SPORTS SHORTS: Local junior golfers compete in Nevada

NEVADA — A pair of local golfers participated in Sunday’s Iowa PGA Junior Tour events at Indian Creek Country Club, both earning top-three finishes.

In the Junior Tour Classic, Marshalltown High School senior-to-be Tate Carlson tied for the top spot in the boys’ 16-18 age group by shooting a 4-over-par 39. He shared the first position with Sam Balsley of Ames and George Appelseth of Panora.

Gilman native Cody Weaver finished third in the boys 8-9 division of the Indian Creek Pee Wee tournament, carding a round of 47. The winner, Logan Otting of Marion, shot a 42.

Mustang softball ends on high note

ROLAND — It took one big inning to get the East Marshall softball team over the hump as the Mustangs closed their stay at the Roland-Story Tournament with a 6-5 victory over Highland on Saturday.

The Mustangs (13-14) opened the event with losses on Friday to Saydel, 9-8, and Ogden, 10-5. After an 11-3 loss to the host Norsemen on Saturday, East Marshall started fast and held off Highland for a 6-5 win.

A six-run at-bat in the top of the first inning was all the offense the Mustangs got, and it turned out to be just what they needed. Highland (16-5) scratched out two runs in the first and one each in the third, fourth and fifth to get within one.

The early outburst made a winner out of East Marshall freshman pitcher Rylee Freese, who allowed three earned runs on 10 hits and four walks. She struck out two.

Melinda Puumala was 2-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored, and Madison Farrington hit a two-run homer to lead the Mustang offense. Madison Duncan had an RBI double and Freese drove in a pair to support her own cause.

Roland-Story used a seven-run fourth inning to break open a one-run game. Maria Rasmusson, Ellen Hungerford and Kodie Hoskey each had two hits, but the Mustangs allowed five unearned runs behind Rasmusson.

Ogden’s five-run fifth meant the difference between the Bulldogs and the Mustangs. Rasmusson went 2-for-3 with a double, two runs and two RBIs to lead the East Marshall offense, Farrington had an RBI double, and Juliana Arifi plated a pair.

Saydel scored four times in the bottom of the sixth and final inning to overcome East Marshall’s 8-5 advantage. Puumala finished 2-for-2 at the plate with a stolen base and two runs scored, and Farrington homered and had three RBIs. Hannah Birks and Duncan both doubled and drove in runs as well.

East Marshall visits NICL West Division co-leader West Marshall tonight and hosts Gladbrook-Reinbeck on Thursday to close out conference play.

Royals take two losses at CMB tourney

COLLINS — The Colo-NESCO softball team suffered a pair of losses on Saturday at the Collins-Maxwell/Baxter Tournament, including a 13-2, four-inning setback against the ranked hosts.

Class 2A No. 3 CMB (23-5) scored seven times in the first inning and finished off the Royals (11-15) with five runs in the fourth. The Raiders had 13 hits, including four doubles, and used a trio of pitchers to keep Colo-NESCO off-balance.

Mackenna Ruffcorn, Kassie Robinson and losing pitcher Megan Carlson each had two hits for the Royals, and McKenzie Niemeyer doubled and scored.

Montezuma took a 7-1 win from the Royals, breaking open a 3-1 game by scoring twice in both the sixth and seventh innings. Cassidy Watts homered and doubled for the Braves (12-11).

Gracie Kettwig hit a run-scoring double, plating Chelsea Henze, for Colo-NESCO’s only run. Ruffcorn took the loss, allowing four earned runs on eight hits and no walks while striking out four.

The Royals return to Iowa Star Conference action tonight at Dunkerton.

Tiger go 0-3 at South Hamilton tourney

JEWELL — The South Hardin softball team’s best chance at a win on Saturday slipped past the Tigers when Iowa Falls-Alden rallied for four runs in the top of the seventh inning for a 9-6 victory at the South Hamilton Tournament.

South Hardin (4-21) fought to within one run, 5-4, by scoring three times in the home half of the sixth, but the Cadets expanded their lead and made it stick.

The Tigers got two hits from Miquela Teske, Kiera Anderson and Laura Stanish, but it wasn’t enough. Teske doubled and Anderson drove in three runs in the loss.

South Hamilton and Southeast Valley both exercised the mercy rule to top the Tigers. The host Hawks won 16-2 in five innings, and Southeast Valley prevailed 15-0 in four frames.

Stanish had an RBI triple against South Hamilton, while Josie Raska and Hannah Tripp accounted for the Tigers’ only hits against Southeast Valley.

South Hardin entertains Class 1A No. 4 AGWSR tonight in NICL West Division action.