Waukon softball team jumps to early lead at 11th-rated Crestwood but has season ended with first-round regional tournament loss

Waukon softball junior shortstop Annika Headington sends a pitch to the outfield for the Indians’ only hit in their 7-1 loss at 11th-rated Crestwood in the opening round of Class 3A regional tournament play Wednesday, July 15. Headington’s lone hit also produced the softball Tribe’s lone run as she drove in fellow junior Regan Griffith in the game’s first inning for a 1-0 Waukon lead that would stand until the game’s midway point. Photo by Nate Troy, Cresco Times Plain Dealer.

The Waukon softball team had its 2020 season brought to a close by one of the best teams in all of Class 3A when the Indians traveled to 11th-rated Crestwood Wednesday, July 15. Having been swept by the highly-regarded Cadets by scores of 9-0 early in the season and 12-0 in three innings just over a week ago, the Lady Indians put an abrupt end to their scoring drought against Crestwood right away in the opening frame and even held a 1-0 lead over the Cadets midway through the contest, but ultimately allowed seven unanswered runs during Crestwood’s final three innings at the plate to put up their best fight of this season against the Cadets before falling by a 7-1 final result.

The loss brings the Indians’ 2020 season to a close without a win in its 13 games played, including a regular season of 12 losses all coming in Northeast Iowa Conference (NEIC) play. Crestwood’s win advanced the Cadets to the Friday, July 17 Class 3A Region 6 semifinals against fellow NEIC squad New Hampton, with the Cadets also winning that game, 7-0, to advance to the regional finals Monday, June 20 against sixth-rated Algona, who ended Crestwood’s season with a 2-0 defeat in that title game.

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