SPORTS SHORTS: North Tama shellacks Dunkerton 21-5
DUNKERTON — The North Tama baseball team improved upon its long winning streak Friday by defeating Dunkerton on the road in a 21-5 drubbing in Iowa Star Conference play.
Lance Zobel got the win for North Tama (21-4), going three full innings while giving up only two hits and no earned runs. Senior Joe Earley and freshman Ryan McLean each pitched one inning of relief, giving up a combined five runs.
Cael Kopriva was perfect at the plate for the Redhawks, belting four hits in four appearances and scoring all four times he reached base. The team had a combined 10 hits and 15 RBIs.
Royals down Tripoli in tight contest
TRIPOLI — The Colo-NESCO baseball team earned its seventh victory of the season when it traveled to Tripoli on Friday night for a 5-3 win in Iowa Star Conference action.
Bryce Niemeyer pitched the whole game for the Royals, giving up five hits and one earned run while striking out two.
Matthew Hill and Kelly Gray each had two hits in the game for Colo-NESCO (7-18), with Gray crossing the plate once and Hill scoring twice while also driving in a run.
Mustangs fall twice in Carlisle Tourney
CARLISLE — The East Marshall softball team brought a 15-15 record into the Carlisle Tournament on Friday, but unfortunately that record moved to 15-17 after the Mustangs lost to both Van Meter and tournament host Class 4A No. 9 Carlisle.
Against Van Meter, Maria Rasmusson got the start and went three innings, giving up seven hits and six runs, though only three of them earned. Rylee Freese came in for relief against the Bulldogs, going the final three frames and striking out two batters.
Rasmusson and Juliana Arifi each had two hits in the game, while Madison Farrington homered.
Against Carlisle, Freese went all seven innings on the mound, giving up six hits and five earned runs while striking out two and walking five.
Farrington hit yet another round-tripper against the Wildcats, going 2-for-3 in the game with two RBIs and a run scored. Melinda Puumala also went 2-for-3 in the contest with a run scored and Kodie Hoskey was perfect at the plate, going 2-for-2 with a run scored and a walk.
South Hardin softball loses to BGM
ELDORA — The South Hardin softball team welcomed in BGM for a non-conference game on Friday night, and the Bears left Eldora with a 8-0 victory.
Miquela Teske started the game for the Tigers, going one inning and giving up no hits or runs, while Holly Talbot pitched the rest of the way going six innings with 10 hits and eight earned runs.
Teske and Laura Stanish each recorded the only two hits of the game for South Hardin (5-23).
Colo-NESCO routs Tripoli 11-1
TRIPOLI — The Colo-NESCO softball team finished the season strong Friday night with an 11-1 win over Tripoli on the road in Iowa Star Conference action.
Mackenna Ruffcorn went the distance in the circle for Colo-NESCO, pitching a one-hitter while striking out nine.
Rylee Purvis led the way on the scoring end for the Royals, going 4-for-4 with a home run and driving in three runs.
Colo-NESCO finished the year at 14-16 overall but 13-5 in Iowa Star Conference play, good for second place in the league and the Royals’ highest finish since joining the conference in 2011.