New London scored one run each in the third and fourth innings to jump out to a 2-0 lead. Van Buren then exploded for six runs in the fifth to grab the lead, but the Tigers got two back in the home half of the inning to cut the Warriors’ lead to 6-4 after five innings.
After a scoreless top of the sixth for Van Buren, the Tigers rallied in the bottom half. Kara Krieger and Marah Hartrick hit back-to-back RBI doubles to give New London four more runs and an 8-6 lead.
Van Buren didn’t lay down in the top of the seventh though, cutting the lead in half on an RBI single from Salena Sayre before Brooklynn Cormier tied it up with a bases-loaded RBI single of her own with one out.
With two outs and runners on, Ella Jirak gave Van Buren the lead with an RBI single plus another run came around to score on a defensive miscue, and the Warriors led 10-8.
New London starting pitcher Chloe Heitmeier was able to get out of the inning down just two and then led off the bottom of the seventh with a single, but Van Buren wiggled out of the inning by getting three outs in the next two batters. Kaylor Schulte advanced the runner with a ground out to first base, and the Warriors turned a double play on an Elly Manning ground ball, getting the lead runner out at third to end the game.
The 8-3 Warriors will play 1-6 Clear Creek-Amana Friday in the first round of the Fairfield Invitational and will also travel to Lone Tree later in the day for an SEISC matchup.