PREP SOFTBALL: East Marshall claims battle of Mustangs

LE GRAND – Class 3A No. 4-ranked East Marshall turned back PCM’s late upset bid by answering the bell in the bottom of the sixth inning for a 3-2 victory in a non-conference battle between Mustangs on Thursday night.

Visiting PCM (0-1) pushed two runs across in the top of the sixth to tie the game at 2-all, but East Marshall (2-0) responded with the go-ahead tally in the home half. Ashley Allen led off with a double and then scored when Callie Roseland’s bunt was misplayed.

East Marshall improved to 2-0, backing pitcher Mariah Fritz on this night. Fritz struck out eight and allowed six hits and no walks.

Haley Long had an RBI double among her two hits, Roseland also had two hits, while Paige Miller and Katie Roseland also contributed singles according to head coach Jary Hoskey.

East Marshall runs into an early measuring stick in Monday’s BCLUW Comet Round Robin Tournament, facing two highly ranked teams in their trip to Conrad. The Mustangs will square off against 3A No. 2 Bondurant-Farrar in the 2:15 p.m. game, and at 5:45 p.m. they’ll take on 4A No. 4 Ballard.

South Tama 7, Wapsie Valley 1

TAMA – Sam Holtz struck out 10 in a five-hitter and Riley Craun collected three hits to help the South Tama softball squad get its first win of the season, a 7-1 victory over Wapsie Valley.

Holtz scattered five hits and three walks for the complete-game win, allowing only a solo run in the sixth inning.

South Tama (1-1) struck fast, getting a run in the first and five in the second. The Trojans added another in the sixth.

Madison Baack and Belle Tyynismaa both contributed two hits for STC, which hosts South Hardin in an NICL West Division opener tonight in Tama.

West Marshall 8, Colo-NESCO 6, 9 innings

STATE CENTER – Rachel Freland struck out 10 and walked three over a nine-inning complete game, helping West Marshall to its first win with an 8-6 victory over neighbor Colo-NESCO.

The make-up game from Monday’s rain-out needed extra innings after West Marshall (1-2) rallied to tie the score with a run in the bottom of the seventh. Colo-NESCO led 4-3 before McKenna Hotopp scored on a Karis Gibbs single.

Using the international tiebreaker rule in extra innings, West Marshall gained the upper hand for the win.

Hotopp finished 3-for-5 with two doubles and three runs scored, while Kallie Malloy was 3-for-6 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Morgan Hopper and Gibbs both had two hits and an RBI for the Trojans, who host Class 4A No. 4 Ballard tonight.