AMES, Iowa | Kaitlyn Van Der Zwaag pitched a four-hitter and supported her cause with an inside-the-park home run Saturday as the Tri-State Titans blanked EDM Elite 4-0 in the title game of the Iowa Games’ high-school division fastpitch softball tournament.
Play was held on a field in Ames that had 300-foot fences. Van Der Zwaag, a first-team Class 3A all-state pitcher from Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley, smacked a two-run home run to snap a scoreless tie in the top of the fourth inning.
Incidentally, during her senior season, Van Der Zwagg smacked 13 home runs while batting .494 and posting a 1.060 slugging percentage for the Nighthawks.
Later in the fourth, Anna Bubke (Kingsley-Pierson) reached on an error and scored on an triple from Meghan Danielson (West Sioux).
Tri-State added two runs in the fifth inning. Taylor Knaack (River Valley) hit an RBI single, then scored on an RBI triple from Taylor Richter (Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley).
Van Der Zwaag allowed one walk and struck out five.
Tri-State went 1-1 in pool play, falling 11-2 to the Stars, then defeated the Central Iowa Explosion 5-4. Danielson delivered a game-winning RBI single in the fifth inning for the Titans.
Van Der Zwaag went 3-for-3, allowed two hits and struck out three as Tri-State clipped Cedar Rapids Prairie in bracket play.
Tri-State advanced to the finals with an 8-0 win over the Stars. Bubke pitched a one-hitter while both Van Der Zwaag and Emily Redinius each drove in two runs.
Team members were Taylor Knaack (River Valley), Emily Redinius (Kingsley-Pierson), Taylor Richter (Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley), Kaitlyn Van Der Zwaag (Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley), Anna Bubke (Kingsley-Pierson), Meghan Danielson (West Sioux), Sam Burkhart (Westwood), Hannah Dau (South O’Brien), Peyton Wilken (Newell-Fonda) and Kennedy Bork (Bishop Heelan).