By Steve Peterson
The Lady Falcons had a hard-fought battle with Akron-Westfield, who are rated No. 2 in Class 1A and had just clinched their 11th straight WEC championship the night before.
The Lady Westerners beat the Lady Falcons, 2-0, on July 2 in Ireton.
Luci Topete continued her hot hitting with two hits. She got as far as second base in the fifth but did not score. Her second hit came in the seventh inning with two outs.
Hummel gave up nine hits but just one walk and had two strikeouts.
“A-W played strong and tight on defense as usual. We put the bat on the ball but hit right to the defensive players. When we play a good team like A-W, we have to take advantage of any base runners you get,” said WS Coach Cindy Koopmans. “Hummel pitched well, just one walk.”
A-W (30-2, 19-0 WEC) had four hits in the second inning when the visitors scored both runs.
It was the home regular season finale for Lady Falcons’ seniors Jaylen Blankenship, VanDenBerg, Anderson and Hummel.
Luci Topete was 2-for-3.
West Sioux was 10-15 overall record, 10-10 WEC heading into the regular season finale at Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn in Hartley, which was a 6-2 win July 3.