Arifi lifts Mustangs past Trojans
LE GRAND – Juliana Arifi got East Marshall back into the game with one swing and then won it for the Mustangs an inning later.
Arifi drove home pinch-runner Melinda Puumala with a single up the middle in the bottom of the seventh inning, capping East Marshall’s comeback for a 5-4 walk-off victory against West Marshall in Thursday’s NICL West Division showdown.
It was the Mustangs’ second consecutive walk-off win as the team rallied back from a 4-1 deficit through five innings. Home runs by Brooke Snider and Katie Price got the visiting Trojans (11-7, 4-3) out front, but they couldn’t hold the lead. A pair of defensive miscues helped present Arifi with the game-winning opportunity in the seventh.
Reagan McIlrath struck out 10 and did not walk a batter for the win in the circle for East Marshall (10-7, 5-3), which claimed its fourth straight. Arifi, Amanda Paxton and Maria Rasmusson each had three of the Mustangs’ 10 hits.
Kallie Malloy got the loss for West Marshall, allowing 10 hits and one walk with four strikeouts.
Callaway helps BCLUW blank Rebels
CONRAD – The BCLUW softball team scored seven runs in the first inning and nine runs in the second to top Gladbrook-Reinbeck 16-0 in three innings in NICL West play at home on Thursday.
Jordyn Beeghly, Olivia Callaway and Jorie Oaks collected two hits each for the Comets (16-4, 7-1). Oaks scored two runs and had four RBIs. Callaway drove three runs in. Beeghly scored twice and batted another two in.
Callaway tossed a perfect game, facing nine batters, and struck out six. Madison White took the loss for the Rebels (4-9, 2-5).
G-R heads to State Center on Saturday for West Marshall Rose Festival Tournament. BCLUW goes to Fort Dodge this morning to take part in a 16-team invitational. The Comets will face Class 2A No. 3 North Union in their opening game at 9 a.m.
G-R baseball turns back Comets
BEAMAN – The Gladbrook-Reinbeck baseball team ran its win streak to five with Thursday’s 6-2 victory against BCLUW in NICL West Division play.
The Rebels (6-3, 4-3) took the season series 2-1 with the win, going ahead 5-0 on the strength of a three-run fifth inning. Josh Cooley’s two-run double was the big blow.
Joe Smoldt, Cam Murphy and Tyler Tscherter each pitched for G-R, combining for four strikeouts and three walks. Smoldt led the Rebels with two hits, while Mason Skovgard’s lone hit was a double.
Logan Mann went five innings in a losing cause for the host Comets (7-7, 5-5), allowing four runs (two earned) on six hits and four walks. He struck out four.
Clay Silver led the BCLUW bats with a pair of doubles, including a two-run hit to account for the Comets’ only runs in the sixth. Troy Dolphin and Blake Mann both had two singles.
BCLUW returns to action Saturday at the North Tama Tournament, taking on the hosts at 10 a.m. in Traer. Gladbrook-Reinbeck hosts its own three-team round-robin tournament including Turkey Valley and Iowa Valley.