The Ankeny Centennial softball team closed out the best season in school history with a third-place finish in the Class 5A state tournament.
The sixth-ranked Jaguars rolled to a 10-0 victory over No. 8 Muscatine in five innings in the consolation final on Thursday at Harlan Rogers Park in Fort Dodge. They finished with a 23-9 record, while Muscatine dropped to 19-4.
“We were not going to lose this game,” said Centennial sophomore Lizzy Klunder. “Zero chance.”
Klunder and Kennedee Jones each belted a home run for Centennial, which pounded out 12 hits off two Muscatine pitchers. Madi Huisman (12-2) tossed a three-hitter to earn the victory.
Jones and Huisman were among the six seniors playing their final game for the Jaguars.
“This group has been through a lot in their career, and they’ve put in the work to get (to state for the first time),” said Centennial coach Brett Delaney. “They stepped up today, and it was just a fun day to watch Jaguar softball compete and go out and finish it.”
Check back later for complete coverage of the game, including the all-tournament selections.