Redhawks, Trojans gain shares of league crowns

ZEARING – A 10th consecutive win lifted North Tama into a share of the Iowa Star Conference baseball championship as the Redhawks ousted Colo-NESCO 6-3 in Friday’s league finale.

Brody Hulme surrendered just six hits over the complete-game victory, walking one and striking out five for the Redhawks (22-3, 17-1).

North Tama tallied two runs in the top of the first inning and scratched out another four despite totaling just four hits in the game. Cael Kopriva was 1-for-2 with a double and two RBIs, and Caden Stuart went 1-for-2 and walked twice, adding an RBI and two runs scored to lead the Redhawks at the plate.

Colo-NESCO (10-17, 9-9) suffered its fourth straight loss despite outhitting North Tama. Tanner Clatt, Christian Montgomery and Christian Reischauer each doubled in the Royals’ two-run fifth inning to get within 5-3. Matthew Hill drove in Grant Tiarks with a single in the fourth.

Hill took the loss, allowing five runs on three hits and five walks over 4 1/3 innings. Brady Stoeffler allowed an unearned run in 2 2/3 innings of relief work. The duo combined to hit five batters.

West Marshall 13, Grundy Center 1

GRUNDY CENTER – Garrett Nichols scattered seven hits over a complete-game performance to help the West Marshall baseball team gain a share of the North Iowa Cedar League West Division title with a 13-1 win over Grundy Center here Friday.

The Trojans (18-8, 12-2) trailed 1-0 before scoring three runs in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings. A four-run sixth added to the mix.

Ross Randall went 2-for-4 with a run and six RBIs to lead West Marshall at the plate. He had a two-run single in the fifth, a three-run double in the sixth and a bases-loaded walk in the seventh.

In all, Grundy Center pitching issued seven walks and six hit batsmen.

Alex Dickey was 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored as well for the Trojans. Nichols struck out seven and walked two.

Braidan Buhrow got the loss on the mound for Grundy Center.

LATE THURSDAY

GMG 9-12, Dunkerton 3-7

DUNKERTON – The GMG baseball team scored an Iowa Star Conference sweep over host Dunkerton Thursday night, winning 9-3 and 12-7.

Bridger Claassen went the distance on the mound in the opener, allowing six hits and six walks while striking out eight. He also had two hits, including a double, and drove in a run for the Wolverines (15-8, 13-4).

Michael Tichy led the GMG bats, going 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs. Brandon Weitzell was 2-for-3 with an RBI and Jacob Burt went 2-for-4 with a double.

Burt pitched all five innings of the nightcap, which was cut short because of fading daylight and a lack of lighting at Dunkerton’s field. Burt struck out five, walked five and allowed eight hits and three earned runs for the win.

Claassen ended 3-for-4 with an RBI and Cole Langenbau added a two-run double for GMG.

Nevada 3, Colo-NESCO 1

ZEARING – Tanner Clatt’s three-hit pitching performance was not enough to lift the Colo-NESCO baseball team past Nevada in Thursday’s non-conference game.

Cubs pitcher Tyler Schaefer held the Royals to just two singles, though both of them came in the bottom of the sixth inning. Trailing 3-0, Christian Montgomery reached on an error and scored after back-to-back hits by Christian Reischauer and Grant Tiarks. Schaefer settled in and struck out the next two batters and got a popout to end the threat.

Clatt struck out two and walked three in the loss.

South Hardin 6, Grundy Center 1

GRUNDY CENTER – David Shindelar tossed a four-hitter, Sam Shindelar homered and South Hardin ended a five-game losing streak with Thursday’s 6-1 win over Grundy Center in NICL West Division action.

Dane Butler went 3-for-4 at the plate, scoring a run and driving in another to lead the Tigers (6-11, 5-9) in their conference finale. Sam Shindelar was 2-for-4 with a double and a homer, and David Shindelar was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. Zac Farrell finished 1-for-4 with two RBIs for South Hardin, which hammered out 11 hits.

AGWSR 8, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 3

CLARION – Cody Williams homered while Liam Stubbe had three hits and picked up the pitching win as AGWSR defeated Clarion-Goldfield-Dows (9-14) in non-conference play Thursday.

Stubbe went 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a run scored leading off for the Cougars, and he struck out four in five innings while allowing five hits, two walks and three runs (two earned). Sully Hofmeister pitched two scoreless frames of relief for the save, also striking out four.

Brandon Johnson was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, Hofmeister went 2-for-4 with a run scored, and Williams homered and drove in three runs. Travis Pfaltzgraff also doubled and scored for the Cougars (6-17).