LE GRAND - Leadoff hitter Alyssa Whitmore finished 4-for-4 with three doubles and six RBIs in guiding the Class 3A No. 5 East Marshall softball team to a 14-2, five-inning triumph over West Marshall in Tuesday's NICL West Division game.
Katie Roseland went 2-for-2 with two doubles, while Chelsea Whitmore and Taylor Fricke both finished 2-for-2 at the plate as the Mustangs (24-4, 12-1) finished with 14 hits. All the offense was more than enough for Mariah Fritz (9-2), as the freshman allowed just five hits and no walks while striking out two for the win.
Rachel Freland took the loss in the circle for West Marshall (12-18, 5-8).
East Marshall hosts Grundy Center in Thursday's Senior Night game in Le Grand, and the Mustangs can clinch at least a share of the NICL West title with a win.
BCLUW 5, South Tama 1
TAMA - Class 2A No. 13 BCLUW trailed briefly but rallied to stay step-in-step with East Marshall for the NICL West lead, coming from behind to beat South Tama 5-1 on Tuesday night.
South Tama (8-19, 4-9) got three of its seven hits against Nicolette Simpson in the first inning, with Jade Rohach plating Jenn Maus with a single.
BCLUW (23-9, 12-1) scored solo runs in the third and fourth, finally piling on three in the sixth to pull away. Abby Miller, Maddie Olson and Danielle Montgomery had consecutive hits to spark the Comet surge in the sixth.
Olson finished with two of the Comets' seven hits, including a double, and Mallory Vawter tripled. Simpson finished with seven strikeouts and one walk in the circle for BCLUW, which hosts 2A No. 6 Jesup in a non-conference contest tonight in Conrad. The Comets close out the NICL West schedule on Thursday at Gladbrook-Reinbeck.
Sam Holtz and Maus, the losing pitcher, both finished with two hits for South Tama. The Trojans host Wapsie Valley tonight for Senior Night and go to West Marshall on Thursday.
Gladbrook-Reinbeck 4, South Hardin 3, 8 innings
ELDORA - Gladbrook-Reinbeck found a flair for the dramatic, scoring twice in the seventh and two more times in the eighth for a come-from-behind win over South Hardin in Tuesday's NICL West contest.
Taylor Street's two-run single to right field in the seventh inning drove in Carrie Shouse and Kristen Tessau as the tying runs.
Paige Thompson doubled leading off the eighth, Kayla Holbach reached on an error, and Taylor Flamme plated the go-ahead run with a groundout. Shouse followed with an RBI single, plating Holbach's courtesy runner Amber Berendes.
Thompson pitched all eight innings for the win, striking out six and walking one. She also went 2-for-3 at the plate, while Shouse was 2-for-4 for the Rebels (10-15, 6-7).
Kate Shindelar was the losing pitcher for South Hardin (4-20, 2-11), which lost its seventh straight.
Gladbrook-Reinbeck hosts BCLUW in a conference contest on Thursday night at 6 p.m. in Gladbrook. South Hardin goes to AGWSR on Friday.
GMG 20, Meskwaki 0, 3 innings
MESKWAKI SETTLEMENT - Abbie Duden struck out four in a two-hit shutout and GMG circled the bases to beat Meskwaki 20-0 in a three-inning Iowa Star Conference tilt.
Emily Havelka was 3-for-4 with a triple and five RBIs to lead the Wolverines offensively. Alix Hesmer was 2-for-2 with four RBIs and three runs scored, while Melody Beane was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs scored. Peyton Mannan had a two-run single and Jennifer Borota added a run-scoring hit among GMG's many offensive highlights.
The Wolverines (7-12, 7-5) host Janesville tonight and Don Bosco on Thursday to close out the regular season.