Abby Beal

Photo by Carie Kuehn | Abby Beal, Camanche

CAMANCHE - It took the No. 9 Camanche softball team 38 minutes to set the tone for the postseason. 

The Indians had a ten-run first inning and plated five more in the second to end the game in the third and beat Tipton 15-0 in the Class 3A regional quarterfinal on Monday night. 

"Honestly, the end of the year, our offense has been a little stagnant," head coach Kevin Roling said. "It was good to see that show up tonight. Hitting is contagious and when we came out hitting off the bat we put one hit after another out there. That's all you can ask of the kids."

The offense literally was rolling from the first batter on. Lead off hitter Tarah Wehde singled, followed by singles from Cam Carstensen and Madi Parson, the third one scoring Wehde. 

Abby Stock then nailed a ball that was mishandled, scoring two runs and leaving Stock on. Hanna Nissen singled and then Abby Beal nailed a two-run double, all before the Tigers could record the first out. 

Allison Kenneavy knocked in a run and Jamie Robertson hit a double, keeping the hits consistent from the leadoff to the bottom of the order. That was refreshing to see for the Indians, who have only scored three runs in their last three outings, all of which ended in the loss column. 

"That's been our downfall, we haven't been real consistent," Roling said.  "Hopefully we get everyone rolling towards the end."

After taking a ten run lead into the second inning, Abby Beal once again reached first on a single. This time it was a short wait, with Lauren Snyder blasting the Indians' 60th homer of the year over the center field fence to take the lead to 12-0. 

They scored three more in the second and made quick work for three straight outs to start the third and end the game. 

Parson ended the game 3-for-3 with three RBI, with Abby Stock and Abby Beal also hitting two RBI. Every single player in the lineup had at least on hit. 

Abby Stock threw a nearly perfect three innings for the Indians, her only blemish being a walk in the top of the second. One more base runner made it on an error in left field, but the Indians and Stock held the Tigers hitless. 

Overall, the defense played a clean game. The infield accounted for five of the nine outs, while Stock struck out three. 

"Defense wins championships, that's the best way to say that," Roling said.  "If we continue to play good defense, good things will happen for us."

The Indians (31-9) will host round two on Thursday night, taking on West Burlington (24-10). 

"We played pretty well at home. As I've said all year long, a team has three parts to it and they all have to come together to be a strong team. You have to have your players on board, coaches on board and parents on board."