PREP SOFTBALL: Comets close out conference slate convincingly
CONRAD – The Class 2A No. 9-ranked BCLUW softball team ended its regular season with a run rule-shortened victory over South Hardin, 10-0 in six innings, to wrap up third place in the NICL West Division on Wednesday night.
The Comets (21-10, 11-3) scored seven times in the third inning to break a scoreless tie, and tacked on a run in the fifth and two more in the sixth to end it.
Sarah McCoy belted a grand slam in the Comets’ seven-run third, finishing 2-for-3 with a single as well. Mallory Vawter was 3-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored, while Kendall Scurr, Sara Sharp and Rebecca Steckelberg each contributed two hits.
Nicolette Simpson added an RBI double to help her own cause in the circle. Simpson struck out six and did not walk a batter, allowing only two hits to South Hardin (7-15, 5-9) in the NICL West Division and regular-season finale for both teams.
Kayla Fisher, Olivia Callaway and Nicole Lutes each had a single as well for the Comets, who host their Class 2A Region 6 opener July 10 at 7 p.m. in Conrad. BCLUW will entertain either CMB or Madrid, who play on Tuesday night in Madrid.
South Hardin, also in Region 6, will host Hudson on Tuesday night in Eldora.
West Marshall 7, South Tama 6
TAMA – Kenadey Porter’s run-scoring single in the top of the seventh inning drove home Sammie Simatovich as the eventual game-winning run as West Marshall defeated South Tama 7-6 in NICL West Division softball Wednesday.
The two teams will meet again Friday in State Center in a game that will break a tie for fourth place in the conference standings.
West Marshall (8-21, 5-8) jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first half inning, but South Tama (9-20, 5-8) stepped in front with a four-run first of its own.
A three-run homer by McKenna Hotopp in the second regained a 6-4 advantage for West Marshall, but South Tama tallied twice in the fourth to tie it up. Run-scoring singles by Jade Rohach and Dani Stubbs did the trick for STC.
In the seventh, a double by Karis Gibbs got West Marshall going. Sammie Simatovich walked, but Gibbs was forced out at third on the ensuing grounder. Porter stepped in and delivered a single up the middle and West Marshall’s go-ahead run was safe when the ball got away from STC’s catcher.
Sadie Simatovich, Shelby Larsen and Gibbs each had two hits for West Marshall. Rachel Freland got the win in the circle after relieving Hotopp in the second. Freland struck out three, walked one and hit a batter in her six innings.
Sam Holtz took the loss for STC, walking three and striking out one. Riley Craun and Madison Baack had three hits apiece, including a double for Craun and two RBIs for Baack. Rohach had two hits and Tori Appelgate contributed a double.
BCLUW 11, Union Community 0, 5 innings
LA PORTE CITY – Freshman Olivia Callaway gave up just one hit and fanned eight over five innings in the Comets’ 20th win of the season.
Class 2A No. 9 BCLUW took control of this non-conference game with three runs in the second and also put up crooked numbers in the fourth (5) and sixth (2) to end the game after five innings.
Kendall Scurr had three hits and two runs to lead the Comets (20-10) at the plate, while Sarah McCoy also had three hits and an RBI from the clean-up spot. Jessica deNeui added a triple and two RBIs.
AGWSR 14, Hudson 2, 5 innings
HUDSON – The Cougars needed just five innings to get past Hudson on Tuesday as Ashley Sicard fanned two and allowed just two hits and one walk in the victory in the circle.
AGWSR (22-7) had 10 hits at the plate, led by two each from Madison Fryslie, Marissa Horner and Kristen Zacharias. Fryslie scored four runs, while Zacharias and Morgan Kappel also scored twice in the easy win. Horner, Ella Frazier, Olivia Ingledue and Morgan Rose all finished with two RBIs for the Class 2A No. 8 Cougars.
Colo-NESCO 8, CAL 2
LATIMER – The Royals gave senior starter Erica Babinat a lead and Colo-NESCO never looked back in winning their second straight.
Babinat struck out seven over seven innings and allowed two runs on three hits. Hannah Buseman and Kylie Sarver each had two hits and two RBIs to lead the Royals, who are now 7-15 on the year. Buseman, Sarver and Shayla Dean also each scored two runs.
The Royals led 3-0 after two innings and then put the game away with two runs in the fifth and three more in the sixth.
Gladbrook-Reinbeck 4, Wapsie Valley 1
FAIRBANK – Nicole Adair had three hits, Emily Snider scored two runs and Taylor Flamme and Adair both drove in two runs to help the Rebels (2-22) end their long 21-game losing streak.
Taylor Street recorded her first win of the year in the circle. She surrendered just one hit and one run while fanning three and walking none. The Rebels finished with eight hits.