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Fourth-ranked A-W continues to roll in WEC

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Class 2A No. 4-ranked Akron-Westfield has yet to play a full seven-inning game in the War Eagle Conference.

After defeating Remsen St. Mary's in three and Spalding Catholic in six, the Lady Westerners kept up their streak of short nights Tuesday with a 13-0 four-inning win over West Sioux.

Kayla Smith worked the first three innings for A-W and struck out six, giving up only two hits. Jordan Harris come on for the final frame and struck out three.

Offensively, Smith and Harris had plenty of support as the Lady Westerners scored four runs in the first inning on five base hits.

Alison Kusler added a 2-run double in the second as A-W pushed across six for the 10-0 lead.

Three more runs in the fourth brought the game to a close, moving A-W to 4-1 overall and 3-0 in the WEC on the season.

Kusler had three hits to lead a 10-hit A-W effort at the plate, including a double and three RBIs. Shelby Johnson, Karly Groon and Charlene Martin all added one hit and two RBIs apiece in the win.

"We have some new starters this year doing a nice job for us," A-W coach Todd Colt said. "Jordan Harris, Alison Kusler, Karly Groon and Caitlin Heyl - those are kids that didn't start every game last year. They've been a pleasant surprise this year."

With Smith almost untouchable through three WEC games, the new players have had time to adjust. That time is drawing to a close, however, as the schedule ramps up with Unity Christian Wednesday on the road in Orange City.

"They're always a tough conference opponent," Colt said. "And South O'Brien is going to have a real good year too and we have them Thursday. They should be good games."



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