Carlisle and state tournament softball at Rogers Park go hand-in-hand.
Tuesday afternoon, the fourth-ranked (Class 4A) Wildcats moved into the semifinal round with a convincing 3-1 victory over No. 11 Waverly-Shell Rock.
Carlisle (33-7 overall) will now face Washington, which upset third-ranked Solon, Thursday on Diamond 2 at 5:30 p.m.
This marks the 12th appearance at state for the Wildcats and head coach Jim Flaws, who picked up career victory No. 933 vs. the Go-Hawks (34-9).
Sophomore Shyanne Dubois tossed a four-hitter, while also connecting on a home run to help her own cause at the plate. She finished with two RBI, while Taylor Davis drove in the other run.
"I felt pretty good," said Dubois, who has received a lot of important tips from her family members during the lead-up to state. "(My family) just told me not to be nervous, and I think I did a good job of that for the most part."
Waverly-Shell Rock 1
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Shyanne Dubois (W, 19-4, 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) and Elin Landgren; Sara Demuth (L, 13-3, 7 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K) and Emily Brown. HR-C: Dubois. 2B- C: Taylor Davis; WS-R: Stacy Martin. RBI-C: Dubois (2), Davis. MH-C: Dubois (2), Payton Mercer (2). LOB-C: 6; WS-R: 2.
The Raccoon River conference runners-up lost to some of their fellow state-qualifying teams this year, including Bondurant-Farrar, Clarke, Dallas Center-Grimes and Ankeny. They have won five in a row and 15 of the last 17 played, including a win over DC-Grimes, 2-0.
"We have two steps left," Dubois said. "This win feels nice, but we want more."
Waverly-Shell Rock will compete today in the consolation round. The loss snapped a seven-game win streak for the Northeast Iowa Conference champions.