LE GRAND - Class 2A No. 10 BCLUW avenged an 8-1 loss to the team it shared last year's NICL West Division softball crown with, edging past 3A No. 4 East Marshall with two runs in the top of the seventh inning for a 2-1 victory on Monday night.
East Marshall (14-3, 5-2) got on the scoreboard first, tallying its lone run in the fourth inning. Ashley Allen tripled and then scored on a sacrifice fly by 3A's home run leader Katie Roseland.
But the Mustangs managed just one other hit - a double by Sophia Grego - and did not score again.
BCLUW (13-5, 7-2) finally mounted its comeback in the top of the seventh, starting with a misplayed fly ball off the bat of Olivia Callaway. Courtesy runner Nicole Lutes took over at second base, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on Makayla Van Cleave's single to left.
A pair of passed balls advanced Van Cleave to third before Sara Sharp reached safely when it was ruled the first baseman's foot was off the bag on the throw from second baseman Haley Long. Van Cleave scored on the play, which would have been the third out.
Mariah Fritz took the loss in the circle for East Marshall, allowing one earned run on 10 hits and two walks with six strikeouts. Callaway's two-hitter included no walks and eight strikeouts.
East Marshall hosts another pivotal NICL West contest tonight, entertaining conference unbeaten AGWSR. BCLUW hosts South Tama in league play.
AGWSR 12, South Hardin 0, 3 innings
ACKLEY - Class 2A No. 9 AGWSR put up crooked numbers in its first two at-bats and finished off South Hardin with another run in the third, pounding out a 12-0, three-inning win in NICL West Division action.
The Cougars (13-2, 8-0) gave sophomore pitcher Ashley Sicard 12 hits worth of support, getting three runs in the bottom of the first inning and eight in the second. Sicard even helped herself, going 2-for-2 with a home run and three RBIs.
Morgan Rose, Alexa Johnson and Marisa Horner each had two hits, Ella Frazier and Madi Fryslie both doubled and drove in two, while Olivia Ingledue and Maddie Deters both added singles. Kristen Zacharias stole three bases and scored twice, while courtesy runner Morgan Kappel also scored two runs.
Sicard struck out three and did not walk a batter, allowing only one hit. The Cougars are on the road tonight at 3A No. 4 East Marshall.
West Marshall 9-7, Gladbrook-Reinbeck 1-3
GLADBROOK - West Marshall put together its first back-to-back wins of the season, sweeping Gladbrook-Reinbeck in an NICL West Division doubleheader on the Rebels' home diamond Monday night.
The Trojans scored their first conference wins of the year as well, beating G-R 9-1 and 7-3.
McKenna Hotopp and Kallie Malloy both tossed three-hitters in the circle for West Marshall (4-17, 2-5), which never trailed in either game.
In the opener, Hotopp allowed three walks and struck out two, while also going 3-for-4 at the plate with an RBI and two runs scored. Shelby Larsen also went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two stolen bases. Georgia Porter was 1-for-4 with two runs, an RBI and a stolen base.
Blair Bailey and Morgan Hopper both drove in two runs and Sadie Simatovich plated another for the Trojans.
In game two, Malloy struck out three and walked three. A four-run third inning propelled West Marshall past a 1-all tie.
Hotopp again finished 3-for-4 with a double, two runs and a stolen base. Karis Gibbs got into the action, going 3-for-4 with a run and two RBIs, while Heather Skinner was 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Simatovich and Malloy both added a hit, and Simatovich scored twice.
Madison White took both pitching losses for the Rebels (1-17, 0-9), who have lost 15 straight.