Kayla Crooks, shown here driving a ball to right field against Charles City, and her New Hampton teammates open the Class 3A regional tournament tonight (Tuesday) with a home game against Osage.

Starting over tonight

New Hampton looks to put disappointing tournament behind it as playoffs start

This wasn’t the way New Hampton wanted to go into the Class 3A regional softball tournament.

The Chickasaws made 17 errors in four games — three of which ended with New Hampton on the wrong side of the scoreboard — at the Don Bosco Invitational and limped to the end of the regular season.

But here’s the neat thing: New Hampton is no longer 22-14 and losers of five of its last six games; instead, the Chickasaws are 0-0.

“Basically, what it comes down to now is to get on a three-game winning streak,” said New Hampton coach Jack Seelhammer, whose team opens the playoffs tonight [Tuesday] with a home game against Osage. “I know it’s in them, but I’m not sure where we’re at right now. I’ve got a day to figure it out.”

First on Seelhammer’s agenda is to get his team to stop giving up unearned runs. 

At Don Bosco, New Hampton fell to Jesup 11-3 and beat the host Dons 5-3 on Friday before losing a heartbreaking 7-6 contest to West Marshall and falling 9-5 to Dyersville Beckman. Of the 30 runs scored against New Hampton at the tournament, six were earned.

The rest of the story may be found in the July 3 Tribune.

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