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Jack Kralick
Pitcher
Born: (1935-06-01)June 1, 1935
Youngstown, Ohio
Died: September 18, 2012(2012-09-18) (aged 77)
San Blas, Mexico
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 15, 1959, for the Washington Senators
Last MLB appearance
April 23, 1967, for the Cleveland Indians
MLB statistics
Win–loss record67–65
Earned run average3.56
Strikeouts668
Teams
Career highlights and awards

John Francis Kralick (/ˈkrlɪk/ KRAY-lik[1]) (June 1, 1935 – September 18, 2012)[2] was a professional baseball player who pitched in the Major Leagues from 1959 to 1967.[3] He participated in 235 games in the course of an eight-year career that included stints with the Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians. During that time, he earned 67 wins and 65 losses, accumulating a record of 668 strikeouts, with an ERA of 3.56 in 125 games and 1,218 innings pitched.[3]

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FUNDING FOR THE IOWA GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS IS PROVIDED BY THE PATH TO GREATNESS STARTS EARLY. THE IOWA FARM BUREAU BELIEVES IN IOWA'S YOUTH AND THEIR PURSUIT OF GREATNESS. THAT'S WHY WE'RE PROUD TO BE THE TITLE SPONSOR OF THE IOWA GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC UNION. EACH STUDENT'S EFFORT IS IMPORTANT AND WHEN ONE RISES WE ALL RISE TO A BETTER IOWA. FAREWAY, ALONG WITH NABISCO, FRITO LAY AND SARA LEE IS A PROUD SPONSOR OF THE IOWA GIRLS SPORTS CHAMPIONSHIPS. WE CONGRATULATE ALL THE SCHOOLS AND STUDENT ATHLETES PARTICIPATING IN THIS YEAR'S GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL STATE SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS. FAREWAY, PROUD TO CARE FOR THE PLACES WE WORK AND LIVE. BY MUSCO LIGHTING, THE SPORTS LIGHTING SPECIALIST, PROVIDING LIGHTING SYSTEMS FOR YOU, YOUR PROJECT AND YOUR COMMUNITY. >> WE'VE REACHED THE END OF THE ROAD OF THE 2018 IOWA HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL SEASON. BUT I CAN'T LET YOU GO UNTIL WE PLAY ONE MORE. 5A AT FORT DODGE, AND ROGERS SPORTS COMPLEX. HELLO, EVERYBODY AND WELCOME INSIDE THE BLEACHERS. OUR HOME AWAY FROM HOME THIS WEEK. I'M PAUL YEAGER. THIS IS LAURA LEONARD. AND TONIGHT LAURA WE HAVE IN THIS FINAL GAME WE HAVE AN INDIANOLA TEAM, AND PLEASANT VALLEY. YOU HAVE A DEFENDING CHAMP BUT YOU HAVE INDIANOLA WHO'S NO STRACHAN JURY BEING HERE. RIGHT THEY'RE RIDING THE PITCHING WAVE. >> SYDNEY SICKLES. AND THEY ARE A TEAM THAT HAS COME UNDER THE RADAR. BUT THE ARM OF THE SYDNEY SICKLES HAS BROUGHT THEM TO THIS CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. THEY WILL BE FACING THE DEFENDING CHAMPIONS PLEASANT VALLEY SPARTANS. AND THEY REALLY ARE. THEY ARE A STRONG TEAM, AND YOU'RE GOING TO SEE A TWO PITCHER SYSTEM PUT INTO PLAY AND THEY'VE DONE THAT ALL SEASON LONG. BUT THEY HAVE SOME BIG BATS. THEY HAD A BIG INNING IN THE SEMIFINALS TO BE ABLE TO PULL AWAY FROM VALLEY. LET'S MEET THE PLAYERS. >> GOOD EVENING. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN AND SOFTBALL FANS AND WELCOME TO ROGERS SPORTS COMPLEX AND THE 5A CHAMPIONSHIP GAME BETWEEN THE VISITING TEAM THE INDIANOLA INDIANS AND THE HOME TEAM THE PLEASANT VALLEY SPARTANS. FOR THE VISITORS FROM INDIANOLA #2. AND #11. KASSIE BAKER. #15 KENDALL CLATT. 15 EMILY CHAPLIN. #33 KATE KRALIK. AND #45 KENNEDY KRALIK. YOUR ASSISTANT COACHES MELISSA JACOBSON, JORDAN HUFF AND EMILY SONES. FOR THE INDIANA INDIANS. PAM MA MATTHEWS. SAMMIE BECKER. EMMA YEAGER. PAYTON ANDERSON. SYDNEY SICKLES. TAYLOR BOWLIN. AND YOUR FLEX PLAYER GRACEY MAY. HEAD COACH TORE THE INDIANS, STACY EVANS. FOR THE HOME TEAM FROM PLEASANT VALLEY, CAITLIN CHROME. KRISTIN HARTMAN. AND EMLIY YATTONI. NOW YOUR HEARING STARTING LINEUP FOR THE PLEASANT VALLEY SPARTANS. ALEXIA LARA. >> SOFIA LINDQUIST. JESSIE MEYER. MALLORY LAFEVER. AND YOUR DP FLEX PLAYER CARLY LUNDRY. HEAD COACH FOR THE PLEASANT VALLEY SPORT, JOSE LARA. PLEASE TURN YOUR ATTENTION TO OUR HOME PLATE AREA. THE UMPIRE AND CREW FOR THIS 5A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME AS ASSIGNED BY THE IOWA GIRLS ATHLETIC CLUNE. DIRK SORENSON. AND SHANNON McWHIRTER, AND TOM BURGER. WHO'S READY TO WIN A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP? >> YOU SAW THE CALL-OUT BY THE SPARTANS. THEY'RE GOING TO AND YOU'RE INFIELD IS MALLORY LAFEVER AT SHORT. AND ALEXIA LARA AS FIRST. ELLIE SPELHAUG WILL BE PITCHING. COACH LARA LEADING THE TEAM FROM SCOTT COUNTY. THIS IS A SQUAD EIGHT OF NINE STARTERS RETURN AND THEY'RE LED IN THE CIRCLE BY A GAL NO STRANGER TO WINNING, AND IN ELLIE SPELHAUG. SHE USUALLY STARTS THE BALL GAMES. GETS MOST OF THE INNINGS. THEY IMPLEMENT A TWO PITCHER SYSTEM. IT'S SOMETHING THEY'VE ALREADY DONE. SPELHAUG IS THE PLAYER THAT GETS THEM THROUGH THREE QUARTERS OF THE GAME. 22 AND 0, WITH .07 E.R.A. PARKER MATTHEWS. DESTINY LEWIS AT THIRD. SAMMIE BECKER. EMLIY YATTONI. AND TAYLOR BOWLIN IS YOUR LINEUP. WHAT DOES INDIANOLA HAVE TO DO TO WIN. >> RIDE THE MOMENTUM. NOT ONLY OF THE ARM OF THE SYDNEY SICKLES OF THE CEDAR RAPIDS WIN. AND THEN EVERYONE CONTRIBUTE. YOU LOOK UP AND DOWN THIS LINEUP. ALMOST EVERYONE IN THE HITTING LINEUP HAS AT LEAST ONE BASE HIT IN THE TOURNAMENT AND FOR PV WHAT THEY NEED TO DO IS HIT FOR POWER. THEY HAVE HIT THREE HOME RUNS. AND THEN RELAX THIS AND DEFEND. DEFEND THE TITLE. RELAX. PLAY DEFENSE IN THE FIELD. DON'T WORRY ABOUT IT. JUST GO OUT AND PLAY SOFTBALL. FINAL GAME OF THE YEAR. FINAL GAME OF THE TOURNAMENT. WE'RE READY TO GO AS ELLIE SPELHAUG WILL SPIN THE FIRST 1 TO PARKER MATTHEWS. WE'RE UNDER WAY JUST AFTER 8. 8:10 ON FRIDAY NIGHT. HER PITCH THAT IS A STRIKE. SWUNG AND MISSED. PARKER MATTHEWS NOW EVEN WITH A 1-1. SHADOWS COVER THE ENTIRE FIELD. CHOPPER TO SPELHAUG. SHE SPLITS TO GET IT. TOO MUCH ENGLISH ON THE HIT. NOT ENOUGH MUSTARD ON THE THROW. THIS PITCH POUNDS IT INTO THE GROUND AND SPELHAUG JUST LOSES HER FOOTING AND A SMART JOB BY LARA TO COME OFF THE BAG TO SEAL THE BAG. >> LUEBKEN WAS NEARBY. BOLTON SWINGS AND MISSES. SHE'S LOOKING TO BUNT IT OR SLAP IT. INDIANOLA IN THE BLACK PANTS WITH PURPLE TRIM. SURROUNDED BY WHITE WITH THE WHITE TOPS. THE PITCHED HIGH. BOLTON IS A SLAP YOU ARE SO THEY'VE ADJUSTED DEFENSE. THE SPARTANS HAVE AND HAVE SHORTSTOP LAFEVER IN FROM HER NORMAL DEPTH AT SHORTSTOP. AND CARLI SPELHAUG AT SECOND BASE AS WELL. THAT ONE IS PUSHED FOUL NEAR HEAD COACH OF THE INDIANOLA INDIANS. STACY EVANS. HER 19th YEAR AT INDIANOLA. FORMER PLAYER OF BASKETBALL AT THE COLLEGIATE LEVEL. PLAYED SOFTBALL FOR A SHORT TIME. HAD A LITTLE INJURY. >> SHE REALLY GOOD ABOUT THIS TEAM. I TALKED TO HER EARLY IN THE SEASON RIGHT AS SOFTBALL WAS STARTING UP AND SHE WAS -- SHE HAD A GLOWING REPORT. REALLY MAKE THE MAKEUP OF THIS TEAM. AND MUST HAVE HIT THE BALL OUT OF THE BOX. THE CALL BY TOM BURGER. SO THAT IS AN OUT. THE OUT WAS AT THE PLATE ON THAT PLAY BECAUSE. AND THE BATTER WAS IN FRONT OF THE PLATE WAS THE CALL. THERE YOU GET A -- KIND OF HARD TO SEE WHEN THEY KNOCK OUT THE WHITE LINE SO EARLY IN THE GAME KIND OF ON PURPOSE. >> YOU JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE PLACE OF THE COACH SO YOU CAN COACH UP YOUR PLAYER. THIS IS THE REASON THAT IT HAPPENED. LET'S WATCH OUR FOOTING. BOLTON IS A SLAPPER AND GOING TO RUN OUT OF THE BOX. >> IF YOU CAN MOVE INSIDE THE BOX YOU CAN ONLY MAKE CONTACT WITH IT UNTIL YOU'RE OUT OF THE BOX WHERE YOU TOUCH. THE FRONT FOOT. IF THE RIGHT FOOT BEFORE YOU MAKE CONTACT OUT OF THE BOX YOU'RE OUT AND THAT'S WHAT THE CALL WAS. THAT IS NOW DESTINY LEWIS PLAYING LEFT FIELD. SHE'S A FRESHMAN. HAD A PRETTY GOOD SEASON. TRYING TO HAVE A REALLY GOOD CHAMPIONSHIP GAME HERE. SHE'S GOT SOME POP IN HER PLATE. TOUGH SPIN. NOBODY COVERED AT THIRD. THE THROW. SAFE. AND GOING DOWN TO SECOND IS LEWIS. PARKER MATTHEWS NEVER STOPPED, READ THAT AS THE BALL WAS SPINNING, AND GOOD JOB OF LEWIS LEGGING IT OUT. AND NOBODY AT THIRD. IT WAS A RACE. LUEBKEN WAS SPRINTING BACK. AND THAT WAS CLOSE. AND LARA HAD THE BALL. KNEW EXACTLY WHAT SHE WANTED TO DO BUT NOBODY TO THROW TO. THAT'S THE PLAY WHERE YOU'VE GOT TO GET BACK. PEGGY KLINGER IS TRYING TO GET THE SIGNS. SAMMIE BECKER AT THE PLATE. NOW YOU HAVE THE INFIELD DRAWN IN REALLY CLOSE. THE PITCH FROM SPELHAUG. OUT. A LITTLE PRESSURE ON THE DEFENDING STATE CHAMP HERE EARLY IN THE BALL GAME. THAT ONE CATCHES THE CORNER. SPELHAUG HAS GOT THAT EYE BLACK SMEARED DOWN. ALMOST THE SAME SPOT JUST A LITTLE BIT FARTHER OUT. ELLIE THIS IS OUR LAST SOFTBALL GAME. SHE'S GOING TO PLAY BASKETBALL AT BRADLEY. GOT A LOT OF ATHLETES OUT ON THE FIELD TODAY. A LOT OF OPTIONS FOR ALL OF THEM. AND SPELHAUG OPTED TO PLAY BASKETBALL FOR THE BRADLEY BRAVE. THEY'VE GOT A NICE TEAM UP-AND-COMING. COACH ANDREW BURR SEE. LOOK OVER TO THIRD TO KEEP THE RUNNER IN CHECK. SO BECKER IS OUT, 4-3. AND THAT BRINGS IN EMILY YENGER. FIRST PITCH IS FOULED OFF THE TOP OF THE DUGOUT. IT HIT A NON-FENCE. IT HIT THAT METAL COVERING ON THAT DUGOUT. NOW THAT FIRST BASE DUGOUT IS IN SHAPE. EVEN AT THE END OF THE HOOVER HUSKIES HAD TO STARE INTO THE SUN. DIDN'T MATTER. THEY WERE THE STATE CHAMPS IN 4A. DAVENPORT ASSUMPTION WAS THE 3A CHAMPION. THE ONLY LOSSES THAT ASSUMPTION HAD WAS TO THIS PLEASANT VALLEY TEAM. THREE TIMES. PRIOR TO THAT DIDN'T THEY HAVE A 55-GAME WINNING STREAK. LOW PITCH IS HIT. YENGER. SHE'S GOING TO BE OUT. AS LAFEVER HITS LARA AND THE THREAT IS AVERTED FOR PLEASANT VALLEY. SO NOW INDIANOLA WILL HAVE TO PLAY DEFENSE AGAINST A GOOD PLEASANT VALLEY TEAM. IN THE OUT GRACEY MAY IN RIGHT. MORGAN BOLTON IN CENTER. SICKLES HAS HAD AN INCREDIBLE TOURNAMENT YOU'RE GOING TO SEE A LOT OF DIFFERENT PITCHES. SHE'S GOT A FASTBALL. DROP BALL. CURVE, RISE. HEADED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS IN CHAMPAGNE. I ASKED WHAT WAS THE DIFFERENCE IN YOUR PITCHING. WHAT DID YOU DO -- HOW DID YOU KNOW YOU WERE FEELING LIKE YOU WERE FEELING. I JUST WAS. AND THEN ELLIE SPELHAUG. PEGGY KLINGER AND ON DOWN THE LINE TO SOFIA LINDQUIST. AND MALREAL LAFEVER. SOMETIMES A HITTER A HITTER AND SHOOTER IN BASKETBALL GETS INTO A ZONE AND YOU DON'T KNOW WHY IT HAPPENS. YOU FEEL SO COMFORTABLE AND EVERYTHING IS WORKING FOR YOU. SHE'S LOOKING FOR THAT MAGIC AGAIN TONIGHT. SICKLES FIRST PITCH IS. THIS IS A GOOD HITTING TEAM. SO IS INDIANOLA. THESE ARE TWO GOOD HITTING TEAMS. I WAS LOOKING THROUGH THE TOURNAMENT STATISTIC, AND YOU LOOK FOR TWO GAMES FOR EACH TEAM. HARD HIT. SOMEHOW PICKING IT THE MATTHEWS. NOT IN TIME TO GET ELLIE SPELHAUG. DOWN THE LINE, AND A NICE SHOOT BY MATTHEWS OVER AT THIRD. COULDN'T GET UP QUICK ENOUGH TO MAKE THE THROW FOR THE OUT. TRYING TO BUNT IS EMILY WOOD. PITCH IS BUNDT. TAKEN BY THE THIRD BASE OF MATTHEWS. OFF OF FIRST TO YENGER. THAT TIME PARKER COULD CHARGE AND SHE HAD IT ALL THE WAY. THAT'S WHAT YOU WANT SOMEBODY TO DO. THEY'RE MOVING AT THE ANGLE TOWARDS FIRST BASE, AND SHE'S PULLED OFF THE REST OF THE INFIELDERS, AND PUT THAT BALL AND MADE THE OUT. SO THAT'S WHAT YOU WANT. YOU WANT A TAKE CHARGE PERSON OVER AT THIRD BASE. ELLIE HELP YOURSELF. COME ON GIRL. RISES OUT OF THE ZONE. ON ELLIE. >> SHE'S NOT TOO BAD OF A HITTER. .384. AND 13 HOME RUNS. >> IT IS EXCITING. AND AS THIS GAME HAS EVOLVED, AND PLAYERS HAVE GOTTEN STRONGER, AND BIGGER AND THE PITCHERS ARE HITTING AT A HIGHER-MILE-PER-HOUR. IT GENERATES A LOT OF POP OFF THE BAT. THE 3-1. LOW. I'M NOT SAYING THAT SIDNEY IS NOT FEELING IT. THOSE PITCHES ARE CLOSE. BUT SHE'S NOT MISSING BY MUCH. SHE DOES NOT WALK A LOT OF PEOPLE. HERE IN THE TOURNAMENT SHE HAS 17 STEIBINGOUTS. A LOT OF THAT WERE WITH THE PITCH RIGHT THERE. UP IN THE EYES. THAT WAS SWUNG AND MISSED BY ALEXIA LARA. PLAYING FIRST BASE TONIGHT. HERE'S A GOOD LOOK AT SICKLES. LARA WILL GO TO THE FIRST. AND THE BASES WILL BE FULL OF SPARTANS. SHE'S HANGING THAT ARM A LITTLE BIT. >> SHE'S WEARING PROTECTIVE GEAR. >> NOT WORKING HER INSIDE. JUST RIGHT OFF THE ELBOW THAT DOES HURT. SHE'LL GO DOWN TO FIRST WHERE SHE'S PLAYING IN THE FIELD. AND THAT WILL BRING IN LUEBKEN. AND SHE WAS THE RETURNERS HELPED HER MAKE THAT TRANSITION TO BEING IN THE BATTING LINEUP. WHEN YOU'RE BATTING BEHIND LARA. THERE'S USUALLY A COUPLE OF BATTERS ON BASE. PROBABLY GOING TO GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE SOME PITCHES AND HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PUT IN PLAY. SPELHAUG AT SECOND. LARA AT FIRST. VERY FAMILIAR NAMES FOR THE PROGRAM. AND SICKLES GETS A CALLED STRIKE ON THAT PITCH. BASES LOADED N FIELD IN. YOU'VE GOT TO GO TO THE PLATE TO GET THE FORCE. YOU WANT TO CUT THE RUNNER DOWN RIGHT AWAY. THAT'S A CALLED STRIKE 3. AND LUEBKEN HAS TO SIT DOWN. FIRST STRIKE-OUT FOR SICKLES. PEGGY KLINGER. THAT ONE MISSES. PEGGY KLINGER IS A SOPHOMORE, PLAYING CATCHER. THE 0-1. TAKE A LOOK AT THAT LONG RED HAIR. YOU CAN SEE IT REAL EASY CONTRASTING THE WHITE JERSEY. THERE ARE A COUPLE OF PLAYERS THAT HAVE DONE THAT. GONE FULL REDHEAD. THEY WANTED TO DO AS THEY MADE IT BACK TO STATE TOURNAMENT. SOME OF THEM HAVE PUT COLOR IN THEIR HAIR. SOME MORE THAN OTHERS. RIGHT NOW THE SPARTANS ARE TRYING TO PUSH A RUN ACROSS HERE. SWINGS AND MISSES AND THE SPARTANS LEAVE THE BASES LOADED HERE IN THE FIRST. TALK ABOUT A COME BACK AND BOUNCE BACK FOR SYDNEY SICKLES. HERE'S HOW THESE TEAMS GOT TO THE STATE TOURNAMENT OR HOW THEY DID THE BRACKETS WILL LOOK LIKE THIS FOR THE INDIANOLA INDIANS. THEY DEFEATED DUBUQUE HEMPSTEAD 4-1. THAT WAS ON A SIX INNING RALLY WHERE SHE SCORED FOUR RUNS. AND THEN INDIANOLA SCORED AGAIN IN THE SIX WHEN THEY SCORED FIVE RUNS TO WIN 6-0 IN THE CONTEST. I ASKED COACH I HEAR THEY'RE GOING TO PLAY STARTING IN THE SIXTH INNING. SHE KIND OF LOOKED AT ME. DO YOU FEEL A SENSE WHERE YOU HAVE TO PUSH IT A LITTLE BIT. >> I THINK THAT SOMETIMES YOU'VE GOT TO LET IT COME TO YOU. AND I DON'T KNOW IF THAT'S THE SITUATION WITH THIS INDIANOLA TEAM THAT THE SIXTH INNING SEEMS TO BE THEIR RALLY INNING. OR IF THINGS STARTED TO FALL INTO PLACE FOR THEM. TO GET SOME SEPARATION FROM THEM. GOING 2-1 GOING INTO THE FIFTH INNING. AND THEN PLEASANT VALLEY SCORED SEVEN RUNS. IN THE QUARTERFINAL PV KNOCKED OUT CITY HIGH 6-0. GROUND BALL TOWARDS SHORT IS THROWN OVER FROM LAFEVER TO LARA. AND BROOKE TUCKER IS OUT. TO START THE INDIANOLA SECOND. LAFEVER JUST A LITTLE BIT OF SWIFT AT CENTER. MAKES THE THROW. PAYTON ANDERSON THE SHORTSTOP, THE SENIOR. BEARS DOWN AND WATCHES THE FIRST PITCH STRIKE. PAYTON ANDERSON GOING TO GO TO IOWA CENTRAL. AND PLAY SOFTBALL. SO GOING PAYTON ANDERSON FAMILIAR WITH THIS AREA. TWO DIAMONDS AT HARLAN ROGERS. THE OTHER BY. FORT DODGE BROUGHT A HUGE CROWD ON TUESDAY NIGHT. PLAYED THE NIGHTCAP GAME AND THAT WAS HARDLY SPACE TO BE FOUND ON THE DIAMOND. IT SET A RECORD ET CETERA COLD ENOUGH TO HAVE A JACKET ON. I DO. LAST YEAR I HAD TO PUT A BLANKET AS WE PLAYED IN THE WE'VE HOURS OF THE MORNING. SOME FOLKS DON'T STAY UP AS LATE AS WE DID. IT GETS COLD AFTER MIDNIGHT. >> EITHER THAT OR I'M GETTING OLD. >> CIRCULATION IS NOT WORKING. MY FEET ARE ALWAYS COLD. YOU KNOW LAST YEAR WE STARTED THAT LAST GAME AT 11:11. TODAY NOT REALLY MUCH DOUBT IN A COUPLE OF THESE. LONG FLY. HIT TOWARDS RIGHT GIVING CHASE, AND HAULING IT IN IS JESSIE MEYER FOR THE SECOND OUT OF THE INNING. I DON'T THINK THESE TWO TEAMS HAVE TO WORRY AS MUCH ABOUT WINS AND HOW IT'S GOING TO AFFECT POP FLIES, AND BALLS. IN THE FIRST GAME WE DID. WE NEEDED TO HAVE THE FIELDERS WORRY BECAUSE THE BALL WAS MOVING ALL OVER WHEN IT GOT UP IN THE AIR. >> YOU'RE RIGHT. IT'S THERE'S ANOTHER SET OF FLAGS AT THE ENTRANCE. THOSE AREN'T BEEN MOVING AS MUCH IN THE LAST GAME AND A HALF. THE LAST TWO HOURS. 0-1. LOOKED AT AND SYDNEY SICKLES WHO CAME THROUGH WITH A BIG DOUBLE. COACHES LIKE ATHLETES THAT CAN BAT AND CARRY A BIG STICK EACH IN THE PITCHER'S SPOT. SWINGS AND MISSES ON THAT ONE. >> COACH EVANS SAID THAT SYDNEY SICKLES WORKED HARD IN THE OFF-SEASON ON HER PITCHING AND WORKING TO GET CERTAIN PITCHES SHE HADN'T MASTERED AND THAT'S ONLY GOING TO HELP HER AS SHE MOVES ON IN HER CAREER. SICKLES ENDS THE INDIANOLA HALF OF THE INNING. AND EARLIER TODAY THE I THE IGHSAU GOLDEN PLAQUE OF DISTINCTION IS AWARDED TO THE IOWA COACH IN EACH SPORT WHO HAS DEMONSTRATED A SUCCESSFUL CAREER WHILE MAKING NOTABLE CONTRIBUTIONS TOWARD SCHOOL, COMMUNITY AND THE COACHING PROFESSION. PRESENTING THIS YEAR'S GOLDEN PLAQUE AWARD IS IGHSAU EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JEAN BERGER. THE 2018 SOFTBALL RECIPIENT OF THE GOLDEN PLAQUE IS WEST DES MOINES VALLEY'S TOM BAKEY COACH BAKEY JUST COMPLETED HIS 32ND SEASON IN THE WEST DES MOINES VALLEY SOFTBALL PROGRAM; THE LAST 22 SEASONS SERVING AS THE PROGRAM'S HEAD COACH. BAKEY BEGAN HIS COACHING CAREER IN 1984 AT WEST DES MOINES VALLEY, FOLLOWED BY MOVES TO OSKALOOSA AND SAYDEL BEFORE RETURNING TO WEST DES MOINES VALLEY IN 1994. DURING HIS 22 YEAR VARSITY SOFTBALL COACHING CAREER, COACH BAKEY HAS COMPILED AN .804 WINNING PERCENTAGE WITH A RECORD OF 827 WINS AND 201 LOSSES, WINNING FIVE STATE TITLES IN 13 STATE TOURNAMENT APPEARANCES AND 16 CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS. TOM WAS RECOGNIZED BY THE IGCA AS SOFTBALL COACH OF THE YEAR IN 2008 AND 2010, ALONG WITH DISTRICT COACH OF THE YEAR HONORS SIX TIMES. HE ALSO SERVED AS A MEMBER OF THE IGHSAU SOFTBALL ADVISORY COMMITTEE FROM 2009 THROUGH 2014. CONGRATULATIONS TO TOM. THAT'S KIND OF FUNNY THAT PLAQUE. THAT'S ABOUT THE SIDE SIZE OF THE CLIPBOARD HE HAS IN THE DUGOUT. IT SURE IS. >> CONGRATULATIONS TO COACH BAKEY. >> BOY HE HAS DONE A NICE JOB AT VALLEY. WATCH THE VALLEY TIGERS PLAY SOFTBALL. HE LOVES THE GAME. HE LOVES HIS PLAYERS. HE LOVES TO COACH AND IT SHOWS, AND I THINK HIS TEAMS RESPOND TO THAT. THAT'S WHY THEY'RE UP AT THE STATE TOURNAMENT EVERY YEAR. >> NO HIS DP IS GOING TO ENTER LEFT FIELD. THAT WAS MY MISTAKE. THANK YOU. >> HAD A LITTLE LINEUP CLARIFICATION AS COACH EVANS CAME OUT. WITH COACH BAKEY. THE MALE COACHES FORMER FAST PITCH PLAYERS. LARA PLAYED BASEBALL AND FASTBALL. AND PLAYED HE SAYS I PLAYED IN SAN DIEGO, MEXICO, CALIFORNIA, TEXAS, IOWA. HE'S BEEN ALL OVER AND THAT GUY IS ENERGETIC PERSONALITY. HE IS SOMETHING ELSE TO CHAT WITH. >> HE IS. VERY MUCH LIKE COACH BAKEY I LOVE TALKING TO HIM WHEN WE HAVE THEIR GAMES, AND LOVE -- I COULD SIT AND TALK TO HIM ALL DAY LONG. AS I COULD WITH COACH LARA. THEY JUST LOVE THE GAME. YOU LOVE TO TALK TO COACHES WHEN THEY LOVE THE GAME. AND I BET COACH BAKEY WOULD LIKE TO KEEP PLAYING IF THE BODY WOULD HOLD UP. >> I DON'T THINK THERE'S A LOT OF GUYS THAT WOULD DO THAT. >> EVERYBODY HAS GOT A DIFFERENT STYLE. SOME ARE RAH-RAH. >> SOME ARE RELAXED. THAT'S ONE THING IN CONVERSATION WITH COACHES HERE AS THE COUNT IS NOW 3-2 FOR LINDQUIST HERE AT THE PLATE IS THAT SOME COACHES ARE WILLING TO CONTACT OTHER COACHES WHAT THEY DO AND LINE DRIVE UP THE MIDDLE. FOR LINDQUIST. >> IT'S THEIR ABILITY TO SAY YOU KNOW WHAT I DON'T KNOW EVERYTHING. I WANT TO KNOW HOW DO YOU GET A GIRL TO HIT A BALL UP THE MIDDLE OR HOW DO YOU DEFEND SOMETHING LIKE THAT. >> A GOOD COMMUNITY OF COACHES AND THEY ALL WORK TOGETHER, AND THEN IF THEY KNOW GOING UP AGAINST EACH OTHER. THEY WORK TOGETHER AS FAR AS MAYBE SCOUTING SOME TEAMS. IF THEY KNOW SOMEBODY IS GETTING -- GOING AT THE STATE TOURNAMENT. THEY CAN PICK UP THE PHONE AND CALL EACH OTHER. IT HELPS IN THE SHORT TURNAROUND. WHERE THE SEMIFINALS WERE ON THE WEDNESDAY. THIS HAD THURSDAY OFF TO REVIEW TAPE. WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT INDIANOLA. NOTHING. I'M GOING TO HAVE TO LOOK AT THE TAPE AS THE SWING AND MISS BY JESSIE MEYER. THERE'S ONE OUT IN THE SECOND. WE'LL GO TO THE VIDEO RESOURCE. I'LL MAKE A COUPLE OF CALLS. SOME COACHES WON'T CALL OTHERS. AND OTHERS WON'T GIVE INFORMATION. AT SOME POINT YOU'RE GOING TO NEED A FAVOR. >> YEAH. RIGHT. AND IT GOES HAND IN HAND. WHEN YOU'RE OPPONENTS DO WHAT YOU NEED TO DO TO WIN THE GAME. >> AND THAT ONE IS OUT OF THE ZONE FOR LAFEVER. IN THERE FROM THE LEFT-HAND SIDE OF THE BOX. IN THOSE MULTICOLORED TOPS IN THE BLUE AND WHITE. YENGER. BACK IN IS LINDQUIST. SO YOU HAVE TO BE ON YOUR TOES IF YOU'RE ON BASE. >> THAT'S A CALLED STRIKE. AND YOU KNOW WHAT I THINK IF YOU'RE PV YOU'RE FINE, THROW THAT BALL. THE LAST TWO HAVE BEEN CLOSE GOING INTO RIGHT FIELD. CHANGE UP. CATCHES THE CORNER. WE'LL MAKE SOME GOOD CHANGEUPS. >> JUST NOT TELLING, NOT GIVING ANY KIND OF SIGN YOU'RE GOING TO THROW IT. AND YOU KNOW, YOU DON'T WANT TO GIVE A TELL. YOU DON'T TO DO THE SAME THING. HAVE THE SAME ARM ROTATION. THEN IT'S THE WAY YOU GRIP IT. PEOPLE GRIP A CHANGE-UP DIFFERENTLY. YOU CAN THROW IT OUT OF THE BACK OF YOUR HAND. THERE'S MANY WAYS TO DO IT. YOU DON'T WANT TO GIVE THEM ANY IDEA THAT IT'S COMING. LAFEVER STRIKES OUT. THAT'S THE FOURTH OF THE GAME FOR SICKLES. AND THAT'S ONE THING THOUGH, YOU KNOW BASICALLY I CAN RECOGNIZE SOME THINGS FROM THE BATTER'S BOX THAT I CAN'T RECOGNIZE FROM THE PLATE. AND SHE SAYS I LOOK -- I CAN SEE A DIFFERENT BEND FROM THERE. CAN YOU SEE IT FROM THE BATTER'S BOX. I HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO PERFECT THAT YET. >> IT'S HARD TO DO. TO SEE THE SPIN ON THE BALL. >> HARD TO HANDLE. PAYTON ANDERSON ON THE CARLI SPELHAUG. AND THAT THERE BE TWO ON WITH TWO OUT. EMILY WOOD ALWAYS DANGEROUS. DID NOT HAVE A HIT IN THE SEMIFINAL GAME. SWINGS AND MISSES THROUGH ON THAT ONE. >> THAT IS THE FIRST ERROR THAT INDIANOLA HAS MADE IN STATE TOURNAMENT PLAY. THEY'VE BEEN PLAYING VERY CLEAN DEFENSE UP TO THIS POINT. HOPEFULLY THEY'RE THINKING HOPEFULLY IT DOESN'T COME BACK TO BITE THEM. RIGHT NOW THEY HAVE TWO. HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO SCORE EITHER OF THOSE TIMES. IT'S SWUNG ON AND MISSED. EMILY WOOD IS DOWN ON STRIKES. SICKLES RETIRES THE SIDE HERE IN THE SECOND. WE'VE PLAYED TWO FULL INNINGS HERE IN FORT DODGE. >> SO YOU KNOW IT. SHE COMES INSIDE ON YOU. GET YOUR EXTENSION. GET YOURSELF A HIT. GOT PLENTY OF TIME HERE. YOU CAN SEE WHAT YOU CAN SEE FROM THE BATTER BOX HOW THEY GRIP THE BALL. HOW SHE'S COMING OFF THE RUBBER EXTENSION AND HAS A LOT OF SPEED BEHIND HER PITCHES. >> SHE'S NOT WEARING THE MASK TONIGHT. THE ONLY PITCHER AT THE TOURNAMENT THIS YEAR THAT I CAN RECALL NOT WEARING ONE. >> I NOTICED THAT THE OTHER NIGHT. BOY, THAT'S UNUSUAL IN THIS DAY AND AGE THAT MOST PITCHERS DO WEAR THAT FACE MASK. YOU LOOK OUT THERE YOU'VE GOT THIRD BASE AND SHORTSTOP ALL WEARING ONE. SPELHAUG HAS OPTED NOT TOTAYLOR BOWLIN LEADS OFF. OUT OF INDIANOLA. COME BACKER TO SPELHAUG OVER TO LARA AND THERE'S ONE OUT IN THE THIRD. YOU'VE SEEN IN THE OTHER TWO GAMES THE SECOND TIME AROUND SEEING A PITCHER WE'VE SEEN TEAMS PRODUCE. INDIANOLA NOW STEPPING UP TO THE PLATE FOR THE SECOND TIME AGAINST SPELHAUG. PARKER MATTHEWS. LET'S SEE IF SHE CAN TURN THAT INTO A PLAY AT THE PLATE. THE PITCH GOES IN. THAT WAS IN THE 8th IF I REMEMBER CORRECTLY. INDIANOLA RANKED THIRD, SECOND SEED IN THE TOURNAMENT. CEDAR KENNEDY. >> WELL HIT TOWARDS CENTER. A ROPE. ON A SHOT. NICE CATCH EMILY WOOD. BUT EMILY WOOD RIGHT IN HER TRACKS A LITTLE MOVE TO HER RIGHT. AND SHE WAS ABLE TO HAUL IT IN. >> NOW THE FULL FIELD IS ALL IN SHADE. THE SUN IS HEADING DOWN. SEE SOME CLOUDS IN THE DISTANCE FROM BEHIND HOME LOOK. PRETTY NICE RED AND ORANGE OUT THERE. >> IT DOES. IT LOOKS THE CLOUDS BUILDING UP THERE. YOU'RE RIGHT. LAST NIGHT WE HAD CLOUDS HEADED THIS WAY. WE HAD SOME PRETTY GOOD CLOUDS AS CLOSE AS HUMBOLDT. YOU AND I WERE TALKING. THAT'S GOING TO GET OVER THE HEAD OF THE LEFT FIELDER. LINDQUIST AND BOLTON IS GOING TO BE AT SECOND AND PUT ON THE BRAKES FOR A TWO OUT DOUBLE FOR MORGAN BOLTON. SHE ROPED THAT ONE. LINDQUIST WAS PLAYING PRETTY IN ON THAT. >> WELL SHE HAD MADE THE ADJUSTMENT. YOU CAN SEE THE INFIELD WAS IN. THEY BROUGHT IN THE OUTFIELD AS WELL. SHE SMOKED IT OVER THE HEAD OF LINDQUIST. SHE TOOK A BIG TURN AROUND SECOND AND TURNED BACK QUICKLY. AS THE LIGHTS TAKE EFFECT. YOU GET A GOOD LOOK AT MORGAN BOLTON. SEE WHAT LEWIS CAN DO. THAT ONE IS OUT OF THE ZONE. EVENS IT UP. >> BEING ON SECOND BASE TRYING TO HELP HER TEAMMATE AT THE PLATE. TRYING TO HELP HER GIVE SOME LOCATION. GROUND BALL TOWARDS SECOND. THIS WILL PROBABLY EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND THE SECOND. LEWIS GROUNDS OUT. AND THE INDIANS LEAVE ANOTHER RUNNER ON BASE. THEY'VE BEEN CLOSE. BOTH OF THESE TEAMS HAVE THREATENED. HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO PUSH ANYTHING ACROSS. >> LISTEN TO COACH LARA IF YOU COULD. HERE'S A LOOK AT SYDNEY SICKLES IN SUPER SLOW MOTION. GETS THE FOOT OFF REAL QUICK. GETS GOOD PUSH OFF OFF THE RUBBER. EVERY PITCHER OBVIOUSLY A LITTLE DIFFERENT. SOME SWING THE ARM WAY BACK. GRIP IT DIFFERENTLY. EVERYBODY HAS GOT THEIR OWN STYLE. WHATEVER THEY CAN PERFECT THEY DO THAT AND TRY TO ADD MORE TO THEIR ARSENAL AS THEY PROGRESS IN THEIR CAREERS. FOR PITCHING. ISN'T THAT SOMETHING. GREAT WORK BY OUR CAMERA CREW. GREAT TO WORK WITH SUCH WONDERFUL PEOPLE AT IOWA PUBLIC TELEVISION WORKING HARD TO MAKE THIS VISIBLE FOR YOU. MAKING SURE THAT THE CAMERAS LOOK RIGHT. MAKING SURE YOU GET THAT CAMERA ANGLE AND ANOTHER CAMERA ANGLE. AND LONG HOURS AND FOLKS IN THE TRUCK DOING THE HOMEWORK THERE. JUST LIKE WE'RE OUR OWN TEAM. WHO WOULD PITCH FOR OUR SOFTBALL TEAM? >> THAT'S A GOOD QUESTION. >> I KNOW OUR DIRECTOR SHE'D WANT TO BE PLAYING THIRD OR SECOND. >> SHE'D WANT TO BE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ACTION. >> SHE LOVES GOING TO THE TOURNAMENT. LOVES THE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT. >> I LOVE COMING HERE MAN. I DO. I LOVE COMING UP HERE. I LOVE THE STATE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT. ELLIE SPELHAUG DOWN ON PITCHES FOR STRIKE-OUT NUMBER SIX. AND THEIR STAFF PEOPLE HELPING OUT. I ALWAYS MAKE A MISTAKE. >> NEVER. >> YOU SAID THAT REAL QUICK. 1-0 TO ALEXIA LARA. SHE WILL CONTINUE HER SOFTBALL CAREER IN ALMOST THE SAME COLORS. ALMOST. DIFFERENT SHADE OF BLUE. >> DIFFERENT SHADE OF BLUE. GOING TO BE A DRAKE BULLDOG. SHE WAS TALKING TO ONE OF HIS PITCHERS WHO WON THE JACK NORRIS AWARD. AND I KNOW RICHEY IS SITTING HERE AND THE COACHES ARE IN WATCHING ALEXIA LARA PLAY HERE TONIGHT. ANOTHER FINE ADDITION TO A REALLY GOOD GREAT SOFTBALL TEAM. THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF LOT OF DISCUSSIONS ABOUT GOOD PLAYERS LEAVING THE STATE. WE SAW A COUPLE GO UP TO WISCONSIN AND MICHIGAN. THERE'S BEEN A CHANGE OF COACHES IN THE BIG SCHOOLS. LARA THE 7th STRIKE-OUT FOR SICKLES. REAL SHORT TURNAROUND. IOWA HAS MADE A CHANGE. MAYBE ADDING SOME BIG NAME IN THE HIGH SCHOOL RANKS TO THAT STAFF. YOU HEAR RUMBLINGS IN THE COACHES. YOU AND I ARE AND DRAKE HAVE BEEN PRETTY SOLID. GETTING A LOT OF IOWA PLAYERS AND A GOOD IOWA PLAYERS. THEY'RE JUST A CONSTANT IN THE MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE. THEY'RE ALWAYS IN THE TOP 3 AND THEY'RE DOING IT WITH THE LOT OF THE IOWA PLAYERS. AND I THINK THEY KNOW WHAT A GOLDMINE THEY HAVE IN THEIR BACKYARD. THEY GO AROUND IN THEIR BACKYARD. AND THEY'VE ADDED THEM TO THEIR ROSTER. THE PITCHER WHO'S THROWN HER 8th STRIKE-OUT. RIGHT NOW SHE'S DOMINATING IN THE 5A GAME AS BELLE LUEBKEN GOES DOWN IN THE STRIKES. >> I WAS JUST GOING TO SAY FOR SYDNEY SICKLES TO BE ABLE TO STRIKE OUT THE SIDE AND NOW SHE'S STARTING TO GET IN THE GROOVE AND STARTING TO GET THE MOMENTUM IN THE ZONE WHERE SHE WAS THE OTHER NIGHT. WE WILL HEAD WITH HEAD COACH STACY EVANS. SHE PLAYED AT STORM LAKE AT ST MARY'S. DES MOINES ROOSEVELT. BUT ENDED UP AT DRAKE. SHE'S GOT HER SON ON THE STAFF AND ANOTHER COUPLE AT HOME. SHE'S SITTING WATCHING THESE KIDS THROW. THAT'S EIGHT STRIKE-OUTS FOR SYDNEY SICKLES. SHE IS DEALING. WHAT'S SHE'S DOING RIGHT TONIGHT. >> YOU'RE ASKING ABOUT SYDNEY. >> SHE'S STAYING COMPOSED. WE NEED TO KEEP THOSE BATTERS OFF BALANCE. SHE NEEDS TO HAVE CONFIDENCE IN HERSELF. WE NEED TO GET THE RUNS. IT'S NOT THE SIXTH INNING. LET'S SCORE BEFORE THE SIXTH. >> THANK YOU. >> GAVE HER A HARD TIME ABOUT THAT THE OTHER NIGHT. BECAUSE YOU ARE TRYING. IT IS THE SECOND TIME THROUGH. YOU'RE TRYING TO SEE A COUPLE OF THINGS. SHE'S GOING TO HAVE TO RUN BACK TO THE DUGOUT. WE DON'T LET THE INTERVIEWS DO ANYTHING WRONG WITH -- GOT TO TAKE CARE OF A COUPLE OF THING. THAT'S ALSO PART OF THE CREW. THEY GET MICROPHONES ON THE COACHES. WHICH IS GREAT. >> IT HELPS WATCH THE GAME AND UNDERSTAND THE GAME. >> THIS IS WHAT THEY SAW. THIS IS MY JUDGMENT. DID YOU SEE SOMETHING DIFFERENT? >> I THINK THAT GIVES THE FANS WATCHING AT HOME THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THESE GUYS EVERYBODY GETS ON THE UMPIRES. BUT IT'S AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE HOW THEY WORK TOGETHER AS A TEAM TO MAKE EVERYTHING HAPPEN. AND SHE RETIRES SAMMIE BECKER. >> THERE'S ALWAYS A NEED FORUM PIRES. UMPIRES HAVE A LOT OF GRAY HAIR. IF YOU'RE SOMEBODY CASSIE SHE'S UMPIRES IN THE MISSOURI VALLEY. A LOT OF HIGH SCHOOL GAMES. SHE HAS SAID IF YOU PLAYED SOFTBALL YOU STILL HAVE A LOVE AND MAYBE YOU DON'T WANT TO COACH HOW ABOUT BEING AN UMPIRE. YOU DON'T LOSE A GAME. YOU'VE GOT A GREAT SEAT. POPPED UP ON THE INFIELD. CATCHER IS GOING TO CALL FOR IT. DANGEROUS SPOT. BAT IS IN THE WAY AND THE SPIN ON THOSE THINGS. SHE CAUGHT IT IN THE PALM OF HER GLOVE NOT IN THE WEBBING OF THE GLOVE. SHE'S TRYING TO KICK THE BAT OUT OF THE WAY. >> BUT SHE GOT UNDERNEATH IT. >> GROUND BALL TOWARDS LARA. BACKHANDS. MAKES THAT PLAY. NICE MOVE THERE. AND WE'RE GOING TO STEP AWAY RIGHT NOW AND WE'LL COME BACK. THIS IS CLASS 5A FROM FORT DODGE. >> I DREAMED ABOUT FLYING WHEN I WAS A KID. WE HAVE LIFTOFF. >> EVERYTHING CHANGES EXCEPT US. >> REALLY? >> THIS IS BLOWING MY MIND. THERE'S NOTHING LIKE THIS IN THE WORLD. WHAT WE FOUND WAS AMAZING. UNBELIEVABLE. >> BACK IN FORT DODGE ON GORGEOUS FRIDAY NIGHT. LOTS OF ZEROS THERE. NO SCORE BETWEEN INDIANOLA AND PLEASANT VALLEY. SOMETIMES THE WORDS ROLL. AND THAT FIRST PITCH HERE FOR PLEASANT VALLEY AS PEGGY KLINGER, LINDQUIST AND MEYER ARE UP DUE AGAINST SYDNEY SICKLES WHO'S DEALING EIGHT STRIKE-OUTS. STARTING TO FEEL IT. PAUL YEAGER, AND LAURA LEONARD. JEAN BURGER IS HERE TO. DID WE DO SOMETHING BAD OR SOMETHING. >> NO I JUST CAME TO SAY THANK YOU FOR DOING THE GAMES AND BEING SUCH A GREAT PARTNER AND WHAT A BEAUTIFUL NIGHT. TO PLAY SOFTBALL. >> NIGHT. NOT EARLY MORNING. AND THE WASP TO PEGGY KLINGER. >> EVERYBODY IS COMING OUT. GOOD CROWD. GOOD CROWDS ALL WEEK. WE WERE WITHIN 400 OF LAST YEAR LAST YEAR. WE'LL BE WELL OVER LAST YEAR. YOUR 1A WITH COLLINS DASH MAXWELL. THAT WAS A GREAT CROWD. THEY BOTH HAD A LOT OF PEOPLE HERE TOO. GREAT CROWD. >> WHAT DO YOU ATTRIBUTE THIS BATS THIS YEAR. DO YOU THINK IT'S SCHEDULE OR THE TEAMS. >> I THINK IT'S THE SCHEDULE. OBVIOUSLY YOU WERE GOING TO PLAY THE NEXT DAY. MORE THAN A DAY IN BETWEEN. YOU KNOW THERE'S JUST SOMETHING ABOUT SOFTBALL UNDER THE LIGHTS. IT'S MEANT TO BE PLAYED UNDER THE LIGHTS. BUNT IS POPPED UP, THREE INDIANS GO AND IT DROPS. TAKE A LOOK AT THIS. THIS IS GOOD SOFTBALL CHANGE. IT'S A FAIR BALL THE WHOLE WAY. GOOD SENSE OF MIND TO MAKE THE THROW AT SECOND. THE SOFTBALL UNDER THE LIGHTS YOU HAVE TWO LAST NIGHT. 6 AND 8. YOU AND I TALKED EARLIER THIS WEEK DOING AWAY WITH ANOTHER ONE OF THOSE CONSOLATION GAMES ON WEDNESDAY. ANY CHANGE. >> I THINK THERE WERE CERTAINLY COACHES WHO WISHED THEY COULD HAVE PLAYED ONE MORE GAME. THERE WAS CERTAINLY WITH THE ADMINISTRATORS AND THE PARENTS AND THE SENIORS THAT REALLY LIKED IT AND SO I THINK OVERALL IT WAS POSITIVE. WE'LL TAKE ANOTHER LOOK AT IT. MEDIA LIKED IT. FORT DODGE LIKED IT. MY STAFF LIKED IT. >> NOT THAT MATTERS. OUR CREW HAS LOVED THIS DOUBLE NIGHTS. JEAN BURGER. THE BAG WITH THE MEDALS. EVEN THAT WAS PINK. YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT I'M GOING TO PUT IN PINK. 500 TWITTER FOLLOWERS AND YOU WOULD SHOW UP IN YOUR PINK SUIT. >> IT WAS A GOOD WEEK. >> BURN MY RETINAS OUT IS WHAT HAPPENED. >> AS THAT PITCH IS FOULED AWAY. AND IT'S 1-2 ON THE BATTER MALLORY LAFEVER. YOU HAVE A ONE DEFENDING CHAMP. IT'S STILL A CHANCE FOR A DEFENDING CHAMP AND AN IOWA GIRL COACHING TONIGHT. FOUR OF THE SIX COACHES ARE WOMEN. DO YOU THINK THAT NUMBER IS GOING TO GO UP OR ARE WE AT THE HIGH WATERMARK FOR THAT. WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THAT THE DILLINGER AND TOM BAKEY. SOME OF THE LONG TIME VETERANS AND NEW YOUNG COACHES TEND TO BE FEMALES AND THAT'S I THINK WHAT YOU KIND OF WANT. AND I KNOW A LOT OF TIMES WE TALKED ABOUT THIS IN BASKETBALL, AND YOU LIKE TO HAVE THE FEMALE IN THAT POSITION COACHING FEMALES. I THINK MAYBE SOMETIMES THEY HAVE A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE IN COACHING THAT KIND OF AN FEMALE ATHLETE. >> DID YOU NOTICE THAT WE HAD FEMALE UMPIRES CALLING CHAMPIONSHIPS. >> THAT WAS NOT BY MISTAKE EITHER. SO SHE'S COACHING. YOU HAVE A FORMER PLAYER. YOU THINK WHAT ELSE DID YOU FWAUCK IN THOSE MEETINGS. YOU DID A MINOR THAT WE COVERED IN THE COVERAGE. THAT WAS YOUR SUPERINTENDENT AT HARLAN ROGERS. 36 YEARS. CAN YOU IMAGINE WHAT HE'S SEEN IN 36 YEARS. JUST MY THREE YEARS IN CENTER FIELD. THEY CANCELED TUESDAY THE FIRST YEAR. HE'S SO EASY TO WORK WITH. YOU NEED PEOPLE LIKE THAT THAT CARE. GREAT STORIES YOU'VE BEEN REPORTING ON ALL WEEK. WHAT'S NEXT. WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO DIFFERENTLY? >> I DON'T KNOW. POPS UP. THAT'S CLOSE TO BEING IN PLAY. SAMMIE BECKER MAKES THE GRAB. BEHIND HOME TO RETIRE THE THREAT. WE'VE GOT TO SEE THIS ONE AGAIN. POPS UP. THROWS THE MASK. JUST A LITTLE THINGS MAKE A DIFFERENCE. SO THE SPARTANS LEAVE MORE RUNNERS ON BASE. WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT WHAT'S NEXT. I MEAN THERE'S A WHOLE DIFFERENT WAY TO DO IT. YOU'VE MADE SOME TWEAKS. JUST GROW THE GAME AS GENERAL OR SPECIFIC AS YOU GET GROW THE GAME. IT'S IMPORTANT. CERTAINLY WE NEED TO REVERSE THE ATTENDANCE ON CHAMPIONSHIP. THAT'S BEEN DOWN THE LAST FIVE TO SIX YEARS: WE'LL REVERSE. AND GET PEOPLE BACK. SHOWCASE THE GIRLS. >> BECAUSE JOSE LARA IS JOINING US. AND COACH, YOU'RE FACING A REALLY GOOD PITCHER. HOW DO YOU TRY TO GET THE BAT ON SOMEBODY LIKE SICKLES. WE HAVE TO FOCUS ON GETTING CONTACT. SHE'S SUPPLYING THE POWER. WE'VE GOT TO SETTLE IN. LOCK IN ON CONTACT. LET THE BALL DO WHAT IT'S GOING TO DO WITH THE BAT. >> SHE'S WORKING ON HER LINE. KEEPS STAYING NICE AND TALL. SHE'LL MAKE THE PITCHES. THANK YOU, COACH. COACH JOSE LARA. THANKING FOR BACKING US UP, AND GIVING US INTERVIEWS WITH THE COACHES. I THINK THEY UNDERSTAND THAT IT'S BIGGER THAN THEIR PROGRAM. THEY'RE ON A STAGE SHOWCASING GOOD SOFTBALL. THE GOOD ONES UNDERSTAND. THEY DON'T GIVE YOU MUCH. >> YOU TALKED ABOUT GROWING THE GAME OF SOFTBALL. I KIND THAT THE GAME OF SOFTBALL IS GROWING IN POPULARITY. DO YOU SEE ANY TRENDS THAT SUPPORT THAT. WE WERE UP 2,500 PARTICIPANTS IN OUR PARTICIPATION THE YEAR BEFORE. WE HAVEN'T GOT THIS YEAR'S YET. IT IS GROWING. I THINK WE SURVIVED THE ACTIVITIES. WE'RE TRYING TO PLAY ALONG WITH THE CLUB. >> RIGHT NOW WE HAVE A LOT OF REALLY GOOD TALENTED SOFTBALL PLAYERS. YOUNG. VERY YOUNG >> I NOTICED IN A LOT OF THE GAMES I'VE BEEN TO AND DONE IT SEEMS LIKE A LOT OF THE ROSTERS ARE VERY YOUNG. A LOT OF 8th GRADERS, AND A LOT OF FRESHMAN. NOT A LOT OF SENIOR LADEN TEAMS. IT'S ALL YOUNG KIDS. I THINK WE'RE ON AN UP SWING. SHE DOES COME FROM A VERY ATHLETIC FAMILY. >> OKAY. YOU TALKED -- IT JUST SEEMS EVERY YEAR I THINK THAT THE YOUNGER PLAYERS GET BETTER. THE SOPHOMORE AND FRESHMAN GET REPLACED BY SOMEBODY PLAYING BECAUSE THEY'RE SUCH GOOD YOUTH. HOW DO YOU KEEP THAT SENIOR AND JUNIOR LOCKED INTO THE PROGRAMS. I THINK THE GOOD PROGRAMS THAT HAVE LONG CONSISTENT COACHES HAVE THEM LOCKED-IN. WE LET 8th GRADERS PLAY. THAT HELPS. >> IT HELPS HOOVER. >> DO OTHER STATES ALLOW THAT 8th GRADER. I THINK IT REALLY HELPS DEVELOP A YOUNG KID FIVE YEARS WORTH OF SOFTBALL AND BEING ABLE TO STICK WITH THE SPORT. YOU HAVE A LOT OF THE MULTI-SPORT ATHLETES THAT PLAY ANOTHER SPORT AS WELL. IT HELPS WITH THE DEDICATION. WE'VE TALKED ABOUT MULTI-SPORT ATHLETES. YOU DON'T NECESSARILY LIKE A GIRL LIKING A GIRL DOING YEAR-ROUND. IF YOU JUST LOOK PHYSIOLOGICALLY. >> POPPED UP AND THREE COLLIDE. THE SECOND BASEMAN MAKES THE CATCH. CARLI SPELHAUG WOW, THAT'S GOING ON THE HIGHLIGHT REEL. CARLI SPELHAUG COMES AWAY, AND THAT IS HOW WE END THE FIFTH INNING. JEAN BURGER. NEXT YEAR WE'LL GET INTO DEEPER ISSUES. BACK AFTER THIS. IT'S EASY TO GET EXCITED ABOUT ALL OF THE BEAUTIFUL PRODUCE AT THE FARMER'S MARKET. WHAT DO YOU DO WITH IT WHEN YOU GET HOME. DON'T WORRY WE'VE GOT YOU COVERED. ON THE NEXT IOWA INGREDIENTS WILL SHARE SOME TIPS AND RECIPES TO HELP YOU GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR MARKET FRESH FOOD. SATURDAY MORNING AT 11:30. >> DO YOU SNAPCHAT. GO TO IOWA PUBLIC TV. THE EXCLUSIVE BEHIND-THE-SCENES CONTENT. WELK WITH ALL OF OUR SOCIAL NETWORKS GO GOING TO THE IPTV.org/SOCIAL. WE'RE HERE IN FORT DODGE. AS THE CLOUDS STAY AWAY. WE ARE HIGH, DRY AND IN FOR A REALLY GOOD GAME. SICKLES INFIELD HIT ALL THE WAY. THAT WAS A NICE PIECE OF HITTING BY EMILY WOOD. SHE HAS THE PEED. SHE PUT IT INTO PLAY. THANKS FOR JEAN BURGER FOR STOPPING BY. EVEN IF SHE FIELDS IT CLEANLY THERE'S NO WAY TO FIELD THAT. WOOD IS JUST SUCH A GREAT, GREAT SPEED. ELLIE SPELHAUG. >> WELL A SNAP TAG BY YENGER DOWN THERE. THEY 32 TO THE INSIDE PART OF THE BAG. SHE REACHES AND KNOCKS THE HELMET OFF OF WOOD. RIPPED DOWN THE LINE. FOUL. SPELHAUG GOT AHOLD OF THAT ONE. >> HERE'S A LOOK AT THAT SNAP THROW AND WAY THEY POSITIONED. YOU WANT TO CATCH THAT BALL AND TRYING TO LAP IT DOWN AS QUICK AS YOU CAN. WOOD SLID BACK HEADFIRST. AND THE BALL IS STOPPED. YOU STOP THAT BALL AT ANY COST AND THAT IS WHAT PAYTON ANDERSON DID. SHE SACRIFICED THE BODY TO KEEP THEM FROM GOING INTO CENTER AND GO INTO THE BASE. I THINK ANDERSON KNEW THAT THROW WAS GOING TO BE A LITTLE OFFLINE. THE PITCH. MISSES. ELLIE AND HER SISTER CARLI. THEIR DAD IS THE SUPERINTENDENT AT PLEASANT VALLEY. ANNOUNCED HIS RETIREMENT AT THE END OF NEXT YEAR. POPPED UP. HAS A GOOD CARRY TOWARD RIGHT. IT'S GOING TO BOUNCE. LAND. ONE RUN COMING TO SCORE. HERE'S THE TAG. IT'S INSIDE THE PARK HOME RUN. ELLIE SPELHAUG. 2-0 SPARTANS. COULD NOT PICK IT UP CLEANLY. AND SPELHAUG JUST KEPT ROUNDING THE BASES. HERE IT IS OFF THE TOP OF THE FENCE. AND YOU CAN SEE COACH LARA SENDING THE ONE RUN YOU ARE, AND SPELHAUG WAS RIGHT ON HER HEELS FOR THE INSIDE THE PARK HOME RUN. COACH EVENS IS GOING TO TAKE A WALK TOUT CHAT. WE NEED TO GET SOME OUTS HERE. SETTLE DOWN. ALL THE WORK IS IN YOU GUYS. WE'VE NEVER FOUGHT ANY HARDER. HAVE YOUR FUN IN THE PROCESS. INDIANS. 1, 2, 3, INDIANS. COACH EVENS PREACHES POSITIVE REENFORCEMENT WITH HER PLAYERS. SHE'S ONE THAT TRIES TO COACH THEM UP. AND THE THEY'RE KIND OF SOME OF THEIR STATEMENT DO WORK. STAY HUNGRY. NO EXCUSES. YOU HEARD COACH EVANS DO THE WORK. LET'S GET OUT OF THIS. WE'VE GOT TO SCORE TO WIN AND SO LET'S GET OUT OF THIS AND GET OUR OPPORTUNITY TO GET TO THE PLATE. WHAT A RIP DOWN THE LINE OFF THE FENCE AND WHEN IT WAS FIELDED CLEANLY. SPELHAUG WASN'T GOING TO LET UP. RARELY DO YOU SEE A IN PARK HOME RUN HERE. WE SAW IT EARLIER TODAY. LARA IS ONE OF THAT CAN HIT IT OUT OF THE PARK IF YOU'RE NOT CAREFUL. SICKLES IS GOING TO HAVE TO BUCKLE DOWN HERE. THIS IS HOW YOU FIND OUT WHAT A PITCHER IS WORTH. PITCHING IS -- THERE'S AN OLD YOGI BERRA ABOUT IT BEING MENTAL. I THINK IT IS. YOU'VE GOT TO TRUST YOUR STUFF. RIGHT NOW SICKLES IS LETTING THAT LAST EVENT RATTLE HER A LITTLE BIT. SHE NEEDS TO GET BACK IN THE ZONE. SHE WAS GOING TO GIVE LARA MUCH. SHE MIGHT TAKE A CHANCE ON LUEBKEN. TO GO ALONG WITH THE EIGHT STRIKE-OUTS. AND HER STRIKE-OUT. 2-0 HERE IN THE FIFTH. PLEASANT VALLEY SCORED ON A INSIDE THE PARK HOME RUN FROM ELLIE SPELHAUG THAT DROVE IN EMILY WOOD. LUEBKEN SHOWS BUNT. POPS IT UP FOR A FOUL BALL. LUEBKEN IS ONE MUCH THOSE LEADERS ON THE HAIR COLOR DEAL. SHE WAS ONE OF THE ONES THAT WENT IN ALL HEAD AFTER THE REGIONAL FINAL. YOU CAN SEE IT STILL KIND OF IN THE BLACK HAIR STILL SHINING. AND KIND OF A NUBER. THEY JUST HOLD IT. NOW HERE'S A CONTRAST TO THE HAIR WHERE IT LOOKS LIKE SHE'S GOT THE PONYTAIL. PEGGY KLINGER WAS THE OTHER ONE WITH THE ALL IN. AND COACH LARA IS GOING TO MAKE A WALK TO THE UMPIRE. >> #12 GOING IN PINCH RUN FOR #7. THANK YOU. >> LARA IS GOING TO BE REPLACED BY EDWINSON. JORDAN EDWINSON. GIVE LARA JUST A LITTLE BIT OF A BREAK. PEGGY KLINGER KNOCKS IT FOUL. AND INTO THE AREA BETWEEN THE TWO DIAMONDS HERE. THE 0-2. RISE BALL. IS JUST A PEAK. KNOCKED BACK BY KLINGER. YOU'RE NOT GOING TO BE UNHITTABLE FOREVER. YOU HAVE TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO BOUNCE BACK. IF YOU CAN GET OUT OF THIS WITH GIVING UP THE TWO RUNS. INDIANOLA DOES HAVE A PRETTY GOOD ATTACK AT THE PLATE THEY CAN GET BACK INTO THE BALL GAME. AND YOU HAD MENTIONED THAT THEY WERE IN A TOUGH REGIONAL FINAL. THEY NEEDED A WALK OFF HOME RUN. FOUL BALL. GIVES CHASE. WON'T GET THERE. FOR SURE IT'S MARA McCLIMON. MARA McCLIMON AT FIRST. MY APOLOGIES. THE 0-2. NOW GOOD JOB BY BECKER TO ALLOW THAT. NOT ALLOW THAT RUNNER TO ADVANCE. AND THAT IS A BALL. SO NOW IT'S 2-2. POPPED UP AND AGAIN JUST OUT OF THE REACH OF BECKER. AND NOW THE STILLNESS OF THE EVENING HAS SETTLED. TAKE A LOOK AT THE ORANGE SKY OFF OF -- BEHIND LEFT FIELD. JUST A GREAT SETTING. >> MAN, THAT'S BEAUTIFUL. >> END THE SOFTBALL SEASON HEADQUARTER AT HARLAN ROGERS FIELD AT FORT DODGE. BECKER GETS THIS ONE. GREAT CATCH. THAT WAS EXCELLENT. BY SAMMIE BECKER. SAMMIE BECKER WAS INJURED EARLY ON, AND THEY DIDN'T HAVE HER FOR MOST OF THE YEAR. THEY HAD TO CHANGE THE LINEUP AND PUT DIFFERENT PLAYERS IN DIFFERENT POSITIONS. NOW SHE'S BACK HEALTHY BACK BEHIND THE PLATE. SHE'S ALREADY CONSIDERED THE MOST MUSICAL OF THE TEAM. SHE'S ALWAYS SINGING. SHE'S THE ONLY ONE. GROUND BALL. GOING TO GET THROUGH. HERE COMES THE RUN. PLEASANT VALLEY UP 3-0. BIG BASE HIT FROM SOPHIE LINDQUIST AND THAT'S WHAT YOU CALL TIMELY HITTING. GOT THE RUNNER OUT THERE WAITING FOR AT SECOND BASE. RIGHT THROUGH THE HOLE UP THE MIDDLE. A GOOD PIECE OF HITTING WITH TWO OUTS. NOW JESSIE MEYER THE RIGHT FIELDER. AND THAT PITCH CATCHES THE CORNER FROM SICKLES. THEY WEREN'T LOOKING FORWARD TO PLAYING PLEASANT VALLEY BECAUSE THEY HADN'T SEEN HER. THESE TEAMS PLAY A LOT OF TOURNAMENTS OVER THE WEEKENDS. YOU SEE A LOT OF THE COMPETITION. TEN STRIKE-OUTS FOR SYDNEY SICKLES. SHE MIGHT BE PART OF THE GAME HIGHLIGHTS WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A LOOK AT NOW. FIRST IT WAS AN INFIELD HIT. THEN LED TO A STOLEN BASE. EMILY WOOD AND WOOD KEPT ON RUNNING BECAUSE ELLIE SPELHAUG HIT IT. COACH LARA WAVES THEM BOTH IN. 2-0. AND THEN PLEASANT VALLEY SCORES ONE MORE RUN ON THIS. BASE HIT BY SOPHIE LINDQUIST. THAT'S HOW WE GOT TO 3-0 PLEASANT VALLEY LEAD. THEY ARE NOW IN THE DRIVER'S SEAT AS WE COME TO THE SIXTH INNING. THE SIXTH INNING HAS BEEN BIG FOR INDIANOLA. THEY SCORED FOUR RUNS IN THE SIXTH AGAINST HEMPSTEAD, AND FIVE RUNS IN THE GAME AGAINST JEFF. LET'S SEE WHAT THEY CAN DO. NOW THEY'LL HAVE TO DO IT AGAINST THE CHANGE IN PITCHER. YOU KNEW IT WAS COMING. JUST YOU DIDN'T KNOW. ALEXIA LARA WILL COME IN AND RELIEVE ELLIE SPELHAUG. WE TALKED TO COACH JOSE LARA, AND I SAID YOU ALWAYS DO IT. AND HE JUST SAID YEAH. NO MATTER WHAT THE SITUATION IS. THAT'S JUST WHAT WE DO. IT WORKS FOR US. WE BELIEVE IN THE SYSTEM. WE'RE GOING TO GO TO THE TWO-PITCHER SYSTEM AND BRING IN A LEXUS YEAH USUALLY IN FIFTH OR SIXTH INNING. 10 AND 2 ON THE SEASON. ELLIE SPELHAUG GOT HIT IN THE ELBOW AND SHE MISSED A FEW GAMES. AND SHE COMES BACK. GOING OUT, THAT'S EMILY WOOD AND GOING TO FIRST. PLEASANT VALLEY DOESN'T HAVE NUMBERS ON THE FRONT. LUNDRY GOES TO FIRST. THE UMPIRES ARE STILL CHECKING. NOW THEY'RE GOING TO -- GOING TO MAKE SURE THEY HAVE ENOUGH SOFTBALL. HERE WE GO IN THE SIXTH INNING. INDIANOLA, THIS IS THEIR INNING. BOLTON, LEWIS AND BECKER. 2, 3, 4. SHOWING BUNT IS BOLTON. FIRST PITCH IS A STRIKE. BOLTON CAME BACK FROM THE TEAM. TOOK A YEAR OFF TO PLAY TRAVEL BALL. BUT SHE CAME BACK TO INDIANOLA WITH THE OPINION THAT IT WASN'T WHAT SHE EXPECTED IT WAS TO BE. SHE'S GOING TO BE OUT BECAUSE SHE WAS WAY OUT OF THE BOX. TOM BURGER WAS ALL OVER THAT ONE. I SAW THAT TOO. >> SEE IF WE CAN GET A LOOK AT THAT. SO YOU CAN SEE WHAT THE UMPIRE IS SEEING AND WHY HE'S CALLING IT. RIGHT THERE. THE LEFT FOOT OUT OF THE BOX, AND IN FRONT OF THE PLATE. >> YEAH. >> THAT'S WHAT THEY'RE LOOKING FOR. >> THERE WAS ONE OUT. FOR DESTINY LEWIS. LEWIS WAS TWO FOR THREE IN THE SEMIFINAL. SHE'S ONE FOR TWO IN THIS BALL GAME. GOT HER SINGLE BACK IN THE FIRST. TALK ABOUT -- WE TALKED WITH JEAN ABOUT THE UNDERCLASSMEN. THE FRESHMAN. THIS IS ONE OF THEM. SWUNG ON AND MISSED BY LEWIS. SHE CAME UP LAST YEAR AS AN 8th GRADER. ONE OF THOSE YOUNG PLAYERS. FRESHMAN THIS YEAR. SHE MIGHT BE THE PITCHER OF THE FUTURE FOR INDIANOLA. HAS SOME INNINGS HR HER BELT. SHE RIPS DOWN THE LEFT FIELD LINE BUT FOUL AND HAS POP IN HER BAT. >> THERE HAVE BEEN A LOT OF LOT OF FOUL BALLS PULLED. >> I MEAN, I THINK YOU HEARD COACH LARA SAY ABOUT SYDNEY SICKLES SHE'S GENERATING THE SPEED. SO YOU HAVE THE SPEED OF THE PITCHER, AND YOU HAVE THE BAT SPEED OF SOME OF THESE HITTERS. THOSE TWO THINGS. THAT COMBINATION BALLS CAN GO FLYING IN A HURRY. WHICH IS WHY YOU SEE SO MANY MORE MASKS. BAD PITCH. FLIPS TO THE SIDE TO DESTINY LEWIS. AND LEWIS SWINGS AND MISSES AND STRIKES OUT. AND KNEW IT WASN'T A GOOD SWING, AND DIDN'T WANT TO RUN DOWN TO FIRST. THAT'S AN OFF-SPEED PITCH. JUST DOWN AND IT WAS OFF-SPEED. SHE WAS OUT IN FRONT OF IT. CATCHER DIDN'T GET IT CLEAN. BUT LEWIS WAS JUST NOT HAPPY WITH HER BAT AND DECIDED NOT TO RUN DOWN TO FIRST. THAT ONE TO THE OUTSIDE OF THE PLATE. 1-0 TO SAMMIE BECKER. THE CATCHER. THE JUNIOR TONIGHT IS 0 FOR 2. THAT ONE CATCHES THE CORNER. >> IT'S GETTING LATE THIS BALL GAME. WE NEED BASE RUNNERS EVEN IF YOU'VE TWO OUTS. YOU'VE GOT TO GET THE MINDSET AT THE PLATE TO GET ON BASE ANY WAY YOU CAN. LARA DEALS. THAT ONE IS OUT OF THE ZONE. >> YOU KNOW COACH LARA TOOK OVER THIS TEAM TWO YEARS AGO. HE WAS AN ASSISTANT ON THAT TEAM. AS THAT ONE IS FOULED AWAY. LORI DUNCAN WAS THE HEAD COACH. WHO PLAYED AT NORTH SCOTT. SHE'S STILL AROUND THE PROGRAM. KIND OF COMES IN AND GETS A LITTLE SOFTBALL FIX. THEY ARE IN CONSTANT COMMUNICATION. SWUNG AND MISSED. SHE'S PICKING UP PROSECUTE ELLIE SPELHAUG LEFT OFF. BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH. PLEASANT VALLEY IN THE DRIVER OH SEAT. THE PBS OF SUMMER ADVENTURE WITH 10 THAT CHANGED AMERICA. NO PASSPORT REQUIRED. IT WOULD BE BEAT WITHOUT THE MEXICAN-AMERICAN CHEF. KINGDOMS OF THE SKY. 10 THAT CHANGED THE AMERICA. NO PASSPORT. AND KINGDOMS OF THE SKY. PART OF THE PBS SUMMER OF ADVENTURE. TUESDAY AT 7. JOIN THE CONVERSATION ONLINE WITH IOWA PUBLIC TELEVISION. FOLLOW US ON Facebook. CONNECT WITH US ON ALL OF OUR SOCIAL NETWORKS. >> A BEAUTIFUL IOWA EVENING. ORANGE SKY. BIG FLAT AREA TO THE WEST OF US ON THE NORTH SIDE OF FORT DODGE AND THERE'S THAT PURPLE THING. IT'S THE IFV PRODUCTION TRUCK. THE HARDWORKING FOLKS IN THERE. THEY'RE IN THEIR FIFTH AND FINAL GAME AND HOPEFULLY THE FINAL INNING AND A HALF. WE'RE IN THE BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH. PLEASANT VALLEY COULD BE THEIR FINAL AT-BAT OF THE SEASON. THAT FOULED DOWN THE LEFT FIELD LINE. SHE JUST PUNCHED IT OUT TO LEFT FIELD HOPING IT WOULD LAND ON THE LINE. DESTINY LEWIS PLAYING A LITTLE OFF THE LINE. >> HIT TO THIRD. OVER IS PARKER MATTHEWS TO YENGER. AND ODD NOT TO GET A STRIKE-OUT FOR SYDNEY SICKLES. SYDNEY, YOU KNOW I USUALLY WILL ASK HER AND COUPLE OF THE GIRLS I FELT LIKE ASKING SOMETHING DIFFERENT. WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU'RE PLAYING SPORTS. I PLAY WITH MY DOG RIZZO. IT IS CAUGHT BY GRACEY MAY IN RIGHT FIELD. SOMETIMES THE LOVE OF A PET IS REALLY GOOD THERAPY. WE TALKED ABOUT COACH DILLINGER DRIVING HOME FOR 43 MINUTE. JUST TALKING WITH RIZZO AND TALKING THEM OVER. THEY UNDERSTAND. THEY'RE A GOOD LISTENERS. THEY SOMETIMES TALK BACK OCCASIONALLY. AT FOUR A.M. EMILY WOOD. SLAPS IT. FOR AN OUT. GRACEY MAY WAS COMING IN ON THIS. THIS IS IT. INDIANOLA'S LAST STAND. WHAT DO THEY HAVE LEFT IN THE TANK. WE'LL FIND OUT IN A MOMENT. >> HI I'M CHARITY NUBBY. MORE AND MORE MEMBERS ARE BECOMING MORE SUSTAINING MEMBERS BECAUSE IT'S EASY AND HASSLE FREE. YOU CHOOSE AN AMOUNT TO GIVE EVERY MONTH AND YOU'RE SET. IT'S A GREAT WAY TO SUPPORT THE SHOWS YOU LOVE MONTH AFTER MONTH. THANK YOU SO MUCH. COMING UP ON THIS EPISODE OF IOWA OUTDOORS. I LOVE WRITING AND ILLUSTRATING. YOU DON'T FIND STORIES. STORIES FIND YOU. I THINK THAT'S THE SAME WITH NATURE. YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW NATURE BUT NATURE KNOWS YOU. IOWA OUTDOORS, SATURDAY MORNING AT 9:00. >> WELL THIS COULD BE THE FINAL HALF INNING. PLEASANT VALLEY CAME OVER TO THE DES MOINES AREA ON THE FIRST WEEKEND IN JUNE. THEY FOUND BOONE AND SOUTHEAST POLK AND JOHNSON AND LOST ALL THREE. SINCE THAT TIME LAURA LEONARD THAT WEEKEND TOURNAMENT WAS A TURNING POINT FOR THEM. THEY HAVE ABSOLUTELY RIGHTED THE SHIP. THEY LOST TWO GAMES SINCE THEN. THEY ARE LOOKING TO CLOSE OUT INDIANOLA IN THE 7th INNING. 0-3-2 FOR INDIANOLA. 3-5-1 FOR PLEASANT VALLEY. DO START QUESTIONING YOURSELVES AND WHAT ARE WE DOING WRONG. WHAT DO WE NEED TO CORRECT. SOMETIMES YOU OVERTHINK. YOU CAN KEEP GOING DOWN THE TANK OR RIGHT THE SHIP. THEY CERTAINLY DID RIGHT THE SHIP. EMMY YENGER SAYS SHE'S BEEN STRUGGLING A LITTLE BIT. SHE WEARS #99. LIFTED HIGH IN THE AIR TO LEFT. IT'S PLAYABLE IN FOUL TERRITORY MAKING THE CATCH. IS SOPHIE LINDQUIST. THERE'S ONE AWAY HERE. FOR INDIANOLA. EMMY YENGER MIGHT BE HER LAST AT-BAT. SHE HAD TO HAVE THAT TATTOOED ON HER ARM. >> GETTING A CHANCE TO SWING AGAIN IS BROOKE TUCKER THE JUNIOR. PLEASANT VALLEY 35 AND 7. THIS IS THEIR 8th TOURNAMENT APPEARANCE. THEY'VE COME HERE IN 2018. TWO OUTS AWAY FROM REPEATING BOTH QUAD-CITY TEAM. TELL YOU WHAT. INDIANOLA NOT GOING AWAY AT ALL. BROOKE TUCKER TRYING TO PUT THAT THING IN PLAY. SHE'S TAKING SOME RIP. THAT'S FOR SURE. AND WHY NOT. WHY NOT SWING AWAY, AND TRY TO START SOME KIND OF A RALLY. >> THE LAST REPEAT WE HAD IN THE BIG SCHOOL CLASS THAT'S FROM EASTERN IOWA WAS CEDAR RAPIDS JEFFERSON IN 1997 AND 1998. >> SWUNG ON AND MISSED. BROOKE TUCKER AND THERE'S ONE OUT AWAY FROM A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP FOR PLEASANT VALLEY. ON THIS FRIDAY EVENING, JULY THE 20th. JUST AFTER 9:30. THE SEASON COULD BE MOMENT AWAY FOR BOTH OF THESE TEAMS. LARA'S PITCH IS IN THERE FOR A CALLED STRIKE. PAYTON ANDERSON'S THE LAST HOPE FOR THE INDIANS, THE SENIOR. SHE SAID A LOT OF THE PLAYERS ON THIS TEAM HAVE COME UP TOGETHER SINCE 10U. THEY'RE A CLOSE-KNIT GROUP. SHE'S DOING HER BEST TO KEEP THE INNING ALIVE. >> NOW THEY'RE DOWN TO THEIR FINAL STRIKE. ON DECK IS SICKLES. THE OTHER SENIORS. ONE OF THE OTHER SENIORS ON THIS TEAM. GOT SOME GREAT SENIOR LEADERSHIP ON THIS INDIANOLA TEAM. THEY'RE ALL GOING TO CONGRATULATE WAIT. A LOT OF THEM GOING TO CONTINUE THEIR CAREERS IN COLLEGE. AND WOULD LIKE TO PLAY A FEW MORE INNINGS THEIR HIGH SCHOOL CAREER IF THEY COULD. 1-2. THE PITCH. FOULED OFF INTO THE NET. THE LAST THREE OUTS ARE THE HARDEST ONES TO GET. >> THAT WAS A GOOD JOB OF HOLDING THE HANDS BACK AND ON THAT OFF-SPEED PITCH JUST TO SPOIL IT AND GET A LITTLE PIECE OF IT. 1-2. BACK-TO-BACK FOR THE SPARTANS OF PLEASANT VALLEY. THE SECOND TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY. THEY ARE THE CLASS 5A STATE CHAMPIONS. (APPLAUSE) PV WAS THE TEAM TO BEAT NEARLY THE ENTIRE SEASON. NOW HUGS ALL THE WAY AROUND. IT WAS JUST THE ONE BIG INNING THEY HAD. THE FIFTH INNING WHERE THEY SCORED THE THREE RUNS. HERE'S THE LAST PITCH OF THE BALL GAME. A LETTER HIGH FASTBALL AND PV GETS TO CELEBRATE AGAIN. SPELHAUG THE FIRST ONE OUT OF THE DUGOUT. AND THE SPARTANS AND THE INDIANS WILL SHAKE HANDS. WE'LL HAVE OUR ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM NAMED AND THE TROPHY PRESENTATION. AND THEN WE'LL SAY SAYONARA FOR ANOTHER YEAR. CAN'T BELIEVE IT. ANOTHER SEASON IN THE BOOKS. AND WHAT A GREAT TOURNAMENT ALL THE WAY AROUND. >> I DON'T THINK PV IS COMPLAINING ABOUT GETTING THE SAME SHIRT THIS YEAR. THE CHAMPIONSHIP SHIRT. >> LADIES AND GENTLEMEN PLEASE DIRECT YOUR ATTENTION TO THE INFIELD FOR THE AWARD CEREMONY. IS FARM BUREAU MARCO BUSCAL. YOUR CLASS 5A ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM FROM PLEASANT VALLEY ELLIE SPELHAUG. FROM INDIANOLA, SAMMIE BECKER. FROM CEDAR RAPIDS JEFFERSON LINDSEY CULVER. FROM CEDAR RAPIDS JEFFERSON ERIKA OLER. FROM WEST DES MOINES VALLEY KENDRA SHRAM. FROM FORT DODGE STEPHANIE ALSTADT. FROM PLEASANT VALLEY BELLE LUEBKEN. FROM INDIANOLA, EMMA YENGER. FROM PLEASANT VALLEY, ALEXIA LARA. FROM INDIANOLA, SYDNEY SICKLES. AND YOUR 2018 CLASS 5A ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM CAPTAIN FROM PLEASANT VALLEY CARLI SPELHAUG. >> SO TWO SPELHAUGS MAKE THE ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM. COUPLE OF INDIANS. >> A LOT OF SOFTBALL PLAYED WITH THAT GROUP. >> THERE'S A LOOK AT YOUR RUN-DOWN OF THE TEAMS. YOU KNOW WHAT, LAURA SPELHAUG IS GOING TO PLAY BASKETBALL. WHAT A WAY TO GO OUT ON YOUR LAST SOFTBALL GAME WITH A STATE TITLE. YOU GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO WIN A STATE TITLE AND THEN MOVING TO BRADLEY TO GO PLAY BASKETBALL. AND I KNOW THAT THE BRADLEY HAS ALLOWED PLAYERS TO PLAY BOTH SPORTS. I WOULDN'T BE SURPRISED MAYBE NOT NEXT YEAR OR THE NEXT YEAR SHE MIGHT BE ON THE DIAMOND AGAIN. >> DEAN CRAMER. ROGER FRANCIS, AND RON FODNESS. >> HEAD COACH STACY EVANS AND INDIANOLA INDIANS ON AN OUTSTANDING 2018 OUTSTANDING SOFTBALL SEASON. >> YOUR TICKET WAS PUNCHED, LADY AS THE 2018 CLASS 5A STATE SOFTBALL CHAMPION. HEAD COACH JOSE LARA AND THE SPARTANS FROM PLEASANT VALLEY. >> THE PLEASANT VALLEY SPARTANS ALMOST RAN OVER THEIR ATHLETIC DIRECTOR TO GET THE TROPHY. >> SO FIVE STATE CHAMPIONS IN THE LAST TWO. THAT'S THEIR FIRST TITLE IN SCHOOL HISTORY. AND IT'S THEIR FIRST TRIP TO STATE AS THEY'RE BACK. 3A ASSUMPTION REPEATS FOR THEIR SECOND TITLE. DES MOINES HOOVER. CAN YOU GUESS WHAT THE PLEASANT VALLEY 5A SECOND TITLE BACK-TO-BACK. SIMILAR FOR THE QUAD-CITY TEAMS. BOTH OF THEM EASILY TO BE BACK FOR A FOURTH. I THINK WE'LL SEE SOME FAMILIAR FACES HERE AGAIN NEXT YEAR AND SOME NEWCOMERS AS THIS SPORT EVOLVES. WHAT A GREAT TOURNAMENT. TWO GREAT GAMES LAST NIGHT. A LOT OF THREE GAMES WITH A LOT OF SPARK AND RUNS AND EXCITEMENT. OVERALL A GREAT TOURNAMENT. JOB WELL DONE TO ALL OF THOSE PARTICIPANTS AND ALL OF THE WINNERS. THIRD PLACE. LAURA LEONARD, I JUST LOVE SITTING NEXT TO YOU. IT IS FOR THIS ENTIRE CREW WHO WORKED SO HARD TO BRING THE ACTION TO YOU. FIVE TROPHIES HAVE NEW HOMES. 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Early years

Kralick was born in Youngstown, Ohio, an industrial town with a strong amateur baseball tradition, and attended Michigan State University.[3] Early in his professional career, he gained recognition as a pitcher for a farm team connected to the Northern League.[4] On August 8, 1956, Kralick pitched a 5–0 seven-inning no-hitter for the DuluthSuperior White Sox in a match against the FargoMoorhead Twins.[4]

But the parent Chicago White Sox released Kralick during the middle of the 1958 minor-league season, and he was signed as a free agent by the Washington Senators' organization.

Major league debut and no-hitter

Kralick made his Major League debut with the Senators on April 15, 1959.[3] But he appeared in only five MLB games before being sent to the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts for the bulk of the 1959 season. There he compiled a 3.53 earned-run average in 26 starts and 176 innings pitched. He got into one further Major League contest when the rosters expanded in September 1959 and pitched two hitless innings in relief against the Boston Red Sox on September 27.[5]

He made the Senator staff for the entire 1960 season, posting a winning mark (8–6) and a (3.04) ERA in 35 games during the club's final year before its transfer to Minneapolis–St. Paul.

On August 20, 1961, he participated in the most recent of the six major league games in which two pitchers hit a home run for the same team, with the other pitcher being Al Schroll. Then, on August 26, 1962, he no-hit[6] the Kansas City Athletics 1–0 at Metropolitan Stadium, the first no-hitter in the history of the Twins franchise subsequent to its relocation to Minnesota. He retired the first 25 batters before a walk to George Alusik spoiled his bid for a perfect game.

Later career

Kralick was traded by the Minnesota Twins to the Cleveland Indians for Jim Perry on May 2, 1963.[7] The transaction was made out of necessity for both teams. Kralick, along with Jim Kaat and Dick Stigman, had been one of three left-handers on the Twins' four-man starting rotation, while the Indians' only southpaw starter was Sam McDowell.[8] Kralick was an All-Star in 1964. He played the final game of his major league career on April 23, 1967.[3]

His contract was sold by the Indians eight days later on May 1 to the New York Mets, who were set to assign him to the Jacksonville Suns in preparation for a May 11 promotion to the majors.[9] Instead, he was sidelined for the remainder of the campaign after he sustained a cerebral contusion and temporary diplopia when he lost control of his automobile which crashed into a retaining wall on the Memorial Shoreway near Cleveland Stadium in the early hours of May 2.[9][10][11] The Mets offered him an invitation to its spring training camp prior to the 1968 season, but he chose to officially retire as an active player and begin working as an insurance salesman for North American Life Assurance Company of Toronto.[10][12]

References

  1. ^ "Aug. 26, 1962, Jack Kralick pitches no-hitter". Retrieved March 7, 2019.
  2. ^ "Former pitcher Kralick dies at age 77". startribune.com. 19 September 2012. Retrieved 19 September 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Player Page". Baseball Reference. Retrieved 2007-11-11.
  4. ^ a b "Northern League History". Usfamily.net. Retrieved 2007-11-11.
  5. ^ Retrosheet
  6. ^ Twins Kralick throws season's 5th no-hitter
  7. ^ Jack Kralick (chronology) – BaseballLibrary.com. Archived 2015-06-20 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Kralick for Perry Appears Best Trade," The Associated Press, Monday, July 8, 1963.
  9. ^ a b "Kralick Out Month," The Blade (Toledo, OH), Wednesday, May 3, 1967.
  10. ^ a b Brackin, Dennis & Reusse, Patrick. Minnesota Twins: The Complete Illustrated History. Minneapolis, MN: Quayside Publishing Group, 2010.
  11. ^ "Jack Kralick In Car Wreck," The Associated Press, Wednesday, May 3, 1967.
  12. ^ "Jack Kralick Will Retire," The Associated Press, Tuesday, April 2, 1968.

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Preceded by
Bill Monbouquette
No-hitter pitcher
August 26, 1962
Succeeded by
Sandy Koufax
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