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Lady Eagles upset No. 2 Mishawaka Marian

June 3, 2011

The Columbia City softball team holds its first regional championship since 1997. Front row, from left: Madison Hamman, Krystin VanHouten, Taylor Arnold, Mariah Hanauer, Emily Gangwer, Claire Kauffman. Middle row: Jocelyn Brossamer, Kaylee Parks, Madison Barshaw, Cassie Vodde, Alyssa Hansen, Breyana Ousley. Back row: Mike Roy, Megan Giffin, Terry Smith, Allie Vodde, Alyssa Brandt, Steve Cox, Hannah Schnorr, Dan Weigold. Post & Mail photo / Andrew Shultz

   COLUMBIA CITY — In a matter of two nights, Columbia City softball went from just another season to its best since 1997.
   After claiming the class 3A sectional Monday, the Lady Eagles returned to Morsches Park to add another title to its season.
   Regional champion.
   Behind the brute power of its offensive lineup and shutdown pitching, Columbia City upset No. 2 Mishawaka Marian 8-3.

   Columbia City heads to Twin Lakes High School today as one of eight teams left in class 3A softball.
   The Lady Eagles (14-12) are in the midst of their best run since 1997 after finishing the season at 10-12.
   No. 12 Andrean (23-8) awaits in the first of two semifinals at 11 a.m.
   Columbia City reached the semistate round by upsetting No. 2 ranked Mishawaka Marian 8-3 Tuesday.
   The field will be narrowed down to its final two teams for the state finals held at Ben Davis High School June 11.
   The semistate championship game will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday with the winner of No. 15 Mississinewa (19-3) and Western (21-9) advancing to play either Columbia City or Andrean.
   Semistate tickets are $6 for semifinal games or $9 for both the semifinal and championship rounds.
   Twin Lakes High School is located in Monticello, west of Logansport.
   Columbia City used a stretch of 18 scoreless innings in their own sectional to blow away the field.
   The Lady Eagles picked up five-inning wins over West Noble 18-1 and Tippecanoe Valley 10-0 before controlling Lakeland in the championship 6-0.
   Junior pitcher Cassie Vodde has been the ace on the mound for the Lady Eagles with 170 strikeouts in 106 innings pitched.

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