Exira-EHK tops Audubon, will face St. Edmond in regional softball semifinal

 GLIDDEN (July 5) -- The Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton softball team is back in familiar territory, posting tournament wins and poised to reach its fifth regional final in six years with just one more victory.
 The Spartans (16-10 overall) handled their business again Wednesday with an 8-4 win over Audubon in the Class 1-A, Region 3 quarterfinal held at Glidden. They will now face an upstart Fort Dodge St. Edmond team that knocked off fifth-ranked Newell-Fonda 8-6 on Wednesday.
 The Spartans and Gaels (11-17 overall) will meet in Friday’s 7:00 p.m. Region 3 semifinal game at Fonda, with the winner facing either Lynnville-Sully (18-11) or Montezuma (17-12) in Monday’s regional final at a site to be determined.
 Exira-EHK, which had beaten Audubon 14-1 just four days earlier, faced a much tougher Wheeler team in the postseason rematch but was able to tally 14 hits and keep its area rival from pulling an upset. Senior Katie Kunik led the Spartans at the plate, going 4-for-4 with a double. Junior Sophia Peppers also had a good game, going 3-for-4 with a double. Senior Maggie Rasmussen pitched a complete game for the win.
 Audubon finished its season with a 4-25 overall record.

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