Ella Kittelson holds her swing on a pitch during Monday’s NEIC finale versus New Hampton. (Photo by Becky Walz)
Ella Kittelson holds her swing on a pitch during Monday’s NEIC finale versus New Hampton. (Photo by Becky Walz)

At the conclusion of Monday’s conference game, the Decorah softball team (18-11, 9-9 NEIC) finished fourth in the conference — their best league finish and most NEIC wins since 2012.


Home game

The Vikings hosted New Hampton (26-7, 15-3 NEIC) Monday night in the conference finale, falling 16-5 in five innings after a lightning delay.

The Chickasaws struck early and often against Decorah, plating two runs in the first, five in the second, one in the third. The Blue and Red tried to rally with one run in the first and added three in the fourth, cutting New Hampton’s lead to 8-4; however, an eight-run fifth put the game out of reach for the Vikings.

Avery Shelton scattered nine hits in her four innings of work and fanned six. Pitching for an inning of relief was Maddie Clement.

Decorah tagged the ball for nine hits, including an Ella Kittelson double. Katherine Bruening had the hot bat, going 2-for-2 with two RBI, while Bryar Duwe went 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI. Providing the Vikes remaining hits were Ambria Pipho, Ellie Luzum, Shelton and Cora Syverson.

 

Caging the Bulldogs

After a slow start, the Lady Vikes rebounded to defeat MFL MarMac (14-13, 9-5 UIC) Tuesday night on the road, 15-6.

The Bulldogs held a 4-2 advantage after the first three frames and that is when Decorah went to work. Three-run fourth and fifth innings propelled the Vikings to an 8-4 lead, but they were far from done. The Blue and Red plated another run in the fifth and piled up six in the seventh.

It was a 13-hit outing for Decorah. Bruening had her second solid game of the week, going 3-for-4 offensively with an RBI and stolen base. Pipho provided two hits with a double and two RBI, while Duwe had two hits and one RBI. Shelton also had a multi-hit game with two singles and drove in three runs. 

Shelton received the win on the mound, allowing two runs on three hits and five walks. She had six strikeouts as well.

Postseason

The Vikings will host the regional quarterfinal versus Waterloo East Thursday, July 11, at 7 p.m.