East Marshall staves off AGWSR

ACKLEY – Justin Ridout went six innings, giving up four hits and two runs while striking out seven, and the East Marshall baseball team was able to hold off AGWSR 5-2 Thursday night.

Adam Puumala came in during the seventh inning to get the save, giving up a hit and striking out one.

Nick Long was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a double, Lane Walton was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a double and Clifford West was 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI to help the Mustangs (13-6, 11-3 NICL West) to the win. Jared Ridout was also 2-for-4 with a run and an RBi.

East Marshall got two runs in the first and one in the second, third and fourth innings to best its conference foe.

Travis Pfaltzgraff went to the mound for the Cougars (5-9, 4-7), earning the loss. Liam Stubbe was 2-for-3, Dylan Heetland was 2-for-4 and Caleb Bartling was 1-for-3.

West Marshall keeps NICL West lead

REINBECK – With an 8-4 win Thursday night against Gladbrook-Reinbeck, the West Marshall baseball squad stays a half-game ahead of cross-county foe East Marshall atop the NICL West.

The Trojans (15-8, 9-2) pitched Garrett Nichols, who gave up two hits and zero earned runs while walking six and striking out five in the win. Nat Markle came in for the save in the seventh, giving up two hits and striking out one.

Jared Johnson hit his third home run of the year while going 2-for-3 with an RBI and a double. Cameron Bannister was 2-for-3 with three runs scored and an RBI and Nichols was 1-for-3 with an RBI double and an RBI groundout. Chandler Sponseller had an RBI double and a run scored.

Alex Tscharter pitched three innings and Bryce Schick pitched another three before Josh Cooley came in for the close for the Rebels (11-5, 5-5).

The Trojans will head to Colo-NESCO on Friday and the Rebels get South Hardin at home Thursday night.

Sharp goes distance, Comets top GC

GRUNDY CENTER – Josh Sharp went all seven innings, striking out two and walking one in leading the BCLUW baseball team to a 6-1 win against Grundy Center on the road.

Braidan Burrow took the loss for the Spartans, striking out two and walking three in seven innings pitched.

Alex Willett had two singles, Brad Barkema had a two-run double and Ian Showers had an RBI single in the seventh on the Comets’ (9-10, 6-7 NICL West) way to getting back to .500.

The Comets head to AGWSR on Monday for a doubleheader.

Dons down Colo-NESCO baseball

ZEARING – A five-spot in the second inning was enough for Class 1A No. 2 Don Bosco to hold off Colo-NESCO on Thursday night, 11-5.

Sean Cutler went 3 1/3 innings, giving up eight hits, seven earned runs and striking out four before Steven Cutler came in for relief in the fourth inning. Steven Cutler pitched three innings, giving up five hits, four earned runs and three walks.

Kelley Gray pitched 2/3 innings relief, giving up no hits and no runs.

Grant Tiarks tallied three hits at four at bats and had one double. Christian Montgomery was also 3-for-4.

Brady Stoeffler was 1-for-4 with a double and three RBIs and Brandon Jacobs had and RBI while going 0-for-3.

The Royals (10-7, 7-6 Iowa Star) got three runs back in the bottom of the sixth before giving up Don Bosco’s (20-3, 12-0 Iowa Star) final two runs in the top of the seventh.

Colo-NESCO hosts NICL West-leading West Marshall in a non-conference game tonight.

GMG baseball splits at Janesville

JANESVILLE – Lightning prevented the GMG baseball team from finishing off its comeback in game two as the Wolverines split with Janesville in Iowa Star Conference action here Wednesday night.

After winning the opening game 11-8 as the visitors on the scoreboard, GMG came back as the home team in the nightcap. The Wolverines jumped out to a 7-0 lead before Janesville rallied to take a 9-7 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning. GMG managed to load the bases with two out in the sixth, but a lightning strike in the distance, according to head coach Jay Beichley, prompted umpires to call the game.

Michael Tichy hit his second grand slam in a week’s time, going deep in the bottom of the first during GMG’s six-run opening inning of game two. Conner Stonewall was 3-for-3 with an RBI while Levi Duden went 2-for-3 while suffering the loss on the mound.

In the first game, Jacob Burt struck out 11 and walked three, allowing eight hits and eight runs (three earned) for the complete-game victory. Burt also connected for a three-run home run.

Cole Langenbau was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI, Tichy went 2-for-3 and drove in a run, and Andrew Thurston added a two-run double.

Jack Thode hit a three-run round-tripper for Janesville (13-12, 9-4).

GMG (11-9, 9-6) is back in action with a non-conference game Monday against East Marshall at 7:30 p.m. in Gilman.