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By Musco Lighting, the sports lighting specialist, providing lighting systems for you, your project and your community.>>>The first of five championship trophies is about to be handed out as the tarps are cleared following the first rain of the week at the Iowa girls high school athletic union state softball championship as the 1A matchup brings you the returning champs from 2018 and the runners up from 2018 looking for more. Clarksville and Collins-Maxwell as we welcome you to a rainy fort dodge, Iowa. Alongside Molly Parrott, I’m Brad wells. This is the first time they’re meeting in the tournament but not the first time on the Indictment. >>Molly: That’s right. They’re rather new conference rivals in the conference. Collins-Maxwell getting the better of Clarksville 1-0 earlier this season. And same result from a year ago.>>Brad: We’ve seen good pitching matchups as we look at the Clarksville Indians, a school record 33 wins. Having a fantastic season. >>Molly: This is a team with no seniors on the roster. Many of them are multisport athletes. They’re the three seed in this tournament, very confident coming into this game. >>Brad: Meanwhile, the top seed Collins-Maxwell Spartans return a load of talent from last year’s state championship team. >>Molly: They had that target on their back all season long but they do not feel pressure. They’re out here to have a good time. Very competitive bunch under Coach Houge. >>Brad: We send it out to our PA announcer Tim Fitzpatrick. >>Good evening, Ladies and Gentlemen, softball fans and welcome to Roger sports complex and this 1A state championship game between the Clarksville Indians, and the home team, the Collins-Maxwell Spartans. Let’s first of all meet the nonstarters and assistant coaches for the Clarksville Indians. Number 4, Jenna Myers. Number 12, Rachel Bordchardt. Number 19, Allyson Essink. Number 21, Aneka Nelson. Number 23, Lilly Cobb. And number 25, Brandi Garretson. Your assistant coach for the Indians, Taylor Arenholz. And number 14, Kori Wedeking. Number 5, Cheyenne Behrends. Number 15, Janet Borchardt. Batting fifth, the designated player, number 9, Makenzie Bloker. Batting sixth at third base, number 2, Cailyn Hardy. Batting seventh at first base, number one, Emma Poppe. Batting eighth and playing second, number 6, Chloe Ross. And batting ninth, the center fielder, number 10, Bailey Myers. Your right fielder, number 19, Allyson Essink. The head coach for the Clarksville Indians, Katie Wedeking. And now here of your nonstarters and assistant coaches for the home team from Collins-Maxwell. Number 1, Avery Fricke. Number 4, Jane’e Jones. Number 6, Angela Calkins. Number 9, Carrie Baldwin. Number 10, Kenzi Wierson. Number 12, Marissa Boege. Number 14, Isabelle Hill. Number 18, Decklever. And number 25, Hanah Jurgens. Assistant coach for the Spartans, Jean Birchmier. And now here is your starting lineup for the Spartans, leading off and playing shortstop, number 2, Alexis Houge. Batting second in left field, number 7, Emma Kahler. Doing the catcher, Hannah Caple. Batting fifth and playing third base, number 16, Reagan Franzen. Batting sixth and right field, number 17, Ella Kahler. Batting seventh, the designated player, number 15, Sofie Wattonville. Batting eighth and playing second base, Olivia Pasquariello. And batting ninth, the center fielder, number 3, Trinity Stover. And your first baseman, number 24, Brailyn Tankersley. Head coach for Collins-Maxwell, Troy Houge. And now, Ladies and Gentlemen, turn your attention to our home plate area. The umpiring crew assigned to this contest assigned by the Iowa girls athletic union, at first base, Tom Sullivan. At third base, Tom Moore. And calling the balls and strikes this evening, Karl Wooldridge. All right. Who’s ready for state championship softball?>>Brad: We get set for state championship softball play here in the class 1A tournament as we’ll hold the start for just a moment here in this 1A matchup. And, Molly, when we talk about rain and being able to play the sport of softball, obviously fans know about lightning delays, when they will clear the field if there is lightning there will be a 30-minute delay. We have not had any lightning lately, but there is an opportunity to talk about rainfall and pitchers being able to grip the ball. We’ll be back right after this promo with Molly Stotts on our state championship coverage on Iowa Public Television. ♪>>Country music comes from right in here. This heart and soul that we all have. ♪>>You can dance to it. You can make love to it. You can play it at a funeral. It has something in it for everybody.>>Country music is about human emotions.>>We’re always looking for those topics that are going to tell us a lot about who we are, not just to the era that we cover, but who we are now.>>If you want to look for, like, super strong women telling amazing stories, you want country. >>I mean, the song — is I sing it or I’ve lived it. And I never tell my husband which one it was.>>I believe that you can go look and find a country song that will help you feel better. Sometimes it might make you cry, but you’ll feel better.>>This is the story of a uniquely American art form that sometimes gets defined as three chords and the truth. And the people who made it, created it and how it became a business. >>Hello, I’m Johnny Cash. >>My dad, he worked out all of his problems on stage. That’s where he took his anguish and fears and grieves and he worked them out with an audience. That’s just who he was.>>I hope that when people hear of this series, that they’ll tune in. It made a convert out of me. It’s a wonderful story. ♪ Crazy, I’m crazy for ♪>>I always thought it was a really good song and I played it for Patsy Kline and she thought it was a great song. >>I think that’s utterly American. ♪>>Brad: Here’s a live look at fort dodge, Iowa, our first of five championship games coming your way here on Iowa Public Television over the next couple of days. We’re in a slight delay before we begin this one. The tarp has been cleared. The tarp is staying off but just waiting as the final cell moves out of the Fort Dodge area. Talk about the players being able to grip the ball is the main reason for a delay in a situation like this. >>Molly: It was interesting watching the two teams, nice live look from our crew there, but interesting watching these two teams warm up. Collins-Maxwell spending quite a bit more time out in the elements. Clarksville choosing to stay dry in the dugout. First and foremost, safety for the athletes. Want to make sure there isn’t any additional injuries and things of that nature. But you want to give them the best environment so they can perform at their best. You mentioned pitchers. That’s an important aspect. Won’t be surprised if we see some towels tucked into the back pockets of these starting pitchers. That’s probably something that will be a factor particularly every time the ball goes into the wet grass. Should be fine in the dirt once this rain holds off. But every time that ball hits in the green grass, might be switching out a ball or wiping it off. Officials will probably be doing some of that with the towel as well. >>Brad: We’ve seen some fantastic pitching performances from these two pitchers. We will take another short break. We will be back. We do expect to begin this game in just a minute or two. Don’t go anywhere. Championship coverage coming your way here on Iowa Public Television.>>Hi, I’m Bill Riley. We’re kicking off our 2019 state fair coverage live with the Iowa state fair parade. It’s the official start of the Iowa state fair and a tradition you won’t want to miss. Enjoy marching bands, celebrities, spectacles and so much more. Start off your fair with the Iowa state fair parade Wednesday, August 7th at 6:15 p.m. Only on Iowa Public Television.>>>Coming up on this episode of Iowa Outdoors. >>As a conservation officer we’re in charge of all the hunting, trapping, ATV and snow mobile laws as well as education of the public throughout the year. >>Number one thing is public safety.>>We have all the capabilities, enforcement action just like they do in the state of Iowa. >>Iowa Outdoors, Saturday morning at 9:00.>>>On this week’s episode of the Best Of Living in Iowa, we talk with those who live along the route who once upon a time connected Iowa from coast to coast.>>Enjoy the best of Living in Iowa Saturday evening at 6:30.>>>Hi, I’m Charity and welcome to the “Iowa Ingredient” kitchen. Creating a culinary show about Iowa, the food we produce here and the fantastic flavors chefs whip up with that food can be a complex but fun process.>>They’ve taught me to never do anything until they tell me do it. >>Oh, okay. >>Take a peek behind the scenes with us during a special edition of “Iowa Ingredient.” >>Join Charity Saturday morning at 11:30. The Clarksville Indians and the Collins-Maxwell Spartans, they’re ready for the 1A championship game. And they will have to wait just a few more minutes here. We expect this game to begin in five minutes or possibly a little bit longer. I am Brad wells along with Molly Parrott. What’s your mentality? How do you stay loose and stay engage and be ready to start ever had they say let’s get rolling?>>Molly: It’s not easy when there’s so much excitement and adrenalin. These are two teams who have been in this type of position before. Certainly Collins-Maxwell, the returning state champ. Clarksville, they are no strangers to this stage being the state runner up two years ago in 2017. But it’s a little challenging to keep focused, so to speak, because you are antsy. You’re excited to go. But if you play an outdoor sport where inclement weather is a piece of the puzzle, you’re used to a rain delay at some point through the season. If you play track or soccer, you see this it’s not like volleyball where for the most part the environment is stable. Keep focused as much as you can. Teams have different approaches to this. Coach Houge for Collins-Maxwell yesterday said really my job is to show up and let them know when it’s time to stop dancing and get ready to play the game. It’s a very loose bunch over there for the Spartans. Clarksville, as we mentioned, did some dancing of their own in the pregame. But, for the most part, have stayed put in their dugout. >>Brad: You’ve had some hall of fame athletic achievements in your day as an athlete. What was your favorite thing to do during a rain delay? Did you like rain delays. >>Molly: I think it’s more like college softball because it’s cold delays. When you’re playing in the Midwest who knows what you might get for weather. But there’s some sitting around. One of the things we’ve seen go viral nationally is college softball and baseball teams and some of their antics during weather delays have become pretty legendary. In the state of Iowa we’ve seen that with some dance-offs. We’ll see. Who knows what might happen here at Fort Dodge, might get a little crazy. >>Brad: Did you have any crazy weather that you witnessed on the softball diamond, whether it was snow or sleet?>>Molly: I remember playing in sleet. You’re aging me, Brad. I remember playing in sleet my very first tournament. Somewhere down in Missouri. It was still cold. >>Brad: It’s not sleet, it’s not making you old. >>Molly: But just trying to recall those memories. Our coach asking us if we were cold, I was thinking, yes, I’m very cold. My teammates were shaking their heads no, not cold at all. But I was very cold. >>Brad: Got to keep moving. We will be right back here, class 1A state champions game. We’re going to move the last of the raindrops out of Fort Dodge. We’ll get going here in just a moment. ♪>>I can’t explain how such an important moment in our history has been overlooked. This is what the suffrages did in those decades before they actually achieved victory. They changed hearts and minds. They had to change not only the idea of who is the citizen who can vote, but what is a woman’s role in society? Carrie Chapman more than any woman’s suffrages brought that suffrage amendment home.>>Coming this spring to Iowa Public Television. ♪ I’m so lonesome I could cry ♪>>Country music comes from right in here. This heart and soul that we all have. >>You can dance to it. You can make love to it. You can play it at a funeral. 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That’s just who he was. >>I hope that when people hear of the series, that they’ll tune in. It made a convert out of me. It’s a wonderful story. ♪ Crazy, I’m crazy for ♪>>I always thought it was a really good song, and I played it for Patsy Kline and she thought it was a great song. >>It’s phenomenally great music about people who felt their stories weren’t being told. I think that’s utterly American. ♪ I’m so lonesome I could cry ♪>>Hello, I’m Bill Riley. For 49 years Iowa Public Television has brought you in-depth coverage of the great Iowa state fair. The entertainment, competition, livestock, food and fun. We bring the magic of the state fair to you. It all starts August 12th for nightly coverage at 9:00. It’s a full hour of highlights for six nights in a row. See the fair like you won’t see it anywhere else. Only on statewide public television.>>See more of your favorite IPTV programs on Youtube. Find “Market to Market” on Facebook. 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Start off your fair with the Iowa State Fair parade Wednesday, August 7th at 6:15 p.m. Only on Iowa Public Television.>>>Coming up on this episode of Iowa Outdoors. >>As a conservation officer we’re in charge of all the hunting, trapping, navigation, ATV, snow mobile laws,s well as hunting education and education for the public throughout the year. >>Number one thing is public safety.>>We have all the capabilities, enforcement actions just like they do in the state of Iowa. >>Iowa Outdoors, Saturday morning at 9:00.>>On this week’s episode of the best of living in Iowa, we follow the Lincoln highway and talk with those who still live along the route who once upon a time connected Iowa coast to coast. >>Enjoy the best of living in Iowa Saturday at 6:30. >>>Welcome to the “Iowa Ingredient” kitchen. Creating a culinary show about Iowa, the food we produce here, and the fantastic flavors chefs whip one that food can be a complex but fun process. >>They’ve taught me to never do anything until they tell me to do it. >>Oh, okay. >>Take a peek behind the scenes with us during a special edition of “Iowa Ingredient.” >>Join Charity Saturday morning at 11:30.>>I-o always great shows.>>Brad: We’re getting closer to completing the rain delay as the pitchers are warming up. There’s a look at Kori Wedeking, the Clarksville pitcher that is ready for an opportunity to win the 2019 state championship title that is on the line. Clarksville and Collins-Maxwell as officials meeting over on the first base side getting ready to make the call and say let’s play our championship game. The fans have been waiting very patiently and, Molly, for these two pitchers, Kori Wedeking for Clarksville and more Mikayla Houge for Collins-Maxwell they are ready to get out there and get this thing going. As a player you get into that game mode ready to get the game started at 6:00, they got a delay, now you just can’t wait to get started. >>I always think it’s interesting with the field setup such as this, that bull pen, those two pitchers and catchers were over warming up right next to each other for quite some time. And, you know, you’re getting ready to battle against each other but at the same point you see each other in the peripheral vision. That’s a good look at Wedeking over in the bull pen for Clarksville. Mikayla Houge not out there right now. But earlier in the pregame right next to each other warming up. And JEAN Birchmier and crew checking out the field and making sure things are safe. I’m thinking they’re going to start soon. How are you feeling, Brad?>>Brad: I’m feeling really good. They’re doing a fantastic job and we will be back and get things started here in the 1A championship game right after this. ♪>>>I can’t explain how such an important moment in our history has been overlooked. This is what the suffragist did in those decades before they achieved victory. They changed hearts and minds. They had to change not only the idea of who is the citizen who can vote, but what is a woman’s role in society. Carrie Chapman had more than any woman suffrages brought that suffrage amendment home.>>Coming this spring to Iowa Public Television. ♪ I’m so lonesome I could cry ♪>>Country music comes from right in here. This heart and soul that we all have.>>You can dance to it. You can make love to it. You can play it at a funeral. It has something in it for everybody.>>Country music is about human emotions.>>We’re always looking for though topics that are going to tell us a lot about who we are, not just to the era that we cover, but who we are now.>>If you want to look for, like, super strong women tell amazing stories, you want country. >>I mean, the songs are just life. It’s I’ve seen it or I’ve lived it. And I never would tell my husband which one it was.>>I believe of that you can go look and find a country song that will help you feel better. Sometimes it might make you cry, but you’ll feel better.>>This is the story of a uniquely American art form that sometimes gets defined as three chords and the truth. And the people who made it, created it, and how it became a business.>>Hello, I’m Johnny Cash.>>My dad he worked out all of his problems on stage. That’s where he took his anguish and fears and griefs and he worked them out with an audience. That’s just who he was.>>I hope that when he people hear of this series that they’ll tune in. It made a convert out of me. It’s a wonderful story. ♪ Crazy, I’m crazy for ♪>>I always thought it was a really good song. And I played it for Patsy Kline and she thought it was a great song. >>It’s phenomenally great music about people who felt their stories weren’t being told. I think that’s utterly American. ♪ I’m so lonesome I could cry ♪>>Brad: The rain on this Thursday in Fort Dodge is stealing the show here in the 1A championship game as our rain delay is about to be finished. As a slight breeze, 70 degrees, kind of a cool evening as you were here earlier in the week you would hardly recognize it. A lot of red faces leaving the ball fields over the last few days as just some fantastic weather here in Fort Dodge. And we get some rain that slows down the start of this one. Here’s a look at the defense for Collins-Maxwell as the Spartans, the defending 1A champions. To Kahlers on the corners in the outfield. Trinity Stover in center, all three juniors along the infield. As shortstop Alexis Houge, second base Olivia Pasquariello. Brailyn Tankersley at first. Hannah Caple behind the plate. She was on the all season tournament team with the Houge sisters and Mikayla Houge will be in the circle for the Spartans once we get things rolling here. Some final touches being made around the home plate area to the field. And we will be rolling here. 70 degrees. A cool day and there have been some cooler evenings this year for high school softball throughout the season as we take a look at the bracket here on the 1A side. The road to this championship game, Collins-Maxwell the one seed, Clarksville the three seed, topping Guerin and Lisbon. It was a 1-0 win for Clarksville and a 9-1 victory for Collins-Maxwell over Newell Fonda which Collins-Maxwell allowed their first run at the state tournament over the last two years. Paula Larson hit a solo home run in the seventh inning. Collins-Maxwell earns the nod into this championship game match. And the players just waiting for the officials to say take the field and let’s get thing rolling. And so are we as we get anticipated for the start of this one, Molly, let’s talk keys to the game for these squads. Let’s begin with the Clarksville Indians. >>Molly: Well, this Clarksville squad, they know they are facing one of the best pitchers in the state in Mikayla Houge, so they’ve been talking about manufacturing one run. What can we do on the offensive end to push one run across? In fact, they have changed up their batting order a little bit from what we saw yesterday in semifinal action. Probably tried to figure out how to push one across. And then competitive mindset. These Indians of Clarksville, many of them are multisport athletes, competitive bunch. They have all played sports together for many years. I think playing in so many sports at a high level really helps you on this big stage.>>Brad: And how about for Collins-Maxwell, keys for them to repeat. >>Molly: Well, you can’t talk about Collins-Maxwell without talking about the Houge family Head Coach Troy, Mikayla, look at her in the pitcher’s circle and sister Alexis is a starting shortstop as a freshman. And the pressure, they have a little bit of target on their back after winning one year ago. They’ve handled the pressure well all season long. >>Brad: Let’s talk a little bit more about Mikayla Houge as we look at the pitcher in the circle there for Collins-Maxwell. Possible opportunity to surpass 280 strikeouts on the season. Allowed just three hits in both the quarterfinals and semifinals. Here’s a look at the Clarksville leadoff batter, Kori Wedeking. The younger sister to Head Coach Katie Wedeking. >>Molly: As we mentioned, Clarksville switching up their batting order a little bit. Wedeking actually hitting third in that semifinal win yesterday. Had two hits in that game.>>Brad: Mikayla Houge gets ahead in the count on the first batter. A first pitch strike to begin our championship game.>>Molly: And as we mentioned, these two teams met once earlier this year. Collins-Maxwell getting the better in that matchup on a 1-0 win that was a pitcher’s duel. Alexis Houge, shortstop, leadoff batter for the Spartans scoring on a delayed field in that situation. Both of these coaches thinking a lot about how can we manufacture, push one run across Collins-Maxwell. Lighting up the scoreboard yesterday scoring 9, they don’t anticipate that type of offensive output in a championship game.>>Houge throws that one into the net behind home plate as this is why we had our reign rain delay earlier, as you talk about rain falling, even the light sprinkles can make it hard to grip the softball for these pitchers. >>Molly: It’s a good look at senior catcher Hannah Caple asking for a new ball from the umpire. Little bit of a wild pitch there from Mikayla Houge. We may see a few of those just because of these weather conditions. >>Brad: Mikayla Houge, a Junior, verbally committed to play softball at the University of Virginia. Coming into the state tournament, a .26 earned run average and another one slipping and missing up high on the leadoff batter, Kori Wedeking. >>Molly: Mikayla likes that rise ball, probably trying to get Wedeking to chase something out of the zone when she is ahead in the count. Hannah Caple going to go talk to her Junior pitcher. Good look at that battery there for the Spartans. These two youngsters have been pitcher/catcher/battery since Hannah was in fifth great and Mikayla was in fourth grade. Talking to Mikayla about Hannah catching here for the last time, she didn’t want to talk about it. A lot of memories for those two behind the mound and on the plate. >>Brad: Afraid that would be a too emotional conversation to have. Three straight now out of the strike zone from Houge on the leadoff batter. Wedeking. >>Molly: Wedeking showing some nice patience, not chasing.>>Brad: Little dribbler out in front of Houge. That one gets away from Tankersley at first and I think the ball got away from Houge. Tankersley could not go up and bring it down. >>Molly: In a game like this, being able to put the ball in play is going to be really important because of the elements. Fielding a ground ball and throwing it over to first base, a play that you’ve made thousands of times in your career becomes a little more difficult when it’s a little bit slippery because of that rain we’ve had.>>Brad: First pitch to Cheyenne Behrends, the sophomore shortstop filed back, so that goes down as an error on Houge. Clarksville with a runner aboard here in the first inning. That one’s bunted up. Houge cannot catch it she’ll have to make the throw to first, it is not in time. Behrends beat the throw. She was the leadoff batter for Clarksville in the quarters and semis, and an infield hit. >>Molly: What a great job of getting that bunt down. She popped it up a little bit, but no one able to catch it. Bang, bang play there over at first base.>>Brad: Wedeking advances to second, Clarksville with a runner in scoring position.>>Molly: And if you’re Clarksville, this is exactly how you would have scripted your first two batters. Put the ball in play, advance runners. >>Brad: Ainsley Lovrien lays one down. A sacrifice puts two runners scoring position. That’s Wedeking at third, Behrends advances to second base and conversation with Janet Borchardt.>>Molly: Head Coach Katie Wedeking having a little bit of a conference with her team. You expect Clarksville to be aggressive here. They know where a great pitcher like Mikayla Houge who frankly will probably get better as the game progresses and the field dries up, they know they have a couple of folks in scoring position. Ducks on the pond. If there’s a fly ball from there’s any kind of ground ball situation, we fully expect to see Kori Wedeking scampering home.>>Brad: First pitch is up high to Borchardt. Borchardt this season hitting .337. She has one home run on the season. She was named to the all tournament team in 2017 when Clarksville advanced to the championship game. Houge misses up high as Borchardt an opportunity in this first inning do some damage.>>Molly: Part of your lineup here is there are some coaches with some pitchers who maybe aren’t as dominate as Mikayla Houge, you have first base open. If you would get behind in the count, might consider putting the batter on. Don’t anticipate that in this situation most likely just because of the confidence Coach Houge has in his daughter. >>Brad: Borchardt able to foul it off and stay alive. Two balls, two strikes.>>Molly: In the bottom of the lineup for Clarksville who has done a lot of damage in post season play, they have gotten really nice production from seven, eight, nine.>>Brad: Count runs full.>>Molly: Great discipline for Borchardt to lay off there. That wasn’t too high out of the zone.>>Brad: One out, two runners on for Clarksville. And it’s strike three and there’s two down. A big strikeout for Mikayla Houge.>>Molly: Mikayla Houge has such great confidence, fun to chat with her after yesterday’s game. She said it felt like I pitched pretty well. I had one bad pitch. It was a solo home run against Newell Fonda. But she said you have to forget about it. Felt really good about that semifinal win against a really good Newell Fonda team. That’s a potent offensive attack and Mikayla Houge was just very, very dominate in that game. Love to see the confidence out of your pitcher.>>Brad: Houge missing on her first two pitches to Makenzie Bloker. Bloker, designated player, just a sophomore. 19 runs batted in coming in to this year’s state tournament. Swings through, strike one.>>Molly: She hit the number two spot in semifinal action yesterday. Also in first round action, did have one hit first round against bishop Gehren. >>Brad: Wedeking reached on an error, she’s on third, Behrends is on second. She reached on a hit. Mikayla Houge pitches out of it. Two strikeouts in the first after the runners advance to scoring position as Collins-Maxwell able to shut out Clarksville there in the top of the first inning. Take a look now at the defense for the Clarksville Indians. Collins-Maxwell gets set to get things rolling on the offensive end. Here’s how Clarksville lines up. Borchardt in left, Myers the senior in center field and Essink the senior is out in right. An eighth grader at third, Behrends a sophomore, Ross just a junior and Emma Poppe a Junior. Played first base on this team two years ago. Ainsley Lovrien behind the plate, and Kori Wedeking in the circle as we take a look at the Junior for the Indians. 29 wins, .30 earned run average. And walk to strikeout ratio, 269 with the strikeouts coming into this championship game. And let’s take a look at what she’ll be facing. Here’s the battle batting order and they lead it off with Alexis Houge, followed by Taylor, Mikayla Houge, Pasquariello, and Stover. So, Alexis Houge, the freshman, starting shortstop as an eighth grader a season ago in that championship game, looking to bunt her way on. A lot of speed and she gets down there safely. Good play by Hardy, the eighth grader at third. >>Molly: Very quick kid, not even close. Wholly expect her to steal a base or two here in this game, possibly on this first inning. >>Brad: She was picked off in the semifinals. But talking to Coach Houge, he was like hey, that was a perfect pitch, a perfect throw and a perfect tag that got her. And Alexis Houge safely into second with a stolen base. Emma at the plate. That was called strike, but Houge advances to third. So a steal to second and a steal to third. And we go back to the last time these two teams met when Collins-Maxwell won 1-0 was in the eighth inning three steals by Alexis Houge. Let’s listen in to coach. >>Now we’re going to be second and third. Just make sure we get this down on the ground. Here we go. Make sure it’s a strike, though, all right? That’s all we need. This is what I wanted to see. We get our bunt and we’re right where we wanted to be. Here we go.>>Molly: Head Coach Houge actually was the head softball coach before he even had daughters. In his 19th season. Ended up with three daughters. Two on the team now, one a seventh grader could potentially have three sisters on this Spartans squad a year from now. What a bunch. >>Brad: It’s going to bring a run in too. Emma Kahler, a bunt base hit. >>Molly: What a bunt. Great placement right up that first baseline. Very challenging defensive play to make there for Clarksville. It looked like that bunt was maybe going to squeak foul and it just stayed in that line. No play either at first base or at home for Clarksville. >>>>Brad: And a great read by Alexis to score as here’s a drive towards left field, charging is Borchardt. Cannot make the play. It will be first and second as Mikayla Houge drops one in front of Borchardt out in left. And that will go down as a base hit in front of Borchardt.>>Molly: The Spartans offense just so potent. When you think about this Collins-Maxwell, there are so many strengths. Mikayla Houge in the circle, already committed to an ACC school. The defense they feel like is probably underrated. They don’t get enough attention for how good they are. They’re showing off their abilities here, small ball abilities, speed, Mikayla Houge very confident steps right up with a laser to left field.>>Brad: Courtesy runner Fricke . And he wanted an interference call to try to advance Emma Kahler all the way to third. >>Molly: Mikayla Houge over at first base, she rounded first. There was a little bit of collision over there at first base too, but no obstruction called.>>Brad: That one gets away from Lovrien behind the plate and runners for Collins-Maxwell now at second and third. >>Molly: When you take a team with speed, you’re always thinking about them having speed. The Spartans showing really from that very first at-bat Alexis Houge setting the tone for her team. She steals second, she steals third. More small balls from the second player in the lineup and all of a sudden Clarksville constantly thinking about the speed in the white jerseys. >>Brad: Hannah Caple at the plate. Two balls, no strikes. Caple’s been just a tremendous leader for this year’s team and has come up big at state. Two hits, two RBIs in the quarterfinal win over Gehren. it is fall. Caple planning to attend Iowa State in the fall. >>Molly: That game-winning RBI last year in the state championship game. So she is ready for this moment, ready for this stage after producing big time one year ago.>>Brad: Into the all tournament team last season. Here’s a slap right side. The throw to first is in time as Collins-Maxwell scores another run. The Clarksville records the first out here in the bottom of the first.>>Molly: Great job by Caple hitting that ball to the right side giving her teammate plenty of time to hustle home. Clarksville probably a little bit of probably relief to get one out on the board, although they give up another run in the process.>>Brad: Caple drives in Emma Kahler. Wedeking now facing Reagan Franzen, the sophomore third baseman. Was a starter as a freshman a season ago. Wedeking able to fire a strike in there. Now, if you’re Wedeking here in the circle, you’ve got that first out, a couple runs on the board, first inning. Still trying to settle in and get into your own groove.>>Molly: Well, you don’t want to give up a big inning. >>Brad: And a double play will get the Indians out of the first inning. >>Molly: Wow. >>Brad: Wedeking gets them out. Flies out to Behrends, makes the double flip over to Hardy for the double play. They put two on the board in the first inning.>>Molly: Great play there by Behrends not only to make the catch but to turn quickly. Great presence of mind.>>Brad: Here’s another look at it. Behrends the catch and Hardy the quick reaction. You can see Fricke off the base enough at third, the courtesy runner for Mikayla Houge gets doubled up. >>Molly: Sometimes that’s the game of softball. You hit a great line drive and over from that vantage point on third base it may look like it’s going to get through the infield but it doesn’t and all of a sudden you are just dead in the water over there.>>Brad: Here’s a look at Clarksville Head Coach Katie Wedeking. Let’s look at how they got those runs against defense one Alexis Houge was on base.>>Molly: The game plan they had drawn up as the coach said in their little huddle, that’s exactly what they wanted. For her to get on, she steals second, she steals third, they play a little bit of small ball. They start to get in the heads a little bit of opposing team because they are, like I said, always thinking about the speed on the base pads. Mikayla Houge steps up with a nice hit. Hannah Caple with the RBI. I don’t know that they could have scripted it any better. And, by the way, you have Mikayla Houge in the circle. Two runs is quite a bit of cushion when you have someone like her. I think for Clarksville they did what they needed to do in that first inning. They put some runners on, put the ball in play, and that’s what you’ve got to do. You have to make contact, put the ball in playing. Mikayla Houge is so good, she’s a very good strikeout pitcher, but you have to at least give your team a little bit of opportunity to get on those base pads, make that defense work.>>Brad: Take another look here at Mikayla Houge. We’ll slow it down as you get a look at the Junior for the Spartans. Working through some rain in the first inning. It has calmed down a bit. Maybe just a few — a few light sprinkles still coming down here in Fort Dodge, Iowa, in this 1A championship softball game as Cailyn Hardy, the third baseman, digs in for the Indians.>>Molly: There’s just not a whole lot that phases Mikayla Houge, as you said, very confident young person. Pretty intense, I would say, if you watch her before a game with her teammates. There’s a lot of dancing and singing over in the Spartans dugout and she’s pretty serious over there.>>Brad: That one is lifted in left field and Clarksville a base runner here in the second inning. Leadoff runner aboard for the second time in this game here in the top of the second. And if you’re Clarksville, you’ve faced Mikayla Houge before. They’ve battled. Just seeing a pitcher before can sometimes give you a little bit of confident just knowing what you’re about to face.>>Molly: In their huddle you heard Coach Wedeking mentioning getting bunts down. Manufacturing that run that they have been working on in the post season. Good job there by Emma Poppe to hold off. Sure you want to bunt your teammate over, but make sure it’s a strike. Don’t go chasing anything. Not surprising that Mikayla Houge out of the gate goes with that rise ball. If you think a bunt opportunity is coming your way, see if you can get her to chase something, maybe pop it up. >>Brad: That one is popped up back and into the net. And Emma Poppe, 28 hits on the season. 31 runs batted in. Scored 29 runs. Six stolen bases. Clarksville doesn’t look to steal, not quite as aggressive on the bases through the season, but opportunities like that is what coach is talking about trying to get those bunts down. Emma Poppe, the Junior first baseman has been a starter for three seasons, since she was a freshman. Has grown a ton in her three years.>>Molly: And in this situation you will try bunt. Nope.>>Brad: Poppe down on strikes and that’s the third strikeout for Mikayla Houge and there’s one away here in the second.>>Molly: And it’s tough. You want to protect the plate, try to make contact and find a way to advance your teammate down to second. But with the strikeout pitcher like Mikayla Houge, much easier said than done.>>Brad: Chloe Ross the batter now for the Indians. Ross the Junior second baseman. 21 hits on the season. 21 runs batted in. Just missed that one as Houge ahead in the count. No balls, two strikes.>>Molly: Expect her to keep this out of the zone, way up in the count.>>Brad: You would expect correctly.>>Molly: I think most people here were probably expecting high outside of the zone.>>Brad: Houge has great count awareness. Maybe more than a few other pitchers, just knowing that not to put anything too close as she gets strikeout number four. Ross down swinging. And Bailey Myers to the plate. Second strikeout of the inning.>>Molly: Mikayla Houge very efficient, wants to get on top. Once you’re ahead in the count, see if you can get opposing batter to chase something out of the zone. Been pretty effective.>>Brad: Houge misses outside. Count even at 1-1. Bailey Myers. >>Molly: Clarksville certainly had great opportunity in that first inning. Mikayla Houge settles down, but if you’re Clarksville you just have to keep hanging in there. Maybe shorten your swing up a little bit against a really good pitcher. Find a way to make some contact. They have seen her this year in that 1-0 game that we mentioned earlier this summer. Back at the end of the June.>>Brad: Strike three, that’s striking out the side for Mikayla Houge. Strikeout number five in the game. We go to the bottom of the second inning. Clarksville unable to get anything going with the leadoff runner aboard, three straight strikeouts by Houge. >>Molly: Houge had 17 strikeouts when these teams met in June. The Indians certainly know what they are in for in facing her again.>>What we’ve seen is we’re ready to get up there and hit the ball. Keep it going just like we’ve been doing the whole tournament. What are we doing? Score some more. >>Score many more, one, two, three. >>Brad: That’s Head Coach Troy Houge he’s wants his ladies to continue to stay aggressive as they are facing Kori Wedeking. Let’s take a look at the Clarksville pitcher in slow motion.>>Molly: Wedeking, good looking athlete hitting out of that leadoff spot. Also ran bases, very impressive for a pitcher. Don’t often see a lot of pitchers who are very capable of having the speed, staying on those base pads. Also very effective pitcher as well. It’s been that small ball as we mentioned that the Spartans went to. Will be interesting to see as this game progresses, do they try to do a little bit more of that? Coach Houge said we’re in a good position, swing the bat, let’s keep it going.>>Brad: On the Clarksville side too, Coach Wedeking talked about practicing those one-run situations offensive. She said they practiced it defensively as well to try to work through some of those small ball situations as Ella Kahler digs in and starts the order here in the bottom of the second. Kahler batting in the sixth spot.>>Molly: As we said, so many of these Spartans played a lot in that state championship game one year ago. Great game. Coming into this one with a lot of confidence.>>Brad: Kahler goes down on strikes. First strikeout for Wedeking. We take another look. Strikeout number 270 on the season for Wedeking. Thrown all but 20 innings this season for the Indians.>>Molly: Talked about the Spartans team, how loose they are. They like to stand before the game. They were doing some warming up. They were doing a lot of dancing. I love to see these kids having a great time. So many smiles. Love to see them enjoying it so much. The Spartans can really dance. Big fans of the Cupid shuffle. >>Brad: They had the whole crew rolling out there. Tankersley’s down on strike. That’s strike number two. Take another look. Wedeking starting to get it rolling in the circle. Back-to-back Spartans going down on strikes.>>Molly: Wedeking settling in a little bit.>>Brad: Pasquariello grounder to Behrends, the throw over to Poppe, scooped out of the dirt and it’s one, two, three inning for the Clarksville defense. Two strikeouts from Wedeking as we take a look at the sophomore shortstop making the play on Pasquariello. So we go to the third inning. Collins-Maxwell, their two runs in the first, a 2-0 lead. Back after this here on Iowa Public Television. ♪>>>Hi, I’m Charity Nebbe and welcome to the “Iowa Ingredient” kitchen. >>Three, two. >>Creating a culinary show about Iowa, the food we produce here and the fantastic flavors chefs whip up with that food can be a complex but fun process. >>They’ve taught me never do anything until they tell me do it. >>Take a peek behind the scenes with us during a special edition of Iowa Ingredient. >>Join Charity Nebbe Saturday morning at 11:30.>>Brad: Two innings in the books, Collins-Maxwell the defending state champions. Two-run lead over the runners up from 2017. Clarksville Indians top of the order here in the third. Kori Wedeking digs in to face Mikayla Houge. She reached on an error in the first inning but would be stranded at third base.>>Molly: A few folks in the stands still wearing their ponchos. It is not raining anymore but we were delayed a little bit. In case you’re joining us late in the action here, delayed just slightly here in Fort Dodge. Little bit of a cooler night. We’ll take it.>>Brad: Look at Mikayla Houge, five strikeouts through the first two innings as Wedeking pops one up. It’s high and handled it fantastic by Pasquariello. So one away here in the third. Cheyenne Behrends to the plate. >>Molly: Cheyenne Behrends, another player for this Indians squad hitting over .400 on the season. Made a couple nice plays out of that shortstop position yesterday in semifinal action.>>Brad: Behrends second base hit of the game. She is 2 for 2, and a one-out single for Behrends. Clarksville in business once again. >>Molly: Behrends confident in that batter’s box, hitting out of the number two spot today, but has been the leadoff first few games of this state tournament.>>Brad: Lovrien, second on the team with ten doubles on the season. Looks at one upstairs for ball one.>>Molly: Clarksville team have to feel pretty good about getting runners on in the first and third innings from the top of their lineup. Have to find a way to push something across.>>Molly: You’ve already faced Houge once, but have to do a better job of making contact. Puts ball in place, she does. >>Brad: Slaps it into right center. It’s going to roll all the way to the fence. Behrends will score from second. Vance will score and we are tied at two here in the third. >>Molly: What a piece of hitting. Sending that ball to the right field. Love the aggressive base running. To score two all the way from second and first base, we’ve got a ball game. >>Brad: Two RBI double by Janet Borchardt. As you see the runners coming around, watch Coach Wedeking continue to send the runners. Vance scoring all the way from first.>>Molly: Looks as if Spartans team, as we have mentioned many times, been in this situation, won that state championship one year ago but how do they handle it? Yesterday beating Newell Fonda 9-1, won by a very comfortable margin. See if they can settle down here.>>Brad: Makenzie Bloker at the plate. Looking to continue this third inning run for Clarksville, two runs in.>>Molly: Sun’s starting to come out a little bit here in Fort Dodge, peeking through the clouds. >>Brad: Houge misses high. One ball and two strikes the count. Bloker struck out in her first at-bat. And Houge gets her a second time. Two away now here in the third. >>Molly: Can’t lay off that high heat. She gets her to chase. Got to stay disciplined in that situation. Like I said, much easier said than done.>>Brad: Strikeout number six for Mikayla Houge. And there’s two away. Cailyn Hardy to the plate. A single to lead off the second inning for Hardy. It’s strike one. That curveball slide right outside of the plate. Just outside of the swing of Hardy. >>Molly: Impressive, Hardy on her first at-bat of the state championship game as just an eighth grader, a lot of confidence, stepped up, got a single. Coach Wedeking saying calm down, you’re good. Come back here. Hanging in there. Love to hear these coaches encourage their student athletes. Love the enthusiasm out of these coaching staffs. It’s a pleasure to chat with them all yesterday after winning semifinal games.>>Brad: Hardy let’s that one slide off the plate. Two balls, two strikes the count. Cailyn Hardy, a single in the second. Has Borchardt standing on second base with the 2-2. Fouls it away. Into the netting in front of the fans on the first base side. There you see Janet Borchardt, two RBIs, double two batters ago. Called strike three on Hardy right at the knees. And strikeout number seven for Mikayla Houge. But Clarksville pushes two runs across, the double by Janet Borchardt ties this game up at two. We’ve got a new look here at Harlan Rogers park as the fence has been replaced by a new netting. It looks higher and more extended down the first and third baselines. Less obstruction of view, Molly. How do you like it? We’re right underneath the grand stands right behind home. Seems more open to me. >>Molly: I agree with you. Better sight line for the fans, great environment for very competitive action here. Appreciate the investment being made in Harlan Rogers complex. Of course Jean and her high school squad that’s doing a phenomenal job year in and year out with this tournament. Fort Dodge making the commitment to host putting some money into their facilities here, looks great. >>Brad: Absolutely. Fantastic new look. And a big topic on the national scene from baseball and softball stadiums all across the country and the safety of the fans. Two runs in the top of the third for Clarksville. We are tied at two and it’s 9-1-2 here in the third. Trinity Stover facing Wedeking. Called strike pushes the count to 1-1. Trinity Stover, the Junior center fielder. Slaps that foul. >>Molly: Collins-Maxwell nice speed at the bottom of the lineup. Great speed at the top of the lineup with Alexis Houge.>>Brad: Over 16 stolen bases of her own. She can work her way on. Grounder to Ross, throw to Poppe, right on the money. There’s one away here in the third. Look at the play by Chloe Ross.>>Molly: Third base for Clarksville by that expecting a bunt.>>Brad: The speed Alexis Houge showed in the first inning laid down a bunt and Hardy fielded it very cleanly, made the throw, it still was not in time to get Houge.>>Molly: Hardy way in over at third base. You see she’s one of several players for both of these squads wearing that face mask out in the field. Something we see more and more of at the high school level, college softball, particularly the two corners, pitchers, obviously with much less reaction time in those spots. And she is showing no fear over at third base. >>Brad: Houge, a full slap. Behrends bobbles and it’s off the mark. Here goes Alexis Houge and they’re calling a dead ball. Houge, I believe, will be at second base. And so Alexis Houge finds a way on.>>Molly: Cheyenne Behrends just bobbles it slightly. Gives you a little — when you’re a defender you already know that there’s speed at the plate. But then you muff ever so slightly, chances of throwing her out in that situation just aren’t great. Probably speed up the throw a little bit, makes an arrant throw. >>Brad: Mikayla at the plate. The steal by Alexis Houge, in there safely. Let’s take a look at that time if the was Behrends covering from shortstop, throwing right away. The throw may have beat her but up able to make the catch. It would have been a very tough play by Behrends. So now Houge on third, Kahler at the plate. Kahler tries to bunt it down and it’s caught by Hardy at third. She popped it up. >>Molly: Hardy definitely showing that she was expecting that. She didn’t seem to flinch whatsoever. I give that eighth grader a ton of credit for sneaking in, particularly on that right-handed batter.>>Brad: Mikayla Houge is giving the free pass down to first base.>>Brad: Play at first, gets out of it. As two runners reach, but — in the bottom of the third inning. Coming up here we will be joined by Collins-Maxwell Head Coach Troy Houge who’s out in the circle right now discussing the upcoming order with Mikayla Houge. As we got a good one here in this class 1A championship match. Mikayla Houge, you see her in the circle here. Clarksville able to push two runs across in the third inning and now joined with Head Coach Troy Houge, coach three innings now in the books here. How do you feel the girls are settling in to this championship atmosphere?>>We started really, really well. We just kind of this last inning didn’t do so well. Made a tough pitch that, you know, didn’t move like it should have and we gotten her before with it and it stayed and the girl did a good job hitting it. But we just blew a golden opportunity right here. We should have been scoring that inning, we normally do and we didn’t. We started well but the last inning not so good. >>Brad: Do you like the aggressiveness you’re seeing offensively? Didn’t capitalize this last inning, but overall how do you like the look of your offense?>>We’re swinging the bat well and we just have to keep after them and keep putting pressure on them. We have to just keep pushing that pressure all night on them.>>Brad: Thank you much, coach. That’s Collins-Maxwell Head Coach Troy Houge. His daughter Mikayla in the circle.>>Molly: These two teams fully expected a close match, no one who is coaching anticipates a blowout in a championship softball game. >>Brad: And they met each of the last two seasons. >>Molly: Exactly. >>Brad: 1-0 was the final. A couple of one-run games between these squads over the last couple of years. And you kinda knew it’s one of those games you’re going to be on pins and needles through the entire game as we’re here in the top of the fourth inning. Emma Poppe leads things off. First baseman says it’s great to be back with a freshman first baseman when they were here in 2017 in the championship game. That’s strike two and if you recognize the last name Poppe and you’re recognizing the town Clarksville, yes there are is the younger sister of Maddie Poppe. And for Emma, it’s been fun supporting her sister through her amazing journey. We were able to talk to Maddie, she said my sister has all starred in sports. This is my favorite sport to watch her play in and said she’s just grown a ton since her freshman season. >>Molly: What a journey that American idol journey for the Poppe family. Had a chance to talk to Emma about it. >>Brad: High fly ball, well hit by Emma Poppe, but caught out in center by Trinity Stover for out number one.>>Molly: He gets a good piece of that there, just hits it right at the center fielder. Nice job by Stover to track that down. Didn’t have to work too hard, but Poppe got a good piece of it.>>Brad: Chloe Ross to the plate. And Clarksville, as you mentioned earlier in the broadcast, they’ve gotten quite a bit of production from the bottom three batters in their order, the seven, eight, nine batters, Poppe, Ross, and Myers have been coming up big lately. She likes that order down at the bottom of the order. It’s set up the top of the order and sometimes driven in the middle of the order.>>Molly: As we said, not a lot of base stealing prowess out of this Clarksville squad but do have a little bit of speed at the bottom of the lineup. Have some nice athleticism, just not something that they go to all that often. It will be interesting to sees that game progresses, if it stays close, stays tied, do either of these teams start to tighten up a little bit? Clarksville may be showing some nerves a little bit in that first inning when the Spartans put the pressure on them early, scored a couple of very quick runs. I would say the Spartans are on the defensive end in the top of the first maybe showing a little bit of first inning jitters as well. Clarksville has some good opportunities, unable to capitalize, but ton the credit for Clarksville hanging in and coming back this third inning, scoring a couple big runs.>>Brad: Both of these teams had fantastic seasons. Clarksville 33-1. Their only loss of the year was to Collins-Maxwell, a 1-0 defeat. Collins-Maxwell 27-1, their only loss on the season was to a team who tomorrow will be in the 3A championship game against Davenport assumption as the coverage continues on Iowa Public Television tomorrow with the 3A, 4A, and 5A game as Chloe Ross, a base hit in to the right field for a one-out single here in the fourth.>>Molly: Kahler in right field comes up firing but just not too close of a play over at first base. Great job by Ross to hustle down that line.>>Brad: Ross is seeing some action at second base on the defensive side. Here is Bailey Myers at the plate. Looks to lay one down. The bunt to Houge, the play to first. Tankersley leaves Clarksville with a runner on second and two away here in the fourth inning. So an opportunity now for your leadoff hitter Kori Wedeking with a runner in scoring position. >>Molly: Coach Houge going to come out and talk to his pitcher. See what he has to say here.>>We got a base open there. We got her in the back on the low end and a — up front. They didn’t quite get out as well. Behrends hit you with the bunt. Which way do you want to go here? Do you want to go after her here and try to be careful or — >>I think — I don’t know, honestly. I have no idea which is — >>I know. So — I don’t care. We can will go after her. We’ve gotten her on both of them, but she’s dangerous. Behrends would hit a fastball and bunt it if the but with the rise ball and stuff we go there too. >>I think we can try to go after her and just be careful?>>Yeah, that’s fine. That’s fine. We got her on low end and stuff too. We got to be careful because she hit a curveball. She’s been out to the right before.>>Oh, well — >>It’s fine. We can be careful and hit our stuff here and whatever happens happens there. We fall behind then we can put her on, okay. But just — okay, let’s go. Thank you.>>Brad: Coach Houge remembering the triple against Lisbon yesterday by Kori Wedeking.>>Molly: I love that he came out and said all right, what do you want to do here?>>Brad: Let the kids let you know how they feel. >>Molly: Not a couch/player situation but a father/daughter situation, comes out, asks his pitcher what she thinks, what’s she want to do? If they’re going to be careful here, not going to automatically put her on, but I don’t think they’ll give her anything too fast. They know she’s a great athlete, competitive kid.>>Brad: Kori Wedeking, her older sister Katie stands in the box. Houge, pitch is up high. Chloe Ross on second. There’s a runner scoring position for Wedeking. Clarksville an opportunity to take the lead. They score here in the fourth.>>Molly: I think they’ll put her on here. Behrends, the sophomore, shortstop up next. Looks like we’ll have a good opportunity with two outs.>>Brad: We’re going to give her the automatic pass now that the count goes to 3-0. And so two runners aboard. Cheyenne Behrends, sophomore shortstop.>>Molly: Mikayla Houge definitely a student of the game. She knew that Behrends was next up in the lineup when they were having that little discussion there on the mound. She knows what Behrends is capable of. She knows what she already did in this game. >>Brad: Behrends leads the team with 50 hits. She is 2 for 2, singled in the first and the third. Through strike one here in the fourth.>>Molly: Fouls that one off. Hannah Caple hanging tough behind the plate. Umpire says you sure you’re okay? Caple, yeah. You sure? Hit you pretty hard. Yeah, I’m good. Keep it rolling here, sir. He asked her a third time, you’re sure? She says yes, I am. Here we go. That’s a future cyclone right there. She’s tough. >>Brad: Karl Wooldridge behind the plate. Buying Caple a little extra time. Here’s the pitch from Houge and fouled back by Behrends. One ball, two strikes the count now on Behrends. Behrends taking her time, stepping out of the box. Couple practice swings, little gamesmanship between this pitcher and batter.>>Brad: Houge goes up high. >>Molly: Good discipline.>>Brad: Mikayla Houge, seven strikeouts with the first three innings. Here’s a hard-hit ball. Unable to field it. Third trying to score from second and out at home is Ross. Clarksville going aggressive after Franzen unable to field it cleanly. Fantastic job by the defense to recover and make the play at home.>>Molly: I like the aggressive base running. We talked earlier about the ball potentially getting wet. Of course that defender can make a really good play, force her to make a good throw from shallow left field. But she does. Great job applying that tag by Caple.>>Brad: So Collins-Maxwell defensible to hold and we stay tied at two. >>Molly: And against a good pitcher, excuse me, against a good pitcher like Mikayla Houge, you just don’t know how many opportunities you’ll have. >>Brad: Absolutely. >>Molly: And that may be your best scenario right there. Credit to Collins-Maxwell to make the play. Bottom of the fourth here. Collins-Maxwell to the plate after a big defensive play.>>Brad: So five, six, seven due up here for Collins-Maxwell. Reagan Franzen at the plate. Her first at-bat. Popped out to Behrends, the shortstop. Struck on the check swing. Franzen the starting third baseman as a freshman a season ago. Her sophomore year continues to hold down that hot corner. Wedeking misses outside.>>Molly: Wedeking settling down a little bit as this game progresses.>>Brad: Hard-hit ball right field side. It will be out of play as Essink gave chase. It was outside of the fence. Two balls, two strikes now on Franzen. Count runs full, three balls, were to strikes. Collins-Maxwell in the championship game for the second straight year. Beat Newell Fonda 5-1 in the semifinals. Took down Gehren in the quarterfinals. Nice play by Hardy in the third.>>Molly: In that hot corner, comes up firing. Good stretch by Emma Poppe over at first.>>Brad: Ella Kahler now to the plate. Right fielder. Third on the team in hits. Hits here in the sixth. So, popped this one up to Essink. And there’s two away.>>Molly: Clarksville settling in a little bit on the defensive end. Collins-Maxwell, has Coach Houge mentioned in that last inning, felt really good about how they started. They knew they blew a pretty good opportunity in the third inning and credit the Clarksville, seems like they’re, like I said, starting to set until on the defensive end. >>Brad: Tankersley hits it into center. Nice play. Right up the middle by Bailey Myers the senior. And it’s a 1-2-3 inning in the fourth as Clarksville and Collins-Maxwell in a tight one here as we have four completed. This is a fun one here in this first championship of five to go here today. >>Molly: It’s championship Saturday night, Brad, Fort Dodge, Iowa, what else would you expect? These two teams 1-0 the last two times they’ve met. Conference rivals. Newer conference rivals, as we said, Collins-Maxwell just joining the Iowa state conference a year ago. >>Brad: We’re joined by Katie Wedeking. Coach, first let’s talk about able to get two runs there in the third. What does that do for your team moving forward?>>That was really huge because I told them if we scored two whatever team was probably going to win. But just having that momentum after being down two right away is huge for us. >>Brad: How did your kid handle the rain delay at the start of the game? Does that affect them at all?>>A little bit maybe. We’ve had a lot of rain delays before but the first inning our head were not in the game. >>Brad: What’s the key moving forward to try to get this victory for your Clarksville Indians?>>Just staying on our bats and few strikeouts, that way we make them work for it. >>Brad: Coach, thank you very much for your time.>>Thank you. >>Brad: The Clarksville head coach, Katie Wedeking. Coach Wedeking a 2010 Clarksville grad. A UNI graduate in her fifth year as head coach. Was an assistant at Clarksville while she was a student at UNI. Was in her third year as high school English teacher at Clarksville. Lovrien the leadoff batter. Flies out to Pasquariello.>>Molly: Borchardt with a big hit RBI double couple innings again to tie this game up. See what she can do this next at-bat.>>Brad: Janet Borchardt two years ago when Clarksville was in this championship game was named the all tournament team. Had five hits, five RBIs, scored five runs in their three games here at state, including a three-run home run in the top of the ninth inning in a 15-12 victory. And in the title game scored the lone run for Clarksville and tallied the only hit with a double. Six hits already here for Clarksville in this 2019 title game. Hard hit ball to left. Kahler is underneath it and makes the catch. Two up, two down for the Clarksville bat. Makenzie Bloker due up.>>Molly: Didn’t have to work too hard out there for that one. Kahler sisters, one in left, one in right.>>Brad: Emma Kahler, the blogger documenting the youtube — or documenting the softball journey on YouTube. We talked about it last year in 2018. >>Molly: Vlogger with a V. >>That’s right. >>Molly: Not only is Emma a vlogger. Both of them have YouTube channels. Check them out. >>Brad: I’m sure they compliment them very well. What you see on one you probably don’t see on the other. Called strike two. Makenzie Bloker, the sophomore, 11 hits on the season, 19 runs batted in. Makes it one up high as a home run this season, been close to .400. Looking for her first hit of this championship game. Swings through, strike three. That is strikeout number eight for Houge. And we’ll be back with more class 1A state championship softball right after this. ♪>>>Hi, I’m Bill Riley. We’re kicking off our 2019 state fair coverage live with the Iowa State Fair parade. It’s the official start of the Iowa State Fair and a traditional you won’t want to miss. Enjoy marching bands, celebrities, spectacles and so much more. Start off your fair with the Iowa State Fair parade Wednesday, August 7th at 6:15 p.m. only an Iowa Public Television.>>>Coming up on this episode of Iowa Outdoors. >>As a conservation officer we’re in charge of all the hunting, trapping, navigation, ATV, snow mobile laws along with hunter education and education of the public throughout the year.>>Number one thing is public safety.>>And we have all these capabilities, enforcement actions just like they do in the state of Iowa. >>Iowa Outdoors Saturday morning at 9:00.>>Brad: Collins-Maxwell crowd, hoping for some more action here offensively as we move to the bottom of the fifth inning. Eight, nine, one due up for the Spartans. Olivia Pasquariello is in here to begin the fifth inning. Ground out in her first at-bat, ended the second inning. Meanwhile, Kori Wedeking, Junior pitcher, settling in nicely after giving up two runs in the first inning. Strong throw over to first by Behrends. And there’s one away.>>Molly: That was a nice play out of Behrends over at shortstop. Good looking athletes yesterday in semifinal action, Lisbon had the game-tying run on third base with one out, she made a nice play in the hole to end it. >>Brad: Some really good plays defensively as well. >>Molly: Big play with a lot of pressure on.>>Brad: Stover to the plate. Grounded out the second baseman Chloe Ross back in the third inning. Stover trying to get a base runner aboard for the top of the order. Alexis Houge in the on-deck circle. Stover behind in the count, no balls, two strikes. Pops it up left side of the infield. Behrends, look at that recovery. Behrends and Hardy both looked at each other. Behrends able to secure the out.>>Molly: Not exactly how you draw it up, but good piece of glove work there by Behrends. Eighth grader. Breathing a sigh of relief over at third base.>>Brad: Top of the order, Alexis Houge. She gets on base and she steals bases. One of the daughters of head Coach Troy Houge.>>Brad: Collins-Maxwell got a second run across. A two RBI double by Janet Borchardt, ties it up. And that’s where we sit as we move to inning number six, 2-2 is our score. Out to the circle is Alexis Houge and the pitch count now up to 90 as we go to the sixth inning for Mikayla Houge who her strikeout to end the fifth inning was her 300th strikeout of the season. She has eight in this game. Ground out right side by Hardy, the third baseman and handled by Tankersley. >>Molly: Swinging at that first pitch, but for the most part, making Mikayla Houge work. Quite a bit of difference in that pitch count. 96th pitch for Houge, only 44 for Wedeking thus far.>>Brad: Emma Poppe at the plate. A strikeout and a fly out to center field in her first two at-bats. Another fly ball. This is in a tough spot just over the head of Alexis Houge and Emma Poppe, a one-out single here in the sixth inning for the Clarksville Indians.>>Molly: It just sneaks over the outstretched arm of shortstop Alexis Houge. Good things happen when you put the ball in play. Has Brad mentioned, Mikayla Houge already with those eight strikeouts. Seven hits for the Indians of Clarksville.>>Brad: Chloe Ross to the plate. Ross has singled in her last at-bat. In the fourth inning was stranded on third base. Excuse me, thrown out at home to end the inning on the Cheyenne Behrends base hit. That went off the arms of Franzen at third and trying to score from second base was Ross. The bunt is down by Ross. The throw to first is just in time. That play by Franzen, two away. Poppe advances to second. An opportunity for the number nine hitter, Bailey Myers as you see Ross advancing Poppe to second.>>Molly: It was mentioned many times, Coach Wedeking talking about the ability to manufacture run. They use the bunt pretty effectively in this game to move runners into scoring position. You’ve got to have them step up to the key hit in a two-out situation.>>Brad: Bailey Myers, senior center fielder, yesterday she said as a senior I want to end my career with a win so bad. A little rain starting to come down here in this sixth inning as Mikayla Houge now asking for a new ball. It was a 23-minute rain delay before we started this 1A battle. And Mikayla asking for a towel. She’s going to work with a towel in her back pocket. >>Molly: Ponchos are coming back out.>>Brad: Runner in scoring position, two outs for Clarksville here in the top of the sixth inning. Seven hits for the Clarksville Indians in this game so far against Mikayla Houge. Houge’s verbally committed to the University of Virginia to be their pitcher. She was seen by the Virginia Head Coach Joanna Harden at a Florida state camp. And the different tournaments that Mikayla has played in. This one is fouled out of play. She’s earned eight runs all season. Seventh and eighth coming here in the third inning. Clarksville looking for one more in the sixth. That one is chopped foul. Myers getting good contact on Houge. Interesting about Mikayla Houge, talking about last year the Collins-Maxwell state title. She says a state title was always my goal. It was just so special. There’s a slap into right, coming in unable to make the catch is Kahler. The throw to the plate is off the mark and Poppe scores the go-ahead run in the top of the sixth inning. >>Molly: Clarksville aggressive on those base pads again with two outs, people advancing for Clarksville might have been nervous there, run out of the inning a couple innings ago, but against a very good pitcher like Mikayla Houge, such a strong defense that Collins-Maxwell has, you have to take advantage when you have base runners in those scoring positions.>>Brad: And the throw is going to be Poppe by a lot, but she was unable to handle it and it was away from home where it looked like Poppe would have scored even if Caple would have been able to make the catch. Myers stands on third base. Drives in a huge run. Clarksville takes their first lead of the game and their first lead over Collins-Maxwell in two years. >>Molly: I was chatting with her after the game, we asked her about losing two times to Collins-Maxwell. She said, I don’t know, maybe third time will be a charm. We’ll see.>>Brad: So that’s what people always say, right?>>Molly: Yeah.>>Brad: At the plate, Wedeking hits over 400. Leaves the team in runs batted in. Her three home runs is also a team bat. There’s a look at Kori’s older sister Katie. Trying to coach her sister to a state title. Fouled out of play first base side.>>Molly: Been impressed with this Clarksville squad. Mikayla Houge really able to take matters into her own hands quite a bit early on with some strikeouts. Kudos to these Indians for hanging in there and forcing the defense to make plays, putting the ball in play. They have done that against a very good pitcher in Mikayla Houge. It’s been disciplined. Haven’t chased too much out of the zone when she’s gotten ahead in counts.>>Brad: Mikayla’s allowed just three hits in the quarterfinals and the semifinals with eight hits already here on Houge. And Wedeking swings through strike three and that is number nine on the strikeout tally book. Clarksville takes the lead as Emma Poppe scores on the Bailey Myers base hit as we go to the bottom of the sixth inning. Here’s the final pitch to Wedeking.>>Molly: She throws her head back. You see the frustration. >>Brad: Wanted it more. She has a one-run lead now and we’ll get set to settle in the circle. Here’s a look at Emma Poppe. Scored the go-ahead run in the top of the sixth. A stellar first baseman, there’s an older Poppe sister as well, an ER nurse in Davenport. Softball family affair for the Poppes, Maddie Poppe was here yesterday. She’ll be in attendance under a poncho or umbrella somewhere in the stands. >>Molly: We saw Maddie Poppe over the PA yesterday, Clarksville fans on their feet clapping away. >>Brad: Question for you. I’m going to say a couple of song titles, you tell me if they’re softball related. Songs by Maddie Poppe, going, going, gone. >>Molly: Totally. >>Brad: Made you miss. >>Molly: Yes. >>Brad: Not losing you. >>Molly: Maybe not losing to you. >>Brad: There you go. There you go. Maybe there will be some lyrics being written for assistant state title. >>Molly: Maybe she’s up there right now thinking about — >>Brad: Working through it. This is all speculation. Brad wells, Molly Parrott. >>Molly: Probably the last two people you should be asking for any type of entertainment knowledge.>>Brad: Bottom of the sixth inning. A great softball game in front of us here. It’s the 1A championship game. Wedeking, the pitch, the grounder to Franzen. Unable to be scooped and Emma Kahler is aboard here in the sixth trying to spark the Collins-Maxwell dugout. >>Molly: Great job by Emma Kahler scooting down the line. Behrends with a good play but, again, a throw that’s in the dirt forcing first base to scoop it out. Cannot do so.>>Brad: The fourth error charged to the Clarksville defense and Mikayla Houge digs in with a runner aboard, nobody out here in the sixth inning. Mikayla Houge, as much as we’ve talked about her as a pitcher, she can swing it as good as any as she has seen the ball really well the last four or five weeks of the season especially, according to her dad and head Coach Troy Houge. Left that one just foul just off the corner of the third base.>>Molly: Mikayla Houge, just strikes me as such a mature high school kid. Calm demeanor, very intense, very high expectations of herself. Does compete in other sports, but softball clearly her love. Has played travel ball, worked since elementary school on her game in the circle. As you have to if you’re going to be a very competitive pitcher. And I love that she swings the bat so well in addition to being a top-notch pitcher.>>Brad: Single in the first. Base on balls in the third, this is her third place appearance in the sixth. A ball up the middle. Behrends cannot get to it and it gets away from Myers in center. Here comes Kahler to the plate. And we’re tied up at three. Collins-Maxwell evens it up!>>Molly: Tough set of circumstances, but with that wet playing surface, put the ball in play and some crazy things can happen. Hard-hit ball by Mikayla Houge. It was definitely through the infield with ease, but got past the center fielder. Kahler, no trouble scampering home.>>Brad: So Mikayla Houge, you see her getting the high fives from her teammate, Avery Fricke, the courtesy runner. So a single for Mikayla Houge and an error on the center fielder charged in that last play. And Hannah Caple calls time.>>Molly: Hannah Caple thinks she’s having flashbacks to last year’s state championship game where she gets a game-winning RBI. We’ll see. >>Brad: The situation has set itself up for a possible repeat which could set itself up for a possible repeat for Collins-Maxwell. Nobody out here in the sixth. >>Molly: Told her coach she wants to hit away.>>Brad: Wedeking in the circle. Collins-Maxwell, Hannah Caple at the plate. Slight drizzle here in Fort Dodge, just a little rainfall, wet conditions. No lightning in the area. There’s a ground ball to the right side. Ross makes the throw over to Poppe and there’s one away.>>Brad: Very close, expecting a bunt.>>Molly: Collins-Maxwell go to the bunt. Top of the lineup trying to manufacture something. See if the middle of the lineup can do the same. >>Brad: Healthy swing by Franzen over the stands out of play. Franzen a fly out and a ground out. One away here in the sixth. Potential go-ahead run stands at third. Fricke the courtesy runner for Mikayla Houge. We’re tied at two after the third inning. Clarksville pushes a run across in the top of the sixth. Collins-Maxwell does the same in the bottom of the sixth. Franzen, fouled that one back. Staying alive. Talking to Kori Wedeking, said her change-up looks a little bit better. Nice at-bat by Franzen here battling with two strikes.>>Molly: Making Wedeking work a little bit, throw a few more pitches. She’s been awfully efficient. Collins-Maxwell felt like they left the golden opportunity out there third inning of this game.>>Brad: Franzen high fly ball left field, going back and making the catch is Borchardt and it’s deep enough to score Fricke from third. And Collins-Maxwell is back in front.>>Molly: We asked Collins-Maxwell yesterday have you felt pressure? Have you felt like you had the bullet with the target on your back, excuse me, being returning state champs, having so much back from that team? They said they didn’t feel the pressure. They’ve done a great job of answering the call today, scoring two early. Looked like maybe they’d run away with it. A lot of credit from this Clarksville squad, but much credit must be given to the Spartans or backs against the wall a little bit coming back, scoring two after going down.>>Brad: Hard to go wire to wire as the number one team in the state, Collins-Maxwell now a one-run lead here in the sixth. Two outs, bases empty now. Facing Emma Kahler. The throw to Poppe. Collins-Maxwell gets two runs in the bottom of the sixth as we go to Clarksville’s final opportunity to keep this 1A championship game and title hopes alive.>>We don’t want to give up the one. If we have to, fine. But be smart. Everything in front of you. That’s all we need. Make your plays. Defense, one, two, three. Let’s go!>>Brad: Head Coach Troy Houge could bring another state title back to Collins-Maxwell. >>Molly: Got to play situation softball here. Get outs when you can, like he said, keep the ball in front. You’re an outfielder, you’ve got to think twice about trying to make any kind of diving attempts. You don’t want the ball to scoot past you to the wall. Got to play softball here and for Clarksville, you have to feel pretty good. Cheyenne Behrends coming up to the plate. Typically the leadoff hitter for the Indians. She’s been very good today. >>Two, three, four in the lineup today. Behrends 3 for 3 has found a way — >>Brad: Fouled that one away, 2-2 the count. It would be Behrends, Lovrien, and Janet Borchardt was the hero back in the third inning to really bring this Clarksville team alive. The two RBI double with Clarksville’s first run scored against Collins-Maxwell in the last two years. >>Molly: The last one went over into the grass and got a little wet. A little more than she has been throughout this game. >>Brad: Grounder left side. The throw from Franzen. And there’s one away.>>Molly: Over at the hot corner.>>Brad: Third baseman started last year as a freshman, winning a state title. Called strike on Ainsley Lovrien. Flied out, a walk, and laid down a sacrifice bunt in the first inning. Swing through, strike two. Mikayla Houge, nine strikeouts on the game. 301 on the season. Trying to get Lovrien to chase up high. >>Molly: Her coach saying yesterday, the team doesn’t get the credit on the defensive end because of what she does. 301 strikeouts, certainly she puts down a lot of batters. Defense very, very good as well. One error in the field for the Spartans today. Five errors for Clarksville, couple of pretty costly ones.>>Brad: Houge getting a new ball. The light drizzle continues here in Fort Dodge. It’s the 1-2. And that one got away from the Junior pitcher.>>Molly: Yeah. >>Brad: 2-2 the count. Been fun watching Mikayla Houge pitch. Called strike three. Double-digit strikeouts for Mikayla Houge, that’s number ten.>>Molly: Lovrien just kind of freezes there. One out away, back-to-back state championships for the Spartans.>>Brad: Janet Borchardt comes to the plate for Clarksville. Two RBI double back in the third inning got the Indians rolling. Rolled it all the way to the fence, that one right center. Put that one upstairs, 1-1 from Houge to Borchardt. Mikayla Houge, just a Junior in the circle. Low and inside.>>Molly: Mentioned earlier senior pitcher Hannah Caple catching for Mikayla Houge for many, many years since the two of them were in fourth and fifth grade respectively. Trying to go out in style.>>Brad: Hard-hit ball to left field, making the catch is Emma Kahler and Collins-Maxwell wins the class 1A state championship game and goes back to back with the title. Collins-Maxwell, a 4-3 win over Clarksville. Collins-Maxwell back-to-back state titles purchase for Clarksville, a repeat of 2017. The state runners up.>>Molly: Target on their back all season long. Answered the call.>>Brad: Was that a fun one to watch and a hard-hit ball by Borchardt on that final out.>>Molly: She hit hard, just sometimes it goes right to the defense.>>Brad: We see the two head coaches meeting and the celebration continuing for Collins-Maxwell. Credit Clarksville putting some runs up on the board. Collins-Maxwell, though, up against the wind. Here’s a look at the all tournament team in class 1A.>>From Clarksville, Chloe Ross. From Wayne, Sterling Bernds. From Newell Fonda, Olivia Larson. From Lisbon, Skylar Sadler. From Newell Fonda, Ella Larson. From Lisbon, Reegan Happel. From Clarksville, Cheyenne Behrends. From Collins-Maxwell, Alexis Houge. From Clarksville, Kori Wedeking. And your 2019 class 1A all tournament team captain from Collins-Maxwell, Mikayla Houge! [ Cheers and Applause ]>>Brad: Mikayla Houge, the Junior pitcher, captain of the all tournament team as you take a look at the entire group of all tournament team selections. Lisbon topping Newell Fonda in the sixth place game in class 1A. Big performances from Clarksville, Ross on the all tournament team and for Collins-Maxwell, Alexis Houge, Mikayla Houge, Hannah Caple on the list once again.>>Molly: Not too surprising to see Mikayla Houge when that captain of the all tournament team. Great performance by her not only in the circle but at the plate. Calm, cool, and selected.>>Brad: Another one-run game between these two teams. Such a fun softball game as we get ready to watch as we get ready for the trophy presentation.>>In addition to receiving medallions, every player will receive a commemorative softball from the girls athletic union. Presenting awards are the IGHSU Kramer and Francis. Congratulations to the runners up in class 1A, Head Coach Katie Wedeking for the first runner up in the 2019 softball season. And receiving their championship trophy and their ticket punched as state champions, your class 1A state softball champions Head Coach Troy Houge and the Collins-Maxwell Spartans!>>Brad: Hannah Caple one of the first to the trophy as two seniors for Collins-Maxwell end their careers. Champions in class 1A.>>Molly: It’s very tough to win one state championship, but to do it back to back years when everyone in the state expects you do it again, kudos to Coach Houge and his squad. Won’t be surprised if they’re back a year from now. They have a lot of youth on this squad.>>Brad: Both of these teams lose just two seniors. It was a fun one. We’ve got one more coming up tonight. The class 2A championship game is coming up next. Collins-Maxwell is your class 1A state champions. ♪>>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. 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