STATE CENTER - Alexa Hotopp nearly pitched a perfect game in West Marshall's season-opening softball game, settling instead with a no-hitter in the Trojans' 7-0 triumph over Dike-New Hartford on Thursday.
Hotopp struck out 11 and did not walk a batter, with D-NH's lone baserunner reaching on a throwing error in the sixth. Hotopp also led the West Marshall bats by going 2-for-4 with two doubles and four RBIs.
Emily Durlin went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, while Krista Milder added two hits and McKenna Hotopp had an RBI single. Ashley Brandt and Courtney Porter both singled in the win.
East Marshall 6, Denver 3
DENVER - The East Marshall softball team scored three times in the top of the seventh inning to break away from Denver for a 6-3 win in Thursday's season opener.
Haley Long allowed only four hits for the win, striking out 11 and walking one in the circle for East Marshall.
The Mustangs collected 13 hits in the win, led by Paige Miller's three-hit, one RBI performance. Courtney Stephens had two hits and two RBIs, while Karly Long and Chelsea Whitmore added two hits as well.
Alyssa Whitmore's lone hit drove in two runs in the seventh-inning surge for East Marshall, which hosts AGWSR in an NICL West Division contest Tuesday in Le Grand.
Gladbrook-Reinbeck 5, La Porte City Union 2
LA PORTE CITY - Paige Thompson held host Union to five hits and had four of her own in the Gladbrook-Reinbeck softball team's 15-2, six-inning victory on Thursday night.
Thompson finished with three walks and three strikeouts in the circle while going 4-for-5 at the plate for the Rebels (2-0).
Kayla Holbach had two doubles among her three hits, while Sonya Beichley was 3-for-4 as well. Emily Stoakes and Carrie Shouse both added two hits to G-R's 19-hit attack.
The Rebels play host to Jesup tonight in a 7 p.m. cross-NICL game at Gladbrook.
GMG 9-7, Dunkerton 1-11
GREEN MOUNTAIN - The GMG softball settled with a season-opening Iowa Star Conference split with Dunkerton, taking the opener 9-1 while falling 11-7 in the second game.
Brittney Weitzell pitched a three-hitter for GMG in game one, striking out six while walking four. She also had a double at the plate.
Kaytlyn Kingrey had a double and a bases-loaded single for the Wolverines. Abby Kuhlavy was 1-for-3 with three RBIs, Betsy Shipley had two hits, while both Melody Beane and Peyton Mannan both had run-scoring singles.
Weitzell and Mannan both had two hits in the game-two loss for GMG. Beane walked three times and singled, scoring twice, while Kingrey had a two-run single and Kuhlavy added an RBI single as well. Abbie Duden took the loss in the circle for the Wolverines, striking out one and walking four.
GMG plays Meskwaki Settlement tonight in an Iowa Star match that has been moved to Green Mountain from Meskwaki because of field conditions.
BCLUW 8, Wapsie Valley 3
CONRAD - Abby Miller and Maddie Olson had three hits apiece as two-time defending state softball champion BCLUW opened the season with an 8-3 victory over Wapsie Valley.
Olson had two doubles and two RBIs, while Miller had a double and two RBIs in the win.
Shannon McCoy pitched up the victory in the circle for the Comets, striking out five and walking three while allowing four hits and all three Warrior runs. Nicolette Simpson struck out four in two innings of no-hit relief.
Ashley Snyder and Danielle Gordon had two hits apiece for Wapsie Valley.