SPORTS SHORTS: Trojan softball 2nd in Rose Festival

STATE CENTER — The Class 3A No. 10 West Marshall softball team went 2-1 at its own Rose Festival Tournament on Saturday, suffering only a championship game defeat to 4A’s top-ranked Benton Bobcats.

The Trojans (19-2) defeated Grand View Christian 8-3 in the first game of the day, then blanked Greene County 4-0 in the semifinals. Benton Community (22-3), which lost at Cedar Rapids Xavier on Friday night, finished off a 3-0 day with a 13-1 triumph against the tournament hosts in Saturday night’s championship game.

West Marshall’s lone run against Benton in the title round came on Brooke Snider’s sixth home run of the season.

Gladbrook-Reinbeck fell to 0-15 on the season with a trio of mercy-rule defeats. The Rebels lost to Greene County in the opening round, 12-0 in three innings, and to Grand View Christian in the consolation semifinals, 14-0 in five innings. Defending tournament champion Newton knocked off the Rebels in the seventh-place game, 17-2 in four frames.

No other statistics were available as of press time.

BCLUW splits again at Fort Dodge

FORT DODGE — The Class 2A No. 15 BCLUW softball team split for the second consecutive day at the Fort Dodge Tournament.

The Comets (17-7) rounded out another daunting weekend schedule with a loss to Ankeny,. 9-2, before beating Jesup for the second time this season, 7-2.

Ankeny rattled off 14 hits against BCLUW pitching, including 12 against Samantha Ubben before a line drive off the Comet senior knocked her out of the game in the sixth inning. Ubben struck out four and allowed seven runs — five earned — on 12 hits in the loss.

Kate Goecke led BCLUW at the plate, going 2-for-2. Jenna Willett, Leah Yantis, Olivia Hughes and Ubben each contributed a single.

Lauren Anderson, who relieved Ubben in the circle against Ankeny, went 6 1/3 innings for the win against Jesup. She struck out three and walked none, allowing two earned runs on seven hits. Ubben got the last two outs for the save, striking out one, and also led the Comets offensively by going 3-for-4 with two runs scored.

Anderson helped her own cause by going 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs, and Easton Swanson finished 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs. Jordyn Beeghly also had two hits and two runs scored for the Comets.