LE GRAND - Ashley Allen hit a two-run home run in the first game and Taylor Fricke launched a three-run round-tripper in the second game of the Class 3A No. 5-ranked East Marshall softball team's NICL West Division sweep of South Tama on Monday, winning 14-0 and 9-4.
Mariah Fritz picked up both pitching wins as well, coming on in relief in the second game. Fritz struck out eight in the opener, allowing only one STC hit to Catie Collins.
Maci Fritz had two hits and two RBIs for the Mustangs, who scored at least two runs in each of their four at-bats against Trojan hurler Sam Holtz. Holtz struck out two and walked seven, allowing 10 hits.
In the nightcap, Holtz hit a two-run homer - her first career round-tripper - that gave South Tama (5-8, 5-5) a shortlived lead in the top of the second inning. East Marshall (12-3, 9-1) answered with a four-run home half.
Fricke hit a three-run homer and finished with five RBIs in the nightcap. Allen had two doubles and two RBIs.
Tori Appelgate led South Tama with two hits, including a double. Kallie Hala took the loss in game two.
East Marshall hosts South Hardin on Thursday, while South Tama goes to BCLUW.
Mustangs split twinbill with STC
GILMAN - Nick Long tossed a complete game and helped his cause with a double and two RBIs as the East Marshall baseball team won the first game of a NICL West Division doubleheader 3-1 over South Tama County.
The Mustangs (10-4, 7-1) put two runs across in the first and tacked on one more in the sixth to claim the opener. Long allowed one run on eight hits, struck out seven and walked one. He batted 2-for-3 and scored once.
Kolton Smith paced STC going 3-of-4 with a run and a double. Dalton Doyle took the loss from the hill.
The Trojans (4-6, 4-3) regrouped for a 2-1 win in the nightcap as STC put up single tallies in the first and third frames. Colton Vest and Doyle each hit 2-for-3 with Doyle driving in a pair of runs. Cody Kellogg went the distance for the win on the mound striking out seven and walking three.
Sam Benzing allowed two runs on eight hits over seven frames in a losing effort. He struck out two and walked one.
West Marshall rallies past Rebels
REINBECK - The West Marshall baseball team had the last laugh - twice.
The Trojans scored twice in the top of the seventh inning in the first game to take a 4-2 victory over Gladbrook-Reinbeck, and then they used a three-run eighth to top the Rebels in extras, 5-2, in the nightcap on Monday.
West Marshall (7-6, 5-3) broke a 2-all tie with three singles and a balk in the seventh inning of the opener. Nolan Sinning had an RBI single in the seventh and also struck out 12 in earning the win. Sinning pitched 6 1/3 frames, allowing three hits and one earned run. He walked four. Matt Van Metre got the final two outs for the save.
Sinning and Sawyer Phillips both had two hits for the Trojans.
In the nightcap, G-R pitcher Marco Barron took a no-hitter and a 1-0 lead into the sixth inning before West Marshall scored twice. Van Metre's RBI double tied it up.
Ross Randall led off the eighth with a double and scored on Jared Johnson's fielder's choice grounder to break the 2-all tie. Van Metre added his second RBI of the game with a suicide squeeze to make it 5-2.
Dylan Petermeier got the win for his three innings of relief work, allowing an earned run on one hit and one walk with two strikeouts. Cameron Murphy got the loss for the Rebels (6-3, 5-3).
Royals score repeatedly on GMG
MCCALLSBURG - Madison Farren and Sam Riese hit home runs as the Colo-NESCO softball team got its first win of the season, 13-3 in five innings over GMG on Monday in Iowa Star Conference play.
The Royals (1-6, 1-1) scored seven times in the first inning and at least once more in each of their next four at-bats. GMG pitching issued 14 walks.
Hannah Buseman, Kassie Robinson and Farren each had two hits, while Mackenna Ruffcorn allowed five hits and struck out four in the win.
Peyton Mannan had two hits including a double to lead GMG (1-6, 0-4). Eve Gallantine, Kyla Wilkening and Sydney Sorem each added a single. Abigail Duden got the loss in the circle, giving up nine runs in three innings.
Colo-NESCO goes to Nevada for a non-conference contest tonight. On Wednesday, GMG visits Clarksville and the Royals go to Tripoli.
Raymond leads Wolverines past C-N
ZEARING - Josh Raymond struck out nine in a two-hitter and Chad Plaehn homered to lead the GMG baseball team to a 7-1 win over Colo-NESCO in Iowa Star Conference action Monday.
Raymond surrendered just two hits and three walks in the win, going all seven innings for the Wolverines (4-4, 3-2). Christian Reischauer took the loss for the Royals (2-4, 1-2).
GMG scored at least one run in six of seven at-bats, including Plaehn's solo home run in the second inning. He finished 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and two RBIs.
Bridger Claassen was 2-for-3 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI, while Noah Thurston finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
Bobcat boys' tennis camp scheduled
Current Bobcat coaches and tennis players will lead a camp this summer for any boy entering grades 3-8.
The camp will take place June 30 and July 1 at the MHS tennis courts and will include instruction on proper footwork, court positioning, stroke technique and rules.
Former Bobcat players also will assist the current players and coaches with the camp instruction. Campers are asked to furnish their own equipment but extra rackets will be available.
The two-day camp will cost $30 but after June 17 the price raises to $40.
For more information or to obtain a registration form, contact MHS coach James Christensen at 751-8258.