GRUNDY CENTER - The West Marshall baseball team remained as one of two unbeatens in the NICL West Division with a 16-3, five-inning victory over Grundy Center on Monday night.
The Trojans (6-2, 4-0) jumped out to a 16-0 lead after three innings before Grundy Center (1-3, 1-3) kept the game going with three runs in the bottom of the fourth. It's the start of an eight-game week for both squads.
Jared Riemenschneider pitched just two innings to earn the win for West Marshall, allowing a hit and a walk with two strikeouts. Justin Weitzell struck out two and allowed three runs in his two frames, while Cody Berns tossed a scoreless inning, striking out one.
Garrett Goodwin, Dylan Petermeier, Jake Pszanka and Weitzell each had two hits for the Trojans. Goodwin scored three times and drove in four runs, Petermeier had a two-run double and three total RBIs, while Pszanka scored three runs. Weitzell and Nolan Sinning both drove in two runs, Riemenschneider scored three times and Berns added a double.
Grant Weldon took the loss on the mound for the Spartans. Austin Burroughs had two of the team's five hits.
Grundy Center goes to East Marshall tonight while West Marshall hosts BCLUW.
South Tama 15, South Hardin 5, 5 innings
TAMA - South Tama took advantage of 10 walks and seven hit batsman as issued by South Hardin pitching in a 15-5, five-inning romp over the visiting Tigers in Monday's NICL West Division contest.
South Tama (7-1, 4-0) joined West Marshall at the top of the conference by breaking out to a 9-1 lead after just two innings against South Hardin (0-5, 0-4). Tank Keckler went four innings for the win, allowing five unearned runs with three walks, a hit batter and five strikeouts.
Kolton Smith was 2-for-2 with three RBIs to lead STC offensively. Dalton Doyle had a two-run double, Clay Waterbury was 1-for-1 with two RBIs and Kaleb Davenport was 1-for-2 with an RBI.
Ryan Mossman took the loss for the Tigers. Blake Drury was 1-for-2 with a double and a run scored, and Bridger Lawrence was 1-for-3 with a double as well.
South Tama goes to AGWSR tonight while South Hardin hosts Gladbrook-Reinbeck in league play.
Gladbrook-Reinbeck 5, East Marshall 0
REINBECK - Camden Kickbush threw a two-hit shutout and Gladbrook-Reinbeck blanked East Marshall 5-0 in NICL West play.
Kickbush surrendered singles to Nick Long and Adam Puumala but nothing more. He walked six but struck out four in the win.
Phillip Zimmerman was 3-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs, while Trevor Trunck was 2-for-3 with a double, two runs and an RBI to pace Gladbrook-Reinbeck (2-2, 2-2) offensively.
Austin Briney took the loss for East Marshall (4-11, 3-2), allowing five runs - four earned - on eight hits and one walk in five innings. He struck out six. Luke Svendsen struck out one in an inning of relief for the Mustangs, who have lost four straight.
East Marshall hosts Grundy Center for a varsity-only contest tonight at 5:30 p.m., while Gladbrook-Reinbeck goes to South Hardin.
AGWSR 10, BCLUW 8
BEAMAN - Sully Hofmeister allowed only one run in three innings of relief, giving AGWSR a chance to come back for a 10-8 victory over BCLUW in NICL West action.
The visiting Cougars (3-4, 2-3) trailed 7-1 through three innings but scored in each of their last four at-bats to come from behind for the victory, scoring three times in both the sixth and seventh.
Isaac Novak took the loss on the mound for the Comets (2-4, 1-3). Mitch Miller had two of BCLUW's seven hits, all of which were singles.
The two teams combined for 11 hits, 11 errors and 21 walks.
AGWSR hosts South Tama tonight while BCLUW visits West Marshall in league play.