Who: Pella Christian (9-8) vs No. 14 I-35 (6-6)
What: Class 2A - Region 4 - Quarterfinal
When: Wednesday, July 15 at 7 p.m.
First meeting in QuikStats era (since 2009).
One key player for Pella Christian
Cheyanne Collins did a nice job in the circle to battle back and help the Eagles win their first round matchup against Pleasantville. I-35 is a good hitting team like Pella Christian (they average 6.4 runs per game compared to PC’s 5.7 runs per game). Collins will have her work cut out for her on the rubber but she should have some breathing room to work with as the Roadrunners have given up their fair share of runs this season. Collins, who went 2-for-5 with two RBIs against Pleasantville, should be able to help her own cause in the cleanup spot against I-35.
Keys for Pella Christian
Keep hitting. If the offense keeps hitting like they did against the Trojans then it has the potential to cover up some mistakes while they’re in the field. I-35 has a young pitching staff that usually won’t give up walks or strike out too many girls so Pella Christian should have a chance to put the ball in play often. Likewise, I-35’s collection of young players can hit the ball which may lead to another high scoring game. Expect a lot of hits and a lot of pressure being put on both team’s defense. It may be the team who makes the least amount of mistakes on defense, and capitalizes with runners on base, wins this one and advances to the semifinals.