PREP BASEBALL: Mustangs hand South Tama its first league defeat

GILMAN – The East Marshall baseball team is getting healthy and has taken a different approach at the plate recently.

Both factors are helping the Mustangs in the win column, and Wednesday, East Marshall cranked out 12 hits and put up multiple runs in three different innings during an 11-1, six-inning victory over South Tama County.

“The kids were real focused tonight,” East Marshall coach Justin Frost said. “We are starting to hit much better and we are starting to get healthy. Things are coming around for us.”

The Trojans came into the game undefeated in NICL West Division play but could only muster four hits at the plate against Mustang starter Brock Pieters and reliever Nick Mommer.

East Marshall (9-11) scored four runs in the second, two in the third and three in the fourth before plating single tallies in the fifth and sixth innings to end the game early. The Trojans (9-4) scored their only run in the fifth.

Seven Mustangs collected at least one hit at the dish with Sam Benzing going 3-for-4, Josh Benzing finishing 2-for-4 and Nate DeBondt ending up 2-for-5.

Josh Benzing had four RBIs, Sam Benzing had two doubles, three RBIs and a run scored and Kaleb Benzing scored twice and added an RBI.

Pieters earned the win on the mound, allowing just three hits in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out three and walked five. Mommer allowed one hit, one run and two walks while also fanning two in the final 1 1/3 frames.

Grant Koch took the loss for South Tama County, which dropped to 6-1 in conference play. East Marshall’s win pushed the Mustangs to 8-2 in NICL West play.

These same two teams play again tonight in Tama. South Tama then plays in the GMG Tournament on Saturday, while East Marshall travels to West Marshall on Monday.

North Tama 8, Clarksville 1

CLARKSVILLE – North Tama used a six-run seventh inning to break free from Clarksville, collecting its fifth straight win with Wednesday’s Iowa Star Conference triumph.

Dalton Hulme pitched four shutout innings for the win, while Brody Hulme allowed just a lone tally in the seventh after the Redhawks (17-5, 8-1) had gone ahead 8-0. Dalton Hulme struck out eight and Brody five as the two combined to beat Zach Bergman of Clarksville.

Jacob Wrage went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and three stolen bases to pace North Tama offensively. Cameron Hoeg was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, while Huston Danker and Brandon Kaufman both had a hit and an RBI.

The Redhawks host Class 1A No. 4-ranked Don Bosco in an Iowa Star showdown Friday in Traer.

GMG 13, Tripoli 2

TRIPOLI – Josh Raymond tossed a four-hitter and Bridger Claassen drove in three runs as the GMG baseball team scored its first win of the season in convincing fashion, trampling Tripoli 13-2 in Iowa Star Conference action Wednesday.

The Wolverines (1-8, 1-3) scored three times in the top of the first inning and never trailed, adding seven runs in the fourth and three more in the seventh.

Claassen finished 3-for-5 at the plate with a double and three RBIs, while Austin Vaughn was 2-for-5 with a triple and two RBIs. Brandon Weitzell’s only hit went for an inside-the-park home run.

Tripoli, which lost its first 10 games of the season, fell to 1-12 overall and 1-10 in Iowa Star play.

GMG returns to action Friday with a conference game against Colo-NESCO in Zearing, and the Wolverines host a four-team tournament starting at 9 a.m. Saturday in Green Mountain.