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A-W plays for 1A Championship!

Posted July 28, 2016 at 3:26 pm

By Hank Krause

The Akron-Westfield Westerner girls defeated the Newell-Fonda Mustangs, 7-0 in the Class 1A semi-finals on July 21.

In spite of the incredible stifling heat, Ann Hedlund threw a complete three-hit shutout as she won her 20th game for 2016.

Hedlund survived a scare in the third inning but overcame a possible rally. Along with Hedlund, Bailey Davis got the hits when A-W really needed it.

A-W scored a single run in the second as Brynn Van Eldik hit a single, later to be driven home by Hedlund’s seeing-eye hit.

In the third, Danika Tindall got hit by

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    A-W’s 25-5 record season statistics on offense

    Akron-Westfield final baseball statistics from a 25-5 record season in 2016:


    Junior Aaron Allard was 36-for-97 at-bats to lead the team (10 at-bats at least) 28 runs to lead the team, six doubles, two triples, three home runs to lead the team, 21 RBIs, one sacrifice, 17 walks, seven strikeouts, 16-for-18 stolen base attempts and one hit by pitch. He had a 0.470 on-base percentage, 0.567 slugging percentage to lead the team, and a 0.371 batting average.

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    2016 Akron Rebels

    The 2016 Akron Rebels baseball team (Front Row l-r:) Levi Keleher, Adam Loutsch, Chad Brown, Scott Jacobs, Brett Stolpe, Tanner Bundy, (Back Row l-r:) Manager Paul Martin, Jeff Verzal, Jeff Gacke, Eric Blake, Cory Eskra and Dan Smith. Not in picture: Cole Oltmanns, Noah Bohlmann, and Jared Kirkeby.

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    District final proves unkind to A-W

    By Steve Peterson

    In the end as the sun set Saturday, Akron-Westfield’s hopes for a first sub-state baseball spot were dashed by an unstoppable team on an 18-game winning streak in Remsen-St. Mary’s as the Hawks ousted A-W, 5-1 before a huge crowd in Akron July 16.

    “The kids played hard but we got beat by a great team. Jacob Wesselmann is one of the top two pitchers around. The final score

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    Westerners beat UC, 2-0

    by Steve Peterson

    Austin Allard struck out 14 batters and allowed just one hit and one walk as he led Akron-Westfield to a 2-0 win over Unity Christian, of Orange City, on July 1 in the regular season home finale.

    The 10th-ranked in Class 1A Westerners improved to a 21-4 season record with two regular season games left this week before the playoffs start here this week.

    If A-W won against River Valley

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    A-W nine keeps momentum going — tops H-LP

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield set a school record for wins with a 6-0 War Eagle Conference win at Harris-Lake Park June 27.

    The 19 wins topped 18 victories gained in 1990 and 2010. The day was also Head Coach Gordy Johnson’s birthday.

    “It was a nice birthday present,” said Johnson. “We pitched well.”

    The Westerners improved to 19-4 record with the win, making the long trip

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    Scouting West Harrison

    by Steve Peterson

    A look at Akron-Westfield’s quarterfinal round opponent at the Class 1A State Tournament in Fort Dodge, West Harrison, at 11:30 a.m., Monday, July 18. A-W is 33-2 record.

    A-W is 9-1 in first round games in Fort Dodge,

    The Hawkeyes have an 18-11 record and gained their state berth with a 6-5 win over Lenex in their regional final. They have won their last six games. In the regional opener

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    A-W set send-off for softball team

    Akron-Westfield will host a send-off for the softball team to the Class 1A State Tournament at 1 p.m., Sunday, July 17.

    The Lady Westerners , 32-2 record, will play West Harrison (18-12 record) in the quarterfinal game at 11:30 a.m. Monday, July 18 at Rogers Sports Complex in Fort Dodge at Mittera Field. The winner plays in the semifinal game at 3 p.m., Thursday, July 21 at Buena Vista University Field. The loser plays in the consolation round at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 20 at Dodger

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    A-W has fun with home run at SOS

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield staged its own version of Home Run Derby as the Westerners hit three four-baggers in a 21-2 romp over South O’Brien July 5 in Paullina.

    A-W, ranked 10th in Class 1A, improved to an impressive 22-4 record with one regular season game to go.

    Cal Eskra got the home run effort going in the fifth inning that broke a 2-2 tie. A-W also had two more home runs, one

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    Short and sweet!

    By Hank Krause

    In the third round of district softball on July 8, the Akron-Westfield Westerners played host to the Remsen St. Mary’s Hawks. A-W demolished the Hawks, 13-1.

    A-W led off the top of the first with one out. Jaden Harris and Danika Tindall both drew base on balls. With two out and two runners on, Brynn Van Eldik also walked. Jessica Hansen, with two strikes, singled to score two. Kiana Appley walked to bring Danika Smith to the

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