Bobcats, Trojans fall in tourney openers
STATE CENTER – The West Marshall softball team started the day with an 11-1, five-inning loss to Class 3A No. 10-ranked Iowa Falls-Alden.
The Trojans didn’t get a second chance.
Rain washed out the final two games of the West Marshall Tournament Saturday, not long after Greene County knocked off Marshalltown.
The Bobcats (1-5) suffered 6-0 defeat to the Rams, finishing with just six hits.
Kaley Mead stepped into the pitcher’s circle and surrendered four earned runs on 10 hits, two walks and one hit batsman. She struck out three in going the distance, falling to 0-2 this season.
Rachel Whaley and McKaylee Dawson both had two singles to lead the Bobcats offensively, while Tabby Steffensen and Mead had one hit apiece.
Marissa Promes went seven shutout innings for the Rams, striking out four.
Tressa Rasmussen was 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI while Emily Christensen and Promes both had two hits for Greene County (6-3), which scored five times in the bottom of the first inning.
Tournament host West Marshall (5-8) fell to Iowa Falls-Alden in the day’s opener, 11-1 in five frames. The Trojans managed just two hits in the loss, getting singles from Shelby Larsen and Nicole Riemenschneider.
Taylor Ackerman, Brittany Fisher, Jewel Friend and Shanaya Schutt had two hits apiece for the Cadets (5-2), who scored five times in the first inning.
Mustangs reach BGM final
BROOKLYN – The East Marshall softball team didn’t get a chance to claim the BGM Tournament title after rain canceled the final game.
The Class 3A No. 5 Mustangs (10-3) opened with an 11-0, five-inning win over Iowa Valley. Haley Long struck out seven in her no-hitter and Taylor Fricke launched her team-leading fourth home run.
Mariah Fritz, Bobbi Amendt and Fricke each had two of the Mustangs’ eight hits, including a double for Amendt.
East Marshall earned its fifth straight win in the semifinals, beating Davis County 8-3. Fritz went all six innings for the win, allowing three hits and three walks with three strikeouts.
Long was 2-for-2 with three RBIs to lead the Mustang bats.
GMG blanked twice
TRAER – The GMG softball team suffered a pair of run rule-shortened defeats in the Gladbrook-Reinbeck Tournament, falling 12-0 to North Tama in three innings and 13-0 to Vinton-Shellsburg in five frames.
Jennifer Borota had the Wolverines’ only hit on the day. Eighth-grade pitcher Haley Stahl took both losses for GMG (1-5), which plays Monday at Colo-NESCO.
BCLUW 3, Boone 2
HUXLEY – The Class 2A No. 11-ranked BCLUW softball team got through the first round of the Ballard Softball Festival on Friday night with a 3-2 in over Boone.
Olivia Callaway struck out six in the three-hitter, walking two. Kendall Scurr led the Comet hitters with a 2-for-3 performance. Becca Steckelberg was 1-for-2 with two RBIs, while Mallory Vawter and Callaway both had a single.
The last two rounds of the tournament were washed out Saturday by rain.