WATERLOO — The Waterloo West softball team earned their sixth win of the season in a game against metro opponent Columbus Catholic on Saturday.
The Sailors and Wahawks entered the contest amid winning streaks.
The Sailors have won their last six games in which Columbus outscored opponents 71-12.
Meanwhile, West found himself on a reserve from his previous four games. After losing four straight, the Wahawks won doubleheaders against Waterloo East and Cedar Rapids Washington.
The four-game streak saw West outscore opponents 36-12.
According to West head coach Adam Dehl, the key to the Wahawks’ recent streak of success comes down to solid play at the plate and great performances on the mound.
“These girls did so much work in the offseason,” Dehl said. “It’s really great to see that the work is rewarded as a team with 5 in a row. They are showing signs of maturity as hitters and our pitchers are coming out of traffic and doing damage control.
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These two keys were evident at the start of Saturday’s contest. The Wahawks took a big lead in the first inning with five runs in the bottom half of the inning.
West added a point late in the second to increase their lead to 6-0.
The Sailors responded with two runs in the top of the third and threatened to tie the game with a goal-laden situation in the top of the fourth.
However, junior Savannah Ringheden made a diving save on a grounder at second to force the final out of the half inning.
The Wahawks increased their lead to 7-2 with a one-run home run from second Bailey Schoepske late in the fourth.
Over the past three innings, West added two runs as the Sailors had one run to give the Wahawks a 9-3 victory.
With the win, the Wahawks extended their winning streak to five straight wins.
On set, the Schoepske sisters performed for West. Sophomore Bailey went 1 for 3 with a home run while eighth grader Addy went 3 for 4 with two doubles.
Junior Nia Christoffer pitched all seven innings for West, striking out four while allowing seven hits, all singles and one earned run.
The Wahawks will look to improve their streak to six and seven games with a doubleheader against Cedar Rapids Kennedy on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
The Sailors will be back in action, looking to start a new winning streak, with a doubleheader against the Denver Cyclones on Monday at 5 p.m.
Photos: Columbus Catholic-Waterloo West softball matchup
Waterloo West 9, Columbus 3
Columbus 002 001 0 — 3 7 2
Waterloo West 510 111 X — 9 10 4
Haile Frost and Katie Ruden. Nia Christoffer and Syd Wass. WP-Christoffer. LP – Frost. 2B – West: Wellner, A. Schoepske 2. HR – B. Schoepske.