CAMANCHE — Despite holding their own against last year's state champion, the Camanche Indians couldn't completely hold off the Iowa City Regina offense at home on Thursday night, allowing runs in four consecutive innings and falling 9-2.
Regina came into Thursday's contest ranked as the No. 7 team in the state in Class 2A. Camanche is also ranked, coming in at No. 13 in Class 3A. Head coach Kevin Roling knew his athletes would have their hands full with the Regals.
"Our plan was just to limit them and give ourselves a shot," Roling said. "We wanted to keep it close until the end and see what we could do."
Roling saw a lot of positives on the night, despite the final score on the board. One of the biggest positives for him was not seeing anyone make the same mistake twice.
Starter Tarah Wehde started out her night in the circle strong as well, pitching two shutout innings and striking out six in the first three.
"She was really doing well," Roling said. "That's a team where you're going to have trouble keeping them off the scoreboard for a long period of time, especially if we make a mistake or two behind her.
"Our pitching is getting better, our hitting is getting better, we just need to come together on some of the little things yet."
In the top of the third and fourth innings, the Regals were able to push three runs past home plate for a 3-0 lead.
The Indians—who are normally strong from the batter's box—got runners on base but couldn't move them around throughout their entire night.
"That's a pretty quality pitcher we went up against, she'll probably be a DI pitcher next year," Roling said. "We were on base an awful lot and I was pretty pleased with our gutty attitude…I guess that's the best way to put it."
The one offensive push came in the home half of the fourth, sparked by big homer from Madi Parson.
"Our girls are competitors and I really don't have to push them too hard to keep them competing," Roling said. "The hitting is there, that team just unfortunately didn't make any mistakes. They really did play well. We hit the ball hard all night, our biggest thing is we need to keep getting better on the defensive end."
Pulling within one run wasn't enough. Regina managed to put up another run in the fifth and then solidified their lead with a 5-run sixth inning.
This was the second game of the week, and part of a busy one for the Indians. They play Clinton High School at home on Friday in a doubleheader, then travel to Belle Plaine for a pair of games this weekend.
"I think anybody who watched the game tonight saw that we're a much improved team from the last couple of weeks. Make a few plays here and there and we'll continue to get better," Roling said. "I think we have a chance to really get on a roll here if we continue to play like we're playing," Roling said.
Camanche falls to 2-4 while Regina improves to 4-1.