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Roadrunners win POI championship

EDIT: The regional semifinal game in Truro is 7 p.m. Friday, not Thursday, as was originally published.

TRURO — After Wayne snapped Interstate 35's 10-game winning streak on July 1, the Roadrunners bounced back with three straight wins to earn an outright Pride of Iowa Conference championship in softball.

The new winning streak started with a wild 15-10 win over Martensdale-St. Marys on July 2 in the afternoon.

Interstate 35 held an 8-2 lead after the first inning, but the Blue Devils struck for five runs in the top of the second inning to cut the lead to 8-7, before eventually tying the game at 8-8 in the third.

The Roadrunners responded with with four runs in the third, one more in the fourth and two in the sixth.

Freshman third baseman Riley Morris had a big day at the plate, going 4-for-4 with three runs scored, one double, two home runs and four runs batted in.

Brooke Brommel finished with two hits, including a double, and two RBI. Jenna Sandquist walked twice, hit a double and drove in two runs. Josie Wickett finished with three hits and one RBI.

Slye Richardson and Carlyn Stanley each drove in one run in the win.

Stanley picked up the win in the circle, giving up seven earned runs on 10 hits with seven walks and five strikeouts.

Later that evening, Interstate 35 cruised to a 16-0 win over Nodaway Valley in three innings, thanks to a nine-run third inning.

Morris hit her third home run of the day, finishing 2-3 with four RBI. Senior Brittany Mease went 2-3 with four RBI. Wickett and Keann Williams each drove in two runs.

Sandquist finished 2-3 at the plate with two stolen bases and one RBI. Brommel and Shai Major both recorded two hits.

Stanley gave up no hits in the win, with the only hiccup being one walk issued. She struck out four.

The Roadrunners polished off the conference championship with a 5-1 win at Pleasantville on July 3.

Stanley gave up one run on one hit, walking two and striking out six in the win. The run was unearned.

Morris continued her hot streak, going 2-4 with a double and two RBI. Stanley drove in one run on two hits, including a double. Williamson also drove in one run for the Roadrunners, which finished the regular season with a record of 21-3.

Interstate 35 was scheduled to open regional play Tuesday at home against Chariton. With a win, the Roadrunners would host either PCM or Davis County at 7 p.m. Friday.

The regional final is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday in Ottumwa. Possible opponents include West Burlington Notre Dame, Mediapolis, Albia and Central Lee.

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