Viking softball team beats #3-ranked Charles City

Posted: Fri, Jun 29, 2018 7:59 AM
Avery Shelton is congratulated at home plate by her teammates after hitting a two-run home run (Photos by decorahsports.com's Paul Scott)

The Charles City Comet softball team had lost only twice this summer--until Thursday night in Decorah.

After beating Decorah 11-1 in six innings in the first game of a doubleheader, the Comets ran into a determined Viking squad in the second game.  Charles City took a 2-0 lead in the top half of the second inning, but Decorah scored nine times in the bottom of the inning, highlighted by Avery Shelton's two-run home run.

The Comets fought back and tied the game at 9-9, but Decorah didn't quit, scoring three more runs to take a 12-9 lead which held up for the rest of the game.  Decorah is now 9-17 on the season, while Charles City is 30-3.

The Vikings will have another busy week next week.  Decorah will face Waverly-Shell Rock on Monday in make-ups of games suspended on June 21st because of rain.  On Wednesday the Vikings will begin play in Regionals, traveling to Center Point-Urbana.  If Decorah wins Wednesday, it will play again Friday at Waverly in the semifinals of Regionals.

Avery Shelton also pitched in the second game (Click on photos for larger images)
Five seniors were recognized at their final home softball game--Katie Nimrod, Alea Lutkenhaus, Elizabeth Hartman, Hailey Nierling and Victoria Miller
Katie Nimrod attempts a bunt
Hailey Nierling