SPORTS SHORTS: Rebels rough up Maquoketa Valley
ALBURNETT — Tyler Tscherter struck out seven in 4 1/3 scoreless innings and drove in three runs as the Gladbrook-Reinbeck baseball team rocked Maquoketa Valley 13-1 in six innings here Saturday.
Tscherter (8-1) scattered two singles and one walk over his abbreviated start on the mound for the Rebels (16-11), exiting at 65 pitches so he can be available to throw in Gladbrook-Reinbeck’s district semifinal game Tuesday against No. 3 Alburnett (28-5).
William Kiburis and Cullen Eiffler combined to get the final five outs after the Rebels rattled off nine runs in the top of the sixth inning to breach the 10-run threshold.
Tscherter finished 3-for-4 at the plate with three RBIs, two stolen bases and a run scored. Kale Hasselmann was 3-for-4 with a run, Aiden Wyatt went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and four runs scored, and Ethan Gienger went 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Keagan Giesking also had two hits, a run and an RBI for the Rebels.
Parker Sternhagen took the loss for Maquoketa Valley (13-15), allowing 12 runs — eight earned — over 5 2/3 innings. He also had one of the Wildcats’ three hits.
Gladbrook-Reinbeck and Alburnett will play the 7 p.m. game Tuesday on the Pirates’ home diamond, following North Tama (20-9) and Belle Plaine (16-6) at 5 p.m.
BCLUW baseball bounced in first round
HUDSON — Jacob Murray twirled a two-hitter and scored three runs as the Hudson baseball team eliminated BCLUW from Class 1A District 11 play, beating the Comets 10-0 in five innings here Saturday night.
Murray struck out 13 and walked four in the complete-game performance. The Pirates (13-12) benefitted from six walks issued by BCLUW pitching and also stole 11 bases.
Ben Kelly had two of Hudson’s eight hits, scoring three times to lead the team into the next round. The Pirates play Baxter (7-16), a 9-5 winner over Lynnville-Sully, in Tuesday’s second game at Hudson. Sixth-ranked Don Bosco (25-4) and Grundy Center (14-12) meet in the first district semifinal.
BCLUW finished the season at 1-16.
Trojans push Mount Vernon to the max
MOUNT VERNON — The West Marshall softball team played toe-to-toe with No. 13 Mount Vernon for 5 1/2 innings before the Mustangs broke free for a Class 3A Region 5 semifinal victory on Friday.
West Marshall got a two-run home run from Renae Schaper in the top of the first inning but couldn’t manufacture any more offense in spite of another nine hits, eventually falling 3-2 to Mount Vernon (26-11). The Mustangs scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth after matching West Marshall’s quick start with two runs of their own in the first.
Schaper finished 3-for-4 with the two-run homer, while Kayla Cripps, Karisa Blocker and Josie Zahnd each had two hits for the Trojans (14-18), but Mount Vernon’s Amanda Roe and her defense dodged trouble all night.
Loran Nicholson singled and scored in front of Schaper in the first, but took the loss in the circle. She surrendered two earned runs on eight hits and one walk but no strikeouts. Avery Randall also had a single while one of Blocker’s hits was a double.
Mount Vernon travels to face fellow WaMaC Conference foe Solon (23-15) in Monday’s regional final.
Grinnell’s Gibson blanks STC baseball
TAMA — Jayden Gibson got within one out of a shutout, leading Grinnell to a 5-0 victory over the South Tama County baseball team on Friday night.
Gibson recorded 14 strikeouts and one walk but reached his pitch limit with one out to go in the bottom of the seventh. Owen Coffman struck out the only batter he faced to finish it off for the Tigers (22-9).
Collin Gibson went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored to lead Grinnell offensively.
Matt Wiese took the loss for STC, allowing three earned runs on seven hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out two. Gavin Jimenez got the final three outs.
Carter Kriegel had half of the Trojans’ four hits. Jackson Beltz and Brayden Smith both had singles as well for South Tama (14-21).
Williamsburg ousts STC softball, 8-1
WILLIAMSBURG — Tenth-ranked Williamsburg scored seven times in the second inning to spoil South Tama’s fast start as the Raiders eliminated the Trojan softball from postseason play with an 8-1 triumph in Wednesday’s Class 3A Region 3 quarterfinal.
Peyton Driscoll struck out 17 and walked one amid her four-hitter from the circle for Williamsburg (30-11).
Ashlynn Ellenbecker surrendered all eight runs, but only two were earned to South Tama’s sophomore hurler. She walked three.
Jordyn Cremeans had two of the Trojans’ four hits and also stole a base. Ellenbecker had a hit and scored the team’s lone run in the top of the first. Morgan Haughey doubled for her only hit for STC (6-30).