SPORTS SHORTS: Lynnville-Sully uses fast start to eliminate GMG softball
SULLY — A five-run first inning was all the Lynnville-Sully softball team needed to advance in the postseason. The fast start pushed the Hawks into the Class 1A Region 6 quarterfinals following a 10-0, five-inning win over GMG here Friday night.
Aliya James limited the Wolverines to two hits and walked just one in the victory. GMG’s Dylan Mathern singled with one out in the first inning and Jenna Yilek singled with one out in the second. They both reached on errors later in the game, too.
The Wolverines (7-13) put two on with two outs in the fourth after Yilek reached on an error and Marriah Stonewall walked. The inning ended with a groundout.
James coaxed 11 ground ball outs as the Wolverines struck out just twice.
Greenlee Smock led the Hawks (14-18) with three bunt singles, three runs and six stolen bases from the lead-off spot. Smock ended the game in the fifth when she reached on a bunt single, stole second and third and then scored on a throwing error. She was the only batter in the inning.
GMG’s Adelyn Sienknecht took the loss in the circle. She allowed 10 runs — eight earned — on eight hits and walked four while striking out one.
Lynnville-Sully plays BCLUW in the 1A Region 6 quarterfinals at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Conrad.
Comets close regular season with thrilling upset win
CONRAD — The BCLUW softball team closed the regular season with an extra-inning, upset victory over Central City, beating the Class 1A No. 15 Wildcats 9-8 in eight innings here Friday night.
Central City (31-7) beat BCLUW a week earlier during Marshalltown’s Bobcat Classic, 2-1, but the Comets (15-14) came through the second time around. Kaylee Grant’s leadoff single in the bottom of the eighth plated Emma Hoover from second base as the two teams used the international tiebreaker rule to settle the score.
Klayre Gallentine picked up the win in the circle, pitching three perfect innings in relief of starter Katie Hill. Hill surrendered four earned runs on 11 hits over five innings, walking none and striking out one.
Grant’s game-winning hit was one of three for the left-handed leadoff batter. She finished 3-for-5 with a triple and the walk-off RBI. Maliah Gunderson and Cassie Nason both went 2-for-4, with Nason hitting an RBI double.
Callie Swanson singled and drove in two runs, and Gallentine had an RBI single as well for BCLUW.
Rockets blast off to beat West Marshall softball
STATE CENTER — The West Marshall softball team was within one run of Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont until the Rockets blasted off for an 18-6 victory in Friday’s regular-season finale.
Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont (16-15) led 7-6 through four innings before scoring five times in the fifth and six times in the seventh. The Rockets piled up 21 hits off Bella Borgos, who pitched all seven innings for the loss for West Marshall (12-19).
Emma Stanley was 2-for-3 with a double and a two-run home run to lead the Trojans offensively. Keatan Pfantz was 2-for-4 with a triple, a run and an RBI, while Lily Fischer, Ciera Randall, Kalyn Polley, Madeline Karsjen and Borgos each added a single.
Seven of Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont’s 21 hits went for doubles. Kate Shafer was 4-for-6 with two doubles and four runs scored. Kaylee Helm was 3-for-5 with two doubles and four RBIs.
Shaver efficient in complete-game win over Blue Devils
ST. MARYS — Former Martensdale-St. Marys student Grayson Shaver pitched a complete game for the win against his former school as the West Marshall sophomore helped the Class 2A No. 6 Trojans beat the Blue Devils 15-1 in Thursday’s regular-season finale.
Shaver allowed three hits and one unearned run over five innings for the win, striking out three in an efficient 43-pitch complete-game performance.
Tony McKinney and Dru Wilder both connected for their second home runs of the season. McKinney was 4-for-4 with a double, a three-run dinger and six RBIs, while Wilder went 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBIs. Kinnick Christensen and Clay Cuva both contributed two hits and two RBIs. Christensen scored three times and Cuva twice as the Trojans (26-8) totaled 14 hits in the win.
No. 3 Waukee slides by Bobcat baseball in twinbill
WAUKEE — The third-ranked Waukee baseball team took advantage off all the free bases offered up by Marshalltown as the host Warriors swept the Bobcats 10-0 in five innings and 16-1 in four innings here Thursday night.
Marshalltown (3-33) was saddled with its 25th straight loss as Bobcat pitchers issued a total of 15 walks and hit eight batters in the doubleheader defeat.
Camden Kaufman was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs and Liam McGee doubled and drove in three runs to lead Waukee (24-11), which scored seven times in its first at-bat to take control.
MHS starting pitcher Keiler Blue managed to get just one out before being removed in favor of Nick Wise. Blue took the loss, while Wise went four innings in relief, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits and three walks.
Seth Smith, Alex Thompson and Blue had the Bobcats’ three hits against Lawson DeWeerdt, who struck out eight and walked one in the complete-game win.
Kaufman went 2-for-2 with a double, a triple and two RBIs to help the Warriors dispatch MHS in the nightcap. Five of Waukee’s 10 hits went for extra bases.
Sam Greazel doubled for the Bobcats’ only hit and was driven in by Tayven Dutton for Marshalltown’s lone run of the night.
Randall records ace at Wandering Creek
Andy Randall recently scored a hole-in-one at Wandering Creek Golf Course, acing the 124-yard third hole with his pitching wedge.
On Tuesday, June 28, Randall aced the shot as witnessed by his wife Anna and their sons Owen and Charlie.