Runs came early and often for No. 5 Johnston in a 10-0 Class 5A state quarterfinal victory over eighth-ranked West Des Moines Valley Tuesday night.
Hannah Berger and Lauren Thilges each went 3-for-4 offensively for the Dragons (31-11 overall), who jumped out to an early 4-0 lead and never looked back.
Berger also scored three times, while Thilges doubled twice and drove in four.
Haylee Towers (20-5) went the distance in the circle for Johnston, allowing just two hits. She didn't walk a batter and fanned two.
Katelyn Strauss and Mckenzie Schuette both managed singles for the Tigers (26-15).
No. 3 Ottumwa (37-6) now awaits Johnston in a 5A semifinal Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on Diamond 2.
Johnston 10, Valley 0
Johnston 401 110 3-10 11 0
WDM Valley 000 000 0-0 2 5
Haylee Towers (W, 20-5; 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K) and Addy Pender; Rachel Bakey (L, 15-6; 3 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 0 K) and Mackenzie Jones.
2B-J: Hannah Berger, Lauren Thilges (2). SB-J: Berger. MH-J: Berger (3), Thilges (3). LOB-J 4; V 2. DP-V.
West Des Moines Valley will face 10th-ranked Cedar Rapids Jefferson (31-12) in 5A consolation action today at noon on Veterans Diamond.