Class 3A’s fourth-ranked WB-ND rolls to win over Hillcrest Academy

West Burlington-Notre Dame's Rowan Willeford (9) safely slides into third before Sarah Miller (16) can make the catch during their game against Hillcrest Academy Wednesday June 9, 2021 at West Burlington's Barb Carter Field.

With his team already having played 10 games in the previous nine days and with four games scheduled in the next three days, West Burlington-Notre Dame high school softball coach David Oleson figured Wednesday was a good game to give a couple of his starters a day off.

With a rare midweek afternoon game against Hillcrest Academy and the heat index hovering around 95 degrees, Oleson decided to rest catcher Logan Kelley and shortstop Reagan Oleson.

Freshmen Shelby Bowman and Isabella Blaufuss made the most of their opportunity to start. Hitting eighth and ninth, respectively, in the batting order, the two combined to go 3-for-5 with two doubles, score three runs and drive home another in the Falcons’ 10-0, five-inning SEI Superconference crossover victory over the Ravens at Barb Carter Field.

On a sweltering afternoon, the younger players were keeping things light and loose.

West Burlington-Notre Dame players congratulate each other following an out during their game against Hillcrest Academy Wednesday June 9, 2021 at West Burlington's Barb Carter Field.

“It’s been great. I love playing with all these girls. They’re amazing,” said Blaufuss, who was hit by a pitch, made a diving attempt at a foul ball in right field, then doubled and scored the 10th run to end the game in the fifth inning. “They are all my best friends. They are all great.”

“That is something I wanted to do and I thought this was a good day to get it done,” Oleson said.

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