Le Mars Community (24-9) had lost five of the last eight games going into Tuesday's game. The Lady Bulldogs lost the lead two times in the game prior to the final at-bat. Le Mars led 5-4 to begin the seventh, but Sioux Center (13-12) evened the score at 5-5 in the top half of the inning.
Freshman Holly Schneider, who played catcher against Sioux Center, hit a deep double off of the center field wall to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning. Junior shortstop Emily Ellefson hit a chopper to third to advance Schneider to third base.
Heidebrink hit a hard ground ball past Sioux Center junior third baseman Carrigan Cleveringa to plate Schneider for the winning run.
"We played hard," said Le Mars head coach Doug Heidebrink. "We had a little trouble yesterday. We're wounded and have been kind of nicked up a bit. So we just said, 'Let's come out and have fun this week.'
The game was scoreless until the top of the fourth inning. Cleveringa led off with a single. She made her way to third base on a passed ball and a wild pitch.
Le Mars freshman Janessa Milbrodt retired Haley Simonson on a pop fly, but Malyn Hulstein singled from the No. 9 spot in the Sioux Center lineup to drive in Cleveringa for the first run.
Heidebrink singled to lead off the Lady Bulldogs' half of the fourth and made her way to second base. Junior Molly Renken advanced to first base on a dropped third strike as Heidebrink moved to third. Milbrodt earned a walk to load the bases. Junior third baseman Emily Pick popped up to first base for the second out.
Sophomore left fielder Kylee Lang then emptied the bases with a grand slam home run over the center field fence to give the Lady Bulldogs a 4-1 edge.
The lead did not last long.
Jillian Estes singled to start the fifth inning for Sioux Center. Milbrodt walked Madison Beaver and Alison Sandbulte to load the bases. Ellefson threw out Shalee Gesink at first base on a fielder's choice, allowing Estes to cut the margin to two runs at 4-2. Beaver scored on a wild pitch to make the score 4-3.
Cleveringa reached base on a fielding error that allowed Sandbulte to tie the game at 4-4. Milbrodt forced a ground-out by Simonson, but then Hulstein singled once again. Freshman second baseman Jess Van Otterloo fielded a ground ball and threw for the third out at first base to end the threat.
Ellefson then singled and Schneider advanced to third. Heidebrink hit a hard line drive to Cleveringa who then tagged out Schneider as she attempted to dive back to third base. Renken struck out swinging to end the inning.
Both teams were held scoreless in the sixth as the Lady Bulldogs clung to a 5-4 advantage.
Milbrodt walked Gesink on four straight pitches to begin the seventh inning. Freshman Jayme Kelly entered the game to replace Milbrodt in the circle.
Schneider threw out Gesink at second base as she attempted to steal from first. Cleveringa and Simonson hit back-to-back singles before Hulstein reached base on a fielding error.
Kelly walked Morgan Van Maanen to plate Cleveringa and tie the game at 5-5. Ellefson threw out Simonson at home for the second out. Pick knocked down a hard ground ball by Estes and scrambled to control the ball and tag third base for the final out, allowing Le Mars to bat in the seventh with a tie score.
Sioux Center had 10 hits, while Le Mars had eight. The Lady Bulldogs also committed one more error with four, while the Warriors made three. Sioux Center freshman pitcher Megan Cleveringa walked just two batters, while Le Mars pitchers issued seven walks.
Heidebrink hit 2-for-4 Tuesday with a run and an RBI. Ellefson and Schneider were also each 2-for-4 and Schneider scored one run. Lang's grand slam accounted for her four RBIs and one run.
Le Mars' six runs were scored by six different players.
Renken played first base Tuesday while she nurses a leg injury. Heidebrink played in right field after sustaining a minor injury as catcher. The team is also still awaiting word on freshman Kassidy Rieken who has missed the past several weeks with a hand injury.
"We can move around," Heidebrink said. "We've got some versatility. The girls can play. I don't like doing that at the end of the year, but it makes them think what the other girls have to do at their positions too. So it helps."
The Lady Bulldogs are back in action Wednesday night with a home game against Spencer.