It’s one of my favorite things to do when I’m in the office here at the Journal-Eureka.

    The Anamosa softball team’s impressive tournament championship at their own Raider Invitational Saturday, June 14, allowed me the opportunity to go do some digging into the archives to find out when the last time Anamosa had claimed their own tourney title?

    I’ll admit it, I love digging into Anamosa sports history.

    To find the last Raider championship, I had to go back a little further than I thought (2008 was the year), which is why I don’t trust my old memory anymore.

    Looking at all the stories, photos and statistics brought a smile to my face.

    That Raider softball team was loaded with some special talent during that 2008 summer.

    Rick Delagardelle was in his second year of resurrecting the program, and Mallory Lacy was an All-State junior pitcher turning in a school-record and mind-boggling 343 strikeout campaign.

    The Raiders defeated Olin in the Anamosa Invitational semi-final round that summer, a Lion team coached by Karen Ginn, a current Anamosa assistant.

    Ginn’s assistant that summer in Olin? None other than current Raider softball head coach Ashley Streeper.

    Not only that, the Lions’ pitcher was Ginn’s daughter and All-State superstar Makenzie, a former Raider assistant coach over the last several summers.

    Makenzie not only was one of the top pitchers in all of Iowa, but she was also one of the state’s top hitters drilling softballs at a .461 clip with three home runs and 26 RBIs that summer.

    Looking forward to the fall sports season and beyond, I’m betting I’ll be back digging into the history books here at the Journal-Eureka again very soon as old records are broken.

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