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SPORTS SHORTS: MHS freshmen fall in tournament play

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MASON CITY — The Marshalltown freshman baseball team lost both of its games in the Mason City 9th Grade Tournament on Saturday, falling to the host Mohawks 16-1 in four innings and losing to Fort Dodge 13-2. Tyler Dunham was the pitcher in the loss to Mason City, allowing 13 hits and four ...

Mustangs mount a charge

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COLFAX — The opening scene set the stage of a story far too familiar for the Mustangs. A plot twist provided East Marshall with what it needed to advance the story to a second act. The East Marshall baseball team moved through the first round of the Class 2A District 12 tournament by ...

Spartans score postseason win

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GRUNDY CENTER — Up two runs and with two outs down in the top of the seventh inning, the home Grundy Center baseball team was one out away from securing its third victory of the year and first postseason win in two years. Spartans pitcher Garret Weldon struck out the first two batters of ...

Newgarden looks for 2nd straight win; Power on the pole at Iowa

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NEWTON — Defending IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden’s up-and-down season is back on an upswing after a dominant win at Road America two weeks ago. Newgarden is back at Iowa Speedway — the scene of perhaps his most impressive performance back in 2016 — in hopes of closing the gap ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Tigers fall to Falcons in district opener

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PARKERSBURG — The South Hardin baseball team lost in the first round of the Class 2A District 13 Tournament to Aplington-Parkersburg on Saturday, 8-0. Cade Spieker took the loss for the Tigers (2-16) while going 6 2/3 innings, and Jacob Vander Wilt pitched 1 1/3 innings of relief. Alec ...

Mustangs break free of BCLUW

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LE GRAND — When BCLUW’s wheels fell off, the East Marshall softball team was standing there with the tire iron and the nuts and bolts. The Class 2A No. 13 Mustangs made enough contact to force the action and the Comets couldn’t handle it, making seven errors to help East Marshall ...

AGWSR bounces Bears to get back to regional finals

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ACKLEY — It was a tense pitching battle through the first 2 1/2 innings of the Class 1A Region 2 semifinals between No. 4 AGWSR and Bishop Garrigan on Friday night, with fans and players alike waiting for somebody to break the hitless tie. That somebody would be Cougars pitcher Taryan ...

Rockets knock off Trojans in 3A regional semifinals

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EDDYVILLE — The West Marshall softball team lost in the Class 3A Region 6 semifinals to No. 6 Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont on Friday, 5-2. The Trojans (22-9) trailed 4-0 in the top of the sixth inning but scored once in the sixth and once in the seventh to push the Rockets (30-7), but in the ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Comets close with win at Clarksville

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CLARKSVILLE — The BCLUW baseball team finished its regular season with a 21-8 win over Clarksville on Friday night, one day removed from clinching a share of the NICL West Division title on Thursday. Calob Keller earned the win for the Comets (14-12) by pitching the first four innings, then ...

MHS comeback cut short

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WATERLOO — The tumultuous season of Marshalltown High School softball made one last loopty-loop on the rollercoaster, climbing to one of its highest highs before hitting another reluctant low. The season ended the way so many games have before, but this final ride almost seemed worth ...

Bobcats claw back to beat Urbandale

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URBANDALE — The opportunity to take one from Class 4A No. 2 Urbandale presented itself and then slipped through the Bobcats’ grasp. Marshalltown took full advantage of its second chance. The MHS baseball team was unable to close out the J-Hawks in the completion of a ...

Comets join 3-way tie atop NICL West

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BEAMAN — The BCLUW baseball team got the win it needed to join the three-way logjam atop the NICL West Division’s final standings, beating South Hardin 4-1 on Thursday night. The Comets (13-12, 9-3) got out to a 4-0 lead on the visiting Tigers (2-14, 2-10) and maintained it to take a ...

’Cats hammer Hoover

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The fireworks got started a day early for the Marshalltown baseball team. The Bobcats racked up 22 runs in a doubleheader sweep of Des Moines Hoover a day before the Fourth of July, beating the Huskies 7-0 and 15-0 in four innings during Tuesday’s Senior Night doubleheader at the MHS ...

Comets go small to win big

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CONRAD — Smallball has carried the BCLUW softball team all season, and on Tuesday night in the Class 2A Region 7 tournament, smallball led the Comets to victory over West Branch. It was a scoreless tie through the first three innings, but Bears freshman Maddy Hatfield broke through with a ...

Mustangs slide by Spartans, 7-0

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LE GRAND — Of all the things East Marshall head coach Jary Hoskey thought went wrong for his softball team, none of them were defense. The Class 2A No. 13 Mustangs supported sophomore Kodie Hoskey by committing no errors and the East Marshall offense scratched out more than enough to get ...

Cougars and Trojans into next round

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ACKLEY — The Class 1A No. 4 AGWSR softball team won its first game of the 1A Region 2 tournament over Riceville on Tuesday, 5-0. Taryan Barrick picked up the win for the Cougars (24-7), going the complete game and allowing just three hits, no runs and striking out 14. Carrinton Hunt was ...

SPORTS SHORTS: West Marshall falls to ranked Comets

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STATE CENTER — The West Marshall baseball team lost to Class 3A No. 8 North Polk on Tuesday, 11-3. Parker Hulbert started the game for the Trojans (19-11), but Ryan Reyerson pitched most of the game, going four innings while allowing four hits, three runs and two walks and striking out ...

MHS marauded by Maroons

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Learning the lessons is necessary, even though that often means suffering hardship to experience them firsthand. The Marshalltown baseball team saw how critical issuing free bases can be when Class 4A No. 7 Dowling Catholic cashed in for a CIML Iowa Conference doubleheader sweep on Monday ...

Bobcats Marooned by Dowling in regular-season finale

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If the Marshalltown softball team could have combined the successes from its two games against Class 5A No. 14 Dowling Catholic on Monday in the regular season finale, it would have come away with at least one win. The Bobcats struggled to hit in the first game of the CIML Iowa Conference ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Colo-NESCO softball a walk-off winner

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MC CALLSBURG — The Colo-NESCO softball team won the first round of the Class 1A Region 2 tournament over West Bend-Mallard on Monday, 9-8. The Royals (12-13) won in walk-off fashion, scoring twice in the bottom of the seventh inning to complete a comeback that started in the sixth, when ...