Wolverines win walk-off in regular-season finale
GREEN MOUNTAIN – Kelsey Vaverka’s two-out hit to the fence drove in Peyton Gallentine as the game-winning run as the GMG softball team closed the regular season with a 6-5, 10-inning triumph over Clarksville in Iowa Star Conference play here Friday.
Vaverka also earned the win in the circle for GMG (3-19, 3-13), which opens Class 1A regional play Monday against Colo-NESCO in McCallsburg. Vaverka struck out 10 and walked 10, allowing just four hits in the win.
Clarksville (7-19, 5-11) scored once in the top of the seventh inning to take a 5-2 lead before GMG tallied three scores in the bottom half to tie it at 5-all.
The Wolverine defense held off a pair of late challenges from Clarksville as the Indians were forced to strand the bases loaded in the ninth and had two runners left on base in the 10th.
Gallentine got a one-out single in the 10th to start GMG’s game-winning at-bat, and Zoe Duncan sacrificed her to second. Gallentine took third on a passed ball before Vaverka drove her home with the walk-off hit.
Kyla Wilkening led GMG at the plate, going 3-for-5 with three RBIs. Madi Krull was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
BCLUW 10, West Marshall 0, 6 innings
STATE CENTER – BCLUW scored six runs in the sixth inning to defeat West Marshall, 10-0, in six innings in NICL West Division play Thursday.
Leah Yantis had a double, a run scored and two RBIs. Kate Goecke went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Mallory Vawter was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Kayla Fisher had two RBIs. Samantha Ubben picked up the win, pitching a two-hit shutout with three walks and nine strikeouts for BCLUW (20-8, 11-3).
Colo-NESCO 8-14, Tripoli 0-2
MCCALLSBURG – Colo-NESCO picked up two wins on Senior Night against Tripoli, winning the first game of the Iowa Star Conference doubleheader 8-0 and taking the nightcap 14-2 in three innings.
The Royals scored six of their eight runs in the sixth inning of game one. Grace Stalzer went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. Hannah Buseman, Mackenna Ruffcorn and Faith Vincent collected two hits each. Ruffcorn pitched a complete game shutout for the win allowing four hits, walking one and striking out five.
The Royals scored two runs in the first inning of game two, then exploded for 12 runs in the second inning. Buseman went 2-for-3 with a triple, two runs scored and three RBIs. Shayla Dean was 2-for-3 with three runs scored. Ruffcorn and Vincent scored two runs each.
The Royals are 14-15 on the season, 12-16 in conference.