The only thing better than winning a title is to be perfect in doing so.
Last weekend in Hastings, the David City Blue Blaze Under-18 softball squad won the American Softball Association Class C state championship and went a perfect 5-0 in doing so.
The Blue Blaze also won the crown two seasons ago, when they brought home the trophy in 2016.
In Game 1 on Friday, David City faced the Sandhill Sharks and were victorious by a final of 6-2.
Kelsey Baer was the winning pitcher, going seven innings, while allowing only two runs.
Baer also starred at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs, while Vanessa Bohuslavsky was 2-for-4 with an RBI, Sierra Meysenburg finished 2-for-4 with an RBI, Lauren Campbell was 2-for-3 and Darian Krenk was 1-for-4 with an RBI.
In the bottom of the first, the Blue Blaze went right to work as
Vanessa Bohuslavsky, Campbell and Valerie Bohuslavsky all singled, before a Baer double scored a pair to making it 2-0. Bridget Sisco was then hit by a pitch before Krenk hit into a fielder’s choice, scoring Valerie Bohuslavsky and it was 3-0.
In the bottom of the fourth, Macy Kobza and Campbell walked, Baer singled, scoring Kobza to make it 4-0 before Meysenburg singled, scoring Campbell and a 5-0 David City lead.
Sandhill replied with a pair of runs in the fifth to cut the deficit to 5-2.
However, David City came right back in the bottom of the inning, scoring the final run of the game to make it 6-2.
Krenk singled, Kobza sacrificed her to second, followed by a Vanessa Bohuslasky single to scoring Krenk.
Next up for the Blue Blaze on Saturday was a matchup with Albion, a game in which they would prevail by a final of 8-3.
Baer pitched six innings with six strikeouts and also went 1-for-2 at the plate.
Valerie Bohuslavsky went 3-for-4 with a triple and three RBIs, Meysenburg was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Krenk 2 for 3 with one RBI.
Albion jumped out to a 1-0 first-inning lead, but it wasn’t long before the Blue Blaze equalized with a run in the second after Sisco safely bunted her way on base, then advanced to third on a throwing error, before scoring on a Krenk single.
Both clubs traded runs for a 2-2 game after three innings.
However, Isabel Coufal was hit by a pitch to start the fourth, Kobza had a bunt single, Campbell reached on a fielder’s choice and Valerie Bohuslavsky tripled scoring all three runners for a 5-2 lead.
David City added another pair of runs over the next two innings to provide the final margin of victory.
On Sunday, Fairbury was the opponent, but the result the same in a 4-1 David City victory.
Once again, Baer dominated on the mound, going seven innings, with five strikeouts.
Campbell was the hitting star, going 3-for-4, while Krenk and Sisco each had a pair of hits.
After falling behind on a first-inning Fairbury solo homer, the game remained 1-0 until the top of the fourth, when the Blue Blaze offense came to life.
Campbell and Valerie Bohuslavsky singled, followed by Meysenburg and Krenk fielder’s choices, which scored two runs, making the score 2-1.
The Blue Blaze would add some insurance in the top of the seventh, scoring two more runs, highlighted by a Vanessa Bohuslavsky triple for a 4-1 win.
Sunday’s second game against Adams produced an 8-0 win as Baer pitched a perfect game over five innings, retiring all 15 batters she faced.
Baer also homered and drove in two runs, while Valerie Bohuslavsky was 2-for-3.
David City scored in the first for a 1-0 lead before Baer crushed a two-run shot to center for a 3-0 advantage in the third, before the Blue Blaze would add another four runs in the fourth for the final score, including doubles by Valerie Bohuslavsky and Meysenburg.
Finally, in the championship game, the opponent was Adams, who David City had already beaten in the tournament, but worked its way back through the losers’ bracket, setting up a rematch.
It wasn’t much of one, as David City prevailed by a final of 13-2 to capture the championship.
Baer pitched four innings with five strikeouts for the win.
Sisco was 2-for-2 with three RBIs, Meysenburg went 2-for-2 and Vanessa Bohuslavsky was 2-for-4 with three RBI.
David City all but put the game away with a seven-run first inning, a combination of singles and errors by the defense.
Adams scored a single marker for a 7-1 game, but David City replied with three more for a 10-1 lead.
Meysenburg tripled home a run in the third, followed by consecutive singles in the fourth by Coufal, Kobza and Vanessa Bohuslavsky to make it 13-1 and the championship was won.
Scott Akanewich is the sports editor of The Banner-Press Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.