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SPORTS SHORTS: Thomas, Trojans tackle Rams in Heart of Iowa play

STATE CENTER — The Class 3A No. 11 West Marshall softball team scratched out a run in three separate innings to outlast Greene County 3-0 in Wednesday’s Heart of Iowa Conference contest.

The Trojans (17-4, 11-1) scored once in the first, fourth and fifth innings while simultaneously holding Greene County (4-13, 2-9) to just three hits.

Taylor Thomas walked one, hit a batter and struck out six in the complete-game pitching performance for West Marshall.

Lillian Fischer led the Trojan attack, going 2-for-3 with a sacrifice fly and two RBIs. Lily Zahnd was 2-for-3 and scored a run, while Jillian Karsjen doubled and scored.

Comets can’t keep up with Don Bosco, 12-0

GILBERTVILLE — Don Bosco finished off a four-inning victory over the BCLUW softball team with six runs in the fourth inning to win 12-0 on Wednesday night in Iowa Star Conference action.

The Dons (16-4) tallied two runs in each of the first, second and third innings before breaking through in the bottom of the fourth.

Sarah Garber suffered defeat in the circle for BCLUW (10-9), allowing nine earned runs on 14 hits and one walk, striking out two.

Cassie Nason, Allison Ward and Garber had the only hits for the Comets.

Denver walks it off against Grundy Center softball

DENVER — The Grundy Center softball team scored six runs in the top of the sixth to take a shortlived lead in a 7-6 loss to Denver on Wednesday night.

The Spartans (10-12) trailed 4-0 before busting loose in with six runs in the sixth, only to see the host Cyclones (9-14) win on a three-run, walk-off home run by Malea Gonnerman with one out in the bottom of the seventh.

Run-scoring singles by Maddy Hendershot, Carlie Willis, Lucy Lebo and Kyndra Dieken paved the way for Grundy Center’s big inning, but the Spartans couldn’t seal it.

Ava Mundt took the loss in the circle, allowing seven runs on nine hits, two walks and a hit batsman while striking out four.

Dostal leads Redhawks past Riceville, 2-0

RICEVILLE — The North Tama baseball team scored the game’s only runs in the top of the third inning in a 2-0 triumph over Riceville (10-12) on Wednesday night in Iowa Star Conference play.

The bottom of the Redhawks’ batting order got the rally started with singles by Clayton Williams and Kayvin Morris. Josh Dostal followed suit, and Kayler Morris plated North Tama’s first run with a groundout. Kolt Knaack’s hit drove in another run for the Redhawks (14-8), and that’s all the offensive support Dostal needed.

Dostal went six innings on the mound for the win, allowing just four hits while striking out four. Henry Hansen earned the save for his eventful inning of relief in which he allowed a hit and walked two.

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