MONDAMIN, Iowa — Tyler Coberly would not be denied.
Charter Oak-Ute finished seventh and West Harrison ended eighth after the Bobcats earned a 12-2, five-inning win in the seventh-place game between Rolling Valley Conference teams on Wednesday in the Class 1-A portion of the Iowa state softball tournament.
West Harrison’s greatest fears were realized in the first inning. Seven runs on three hits and five West Harrison errors in the first. The Hawkeyes, making their state softball debut, never recovered as No. 1 Akron-Westfield romped to a 13-1, four-inning victory in a Class 1-A quarterfinal.
Nobody has overcome more to step on a state softball field than West Harrison seniors Kylee Glennie, Alyssa Hatcher and Courtney Forbes. “That’s kind of always been the attitude about West Harrison,” Hatcher said. “People always say we suck.”
A prep baseball coach for 31 years, Exira-EHK’s Tony Petersen experienced a first on the diamond Thursday night when his players doused him with water in a postgame celebration.
West Harrison senior discus thrower Dustin Peasley currently ranks sixth in Class 1-A with a season-best toss of 143-7, which he threw April 6 at Treynor.