SPORTS SHORTS: Long’s gem guides Mustangs to victory

LE GRAND – Haley Long tossed a three-hit shutout and struck out 12 batters as the Class 3A No. 4 ranked East Marshall softball team claimed its North Iowa Cedar League West Division opener, 2-0, over South Hardin Tuesday.

Ashley Allen provided all the offense the Mustangs (3-0, 1-0) would need with a two-run double in the bottom of the first. Allen and Katie Roseland each had two hits, while Long issued just one walk in a complete game effort.

“Haley did a wonderful job pitching tonight,” East Marshall coach Jary Hoskey said. “If we didn’t have her, we wouldn’t have won the game.”

No stats were available for South Hardin (2-1, 0-1).

East Marshall heads to Class 2A No. 11 BCLUW Thursday with first pitch set for 6 p.m.