Sponseller’s HR helps Trojans triumph

GILBERTVILLE — Chandler Sponseller hit his first-career home run and the West Marshall baseball team ended the regular season with a convincing 13-2, six-inning win against Class 1A No. 7 Don Bosco on Thursday night.

The visiting Trojans (27-6) returned to the win column a night after having a nine-game winning streak snapped by North Polk, breaking open a seven-run lead thanks to a five-run fifth inning. West Marshall added another six runs in the sixth to stretch the margin above the mercy rule.

Ryan Reyerson pitched five shutout innings for the win, allowing only two hits while striking out four.

Sponseller finished with three hits, including a double, three runs scored a solo homer and two RBIs. David Disney had three hits, also with a double, and scored twice, while Jake Tollefson had three hits including a bases-clearing double. Josh Larsen had two hits and two RBIs, while Cody Mead contributed an RBI double.

Kendall Becker got the loss on the mound for Don Bosco (26-5).

West Marshall opens postseason play on Tuesday night in Dike, facing the winner of Saturday’s BCLUW and East Marshall first-round game.

AGWSR softball moves past G-R 12-0

ACKLEY — Gladbrook-Reinbeck’s Cinderella bid in the Class 1A Region 6 tournament came to an end on Wednesday night as they fell to 1A No. 8 AGWSR 12-0 in four innings.

Cougars pitcher Taryan Barrick threw an almost perfect game, has she not hit G-R’s (1-23) Regan Skovgard to allow the Rebels their only base runner on the night. Barrick still had 10 strikeouts with no hits, no walks and no runs allowed in her first Regional appearance this season.

Josie Winterberg was perfect at the plate for AGWSR (25-12), going 2-for-2 with an RBI and two runs scored. Mackenna Kuper also had two RBI and two runs scored for the Cougars.

Colo-NESCO softball ousted by Hawks

SULLY — The Royals softball team was eliminated from the Class 1A Region 3 tournament on Wednesday night when they fell to Lynville-Sully (18-11) 6-2.

The loss comes on the heels of Colo-NESCO’s 20-0 rout of GMG on Monday in round one of the tournament.

Mackenna Ruffcorn got the loss for the Royals, pitching all six innings and giving up six runs off nine hits with three strikeouts and one walk.

Ruffcorn was also the most effective batter for Colo-NESCO (15-17), going 2-for-3 from the plate and driving in an RBI. Gracie Kettwig and Mckenzie Niemeyer each had a hit for the Royals as well.

Tigers softball falls to Roland-Story

ROLAND — South Hardin’s softball season came to an end on Wednesday night at the hands of Roland-Story (17-15), as the Tigers dropped their opening game of the Class 3A Region 3 tournament 9-1.

Holly Talbot pitched the whole game for South Hardin (5-24), going six innings with six earned runs off seven hits and striking out four.

Jaelyn Allen went 2-for-3 at the plate for the Tigers, while Miquela Teske had one hit and two stolen bases.

STC eliminated by Vinton-Shellsburg

VINTON — Heading into the Class 3A Region 5 tournament with only two wins on the season, the South Tama softball team likely wasn’t picked to compete well in their first-round matchup with Vinton-Shellsburg (13-27), but they took the Vikings all the way through the seventh innings, eventually falling 7-0.

Ashlynn Ellenbacker pitched all six innings for the Trojans, giving up only two earned runs off six hits and striking out three.

Lauren Yuska led the way batting for South Tama (2-32), going 2-for-3 on the night. Allison Yuska, Jaelin Berger and Saylor Upah each also had a hit in the game.