moved her average up to 398. 28 RBIs and even now one ball and one strike with two outs here in the bottom half of the sixth. 6-4, Jays trail, Indians looking to get one across. One ball bye-bye Croft. She's going to go to Univista next year to play softball. Bycroft. The pitch. A little low. Three and one. >> Laura: A lot of these young ladies going on to further their career, get a college education and these schools are getting really good quality athletes to join their program. >> Paul: Foul ball into the screen behind home and we'll push the count full. 3-2. We know we have a game coming up. We also know we have some fans in the stands are hoping it's them in a few years that are playing on this field. Ball hits deep to left center or towards right center, going to be off the wall. Wow, what a play. Ashley Burrows holds Bemis to a single. Those a shot off the fence. And Bemis is standing at first on the quick return of the hit ball by Burrows. >> Laura: Burrows got a great jump out there into right center field, played it perfectly off of the fence and hurried the throw back into second base to hold Bemis to a long single. Burrows is another one of those players that's going to go on and play college ball. She's going to go to Luther. >> Paul: Swung on and lifted foul but in place and the pitch is made in foul territory by Katie Norton and the Lady Jays are down for their final three outs. But we are far from final in our softball coverage here on Iowa Public Television. We've had two games so far. We're in game number three. Game number four is coming your way. After this one 4A, that should be a doozy of a ball game between Solon and Dallas Center-Grimes. Great pitcher in Paige Lowry, arguably the great pitcher in the tournament. And Solon the Lady smarttons. >> Laura: That's going to be a fun one to watch. >> Paul: The channel from the fans. On both sides. The Lady Jays know they are down to their final three outs. >> Laura: Top of the line up up looks like for Bondurant. >> Paul: Burrows, Norton and Wilson. Ashley Burrows has back to back triples, scored the last two runs. Norton is one for three and Wilson is two for two. So you have a lot of hitters coming up right here for the Lady Jays. If you're a fan of the Bondurant Lady Jays you're kneeling good about this. But they need two runs to tie. And the Lady Indians need three outs for the tree foe. First pitch strike to Ashley Burrows. >> Laura: Burrows looks very calm up there in the box. I know there's probably a lot of nerves but you just want to try to remain focused and stay relaxed. >> Paul: Bemis. In the dirt for a ball. Coach styles I asked her if she liked -- she indicates she made it sound like she with every move from that movie with her team talking about the mental side of things all but measuring the bases to show it's the same here as it is back home. >> Laura: Sometimes you need to get your players in the mind set and let them know it's a different stage each and every game. >> Paul: First base to Devon Carson. She steps on the bag and there's one away. They use the same ball in practice here at Fort Dodge, it's the same ball. >> Laura: Right now for Clarke. The nerves are probably starting to settle in but you have to make sure you make every play when the ball comes to you look into the glove make sure you get that second and third out. >> Paul: Katie Norton. Popped out a single. Ground it out. A strike. 1-1. Norton a senior. Stands in, the bat up. Swung on. Just got a piece of it. One of the things the Clarke Lady Indians, they want to flush it away. You make a bad play in the field you come in and you flush it. It used to make noise. Doesn't make any noise so much. They used it so much. >> Laura: They said sometimes randomly will flush on its own. They make the mistakes and that's one of those things that you mentally prepare for. That's how you mentally prepare your game. You talk about how you make a mistake let's flush it away get rid of it go on to the next play you can't let it linger because one mistake will lead to another so that's their way of dealing with any kind of errors or any kind of mistakes or a strike out or whatever it might be. Get rid of it, flush it down and then move on to the next player or next batter, whatever it might be. >> Paul: A lot on that mental game this year. Chopper hits a short. Bakley over to first to Carson and the Lady Jays are down to their final out. >> Laura: That is twice that Bakley has charged a ball and short hopped it. She's got a great glove out there on short stop got on top of that ball and made a strong over to first for a second out. >> Paul: Emily Wilson, the junior. She's not ready to be done playing. The pitch is up stairs for a ball. Wilson a single back in the first, a walk in the third. And a single in the sixth. She's two for two. The pitch called strike. 1-1. >> Laura: Bemis gets her to go chasing after a pitch out of the zone. >> Paul: Winds and deal. Into the dirt. >> Laura: Sometimes when you have a hitter up there you're down to your last out, a little bit out in front on their toes and that change of pace hit, that off speed pitch gets them swinging right through it. >> Paul: Popped up and lifted out of play. Clarke now is a strike away from a state championship. >> Laura: We mentioned before Wilson does have home run power. >> Paul: Runners up in 2013, they were champions in 95. In their third strip. How's the story go. Fouled out of play. This one's not over yet. Bondurant-Farrar needs a base runner. Wilson cannot do it alone, she can only extend the game. 3-2. Ground ball foul. >> Laura: Now you're down, you're full count. Now what you're trying to do is put it in place. You need to get on base right now. A home run would be nice if you could get it but you would like to have some base runners so that's her job right here. >> Paul: A strike out. Ground ball up the middle and it's a hit for Wilson. The tying run comes to the plate for Bondurant-Farrar. Keely Bycroft. Wilson does her job, goes three for three. >> Laura: An opportunity for the pitcher to help her sell, maybe tie this ball game out. Coach Diehl is going to go out and talk to her team. You'll hear her say just relax that one runner doesn't mean anything right now, let's concentrate on the hitter. >> She's up the middle a lot on us, okay. So we have the option for second base right there. Still working on their own. That's all it is, okay. Right now, come on. >> Paul: Slow it down. Where have we heard that before. >> Laura: Still want to be at the place where they start stringing hits together in this situation and get that big two out rally. And you're one pitch at a time. Let's just go after this hitter. >> Paul: Bycroft 0-3 today. As we approach. A foul fly out of play. It's 4:15 on Friday, July 25th, 2014 on a nice hot muggy day in Fort Dodge. Libby Bemis the senior. Swung out and miss. And again the Lady Jays are down to their final strike. >> Laura: Bemis reared back. She wants to end it right here. She doesn't want to mess around. She's been bigging deep throwing a little heat. >> Paul: The pitch, outside. That's good hitting to lay off that pitch because you know it's an anxious pot Laura. >> Laura: Good discipline, you want to put it in play and be able to hold up. That's a great job. >> Paul: Another one sails high. This is Bemis' last game in Clarke uniform. Popped up behind home. Catches, in and out of a glove after a collision between the catcher, are between Carson and Andrew right in front of the dugout. Great effort. >> Laura: That's where you need to have some communication and Coach Diehl is going to go out and check and make sure everybody's okay. You can see Carson probably happened the best beat on it and Andrew comes in and they collide and the ball pops free. >> Paul: Andrew's shoulder popped it out. Tough play. We talked about that foul ball that's so different. Usually you wanted your fielder to make that play because they can see it better. They'll do it again. Keely Bycroft at the place. Two balls two strikes the pitch. Into right, over the head of the right fielder. Here comes Wilson. She's going to score. And the Lady Jays have cut the lead to one. 6-5 in the top of the seventh. Lawyer lar sometimes when you get a play like that you drop a foul ball, that next pitch that hitter comes right back and makes you pay for it and Bycroft does. She laces one to the right field all the way to the fence and makes this a one run bottom game. >> Paul: Wilson scores all the way from first. Twice the Lady Jays have been down to their last striker. To this point. Five ten and five. For the Bondurant-Farrar Lady Jays, six, nine and one. For the Clarke Lady Indians. Two outs, top of the seventh. Annika Ekstam will dig in. She struck out twice and grounded out. Lifted in the air, popped up behind the plate but out of play. Just out of play. >> Laura: Hitters from Bondurant going after the first pitch popping them up foul. So they don't have the opportunity to catch the ball, make the out but they are being aggressive at the plate so you got to like that. They're going up there with a lot of confidence and they're challenging Bemis, Bemis is challenging them right back. >> Paul: Called strike to Ekstam. And for the third straight batter the Lady Jays have two strikes and the Clarke Lady Indians are a strike away from a state title. The pitch. In the air. Here comes the run. We're tied at 6. Annika Ekstam pulls through with a single to right scoring Keely Bycroft. We're tied at 6 at the top of the seventh. >> Laura: Now the last three hitters Bemis has gotten ahead 0-2 in the count. Gotten a burst ahead and these hitters battled at the plate have been able to stay alive and put the ball into play and tie this game up. >> Paul: Erin handily. >> Laura: If you are Clarke you have to settle down. You don't want the go ahead run and get your time at the plate in the bottom of the 7th. >> Paul: The pitch. Popped up and out of play. >> Laura: That's got to be a little disheartening for a team that was leading three different times gotten the opponent down to their last strike only to come out of this inning tied up. And so there you go. You go back to what they carry around with them, flush it away, forget bit. They've got to have a good mind set when they get back into that dugout. >> Paul: You heard the we believe chant. Both teams using it. Both believing they can win, that's why they're on this stage. Fouled back into the screen again. Count remains at 2-2. You don't play for a state title if you don't think you can win. >> Laura: Absolutely not. And I think that's what differentiation, a lot of these teams up here in Fort Dodge they believe they can win. They don't think anybody is going to beat them. And it makes them very tough to beat when you have that attitude. >> Paul: Bemis over to first. Retires the Lady Jays but not before they score two. I did not expect that from her. That's exactly what I expected her to do. Coach Diehl just said here we go. And I think the reason I say that is because she talks about you have to flush it and don't make a big deal about it. It's like we've been here before. It with a erode everything she's done throughout the season at this point if she were to change everything in that dugout. >> Laura: I think that's probably what the players expected out of her as well. That's got to be their mind set. Okay bottom of the 7th. We've got three outs to win it. Let's see if we can get some runners on base. And hoist the trophy. >> Paul: Three times Bondurant-Farrar down to their last strike. Three times they were down to their state title and Bondurant-Farrar came through with a hit. Emily Wilson scored. >> Laura: First two hitters went down right away. One, two. And then Wilson starts off the hit parade with a base hit. A couple hits later, they are tied up. >> Paul: Sara Andrew and Sydnee Redman up for Clarke chasing that title. Up stairs for a ball. 1-1. Robin a single and a single and a strike out. Bycroft, what does she have left in the tank. Robins what can she produce at the plate. Let's find out. The pitch up stairs. 2-1. >> Laura: A year ago she was on the all tournament team making a bid to be on the all tournament team again this year. And they had a big spot Robin is looking to lead off the inning and get that first base runner on. >> Paul: Missed. Good pitch up and out of the zone. Hard to lay off spot. Robin's the senior. Played left field. The pitch. Up, up, away. A home run. A home one. Lady Indians win on a home run to left field. Robins. Oh my, what a way to go. >> Laura: Boy, just like that. >> Paul: Home run for the season and for the second time in school history. The Indians are state champions. >>> And now, your 2014 class 3 A state soft ball champions, the Indians of Clark. >> That never gets old for me. To watch the trophy presentation. >> Especially after the dramatic ending that we had in this ball game and how excited those young ladies are. >> Incredible finish. I don't believe what I just saw is appropriate for that game. A walk off home run, incredible finish. Dramatic end. It's been a good ball game. >> These two met a year ago. BonDurant won it. It took the team to win it but the hero is Carly robin was a dramatic shot, no doubt about it. Home run. To propel the team to a state championship. But Clark lady Indians your 2014 class 3 A state champions They win, 7-6. We've got two more to play. If they're like this, we've got a doozy of an evening ahead. I'm Paul YAEGER. Thank you, we'll see you soon. >> Whether you live in rural Iowa or big cities Iowa network services family of subpoena companies are working to keep you connected by offering technology and business solutions like internet, data networking, and other business services. The INS family of companies, keeping communities connected. Today, and tomorrow. Fairway, along with NABISCO, wells blue bunny and FRITO-lay is a proud sponsor. We congratulate all of the schools and student athletes in this year's girls high school state championships. 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