SPORTS SHORTS: Bannister, Trojans blank Madrid, 8-0

Cameron Bannister

STATE CENTER — The West Marshall baseball team started the season off with an explosive offensive performance, topping Madrid 8-0 Monday night.

Cameron Bannister was 2-for-4 at the plate with two RBIs, David Disney was 2-for-3 with an RBI and Jake Tollefson had a hit with two RBIs in the eight-run win.

The Trojans (1-0) tallied five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and finished the game with eight hits. But it was Bannister’s pitching performance that set the mood, as he took a no-hitter into the sixth inning with two outs. He ended up going all seven innings, giving up a hit, two walks and two strikeouts on 76 pitches. Logan Wicker had the lone single for the visiting Tigers (0-1).

Eighth-grader Ryan Reyerson also contributed with a hit and an RBi, while Ross Randall tallied a hit with two runs scored and an RBI.

The Trojans are at Pella Christian tonight before hitting the road at Grinnell on Thursday. On Friday night, West Marshall will play in Iowa City against Dike-New Hartford at Duane Banks Field, home of the Iowa Hawkeyes’ baseball team.

Redhawks hold off Royals in opener

COLO — The Colo-NESCO softball team got one of the two runs it needed for a tie, but North Tama was able to hold on for the win in Monday night’s season opener.

The Royals (0-1) scored one run in the bottom of the seventh, but ultimately fell 7-6 to the Redhawks (1-0).

Chelsea Henze, Rylee Purvis were each 2-for-4 and freshman Gracie Kettwig was 2-for-3 to help the Royals’ efforts. Henze had two RBIs while Lauryn Hill, Grace Stalzer, Purvis and Kettwig each had one RBI.

Prurvis (0-1) took the loss after going three innings, giving up eight hits, four earned runs, four walks and a strikeout. Kassie Robinson came in for relief in the fourth, going three innings, giving up two hits and two earned runs, including the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh to the Redhawks.

Colo-NESCO hosts Grand View Christian tonight while North Tama has a day off before a home game with Tripoli on Wednesday night.

BCLUW baseball opener called off

BEAMAN — The BCLUW boys’ baseball team had an abrupt end to its season opener, as its game against Webster City was cancelled because of rain Monday night.

The Comets were down 6-2, but did not reach the minimum five innings to make it a complete game. It will not be made up. They’ll play Montezuma tonight at home.

Iowa’s Adams earns B1G weekly honor

IOWA CITY — University of Iowa junior Jake Adams has been named the Big Ten Conference’s baseball Player of the Week for a second-straight week and for the third time this season, the league office announced Monday.

Adams earned the distinction after hitting .353 with five home runs, eight RBIs and five runs scored in leading the Hawkeyes to a 3-1 week. The five round-trippers give Adams 24 home runs this season, breaking the Iowa single-season record that had stood since 1986.

The South Dakota native had a pair of two-home run games and homered in three of the four contests last week. He had a 1.235 slugging and a .455 on-base percentage. Adams finished the Big Ten season with 10 home runs to become the first Hawkeyes since 2008 to be the league’s home run champion.

Iowa (34-19) is the No. 5 seed in the 2017 Big Ten Tournament. The Hawkeyes face fourth-seeded Maryland at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Bloomington, Ind.