TRAER - North Tama senior Dalton Hulme pitched a two-hitter in the first game and homered in the second as the Redhawks swept a doubleheader from Waterloo East on Friday night at J.L. Lister Field.
Hulme went the distance on the mound as North Tama (24-7) took the opening game 5-1. The Redhawks broke a 1-all tie with four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, highlighted by consecutive run-scoring hits from Clayton Blocker, Brent Billerbeck and Hulme.
Hulme took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, when Waterloo East (2-27) scored its only run. The right-hander finished with eight strikeouts and two walks, improving to 6-1 on the season.
Jacob Wrage was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Hulme went 2-for-4 with a double. Billerbeck's lone hit was an RBI double.
In game two, Hulme hit a two-run home run - his second career round-tripper - and North Tama put a crooked number on the scoreboard in each of its four at-bats.
Hulme was 2-for-4 with three RBIs, while Billerbeck was 2-for-3 with three runs scored and four stolen bases. Caden Stuart finished 2-for-3 with three runs scored, and Brandon Kaufman had two hits including a bases-clearing double in the bottom of the first. He finished with two runs scored and four RBIs.
Brody Hulme (5-1) was the beneficiary of all the offense, going four innings for the win. He allowed seven hits and walked one, striking out four. Stuart tossed the final frame.
North Tama returns to action Monday with a doubleheader at Jesup starting at 5:30 p.m.
BCLUW 3, Colo-NESCO 2
ZEARING - BCLUW pieced three of its four hits together in the same inning, and the three-run outburst was enough to get the Comets past Colo-NESCO in Friday's non-conference game.
Lane Caster plated Conner Ubben with a bases-loaded walk, and singles from Mitch Miller and Isaac Novak followed. One out later, Tyler Lutes drove in two runs to give the Comets (8-15) a 3-1 lead they would not relinquish.
Ubben made the lead stand up as he went the distance on the mound for BCLUW. He allowed six hits, five walks and no earned runs while striking out six.
The host Royals (11-14) scored solo runs in the first and third frames. Losing pitcher Brandyn Niemeyer (4-8) had an RBI single to drive in Taylor Hill in the first, and Hill singled and scored on a Comet error in the third.
Blake Cooper also contributed a single for the Comets, who host Wapsie Valley on Monday before closing out the regular season Tuesday at GMG.
Colo-NESCO is in action today at the 2013 Riverfront Stadium Challenge, facing Garner-Hayfield/Ventura in the 1:30 p.m. game in Waterloo. South Hardin and Roland-Story square off in the 11:30 a.m. opener.
Don Bosco 5, GMG 2
GILBERTVILLE - Iowa Star Conference frontrunner Don Bosco held off a solid challenge from GMG on Friday night, beating back the Wolverines 5-2.
The Class 1A No. 4-ranked Dons (21-4, 11-1) got out to a 4-0 lead before GMG notched solo runs in the fourth and sixth frames.
GMG scored on a passed ball during the fourth and then pulled within 5-2 in the sixth as Austin Vaughn scored from third when a pickoff attempt at second base went into center field.
Vaughn finished 2-for-3 with a double and both GMG runs. Bridger Claassen had the Wolverines' only other hit, and he also took the loss on the mound. Claassen went all six innings, allowing four earned runs on five hits, five walks and five strikeouts.
Tyler Backes (6-1) got the win for Don Bosco.
GMG plays a make-up game today at Dunkerton with a 3 p.m. varsity start.