MOUNT AYR — When the Mount Ayr players sprinted toward their cars Monday night and the East Union bus pulled out of the parking lot here, the two teams knew when they’d finish their game that was suspended in the top of the second inning.
But they didn’t know where they’d resume the game.
Tuesday morning, the field here was determined to be playable, meaning East Union would make a return trip to Mount Ayr to finish the game, trailing 2-0.
The Eagles couldn’t dig out of the 2-0 hole, as Mount Ayr pitcher Tessa Shields pitched a three-hit shutout, leading the Raiderettes to an 8-0 win.
Mount Ayr advances to tonight’s Class 1A Region 6 quarterfinal game at Lenox against the Tigers, with first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m.
Shields faced 25 hitters in seven innings, giving up just the three hits and two walks, while striking out six.
“She threw about 75 pitches,” Mount Ayr head coach Ranae Klinkefus said. “She did a nice job. Had strikeouts when we needed them. Defensively, the one error we made was last night. We made plays, so that was nice.”
East Union pitcher Danielle Riley finished the game with 10 strikeouts and only one walk, but gave up eight hits.
Klinkefus praised the defensive work by senior Paige Daughton at shortstop, who made several clutch plays in the final couple of innings.
The Raiderettes scored three runs in the third inning and three runs in the fifth inning to build the 8-0 lead.
Alyssa Johnson led the Mount Ayr offensive attack with two hits, including a double, and two runs batted in. Daughton, Macy Larsen and Megan Warin each recorded two hits, as well. Warin drove in one run.
Mount Ayr scored three runs on wild pitches and had three innings Tuesday night that were three up, three down.
But timely hitting was key for the Raiderettes, Klinkefus said.
The Raiderettes now play Lenox, a team they split with during the regular season.
Lenox won 10-6 on June 10, but Mount Ayr turned the tables with a 14-3 win in five innings on July 1 in Lenox.
“It’s going to be a tough one,” Klinkefus said. “They’ve got some speed when they get on the basepaths and (Aurora) Arevalo is a heck of a catcher and can hit the ball. Tessa is pitching well, which helps. We’re having fun.”