Mustangs, Cougars inch closer to division clash

LE GRAND – Mariah Fritz struck out 15 in the first game and Haley Long tossed a two-hitter in the second game of the East Marshall softball team’s NICL West Division sweep of South Hardin on Tuesday night.

Scores of 5-1 and 12-0 in four innings made it 22 wins in a row for East Marshall (27-3, 18-1).

Fritz surrendered five hits and did not walk a batter, while going 3-for-4 at the plate for the Class 3A No. 2-ranked Mustangs. Madisen Hinegardner had a double among her two hits as East Marshall got out to a 5-0 lead.

Long struck out six in the nightcap, which ended with the Mustangs putting up nine runs in the bottom of the fourth.

Fritz finished 2-for-4 with a double, while Kylee Hoskey doubled and drove in two runs. Taylor Fricke had a hit and two RBIs, while Sophia Grego also doubled for one of the Mustangs’ 10 hits.

East Marshall hosts Grundy Center at 5:30 p.m. tonight and AGWSR at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. South Hardin (6-18, 4-15) hosts BCLUW tonight and goes to Gladbrook-Reinbeck on Thursday.

AGWSR 10, South Tama 1

TAMA – Ashley Sicard struck out eight in a four-hitter and also homered as a part of her three-hit night, helping Class 1A No. 4 AGWSR take down South Tama 10-1 in NICL West Division play.

Sicard had a single, a double and a solo home run to lead the Cougars (22-5, 17-1), who pulled away late with two runs in the fourth, three in the fifth and four more in the seventh.

Sam Holtz allowed 13 hits in the loss, walking one and striking out one for South Tama (10-16, 9-8). Tori Appelgate and Hailee Weiss both had two hits for the Trojans, including a double for Weiss.

Alexa Johnson and Megan Marlette both had two hits for AGWSR, which goes to Le Grand Thursday night for an NICL West Division showdown with East Marshall.

South Tama makes up a game at West Marshall tonight before traveling to Grundy Center on Thursday.

West Marshall 15, Grundy Center 0, 4 innings

Gladbrook-Reinbeck 7, Grundy Center 4

GRUNDY CENTER – In the first of consecutive days with atypical doubleheaders, the Grundy Center softball team fell twice at home – to West Marshall and Gladbrook-Reinbeck.

West Marshall opened the night with a 15-0, four-inning win over the Spartans, while Gladbrook-Reinbeck picked up a 7-4 comeback win in the nightcap Tuesday night at the George E. Wilhelm Sports Complex.

Tonight, Grundy Center plays at East Marshall (5:30 p.m.) and Gladbrook-Reinbeck (8 p.m.) to finish making up Monday’s rained-out doubleheader against the Rebels.

West Marshall (12-17, 8-9) scored four times in the first inning and 11 more in the fourth to take the opening game. Kallie Malloy threw a three-hit shutout from the circle, striking out two and walking none.

At the plate, Karis Gibbs was 2-for-4 with a double, two runs and an RBI, while Georgia Porter was 2-for-2 with a walk and a hit by pitch.

Katie Price was 1-for-2 with three runs scored, and Jennifer Davis was 1-for-4 with a double and a run. Sadie Simatovich went 1-for-3 with a run and two RBIs, while Kenadey Porter and Kylie Cripps both finished 1-for-3 with a run scored.

Jessica Ackerson, Cearra Aguon and Landry Luhring each had hits for Grundy Center (3-20, 3-15). Kayla Mathews took the loss.

Grundy Center led 4-3 over Gladbrook-Reinbeck three innings into the second game of the night, but the Rebels tallied twice in the fourth and sixth frames to pull away for the 7-4 win.

Sasha Nagle was 2-for-3 with a run and Megan Swanson was 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI to lead G-R at the plate. Leadoff batter Katy Thompson walked three times, stole two bases and scored twice. Winning pitcher Madison White was 1-for-3 with a double, and Tessa Sienknecht also had a hit and an RBI for the Rebels (2-24, 2-17).

In the circle, White struck out five and walked two in a five-hitter. Two of Grundy Center’s four runs were earned.

Colo-NESCO 13, GMG 0, 3 innings

GREEN MOUNTAIN – Peyton Mannan had GMG’s only hit in a 13-0, three-inning loss to Iowa Star Conference South Division rival Colo-NESCO.

The Royals (7-12) scored seven times in the first inning and six more in the second. Abigail Duden got the loss for GMG, allowing five earned runs on five walks and nine hits in two innings. Haley Stahl walked one in a scoreless third inning.

GMG opens Class 1A regional play on Monday in McCallsburg, facing CAL at 5:30 p.m. Colo-NESCO faces Southeast Webster-Grand in the second game.