SPORTS SHORTS: Trojans take down South Hardin, 15-0

STATE CENTER — Cody Mead tossed a one-hitter and the West Marshall baseball team scored nine times in the first inning on its way to a 15-0, four-inning rout of South Hardin in Friday night’s NICL West Division contest.

Mead struck out five and did not walk a batter, allowing only a third-inning single to No. 9 hitter Tanner Lawrence. The Trojans (19-5, 9-0) already led 9-0 by then because of their first-inning explosion. West Marshall tacked on two runs in the third and four more in the fourth to end the game early by the mercy rule.

The Trojans needed just seven hits to accrue their 15 runs as South Hardin pitching issued seven walks and hit two batters. Alex Dickey led West Marshall offensively, going 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI. David Disney had a hit, scored twice and drove in three, while Ross Randall had a hit, scored three times and plated another. Mead had a hit, a run and two RBIs, and eighth-grader Ben Kielman collected his first varsity hit.

Colton Haley took the loss for South Hardin (4-8, 3-7), allowing 12 runs over three innings.

Huffman’s homer elevates AGWSR

ACKLEY — Keon Huffman wrapped a three-run home run around the foul poul to break a 4-all tie and lift the AGWSR baseball team to a 7-4 win against East Marshall in Friday’s NICL West Division pairing.

AGWSR (6-6, 5-5) led 3-0 and 4-2 before the visiting Mustangs (5-15, 3-6) scored twice in the top of the fifth to tie the game at 4-all. Huffman’s three-run round-tripper broke the tie for good, making a winner out of Caleb Bartling as Nathan Karsjens struck out two in the seventh for the save.

Matt Pfalzgraff went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored for the Cougars, who totaled eight hits. Luke Starr and Bartling both added doubles and Huffman finished with four RBIs.

Zane Johnson, Jordan McAnulty and Justin Ridout each accounted for two of East Marshall’s seven hits, and Gage Hulin’s RBI double was the other. Ridout took the loss, allowing four earned runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings. He struck out six and walked none.

PCM softball rallies past West Marshall

STATE CENTER — PCM scored five times in the top of the seventh inning to overtake West Marshall and hand the Class 3A No. 9 Trojans a 6-3 defeat in Thursday’s non-conference pairing.

West Marshall (22-3) led 2-1 entering the final inning before the visiting Mustangs (13-9) rallied. The Trojans got a run back in the bottom half, but it was not enough.

Karisa Blocker went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI to lead the West Marshall offense. Brooke Snider connected on her eighth home run of the year — a two-run shot — and walked three times. The Trojans had only two more hits as singles by Grace Porter and Renae Schaper were all the team could muster.

PCM hurler Kayla Jenning walked eight but struck out seven in the win, while Katie VandeWall hit a solo homer for the Mustangs.

Losing pitcher Kallie Malloy allowed six hits, walked two and struck out six.

South Hardin edges STC softball, 3-2

TAMA — The South Hardin softball team scratched together one run in three separate innings to overtake South Tama County for a 3-2, non-conference victory on Thursday night.

South Hardin (4-17) ended a 10-game losing streak by piecing together single runs in the first, third and fifth innings to overtake STC, which scored twice in the bottom of the first inning but never again.

Tiger pitcher Miquela Teske allowed six hits and three walks while striking out four. She also stole four bases and scored two of her team’s three runs. Kiera Anderson was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs, and Hannah Tripp contributed an RBI single as well.

Mount Vernon sweeps Trojan baseball

MOUNT VERNON — The South Tama County baseball team saw its losing streak extend to 16 games with a doubleheader sweep against Mount Vernon on Thursday in WaMaC Conference play. The Trojans (4-17) fell 9-0 and 10-0 to the host Mustangs (15-8).

STC leadoff batter Colton Vest had two of the Trojans’ four hits in the first game, and he also stole a base. Jackson Beltz and Cam Klosterman added singles, while Garrett Arp took the loss on the mound.

Vest accounted for one of the Trojans’ two hits in the second game, which lasted just five innings. Vest also walked and stole a base. Jake Wilkerson singled as well for STC, while Cael Kellogg pitched all four innings in a losing cause.