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SPORTS SHORTS: East Marshall tallies two one-run wins

OSKALOOSA — The Class 2A No. 10 East Marshall softball team played a pair of one-run games that both went their way on Saturday at the Oskaloosa Tournament.

The Mustangs (16-4) edged 4A No. 13 Oskaloosa 2-1 before beating West Burlington 4-3 in a dramatic eight-inning affair.

Against the tournament hosts, East Marshall answered Oskaloosa’s run in the top of the first inning with two in the bottom half, and neither team scored again. Melinda Puumala led off with a single, stole second, and Maria Rasmusson walked. Both runners moved up before Reagan McIlrath rapped a two-run single to left field, driving in what would prove to be the game-winning runs.

East Marshall had just one more hit the rest of the way, a Kayla Mommer single in the fifth, but Kodie Hoskey held down the Indians by allowing six hits and one walk while striking out one for the win.

The Mustangs got one run in the top of the seventh against West Burlington to force extra innings, where they scored three times and held off the Falcons.

McIlrath singled to lead off the seventh, Madison Farrington singled and both moved up on Juliana Arifi’s bunt. One out later, Kodie Hoskey plated McIlrath with her sacrifice bunt.

East Marshall got three in the eighth after beginning with Mommer on second via the international tiebreaker rule. Madison Duncan reached on an error, Puumala was intentionally walked and Rasmusson plated two with a double. McIlrath’s sacrifice fly drove in Puumala as the eventual game-winning run as West Burlington got two runs in the home half.

McIlrath scattered 10 hits and two walks for the win. Puumala and Arifi both had two of the Mustangs’ eight hits.

Trojans take two in own tournament

STATE CENTER — The West Marshall softball team scored two wins in their own Rose Festival Tournament on Saturday, defeating Baxter 8-2 and Greene County 5-4.

Karisa Blocker went 4-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs to lead the Trojans (8-8) against Baxter. Renae Schaper was 1-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and three RBIs to help support Loran Nicholson, who allowed just four hits and two unearned runs while striking out three for the win.

Schaper came up with four hits, including a double, and drove in a run as West Marshall edged Greene County 5-4 in six innings. Nicholson, Blocker and Grace de Neui each had two of the Trojans’ 12 hits, and Blocker drove in two more runs.

Josie Zahnd got the win in the circle, allowing five hits and three earned runs. She walked three and struck out one.