Fresh off their first winning season in almost a decade, AGWSR had some lofty goals this past baseball season. Graduation, as expected, took a chunk out of the arsenal. Still, going better than 5-14 was definitely the goal.
What was supposed to be a magical season for the AGWSR Cougars, was hamstrung before it even got started. But beyond a key injury to the 2018 all-class strikeout leader, everything else was in place for a big run.
The district may have changed, but a group of AGWSR players were recently named to the Iowa Girls Coaches Association All District Team for a second consecutive summer.
One-run losses have defined the AGWSR Cougar (20-7) season. Monday’s 1-0 loss to Algona Bishop Garrigan was their fourth shutout loss of the season, and third by a 1-0 count.
The AGWSR Cougars (20-6), ranked sixth, looked to be on their way to a second tight game Friday in Ackley. After Edging Fort Dodge St. Edmond in the quarterfinal of Class 1A Region 8 play, they again needed a home run to break through, this time against the Mason City Newman Knights (21-14).
The Saint Ansgar Saints (23-9) showed why they are ranked seventh in Class 1A Friday night. Despite All-State pitcher Collin Kramer struggling a bit, they played almost perfect baseball in beating AGWSR 12-2 in five innings. The Cougars’ season ended at 5-14 with the first round Dist. 5 loss…