East Marshall dispatches Grundy Center in six frames

GILMAN – Nick Long allowed a fourth-inning single and nothing more, and the East Marshall baseball team took down Grundy Center 10-0 in six innings in an NICL West Division baseball game on Wednesday night.

The Mustangs (21-6, 15-2) jumped out to a 6-0 lead before the visiting Spartans managed their first and only hit of the game – Jared Clapp’s single in the top of the fourth. East Marshall kept up the offense with two runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth to end the game early.

Long struck out five and walked one in the six-inning one-hitter.

Josh Benzing led the Mustang bats, going 3-for-4 with two-run singles in the first and sixth innings. Zach Rubenbauer was 2-for-4 with a run and three RBIs, Ryan Puumala was 2-for-3 with three runs scored, while Long was 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI.

Sam Benzing was 1-for-2 with an RBI and scored three times, while Caleb Benzing went 1-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Nick Mommer added a hit as well.

Jordan Clapp went the distance in the loss for Grundy Center (8-12, 8-7).

East Marshall hosts AGWSR tonight, while Grundy Center entertains South Tama.

South Tama 11-13, BCLUW 1-0

TAMA – South Tama swept BCLUW in an NICL West Division makeup doubleheader, winning 11-1 and 13-0, both games going just five innings.

Dalton Doyle struck out six and walked two in the opener, with the Trojans (14-10, 11-6) staking him to an 8-0 lead. Kolton Smith had two doubles among his three hits, Doyle hit a single and a double, and Colson Frakes had a pair of singles.

Mitch Miller got the loss for BCLUW (6-16, 4-12). Tyler Lutes led the Comets with two hits, while Conner Ubben, Max Callaway, Taylor Sams, Ty Runge and Miller each had a single.

In the nightcap, South Tama sophomore Cody Kellogg tossed a no-hitter, striking out five and walking one in the 13-0 victory.

Colton Vest had two hits, including a double, and Doyle doubled again as STC needed just six hits to go with the nine walks issued by BCLUW pitching. Lutes got the loss, lasting into the third inning before South Tama struck for seven runs.

BCLUW hosts West Marshall tonight while South Tama goes to Grundy Center in league play.

GMG 7, Northeast Hamilton 0

GREEN MOUNTAIN – Josh Raymond struck out 12 in a no-hitter as GMG beat Northeast Hamilton 7-0 in an Iowa Star Conference game that was originally supposed to be played in Blairsburg.

The Wolverines (13-7, 10-3) were led offensively by Noah Thurston, who went 2-for-3 at the plate. Raymond was 1-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and a run scored, while Chad Plaehn had a run-scoring triple during GMG’s six-run eruption in the top of the seventh.

GMG is back in action Monday with a conference clash with North Tama in Traer.

West Marshall 11-18, AGWSR 2-6

ACKLEY – Nolan Sinning threw six innings of one-hit ball and also homered to kick off West Marshall’s NICL West Division sweep of AGWSR.

Sinning struck out six and did not walk a batter in six shutout innings for the win in the 11-2 opener. He also went 3-for-5 at the plate with his second home run of the season, a two-run shot in the top of the first.

Ross Randall was 3-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored, and Chandler Sponseller was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Dylan Petermeier singled and scored three times, and Jared Johnson was 1-for-2 with two RBIs.

Jake Willems got the loss for AGWSR.

In the second game, back-to-back home runs by Cody Williams and Derek Schipper helped the host Cougars to a 6-2 lead after two innings, but West Marshall rallied for the 18-6, six-inning triumph.

Cody Berns hit his first home run of the season, a three-run shot in the sixth, to go with an RBI double for a 2-for-3, four-RBI night to lead West Marshall. Sinning was 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, three runs and four RBIs.

Matt Van Metre finished 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs, and Garrett Nichols was 2-for-3 with an RBI and three runs scored. Johnson went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI, and Sponseller again had two hits.

Caleb Bartling took the loss for the Cougars (6-16, 4-13). Randall went five innings for the win, allowing three earned runs on five hits and three walks. He struck out six.

West Marshall (15-11, 10-7) goes to BCLUW tonight while AGWSR visits league-leading East Marshall.