Pella Christian 8, No. 4 (4A) Norwalk 4
PELLA — Pella Christian added a nice feather in their cap on senior night on Thursday by pulling off the upset against No. 4 (4A) Norwalk.
Both teams would get on the board in the first inning with Emma Eekhoff tying the game at one with her RBI single to right.
PC would take the lead in the third inning with back to back walks starting the rally before Emri Agre’s RBI single would score Bailey Roose. A wild pitch, fielder’s choice and RBI walk from Trinity Vos pushed the PC lead to 5-2 after three.
Norwalk would pull back within one with a pair of runs in the fifth before Natalie Harrill would supply the insurance and the power by blasting a three-run home run, her sixth of the season, in the sixth inning to give the Eagles some breathing room.
Harrill would lead the PC batters, going 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs. Agre and Eekhoff both had two hits while those two along with Alexa Dunsbergen and Vos all drove in a run.
Dunsbergen got the win after allowing four runs on seven hits with four walks in seven innings of work.
Pella Christian (14-18) will now wait in the regional quarterfinals for the winner of Madrid (10-18) vs East Marshall (11-12), who they will play on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Eagle Lane.
No. 4 (5A) Indianola 14, Pella 0
PELLA — Pella finished off their conference schedule against the Little Hawkeye Conference champions on Thursday as they fell in five innings.
Indianola scored three in the first before the Lady Dutch were able to hold them off the board in the second and third inning. The Indians would then break through with seven runs in the fourth and four in the fifth to activate the run rule.
Ava Curry, Autumn Blink and Ella Corbin all had one hit for Pella. Hailey Van Vark took the loss after allowing six runs on six hits with five walks and one strikeout in 3 1/3 innings.
Pella (7-26) will wrap up regular season play on Tuesday at 7 p.m. when they travel to Perry (8-21).
Knoxville 1, Clarke 0
KNOXVILLE — The Panthers picked up their 20th win on Thursday in a barnburner pitchers duel with only four hits between the two teams on the night.
Knoxville broke through to score the winning run in the sixth inning on their way to victory.
Freshman Ciara Heffron was lights out in the circle for the Panthers, allowing just one hit and two walks with 10 strikeouts in seven shutout innings.
Hannah Dunkin went 2-for-3 with a double while Elaina Hamilton had the lone RBI in the contest.
Knoxville (20-8, 6-4 SCC) wraps up regular season play on Friday at 7:30 p.m. when they travel to Chariton (10-13, 4-7 SCC).
No. 6 (4A) Norwalk 7, Pella Christian 1
PELLA — The Eagles battled the conference leaders on Thursday on senior night.
Norwalk spotted three runs in the first while PC was able to get one back in the fourth before the Warriors added a pair of insurance runs in the sixth and seventh inning.
Pella Christian (8-21, 5-15 LHC) caps off the regular season on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. when they host Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont (19-5).
*Pella Christian stats were unavailable at time of print
Knoxville 11, Clarke 5
Knoxville 12, Clarke 2
KNOXVILLE — The Panthers picked up their fourth and fifth straight conference wins in a Thursday doubleheader against Clarke.
Knoxville came out firing with seven runs coming across in the first inning of game one as they were able to cruise from there to the win.
Mike Hudson and Bode Cox both had two hits in the game while those two along with Trenten Kingrey, Jaxon Zuck and Hayden Hatch all had an RBI. Beau Leisure got the win after allowing three runs on three hits with four walks and eight strikeouts. Hudson closed out the final two innings with a pair of punch outs.
Game two was tied at two going into the fourth inning before Knoxville would rattle off nine unanswered runs over the course of the next three innings.
Evan Eck was 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs for the Panthers while Hudson also had two RBIs and Kingrey, Zuck, Evan Prevo and Dakota Ramsey all had one RBI.
Luke Spaur got the win after allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits with five strikeouts in six innings of work on the rubber.
Knoxville (13-14, 9-8 SCC) finishes conference play on Friday at 7:30 p.m. when they travel to Chariton (4-17, 2-12 SCC).