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Anderson, Wolves foil Falcons on road

Madie Anderson rears back to throw a pitch during her shutout of West Burlington on Wednesday night. (Andy Krutsinger/The Union)
Madie Anderson rears back to throw a pitch during her shutout of West Burlington on Wednesday night. (Andy Krutsinger/The Union)
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WEST BURLINGTON — The No. 13 (3A) West Burlington-Notre Dame falcons came into Wednesday night’s showdown with No. 13 (1A) Winfield-Mt. Union on a burner, but one of the best offenses was silenced on their home field by W-MU ace Madie Anderson.

The Falcons came in averaging double-digit runs in their last five games, but Anderson was just too dominant in a 1-0 Wolves win.

“Holding them to no runs was a big task that I had,” Anderson said. “They’re good hitters, and they’re a ranked 3A team that is ranked, so it was a big win for us.”

She and Falcon freshman Lauren Summers traded strong innings through four frames. Both teams were scoreless through their first four at-bats.

In the top of the fifth, the W-MU offense finally came alive. Anna Anderson singled to right field and eighth-grader Makiah Lower knocked her in with an infield single to short.

“She’s been pressing so much to prove that she deserves that spot,” said head coach Walt Jackson. “We’ve been talking to her the last three games to just relax and do your thing. The last couple of games, she’s been coming along, and really the whole team has been coming along.”

The Falcons had their biggest threat of the game in the bottom of the sixth. WBND had two of their fastest runners on first and second with one out, but it was all for not, as W-MU’s junior ace struck out the next batter and ended the threat by forcing a pop-out to second.

“We had one out, so we just needed to get that next out,” M. Anderson said. “It was definitely the biggest out we had.”

The Wolves moved to 6-2 overall. They’ll put their 4-2 conference record on the line tonight (Thursday) at Lone Tree.