State Softball: Treynor Squeaks Past Regina In 11 Innings
By Jeff Linder (Story) and Josh Christensen (Video), Reporters
FORT DODGE, Iowa -- Jon Prottsman was convinced he had the better team.
"Better team" doesn't always translate into "winning team."
Iowa City Regina stranded 12 runners and gave up three unearned runs, and that allowed second-ranked Treynor to escape with a 3-2 victory in an 11-inning Class 2A quarterfinal thriller at the state softball tournament Monday afternoon at the Rogers Sports Complex.
"We're better than Treynor -- four or five runs at least," Prottsman said. "It just didn't happen today."
The defending-champion Cardinals (29-5) advance to face No. 8 Ackley AGWSR in a semifinal at 1 p.m. Thursday. The Cougars (28-7) downed Jesup, 8-2, Monday.
Regina, the 2011 champion, fell to 20-20. The Regals play Jesup in a consolation game at noon Wednesday, then play their final game at 2 p.m. or 4 p.m.
It's not where they wanted to be, and it's not where they feel they belong.
"I felt like we were going to win it," said Regina's Megan Bonnett, whose home run in the third inning tied the game at 2-2 -- and it stayed that way until the 11th.
"Every time we got runners on (base), we couldn't get them in. We just didn't execute."
Through the first five innings, Regina stranded nine runners in scoring position.
Allison Stein (6-8) absorbed the pitching loss despite scattering four hits and allowing no earned runs in 10 2/3 innings. She retired 19 straight Cardinals from the fourth inning into the 10th.
"My drop curve was working, and that (forced a lot of ground balls)," Stein said. "I don't know what to say. We could have had that one."
Two errors factored into Treynor's first two runs (in the first inning), then another error was key in the Cardinals' winning rally.
With two outs, Gracie Myers and Laura Hempel hit back-to-back singles. Myers beat the throw from center fielder Gabby Dutchik to third, then scored when it got past two infielders and reached the fence beyond third base.
"The hits didn't beat us," Prottsman said. "It was our inability to handle the ball. We gave them runs, but they scored them, so hats off to them."
Down 2-0, Regina got a run back on Jenna Lehman's RBI single in the bottom of the first, then got even on Bonnett's bomb -- her fifth of the season -- in the third.
"I didn't think it was going over the fence," Bonnett said. "I thought it was a regular fly ball. It went over, and I was so relieved."
The rest of regulation was a recurrence of scoring opportunities on which the Regals didn't capitalize.
With runners at second and third with one out in the fifth, Stein lifted a line drive to center field -- probably deep enough to score a run. But courtesy runner Nikki Becker wandered off the bag at third and couldn't get back in time to tag and score.
That was Regina's final major threat. Then, after doing little against Stein for 10 innings, the Cardinals struck in the 11th.
"That last time they came in I said, 'Guys, we're better than two hits. Come on. Get a bat on the ball and make something happen,' '' said Treynor Coach JoEllen Travis.
Regina out-hit the Cardinals, 9-4. Kennedy Brown and Katie Wick had two hits apiece.