Both of the Class 4A state softball quarterfinals that contained Metro teams will be remembered for a long, long time.
Jaye Hutcheson of Linn-Mar was a warrior. With an arm that burned and fingers that were numb, Hutcheson threw strikeouts in the Lions’ 13-inning 2-1 loss to top-ranked West Des Moines Valley. Lions Coach Jon Harms gave her the option of coming out as early as the fifth ininng. Harms knew — we all knew — that she would refuse. You’ll never find a tougher kid, regardless of gender.
Morgan Allee of Jefferson was a savior. The J-Hawks were down to their final out against Lewis Central. They were two strikes away from elimination. But Allee laced a pitch up the middle to extend the game.
Then Alex Jacobson was the hero. After Allee’s single tied the game, the Titans intentionally walked Amanda Burger. Jacobson saw one pitch, and sent it over the center field fence. The last grand slam, by Ottumwa in 1992, broke Jefferson’s hearts. This one sent the J-Hawks into the semifinals. They laid a proverbial egg against Sioux City North, yes. But they’ll always have moment from Friday.