IRWIN — Southwest Valley had been playing solid softball coming into Wednesday night’s Class 2A regional quarterfinal game against ninth-ranked IKM-Manning.
The Timberwolves had won three straight, including avenging a 5-2 loss to Nodaway Valley just one week later in the regional opener Tuesday with an 8-3 win.
But, the season came to an end for head coach Jim Obermeier and his squad, as IKM-Manning rolled to a 9-0 win here Wednesday.
“They played very sharp defensively,” Obermeier said. “They made many difficult plays look routine. We couldn’t string anything together offensively. We hit the ball, but just not on the nose, solidly.”
IKM-Manning scored in every inning, tagging Southwest Valley starting pitcher Kiara Roberts for six runs on eight hits. Roberts walked two and struck out one. Kyle McBride pitched the final 2 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on three hits with one walk.
Freshman Danica Sunderman recorded two hits for the Timberwolves, while junior Allie Bronner roped a double. Junior Lexi Bronner had the only other hit of the game for Southwest Valley.
Three seniors played their final game for the Timberwolves, who fell to 11-14 overall for the season.
“We will miss our three seniors — Taylor Gaule, Kelsie Kinman and Sydney Pontius, who have had outstanding seasons this year and very productive careers over the last five,” Obermeier said.
IKM-Manning advances to play Earlham on Friday in Earlham in a regional semifinal game.