SPORTS SHORTS: Comets collect first win, beat Braves

BEAMAN — The BCLUW baseball team led 14-0 after two innings, and despite an offensive spurt from Montezuma, the Comets held on for a 16-7 win Tuesday night.

Just 24 hours after getting rained out and cancelled against Webster City, BCLUW (1-0) was able to get its first win behind the arms of Brad Barkema and Clay Silver.

Barkema went three innings, striking out four and giving up no hits. Silver came in for four innings of relief, giving up an earned run, striking out two and walking another.

Barkema also added a double and a single to his line, with three runs scored. Logan Mann hit three singles for three RBIs and scored three more times himself.

Calob Keller was 2-for-3 with three more RBIs and Blake Mann had a single.

Montezuma’s pitching staff combined for one strikeout, 11 walks and five hit batsmen. The Braves (0-2) scored in three consecutive innings, with three in the fourth and the fifth and one more in the sixth.

BCLUW is on the road for a doubleheader Thursday at HLV (1-0), starting at 5 p.m.

Trojan baseball improves to 2-0

PELLA — West Marshall baseball kept to its winning ways as it took down Pella Christian on the road Tuesday night, 5-1.

A two-run double in the fourth inning by Alex Dickey put the Trojans (2-0) ahead, and they never looked back. A run in the seventh by the Eagles (1-1) was the only blemish on the scoreboard for West Marshall.

Ross Randall went to the mound, going six innings, giving up three hits and no earned runs, while striking out nine batters for the win.

Dickey came in for a 1-2-3 relief effort in the seventh to put away the Eagles.

David Disney was 2-for-4 at the place, with an RBI, a run scored and a double. Cameron Bannister was also 2-for-4, with two RBIs, a run scored and a double. Dickey was 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs.

The Trojans stay on the road at Grinnell (2-0) Thursday.

Thunder slip past Colo-NESCO softball

COLO — A two-spot in the fifth inning was all Grand View Christian needed as it took down Colo-NESCO softball 5-3 Tuesday night.

The Royals (0-2) pitched Kassie Robinson for four innings, as she gave up three hits, three earned runs, five walks and three strikeouts. Mackenna Ruffcorn (0-1) was dealt the loss after giving up three more hits, two earned runs and a walk and a strikeout.

As a team, the Royals tallied just four hits against the Thunder (1-0), led by Grace Stalzer (1-for-4). Ruffcorn was 1-for-2 with a double, Rylee Purvis was 1-for-3 with an RBI and Molly Barten was 1-for-3.

The Royals are on the road at GMG tonight for an Iowa Star Conference matchup.

McMartin’s two tallies elevate GC/G-R

PARKERSBURG — Madison McMartin scored two goals and assisted on another in the Grundy Center/Gladbrook-Reinbeck girls’ soccer team’s 4-3 win in overtime against Aplington-Parkersburg on Tuesday night.

Sydney Mathews and Audrey Leyen each had the other two goals, while Mathews assisted on one of the four for the Rebels (7-8).

As a team, the Rebels took 25 shots on goal against the Falcons. Carsen Hamann spent all 86 minutes in the goal for GC/G-R, tallying 13 saves on the night.

The Rebels play at Denver on Thursday night.

STC baseball tops Mustangs in opener

TAMA — The South Tama baseball team secured its first win of the season in a 6-2 win against East Marshall on Monday night.

Three runs in the bottom of the fourth were more than enough for the Trojans (1-0), as they were paced along by just four team hits. As a team, however, they walked nine times, including leadoff batter Colton Vest, who was 1-for-3 with three walks, an RBI and two runs scored.

Jonah Bearden got the win for STC, going four innings, giving up one hit, one earned run and striking out eight. Lucas Wilkerson came in for relief with 1 1/3 innings, one hit, no earned runs and no walks.

East Marshall sent Justin Ridout to the mound, as he gave up two hits, no earned runs and walked three in the five-inning game. Ridout also recorded the Mustangs’ (0-1) only hit of the game, going 1-for-3 on the night. Both Austin Elliot and Zane Johnson scored.

STC heads to Central Clinton for a doubleheader Friday night in DeWitt, while East Marshall is home for two against Vinton-Shellsburg tonight.