"Earlier this season, we lost to this team,'' Ribbe said. "We had our heads into this game. We have been improving more and more every day. I feel like everyone is more focused and it's showing on the field.''
The Cornjekers avoided the shutout with two runs in the third, as Karsin Miethe had an RBI single to score Carissa Vaughn, who led of the inning with a double, and Kaelynn Longfellow drove home a run with a sacrifice fly to right.
While Stephens was pleased to see his team get 12 runs on 10 hits, he was just as happy to see his defense play an error-less game.
"Defensively, I like our improvement,'' he said, noting that left-fielder Maddie Winkler made a couple of really nice plays, battling a very strong wind.