SPORTS SHORTS: Mustang softball starts season 1-1

The Class 2A No. 5 East Marshall softball team picked up its first win of the year on Thursday with a 15-4 drubbing of BGM in Brooklyn.

The Mustangs (1-1) had a 9-4 lead heading to the top of the seventh but scored six runs in the frame to inflate their lead even more.

Madison Farrington finished the night with a 3-for-4 line with five RBIs and two doubles, Reagan McIlrath was 2-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI and Maria Rasmusson was 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

Kodie Hoskey picked up the win in the circle after throwing a complete game and allowing 10 hits, four runs and striking out four.

East Marshall lost its first game of the year on Wednesday against Gilbert, 5-4. Hoskey took the loss in that game after allowing 10 hits but only one earned run in the complete game.

Juliana Arifi had a 2-for-3 line in the opener with a home run and two RBIs and Rasmusson had a 2-for-4 showing with a run scored.

The Mustangs are back at it tonight with a home game against Denver, starting at 7:45 p.m.

Norsemen double up on Comets, 4-2

ROLAND — Roland-Story answered BCLUW’s initial breakthrough with a better at-bat of its own, beating the Comets 4-2 in Thursday’s non-conference softball showdown.

BCLUW (1-1) scored twice in the top of the fifth inning on RBIs from Kennedy Williams and Kiersten Kruse, but the host Norsemen (2-0) knocked out four of their seven hits in their ensuing at-bat, including a pair of triples, to double up on the Comets.

Bailey Ashton pitched all six frames for BCLUW, allowing seven hits and two walks while striking out one. Madison Geise held the Comets to six singles — one each for Easton Swanson, Cate Nason, Lili Wilson, Olivia Hughes, Williams and Kruse.

BCLUW is back in action Monday with its Memorial Day Round-Robin against Ballard and Belle Plaine. The Comets meet Ballard at 2:15 p.m. and Belle Plaine at 5:45 p.m. with the two visitors playing in between.

AGWSR aces West Marshall softball 2-0

STATE CENTER — Rachel Sicard surrendered only a fifth-inning single and MaKenna Kuper homered to help Class 1A No. 6 AGWSR edge West Marshall 2-0 in Thursday’s NICL West Division opener for both teams.

The Trojans (0-2), who fell 8-7 to Bondurant-Farrar in Wednesday’s road opener, couldn’t get the bats going as Sicard surrendered just two walks and Grace deNeui’s two-out single in the fifth while striking out nine.

Loran Nicholson scattered 10 hits and one walk over all seven innings in the circle for the Trojans, striking out two. But a pair of singles in the second from Taylor Sperfslage and Alyssa Hames put the Cougars (3-0) on top, and Kuper’s blast in the seventh kept them there.

Kuper, Josie Winterberg and Hames each had two hits for AGWSR.

West Marshall is scheduled to host Hudson in a cross-NICL contest tonight in State Center.

Comets can’t catch HLV baseball, 6-3

VICTOR — The BCLUW baseball team cut its deficit in half but couldn’t cover the rest as the Comets fell 6-3 to HLV on Thursday night.

BCLUW (0-2) trailed 6-0 before scoring three times in the top of the fifth inning, but that’s as far as the comeback got for the Comets.

Treye Teske took the loss on the hill for BCLUW, allowing five hits and four walks over six innings. Coby Willett doubled and scored, Noah Gallentine had two hits and two RBIs, Jack Garber added an RBI single and Colton Keller singled and scored for the Comets.

Caden Fontinel pitched six innings for the win and had a single, a double and two RBIs to lead HLV (3-0) to victory.

BCLUW hosts its annual Memorial Day Tournament on Monday, meeting GMG in the opener at 10:30 a.m. in Beaman. North Tama and Twin Cedars square off at 1 p.m., followed by the 3:30 p.m. consolation game and the 6 p.m. championship contest.