TAMA - Ashley Allen connected on her second career home run and the Class 3A No. 4 East Marshall softball team never trailed as a result, beating South Tama, 6-4, Thursday in NICL West Division play for the second time in as many nights.
Allen was one of five Mustangs with at least two hits, led by Mariah Fritz's 3-for-4 performance. Allen homered in the top of the first and later had an RBI triple as East Marshall (17-3, 8-2) held off another stern challenge from South Tama (6-13, 3-6).
The Trojans played East Marshall to a 4-3 loss on Wednesday night in Le Grand.
Kallie Hala limited the damage East Marshall's offense did, going 5 2/3 innings in the loss. She allowed five runs on nine hits with five walks and one strikeout, and Sam Holtz helped her out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth. Holtz tossed the final 1 1/3 frames.
Haley Long got the win in the circle for East Marshall, surrendering three runs on six hits and two walks over five innings. She struck out six before being replaced by Fritz, who gave up a run on two hits and two walks with four strikeouts.
Katie Roseland, Taylor Fricke and Sophia Grego each added two hits for East Marshall, and Kylee Hoskey's lone hit was a two-run single in the third to put the Mustangs ahead 3-0.
East Marshall 6, South Tama 4
AGWSR 5, West Marshall 1
BCLUW 10, Gladbrook-Reinbeck 0
Jade Rohach had a two-run single in the third among her three hits, and Belle Tyynismaa added two hits for South Tama.
Both teams participate in Marshalltown's Bobcat Classic, South Tama on both Friday and Saturday and East Marshall on Saturday only. STC will face Marshalltown, Roland-Story, Lynnville-Sully and Lisbon, while the Mustangs will meet Colfax-Mingo and Roland-Story.
BCLUW 10, Gladbrook-Reinbeck 0
GLADBROOK - Nicolette Simpson tossed a two-hit shutout and the Class 2A No. 9 BCLUW softball team toppled Gladbrook-Reinbeck 10-0 in NICL West action.
Simpson struck out seven and did not walk a batter, surrendering a double to Taylor Flamme and a single to Hanna Christopher.
Kendall Scurr led the Comets (16-5, 9-2) going 3-for-5 at the plate with a run scored. Sarah McCoy was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, while Kayla Benjamin went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.
Taylor Street took the loss in the circle for G-R (1-19, 0-11), allowing nine earned runs with two walks and two strikeouts.
BCLUW plays five games Friday and Saturday at Marshalltown's Bobcat Classic, while Gladbrook-Reinbeck has pulled out of the event. The Rebels are back in action Monday at South Tama.
AGWSR 3, South Hardin 0
ELDORA - Two days after dismantling South Hardin to the tune of 12-0, the Class 2A No. 7-ranked AGWSR softball team scored twice in the top of the seventh to secure a 3-0 win Wednesday in NICL West Division play.
South Hardin pitcher Alaina Lake limited the Cougars to just six hits on the night, but the Tigers (4-7, 3-4) managed only two against Ashley Sicard. Sicard struck out nine, walked none, and allowed singles to Kassidy Rewoldt and April Skartvedt.
Lake struck out four, walked two and allowed one earned run in the loss.
Ella Frazier finished 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI to lead AGWSR (14-3, 9-1). Madi Fryslie also had an RBI single and stole a base.
Clarksville 9, North Tama 1
CLARKSVILLE - Class 1A No. 4 Clarksville collected its 14th win in a row, beating North Tama 9-1 in Iowa Star Conference play.
Kimberly Wedeking struck out 12 and walked none, allowing one unearned run for the Indians (14-1, 10-0). She also finished 3-for-4 at the plate with an RBI and three runs scored. Isabella Vance was 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs, while Megan Backer was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.
Emma Knoop, Sam Zobel and Anna Kvidera tallied the only hits for North Tama (11-5, 5-4). Knoop took the loss, allowing seven earned runs over five innings with two walks and four strikeouts. Madison Howard struck out three in her inning of relief.
CAL 17, Meskwaki 0, 3 innings
LATIMER - CAL scored eight times in the first inning and nine in the second in an Iowa Star win over Meskwaki. Rachael Arnold was 2-for-2 with a walk, three RBIs and three runs scored to lead the Cadets (2-11).