SPORTS SHORTS: Comets succumb to Hudson softball
HUDSON — The BCLUW softball team dropped its eighth-straight with a 7-3 loss to Hudson on Tuesday night.
The host Pirates (17-4) scored three times in the bottom of the first inning to take the lead for good, adding on down the stretch for the cross-NICL win. Blaiklee Schatz was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and Amelia Klenk was 2-for-3 with two RBIs to lead Hudson.
BCLUW (1-22) got six hits, led by Eden Wilson’s 2-for-4 day at the dish. Callie Swanson, Cassie Nason and Emma Hoover had run-scoring singles, while Maleah Jones singled and scored in the loss.
Siegert pitches Trojans past Nevada
STATE CENTER — Owen Siegert twirled a three-hitter and the West Marshall baseball team backed him with 11 hits in an 11-1, six-inning victory over Nevada in Monday’s Heart of Iowa Conference contest.
Siegert, a freshman, struck out nine, walked three and hit one batter in his complete-game pitching performance, allowing one unearned run. Nevada (2-14, 1-6) scored its only run in the top of the fourth inning to tie the game, but the Trojans broke free with 10 runs over their next three at-bats.
Kaden Davis led West Marshall (17-5, 8-1) by going 3-for-4 with a double, two runs and three RBIs. Cody Braddy was 2-for-3 with an RBI and three runs scored while also tying the school’s single-season record with his 14th hit-by-pitch (Cody Burns, 2014).
Peyton Hart was 2-for-3 with a run, and Dru Wilder was 2-for-3 with a double, a run and three RBIs.
The Trojans finished off the conference triumph by scoring five of their six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning with two outs.
Mustangs hang with Wolverines in 2-1 defeat
DIKE — The East Marshall baseball team had a shortlived lead on Class 2A No. 6 Dike-New Hartford as the host Wolverines rallied for a 2-1 victory in Monday’s cross-NICL clash.
East Marshall took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning on Connor Hassin’s first varsity home run. Unfortunately for the Mustangs, that was one of only three hits they had against a quartet of Wolverine hurlers.
Dike-New Hartford (15-4) scored single runs in the third and sixth innings to get the win.
Hassin was 2-for-3 with a home run to lead the Mustangs (9-8), and Wesley Hamor was 1-for-2 with a double.
Colton Robinson took the loss on the pitcher’s mound, allowing one run on two hits in his only inning of relief. Starting pitcher Blain Augspurger allowed one unearned run over three innings, and Connor Kriegal tossed two scoreless frames.
BCLUW baseball rallies past South Hardin
BEAMAN — Tucker Wall’s two-run double was the big blow to BCLUW’s five-run sixth inning as the Comets rallied past South Hardin for a 7-5 win in Monday’s NICL West Division baseball game.
The visiting Tigers (7-5, 4-4) led 5-2 before the Comets came through with five runs in the sixth to make a winner out of relief pitcher Grant Parker. Parker pitched two scoreless innings of relief, striking out one. Ray Callaway allowed five runs (one earned) over five innings, striking out five.
BCLUW (6-8, 2-5) racked up 11 hits in the win, including two apiece for Nick Feldpausch and Jack Hughes. Colton Keller, Walker Ashton and Wall each hit a double, while Noah Gallentine, Ray Callaway, Angus Callaway and Parker all hit singles.
Tigers topple Comets in NICL West softball
CONRAD — Rachel Rosonke hit a two-run double in the top of the fourth and Hailey Rosonke twirled a four-hit shutout as the South Hardin softball team stifled BCLUW 2-0 in Monday’s NICL West Division contest.
The Comets (1-21, 0-6) were led by Eden Wilson’s 2-for-3 day at the plate. Kaylee Grant and Meleah Jones added singles but BCLUW was unable to scratch any runs across.
Losing pitcher Katie Hill struck out seven, walked one and allowed just six hits. Hailey Rosonke struck out six and walked none in the win.
Don Bosco softball handles GMG
GILBERTVILLE — The Don Bosco softball team finished off GMG early with a 19-4, three-inning victory in Monday’s cross-Iowa Star Conference game.
The score was tied at 4-all before the host Dons (8-12) piled up 15 runs in the bottom of the second.
Kennedy McGarvey was 2-for-3 with a double, a home run and five RBIs, and Jenna Brown added a two-run homer for Don Bosco.
Sydney Vavroch was 1-for-2 with two RBIs to lead GMG (5-14) offensively. Adelyn Sienknecht and Marriah Stonewall both had run-scoring singles, while Emily Vaughn and Jenna Yilek both added singles.
Ranked Clippers too much for South Tama
TAMA — The South Tama softball team stayed winless in the WaMaC West Division with losses of 12-0 and 17-2 to Class 4A No. 9 Clear Creek Amana (23-4, 16-2) on Monday night.
The Trojans (3-23, 0-18) were no-hit in the five-inning opener. Ashlynn Ellenbecker surrendered seven hits and seven earned runs, walking three and striking out three in the loss.
Ellenbecker’s two-run homer plated Ashleigh Finch, who had walked, as South Tama’s only offense in the conference twinbill. Sammie Schneider allowed 13 earned runs on 13 hits and six walks over three innings for the loss.
Rebel softball stymied by Spartans
GLADBROOK — Seven different players drove in runs as the Grundy Center softball team defeated Gladbrook-Reinbeck 11-2 in Monday’s NICL West Division showdown.
The Spartans (11-6, 6-1) compiled 11 hits in the win, as Lucy Lebo and Allison Beenken both went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBIs. Lebo was the winning pitcher, striking out six and walking four in her four-hitter.
Karlie Rickert was 2-for-4 with an RBI to lead the Rebels (0-9, 0-5). Ashlyn Moore singled and scored, and Maia McLean added an RBI single. Xandra Anderson allowed six earned runs with five walks and seven strikeouts.
STC baseball splits to snap 7-game skid
TAMA — The South Tama baseball team rallied to win the second game of Monday’s WaMaC West Division doubleheader against Clear Creek Amana, snapping a seven-game losing streak in the process.
Jacob Collison struck out 10 in a five-hitter for the win in the nightcap, allowing two unearned runs, no walks and one hit batsman.
Matt Wiese reached on an error and was hit by a pitch, scoring both times he got on base, while Jordan Bly and Lane Lekin both had run-scoring singles. Collison and Kyler Smith also had hits for the Trojans (7-12, 3-9).
Ryne Kesl took the loss for STC in the opener as West Division frontrunner Clear Creek Amana (10-8, 8-6) broke a 1-all tie with four runs in the top of the third inning. The Trojans got only three hits of their own, including Lekin’s run-scoring single to plate Smith. Logan Schmidt and Wiese also had singles for STC.