SPORTS SHORTS: Mustangs make quick work of STC
TAMA — The Class 2A No. 10 East Marshall softball team shut the door on South Tama County in five innings here Friday night, winning 13-0 in a non-conference contest.
Reagan McIlrath tossed a two-hit shutout for the Mustangs (14-4) while the offense backed her with 14 hits. McIlrath helped her own cause with a home run as she went 3-for-4 with five RBIs.
Maria Rasmusson also went 3-for-4 with a triple and five RBIs, and leadoff hitter Melinda Puumala was 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored. Madison Duncan chipped in two hits and three runs.
Ashlynn Ellenbecker got the loss in the circle for South Tama (2-16), allowing seven earned runs over five innings, striking out two. Ellenbecker and Shelby Slaven accounted for the Trojans’ only hits.
Comets collect ranked win at tourney
ROLAND — The Class 1A No. 5 BCLUW softball team kept it rolling with a pair of wins on Friday at the Roland-Story Tournament.
The Comets (16-6) got their fifth- and sixth-straight wins, highlighted by a 2-0 triumph over 3A No. 9 Mount Vernon (16-4). BCLUW got three of its six hits in the same inning — the bottom of the sixth — as bunt singles by Kiersten Kruse and Olivia Hughes led to one run, helped by an error, and a Lili Wilson RBI single put the Comets up 2-0.
Mount Vernon was unable to rally in its last at-bat against Bailey Ashton, who scattered seven hits and two walks over seven innings for the win, striking out three.
Hughes went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the Comets, while Easton Swanson and Cate Nason both hit doubles.
In the nightcap against Perry, BCLUW scored a 11-4 victory in a game that made it just four innings because of the tournament’s time limit.
Swanson went 3-for-3 with four RBIs, while Kruse was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Parker Scurr was 2-for-2 with an RBI. Kruse got the win in the circle, overcoming Perry’s three-run first. She allowed five his and four walks, striking out two.
Teske, Comets shut out East Marshall
BEAMAN — Treye Teske scattered six hits over seven shutout innings, Koty Kruse hit a grand slam and the BCLUW baseball team got its first win of the season, beating East Marshall 7-0 in Friday’s NICL West Division clash.
BCLUW (1-9, 1-6) scored six times in the bottom of the second inning to give Teske all the support he needed. Teske struck out three and walked three, going the distance on the mound for the win.
Kruse provided the biggest of just four hits for the Comets. Jack Garber, Ray Callaway and Walker Ashton each added singles for the Comets.
Austin Elliott took the loss for East Marshall (6-8, 3-4) as he was unable to escape the second inning. Wesley Hamor pitched 4 1/3 innings in relief, allowing one unearned run on one hit and two walks, striking out four.
Gage Hulin had a double to lead the Mustangs while Elliott, Hamor, Zach Jacobson, Dane Thompson and Chase Gratopp each had a single.
Bobcat softball swept by Bulldogs
OTTUMWA — The Marshalltown softball team was no-hit in the first game of a CIML twinbill at Ottumwa on Thursday night, falling twice to the Class 5A No. 6 Bulldogs 4-0 and 12-2.
Kacy Nickerson struck out 13 in a near perfect game in the opener as she faced only one more than the minimum. She hit Marshalltown’s Madi Finch with a first-inning pitch but retired the rest, including seven in a row on strikeouts at one point.
Ottumwa (14-2) managed just seven hits of their own against Avery Mull, who allowed one earned run on four walks with no strikeouts. Abby Bowers was 2-for-3 with an RBI double to lead the Bulldog bats.
In the second game, Marshalltown (4-12) scored first with a run in the top of the first inning as Erica Johnson singled and Finch doubled her home, but the Bobcats would need much more offense in this one. Ottumwa tallied 16 hits in a 12-2, five-inning win.
Emma McWherter and Jadyn Palmer had back-to-back singles in the fifth, and Palmer scored one out later on a double by Gabby Himes for the Bobcats’ other run in the fifth. Himes had two of Marshalltown’s six hits off Ottumwa’s Ashton Brown, who struck out five and walked none for the win.
Kailee Pollard was tapped for 16 hits and 11 earned runs in the loss, walking four while striking out one.
Kaylee Bix and Hannah Huisinga both went 3-for-4 with four RBIs for Ottumwa.