PREP ROUND-UP: West Marshall backs Markle to beat Hudson

STATE CENTER — Nat Markle delivered a five-hitter and the West Marshall baseball team rallied for three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to beat Hudson 3-1 in Wednesday’s cross-NICL game.

Markle struck out five, walked four and scattered five hits for his first win of the season, and the Trojans (13-3) came up with enough offense to overtake the visiting Pirates (7-8).

Pinch-hitter Gabe Jones hit a run-scoring single to drive in Chandler Sponseller with the tying run, and a two-out single by David Disney plated Parker Hulbert and Jones’ pinch-runner Jarrin Goecke for the go-ahead scores.

The Trojans made the most of their five hits. Cody Mead, Ross Randall and Sponseller each contributed a single.

BCLUW 9, Grundy Center 6

GRUNDY CENTER — Ian Showers’ two-run double in the sixth inning provided what would later prove to be the game-winning run as the BCLUW baseball team fought past Grundy Center 9-6 in an NICL West Division contest.

Showers finished with two hits and three RBIs to lead the Comets (9-5, 4-7) offensively. Troy Dolphin had three singles to accounty for nearly half of BCLUW’s eight hits. Brad Barkema, Logan Mann, Jack Garber and winning pitcher Calob Keller also added singles.

Keller scattered nine hits for the complete-game win, allowing two earned runs on three walks with one strikeout.

Garret Weldon went 5 2/3 innings in the loss, allowing four runs — three earned — on three hits and three walks. He struck out six.

Jared Krausman had three hits and two runs scored to pace the Spartans (1-10, 1-5).

GMG 10, Colo-NESCO 6

ZEARING — The GMG baseball team scored five runs in its first at-bat and led the rest of the way, beating Colo-NESCO 10-6 in an Iowa Star Conference contest.

Conner Stonewall hit his first career home run — a two-run shot — and finished the game 2-for-2 with three RBIs for GMG (9-7, 7-3). Darrin Anderson and Matthew Lolwing had three hits apiece, Blaze Krull was 2-for-5 with a double, and Brock Baldazo was 2-for-5 with two RBIs. Cade Bovenmyer added a run-scoring double.

Andrew Thurston got the win, striking out six over 5 2/3 innings. Matthew Hill took the loss for Colo-NESCO (2-13, 1-10). Hill and Sean Cutler each had two hits for the Royals.

North Tama 6, Tripoli 1

TRIPOLI — Cameron Hoeg struck out 11 in a three-hitter, helping North Tama tackle Tripoli 6-1 in an Iowa Star Conference showdown.

Tyler Morrison went 1-for-1 with two RBIs for the Redhawks (13-4, 8-2), who won their sixth straight. Cael Even went 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored, while Hoeg helped himself with a triple. Will Earley singled and scored in North Tama’s two-run fourth in which it went ahead for good.

SOFTBALL

BCLUW 13, Grundy Center 0, 5 innings

GRUNDY CENTER — Samantha Ubben and Lauren Anderson combined on a no-hitter and the Class 2A No. 15 BCLUW softball team bounced back from Tuesday’s heartbreaking defeat with a 13-0, five-inning victory over Grundy Center.

Ubben struck out two and walked one in two innings, and Anderson struck out one in three frames as the Comets (14-5, 5-1) won for the seventh time in eight games.

Jordyn Beeghly went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs, and Easton Swanson finished 2-for-3 at the plate with three RBIs. Sara Sharp was 2-for-4 and drove in a run, while Anderson was 2-for-3 with an RBI double.

East Marshall 12, South Hardin 0, 4 innings

ELDORA — Kodie Hoskey struck out six and walked one in a no-hitter and East Marshall finished off a season sweep of South Hardin.

Maria Rasmusson had three hits to lead the Mustangs (9-9, 4-3). Hannah Birks had two hits, including a double, and Rylee Freese drove in three runs with two singles. Ellen Hungerford added a double in helping to hand South Hardin (3-13, 2-5) its sixth-straight loss.

Colo-NESCO 10, GMG 0, 5 innings

MC CALLSBURG — Grace Stalzer went 3-for-3 with a double, three runs scored and two RBIs to lead Colo-NESCO (10-6, 9-3) to its fifth win in a row, beating GMG (4-12, 3-7).

Rylee Purvis struck out two and walked two for the win. Emily Vaughn took the loss, walking nine.

Madi Krull, Angel Schewe and Vaughn had GMG’s hits.