SPORTS SHORTS: No. 9 Mustangs blank No. 3 P’ville, 6-0

PLEASANTVILLE — The Class 2A No. 9 East Marshall softball team continued to make a statement with Monday’s 6-0 triumph over No. 3 Pleasantville in a non-conference showdown.

The Mustangs (27-4) won their 13th-straight ballgame behind the sixth shutout of the season for junior pitcher Kodie Hoskey (16-3) and the fourth home run of the summer for junior Reagan McIlrath.

East Marshall scored all six of its runs in the first two innings, starting with four in the top of the first against Pleasantville sophomore Faith Vanderhart. Maria Rasmusson started with a one-out single and McIlrath followed with a two-run homer. The inning kept going with a single by Madison Farrington, a walk to Juliana Arifi and a fielder’s choice by Hannah Birks that retired Farrington’s courtesy runner Abby Ryan at third.

Hoskey walked to re-load the bases, and senior designated hitter Kayla Mommer came through with a two-run single. Hoskey’s courtesy runner Clare Veren was caught astray off third base to end the inning, but the damage had been done.

East Marshall tacked on two more insurance runs in the second, thanks to a one-out walk to Melinda Puumala and three-straight singles from Rasmusson, McIlrath and Farrington chased Vanderhart in favor of Pleasantville senior pitcher Abby DeJoode. DeJoode hit Arifi to load the bases again but got out of the jam with back-to-back strikeouts, and the Mustangs managed just three hits the rest of the way.

That was nearly as many as Pleasantville (23-9) had the whole game against Hoskey, who scattered four hits and one walk and one hit batter while striking out seven. Sydnee McKinney’s leadoff double in the second was as close as the host Trojans got to scoring after a wild pitch advanced her to third, but Hoskey and the Mustang defense got out of the jam.

McIlrath finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs and Rasmusson was 2-for-4 with two runs scored to lead the Mustang bats.

East Marshall is off until Saturday, when the Mustangs meet Grinnell and No. 15 Colfax-Mingo in a round-robin starting at 9 a.m.

West Marshall baseball topples GMG

GREEN MOUNTAIN — The West Marshall baseball team returned its win streak to six games with Monday’s non-conference victory over GMG, 15-7.

The visiting Trojans (21-4) benefitted from 12 walks issued by Wolverine pitching, jumping out to an 11-0 lead before fighting back-and-forth against the hosts for the remainder. GMG (11-11) outscored West Marshall 7-4 over the final four innings to keep the game going.

The Trojans were led by two hits apiece from Cameron Bannister and Ryan Reyerson. Bannister had a double, three RBIs and three runs scored, while Reyerson had an RBI and scored once.

Peyton Hart got the win for his 4 2/3 innings on the mound. He allowed five runs — three earned — on six hits and four walks while striking out four. Brody Halter and Bannister finished up from there.

Kaden Davis came up with one single, three runs scored and three RBIs as well for West Marshall, which plays road games tonight at North Polk and Wednesday at Class 1A No. 6 Don Bosco.

GMG hosts South Hardin tonight and BGM on Friday, but Wednesday’s game against BCLUW has been bumped back to July 8 because of the Comets’ need to make up a conference game.