Rachel Sicard

Rachel Sicard delivered a knockout blow with a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth Friday night in Ackley. It capped the scoring, and gave the Cougars a 4-0 win over Mason city Newman in a Class 1A Region 8 semifinal. They play Bishop Garrigan Monday for the right to go to the State Tournament next week in Fort Dodge.

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).

They got two of them to win 4-0 thanks to MaKenna Kuper’s 11th home run of the season and a three-run fifth inning that was punctuated by a Rachel Sicard bomb.

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