SPORTS SHORTS: Comets chase away East Marshall, 5-2
CONRAD — Jordyn Beeghly’s three-run double in the bottom of the sixth inning cleared the bases and lifted the Class 2A No. 15 BCLUW softball team to an eventual 5-2 triumph against East Marshall in Thursday’s NICL West Division showdown.
East Marshall (9-10, 4-4) held a 2-1 lead after solo home runs by Juliana Arifi and Madison Farrington, but BCLUW (15-5, 6-1) countered with four runs in the sixth to go ahead for good. Leah Yantis walked, Jenna Willett singled and Samantha Ubben reached safely on a bunt. Beeghly lashed a double to the gap in left-center, and she later scored on Sara Sharp’s single through the left side.
Ubben struck out nine and walked two in the win. Kate Goecke also singled for the Comets.
Kodie Hoskey struck out eight and walked one for the Mustangs, and Melinda Puumala contributed two hits.
Trojans untouched first time through
REINBECK — Cody Mead struck out seven in a five-hitter and the West Marshall baseball team finished the first half of its NICL West Division schedule undefeated in league play after a 6-2 win Thursday night at Gladbrook-Reinbeck.
Mead did not walk a batter and neither Rebel run came earned. He also went 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI and a run scored. David Disney finished 2-for-4 with a double and a run-scoring single, and Chandler Sponseller also was 2-for-4. Parker Hulbert added an RBI double and Ross Randall doubled and scored for the Trojans (14-3, 6-0).
Joe Smoldt got the loss on the mound for the Rebels (6-5, 3-3), allowing six runs — one earned — over four innings. He gave up seven hits and one walk, striking out four. Tyler Tscherter struck out four and walked one in three innings of relief, giving up two hits.
Kyle Koppen had two hits, including an RBI double, to lead the Rebel bats.
Porter, Trojans blank G-R softball, 10-0
GLADBROOK — Grace Porter pitched a five-hit shutout and the Class 3A No. 14 West Marshall softball team defeated Gladbrook-Reinbeck 10-0 in six innings in Wednesday’s NICL West Division contest.
Porter struck out five and walked one for the win, while the Trojans (17-0, 5-0) needed just five hits to do all their damage offensively. Gladbrook-Reinbeck pitching issued 12 walks.
Kayla Cripps was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored to lead West Marshall offensively. Katie Price, Karisa Blocker and Kallie Malloy each had a single. Brooke Snider, Georgia Porter, Malloy and Emma Meyer drove in one run apiece.
Ranked Blazers sweep STC softball
TAMA — The South Tama County softball team suffered losses 12 and 13 in a row, falling 13-0 in three innings and 11-3 to Class 3A No. 7 Dyersville Beckman in Wednesday’s WaMaC Conference doubleheader.
The Trojans (1-18) were held hitless in the first game by Sydney Steffen, who struck out four and faced only one more than the minimum. Amber Boeckenstedt homered and drove in five runs for the Blazers (19-4).
STC sophomore Brittney Breya got the loss, allowing five earned runs on nine hits and four walks in 2 1/3 innings.
The Trojans pieced together single runs in the first, fourth and seventh innings of game two, falling 11-3. Allison Yuska went 1-for-4 and scored a run, while Lauren Yuska finished 1-for-2 with a walk and a stolen base. Sabrina Holtz and Saylor Upah added singles for STC.
Ashlynn Ellenbecker pitched all seven innings in the loss, allowing six earned runs on 13 hits and two walks. The Blazers scored at least once in all seven at-bats, with Steffen hitting a solo homer to lead her team.
South Hardin overtakes Mustangs, 7-1
ELDORA — Two batters into the game, the East Marshall baseball team had a 1-0 lead against South Hardin. But that was the last time the Mustangs made a dent on the scoreboard, falling 7-1 on Thursday night to the host Tigers in NICL West Division action.
Cade Spieker struck out six and did not walk a batter, scattering seven hits against no walks with six strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. Colton Haley struck out a pair to end the game.
Alex Gustafson finished 3-for-4 with an RBI to lead South Hardin (3-5, 2-4). Spieker’s lone hit was a double, while Tanner Lawrence drove in two runs.
Zane Johnson led off the game with a single, stole second and scored on Wesley Hamor’s hit, but East Marshall (3-13, 1-5) was unable to score again. Johnson went 2-for-4 while Kam Hoskins finished 2-for-2 at the plate. Johnson got the pitching loss, allowing five runs — four earned — on six hits over four innings. He walked five and struck out one.
Rebel bats quiet against Sailors, 5-0
WATERLOO — The Gladbrook-Reinbeck baseball team could not come up with enough offense to keep pace with Waterloo Columbus on Wednesday as the Sailors scratched out a 5-0 win against the visiting Rebels.
Winning pitcher Kaleb Boleyn and Blake Freeseman both had two-run hits for Waterloo Columbus (7-11). Boleyn allowed five hits in 6 2/3 innings for the win, walking one while striking out five.
Gladbrook-Reinbeck (6-4) got five singles, including two from losing pitcher Kyle Koppen. Tyler Tscherter, Alex Tscherter and Matt Roeding added hits for the Rebels.