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SPORTS SHORTS: West Marshall pulls away from Hawks

JEWELL — The West Marshall baseball team didn’t get its first hit until the sixth inning but still slammed South Hamilton 10-2 in Tuesday’s non-conference contest.

The Trojans (17-4) totaled just four hits in the win, breaking open a 5-2 game with a five-run at-bat in the top of the seventh. West Marshall was the beneficiary of 15 walks by Hawks pitching, but also struck out 15 times.

The big stat line for the Trojans was pitcher Gabe Jones, who threw six strong innings for the win. Jones allowed two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out eight for the win. Peyton Hart struck out two in a perfect inning of relief.

Kinnick Christensen had two hits to lead the Trojans, scoring two runs, while Kaden Davis had a single and two RBIs. Jake Tollefson scored three times.

West Marshall wraps up a busy week with three straight NICL West Division games at home, hosting BCLUW tonight, South Hardin for a varsity-only game Thursday at 5:30 p.m., and Gladbrook-Reinbeck Friday.

Trojans break tie, beat South Hamilton

ROLAND — An infield error allowed the West Marshall softball team to score the tiebreaking run in the top of the fifth inning and the Trojans held on to defeat South Hamilton 5-4 in Tuesday’s non-conference clash.

Morgan Cripps reached base with a one-out single in a 4-4 game, moved up on a groundout by Josie Zahnd and scored when a ball off the bat of Delaney Nichols was misplayed. It would prove to be the game-winning run as neither team scored again.

Loran Nicholson pitched all seven innings for West Marshall (12-10), allowing three earned runs on seven hits and one walk, striking out one. Cortney Harris got her for a pair of two-run home runs to help the host Hawks (16-9) rally back from a four-run deficit after the first half inning.

West Marshall took a 4-0 lead in its first at-bat, as Kayla Cripps was hit by a pitch and Renae Schaper blasted her fifth home run of the summer. A single by Karisa Blocker kept it rolling, and Morgan Cripps and Zahnd both walked with two outs. Nichols delivered a two-run single to left, making it a four-run game early.

Harris did the rest for the Hawks, hitting two-run homers in the first and third to tie the game up before the Trojans took the lead back for good in the fifth.

Harris got the loss for South Hamilton, allowing four earned runs on six hits and four walks, striking out four.

Bobcat softball swept by No. 12 Rams

PLEASANT HILL — The Class 5A No. 12 Southeast Polk softball team survived a late comeback from Marshalltown to capture a CIML Iowa Conference sweep of the Bobcats on Monday night, winning 15-9 and then 11-1 in six innings.

The Rams (16-10, 8-4) jumped out to a 9-3 lead in the opening game before Marshalltown (5-21, 1-11) scored four times in the top of the sixth. Southeast Polk answered in kind, scoring six times in the sixth to break the game open again.

Marshalltown rapped out seven hits in the high-scoring loss, capitalizing off nine walks issued by Southeast Polk pitcher Lexi Hilzer. The Bobcats were led by Marina Rosalez going 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored, while Gabby Himes also had a double.

Kailee Pollard took the loss in the circle for MHS, surrendering 15 hits, including home runs for Chloe Kottlowski and Sydney Potter.

The nightcap was a lot less dramatic as Marshalltown managed just one hit against Rams eighth-grader Shania Yount-Wheels in an 11-1, six-inning defeat. Rosalez had the lone single for the Bobcats, coming in the fifth inning to break up the no-hitter.

Yount-Wheels walked seven, however, as Himes led off the game with a base-on-balls and eventually scored on a throwing error.

Potter popped two home runs for Southeast Polk, going 4-for-4 with five RBIs, and Peyton Moffet added a round-tripper as well for the Rams. Avery Mull took the loss pitching for the Bobcats, giving up 14 hits.

Marshalltown is back at home on Thursday with a doubleheader against Urbandale.