SPORTS SHORTS: Calderwood leads Redhawks to victory

TRAER – Christy Calderwood went 4-for-5 with two doubles, a triple and five RBIs as the North Tama softball team knocked off HLV, 10-9 in eight innings, on Wednesday night.

The Redhawks (16-9) ended a three-game losing skid in the process, scoring once with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning.

North Tama led 7-2 through four innings before HLV (9-12) took the lead back with a six-run fifth. The Warriors added another run in the sixth, but the host Redhawks rallied to tie with two runs in the bottom of the sixth.

Courtney Stuart hit her first career home run while going 2-for-3 with two runs scored for the Redhawks. Anna Kvidera, Whitney Pokorny, Jessi Jacobs and Jayde Vogeler each added two hits, while Emma Knoop and Sarah Howard both chipped in doubles. Shannon Stuart also singled as North Tama tallied 17 hits – seven of which went for extra bases.

Knoop got the win, allowing five earned runs on nine hits – all singles – and three walks over eight innings. She struck out eight.

HLV suffered its fourth straight loss. Kendra Schafbuch struck out seven and walked three, allowing five earned runs over 7 1/3 innings. She also led the Warrior bats, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and three runs scored.

Defenders take down Colo-NESCO

MCCALLSBURG – Sierra Scarnati tossed a four-hitter and Grandview Park Baptist picked up a 6-1 win over Colo-NESCO (7-16) on Wednesday night.

Emily Pinegar had three hits, including one of the Defenders’ four doubles. Scarnati struck out six and walked two in the circle for GVPB (22-9).

Ballard blasts West Marshall baseball

HUXLEY – The Ballard Bombers dropped 10 runs on West Marshall in the bottom of the first inning, eventually finishing off a 17-3, five-inning victory over the Trojans in a non-conference baseball game late Wednesday night.

Ballard (14-10) racked up 21 hits in the game, led by Mitchell Broer who went 2-for-2 with a home run and four RBIs. Kordell Lettow, Kenny Randolph, Jacob Nethers and Ryan Vincent had three hits apiece, and Nick Hartman tossed three innings of one-hit ball for the win.

West Marshall (17-8) suffered its fourth consecutive loss.

MHS freshmen suffer four-loss stretch

The Marshalltown freshman baseball team suffered four shutout losses in a two-day stretch, falling twice to Ames on Monday and Urbandale Tuesday.

The Bobcats (5-18) got outscored 54-0 in the games, losing 9-0 and 10-0 to Ames on the road in Central Iowa Conference Northern Division action.

Mason Huntley had Marshalltown’s only hit in the first game, while Dayton Slifer took the pitching loss. Colby Keeler, Spencer Dempewolf and Slifer each singled in game two, while Jordan Smiley suffered the loss.

Urbandale poured it on against the hometown Bobcats on Tuesday, winning 20-0 and 15-0. Cody Mead was 2-for-2 with a double to highlight the game-one loss, while Devan Mann and Jake Sponsler both had hits.

Mead was again 2-for-2 in the second game. Huntley and Sponsler both singled.