SPORTS SHORTS: Mead powers West Marshall past L-S

SULLY — Cody Mead hit a two-run homer in the third inning, a two-run double in the fifth and struck out the last two batters for the save in leading the West Marshall baseball team past Lynnville-Sully in a non-conference game here Tuesday night.

Mead inherited a baserunner with a run already in for Lynnville-Sully (8-5) in the bottom of the seventh, but closed the door to give the Trojans (11-3) their third-straight win.

Starting pitcher Parker Hulbert got the win for his two scoreless innings. David Disney allowed five unearned runs in 2 1/3 innings, and Alex Dickey went two frames in relief.

The Trojans led 7-0 going into the bottom of the fifth before the host Hawks scored five runs without the benefit of a hit to get within two, before cutting that final deficit in half in the seventh.

Disney went 2-for-3 with an RBI triple and a run scored, while Cameron Bannister was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Dickey was 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs.

West Marshall hosts Hudson tonight in a cross-NICL contest in State Center.

East Marshall holds off Wolverines

GREEN MOUNTAIN — East Marshall scored three times in the top of the seventh inning and held off GMG’s rally in the bottom half, picking up a 3-1 win in Tuesday’s non-conference pairing.

The two teams played to a scoreless tie for the first six innings before the Mustangs (3-12) got on board first with three runs in the top of the seventh. Justin Ridout hit a run-scoring double, Gage Hulin had an RBI single and Jacob Svendsen added a sacrifice fly to make it 3-0.

GMG (8-7) got its lone run on an error in the bottom half. Wesley Steiner started the two-out rally with a pinch-hit single, advancing to second on an outfield error, and pinch-runner Brock Baldazo eventually scored on a misplayed Blaze Krull grounder.

Ridout earned the win, going 6 2/3 innings on the mound for the Mustangs. He allowed five hits and one unearned run with a walk and 11 strikeouts. Logan Bowie walked a batter before getting the final out for the save.

Colton Gill surrendered two runs on six hits and five walks in six innings, striking out three. Conner Stonewall allowed one hit and one run in an inning of relief.

Both teams go out on the road in conference play today. East Marshall meets South Hardin in Eldora, while GMG faces Colo-NESCO in Zearing.

Comets suffer loss at South Hamilton

JEWELL — The South Hamilton baseball team ended a seven-game losing streak with some help from its guests, beating BCLUW 9-6 in Tuesday’s non-conference game.

The host Hawks (3-10) scored five unearned runs against BCLUW starting pitcher Troy Dolphin, overtaking the Comets by scoring five runs in the bottom of the fourth for a 7-5 lead.

BCLUW relief pitcher Koty Kruse got the loss, allowing four runs on four hits over 2 2/3 innings. He struck out four. Dolphin did not allow a hit but walked six batters and hit four more.

Garrett Grady got the win for South Hamilton, striking out six and walking three in six innings.

The Comets (8-5) broke through first with three runs in the top of the first, highlighted by back-to-back run-scoring singles by Dolphin and Logan Mann and followed by Blake Mann’s RBI triple.

Brad Barkema added an RBI single in the sixth as BCLUW led 5-2 before South Hamilton scratched out five runs in the fourth.

Calob Keller added a double and two RBIs for the Comets. Ian Showers had two hits, including a triple, while Barkema, Dolphin and Logan Mann had two hits apiece. Caleb Engle also singled in the loss.

BCLUW is back in NICL West Division action tonight, going on the road to face Grundy Center.