Long’s grand slam leads Mustangs past AGWSR

ACKLEY – Nick Long hit a grand slam and drove in six runs as the East Marshall baseball team secured its 11th straight in NICL West Division play, pounding AGWSR 16-0 in five innings here Thursday night.

The Mustangs (17-9, 11-1) tallied at least two runs in each of their five at-bats, burying the host Cougars (4-15, 2-9) from the get-go. Adam Puumala pitched a two-hit shutout in the run rule-shortened victory, striking out three and walking one.

Long finished 2-for-4 at the plate with a run-scoring fielder’s choice in the first, an RBI single in the second and a grand slam in the third.

Caleb Benzing was 2-for-3 with three runs scored and Kyle Harris was 1-for-4 with a three-run double in the second inning. Sam Benzing singled and drove in two, and Josh Benzing had a hit and an RBI. Pinch-hitters Tyler Nablo, Jordan McAnulty, Tyler DeBondt, Zane Johnson and Lane Walton each had a hit, including a double for DeBondt.

East Marshall makes its way to Beaman today for a three-team round-robin tournament. The Mustangs face Wapsie Valley in the 1 p.m. game and BCLUW in the final round.

AGWSR goes to Dike-New Hartford on Monday night.

West Marshall 12-13, BCLUW 2-3

STATE CENTER – West Marshall posted plenty of crooked numbers on the scoreboard here Thursday, sweeping BCLUW in a pair of five-inning wins in NICL West Division baseball.

The Trojans (16-5, 10-2) took the opener 12-2 as the visitors on their own diamond, and then claimed a 13-3 victory in the nightcap.

Garrett Nichols allowed just three hits in pitching all five innings of the first game, striking out six and walking two. Dylan Petermeier was 2-for-3 with five RBIs, highlighted by a three-run double. Alex Dickey went 2-for-2 with an RBI and two runs, and Ross Randall was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

Mitch Miller took the loss for BCLUW, walking three and striking out one in three innings. Brad Barkema and Josh Sharp both had a double and Ethan Hoveland added a single.

In game two, West Marshall struck first with a six-run second inning and piled on with a seven-run third. Eighth-grader Cameron Bannister benefitted from all the offense, going 4 2/3 frames for the win. He struck out two and walked two, giving up seven hits in 4 2/3 innings before Jared Johnson came on to get the final out on strikes.

Brady Petermeier had a two-run double, Dylan Petermeier drove in three runs and scored twice, and Johnston plated a pair as well.

Losing pitcher Troy Dolphin had two hits, including a two-run double in the third inning for the Comets (6-10, 3-9). Ian Showers had a run-scoring double in the fourth. Ty Runge had two hits.

BCLUW hosts Wapsie Valley and East Marshall for a round-robin tournament today in Beaman beginning at 10:30 a.m.

West Marshall visits Pella Christian tonight in non-conference play.

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North Tama 3, Don Bosco 0

TRAER – North Tama senior right-hander Brody Hulme shut out the state’s highest-scoring team and the Redhawks scored three times in the bottom of the fifth inning to hand Class 1A No. 7 Don Bosco its first Iowa Star Conference loss, 3-0, on Wednesday night.

Hulme (4-0) scattered six hits and one walk over seven scoreless innings, helped along by error-free defense behind him. He struck out eight to punctuate his first start since June 6.

Don Bosco’s Dalton Smith surrendered just two hits over five innings, but North Tama made them count. Tristan Johanningmeier led off the fifth with a walk, and pinch-hitter Conway Fisel followed suit. Riley Rohach dropped down a sacrifice bunt but reached safely to load the bases, but Rohach was called for interfering at second base when the Dons tried to turn a double play on Caden Stuart’s grounder.

Johanningmeier scored the icebreaking run just the same, and Smith issued an intentional walk to Hulme. Cameron Hoeg made it hurt by hammering a two-run, two-out double off the right-field fence.

Rohach had North Tama’s only other hit, a single in the third, as the Redhawks (16-3, 11-1) won their fourth straight.

The outcome made for back-to-back losses for Don Bosco (24-4, 15-1), which had won 15 straight prior to Tuesday’s home loss to Maquoketa Valley.

North Tama continues conference play tonight at Dunkerton and Monday at Clarksville.

Gladbrook-Reinbeck 16, PCM 15

REINBECK – Zach Pierce homered and drove in five runs to lead Gladbrook-Reinbeck to a 16-15 victory over Prairie City-Monroe on Wednesday.

The Rebels got outhit 14-10 and walked 15 batters to PCM’s seven, but it still secured a fourth-straight win for G-R (10-10). Joe Smoldt went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and three runs scored, and Brady Kuehl was 2-for-4 with three RBIs to lead the Rebels offensively. Camden Kickbush was 1-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored, while Kuehl’s courtesy runner Tyler Pierce scored three times.

Bryce Ehlers earned the win in relief, ending PCM’s nine-run sixth-inning and getting the final five outs on the mound. Losing pitcher Tyler Foster was 1-for-2 with a home run and three RBIs to pace the Mustangs (6-13).