One-run regional results for Waukon softball team include 10-9 win over New Hampton, 2-1 heartbreaker at Crestwood that ends season

Round-tripper reception ... Waukon softball senior shortstop Annika Headington (#19) gets welcomed home by her teammates after clobbering a three-run homerun in the Indians’ 10-9 home victory over New Hampton in the opening round of Class 3A regional tournament play Tuesday, July 6. The round-tripper turned out to be the final homerun of her high school career, after the Indians had their season ended in the next round of regional play, and it was the seventh of her senior season and the 21st of her five-year high school softball career, setting a new Waukon softball career record. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

The Waukon softball team had its 2021 season brought to a close after splitting its first two Class 3A Region 6 Tournament games this past week, but not before giving its fans all the thrills involved with a pair of one-run final results in those two games. The Indians began their postseason journey hosting fellow Northeast Iowa Conference (NEIC) squad New Hampton Tuesday, July 6, the Tribe continuing a season-long history of high-scoring, one-run battles with the Chickasaws by pulling out a 10-9 victory at home in the opening round of Class 3A Region 6 competition.

The reward for that opening-round victory was another match-up with a fellow NEIC squad, the diamond Tribe playing at Crestwood Friday, July 9 in the Class 3A Region 6 semifinals. For the second consecutive time in a postseason game at Crestwood, the Indians jumped to a 1-0 first-inning lead over the host Cadets, but for the third consecutive season Crestwood put an end to the Indians’ season, this time by scoring the game-winning run on the final play of a 2-1 Indian season-ending loss - the third time this season the Cadets pulled out a one-run victory over the Waukon diamond dwellers on the final play of the ballgame.

The split of those two regional tournament games wraps up the softball Tribe’s season with a 12-19 overall record, including a 3-15 NEIC mark that places the diamond Tribe in seventh place in the seven-team final NEIC standings. The Cadet win advanced Crestwood to the Monday, July 12 Class 3A Region 6 championship game at and against seventh-rated Anamosa, a game in which the Cadets lost to the Blue Raiders, 4-1, to have their season ended.

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