Mustangs play long-ball at South Tama’s expense

TAMA – Taylor Fricke launched her team-leading eighth home run of the season and Ashley Allen added her sixth, helping Class 3A No. 2 East Marshall dispatch South Tama 12-0 in four innings in NICL West Division softball action Wednesday night.

The visiting Mustangs (23-3, 16-1) scored three times in the first – including Fricke’s two-run shot – and added eight runs in the fourth with a boost from Allen’s fourth home run in the six days.

Kylee Hoskey added a two-run double and one of Mariah Fritz’s two hits was a double as East Marshall locked up its 18th straight win. Fritz tossed a two-hitter with five strikeouts and no walks from the circle.

Trisha Walz had a double and Tori Appelgate singled to account for South Tama’s only hits. Kallie Hala allowed 12 hits and eight walks in the loss for the Trojans (10-12, 9-7).

East Marshall hosts Grundy Center tonight in NICL West play, while South Tama goes to West Marshall.

GMG 6, Tripoli 5

GREEN MOUNTAIN – The GMG softball team scored three times in the bottom of the seventh inning to spell an eight-game losing streak with a 6-5 Iowa Star Conference triumph over Tripoli.

The Wolverines (2-11, 1-9) benefitted from a pair of Tripoli errors and a hit by pitch to overtake the Panthers in the seventh. Pinch-hitter Sydney Sorem set the comeback in motion when she reached base on an error to lead off the frame. Jennifer Borota was hit by a pitch with two outs and the bases loaded to bring GMG within 5-4, and two runners scored when Sidney Catherwood’s grounder was misplayed. Peyton Mannan slid in safely on a close play at the plate as the game-winning run.

Mikaella Koster was 2-for-3 with three runs scored and Abbie Duden was 2-for-4 with a double to lead GMG offensively. Eve Gallantine and Catherwood both had a single and scored a run.

Haley Stahl got the win in the circle for her five innings of relief work. Stahl walked four and struck out two, while the starter Duden struck out four and walked two.

It was GMG’s second win over Tripoli in as many meetings this season.

The Wolverines are back at home Friday, hosting Colo-NESCO in conference play.

West Marshall 12, Gladbrook-Reinbeck 1, 5 innings

STATE CENTER – An eight-run second inning propelled the West Marshall softball team to a 12-1, five-inning win over Gladbrook-Reinbeck in Wednesday’s NICL West Division contest.

Kallie Malloy tossed a two-hitter for the Trojans, striking out one. Brooke Snider, Georgia Porter, Kenadey Porter and Nicole Riemenschneider each had two of West Marshall’s 11 hits.

Karis Gibbs and Jenn Davis both had a double and two RBIs.

West Marshall (11-16, 7-8) hosts South Tama for Senior Night tonight, while Gladbrook-Reinbeck (1-23, 1-16) goes to BCLUW.

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South Hardin 7, West Marshall 4

West Marshall 9, South Hardin 1

STATE CENTER – South Hardin used a three-run seventh inning to break free of West Marshall for a win in the opening game of Tuesday’s NICL West Division softball doubleheader.

The host Trojans retaliated for a 9-1 triumph in the nightcap, scoring at least once in their first five at-bats.

In the opener, Jenny Allen and Naomi England both went 2-for-4 with two RBIs to lead the Tigers (6-13, 4-10). Alaina Lake struck out 10 in the win, allowing three earned runs on nine hits and two walks.

Sadie Simatovich and Katie Price both went 2-for-4 to lead West Marshall at the plate. Kylie Cripps had a pinch-hit, RBI single in the fifth as the Trojans tied the game at 4-all.

Brooke Snider took the loss, allowing six earned runs on seven hits and four walks. She struck out five.

In game two, Kallie Malloy went five innings for the win, scattering six hits and a walk against one strikeout. Snider tossed two hitless frames of relief.

Simatovich was 3-for-4 with a stolen base, a run and an RBI. Snider, Kenadey Porter and Georgia Porter each finished 2-for-5 at the plate, including a double for Georgia Porter.

Allen was 2-for-2 and scored South Hardin’s lone run. Lake lasted just three innings, allowing seven runs in the loss.