East Marshall makes quick work of Colo-NESCO

ZEARING – East Marshall sophomore Nick Long homered for the second time in the last three days, helping the Mustangs defeat Colo-NESCO 14-3 in a five-inning non-conference baseball game Wednesday night.

Long’s three-run shot in the fourth inning broke East Marshall loose from a close game, making it a 6-2 Mustang lead. An eight-run eruption followed in the fifth, and East Marshall improved to 24-7 overall.

Austin Briney (2-2) pitched all five innings for the Mustangs, scattering nine hits and a walk while striking out two.

Long finished 2-for-3 with three runs scored, while Caleb Benzing went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Nick Mommer had a two-run single in the third to put the Mustangs ahead for good, and he finished 1-for-4 with four RBIs. Nate DeBondt singled, drove in a run and scored three times, while Ryan Puumala was 1-for-3 with a run and an RBI. Luke Svendsen singled and scored as well.

Mark Frohwein (0-2) pitched all five innings in the loss for Colo-NESCO, allowing eight hits and eight walks.

The Royals (6-18) end the regular season tonight at Nevada, while East Marshall visits South Tama to complete NICL West Division play.

BCLUW 6, South Hardin 5

ELDORA – Max Callaway and Lane Caster combined for six of BCLUW’s eight hits and five RBIs, leading the Comets to a 6-5 win over South Hardin in Wednesday’s NICL West Division make-up baseball game.

Caster was 3-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored, while Callaway was 3-for-3 with three RBIs. His two-run single in the third inning helped the Comets (9-17, 7-13) to a 3-2 lead, and his RBI single in the sixth drove in Caster as the eventual game-winning run.

Taylor Sams got the Comets’ other two hits, going 2-for-3, and pitched the final 1 2/3 innings for the save. Mitch Miller went 5 1/3 frames for the win, allowing five earned runs on 13 hits. He struck out three.

Dane Butler went the distance in the loss for South Hardin (2-18, 2-18). Alex Gustafson finished with three hits and three RBIs, while Cody Haley and Butler both contributed two hits.

The Tigers wrap up the regular season tonight at home against Grundy Center, while BCLUW closes with a road game at AGWSR.

North Polk 11, West Marshall 0, 5 innings

STATE CENTER – North Polk senior right-hander Cole Jackson tossed his second consecutive no-hitter and the Class 2A No. 1 Comets blanked West Marshall 11-0 in five innings.

The defeat ended the Trojans’ six-game winning streak.

Jackson struck out 14 and walked one, collecting his third no-hitter of the season. It was the fourth win in a row for North Polk (24-5).

Alex Billman took the loss for the host Trojans (18-12), and Chandler Sponseller tossed the final frame. Sponseller was the lone West Marshall batter to reach base.

The Trojans close out the regular season at home tonight, taking on Gladbrook-Reinbeck in NICL West Division play.

North Fayette 7-3, North Tama 2-4

WATERLOO – Rallying with two runs in the top of the sixth, the North Tama baseball team came back to claim a 4-3 victory on the front end of a doubleheader against North Fayette Wednesday at Riverfront Stadium.

The Hawks salvaged a split with a 7-2 win in the nightcap as the Redhawks (15-11) completed their regular season.

Brandon Kaufman went the distance in game one allowing three runs on five hits with seven strikeouts and one walk. Caden Stuart hit 1-for-3 with two RBIs, while Brody Hulme doubled to plate another run. Cael Kopriva went 2-for-4 and scored a run, while Kaufman and Cameron Hoeg also reached home.

North Tama staked a 2-0 lead in the first before North Fayette knotted it in the fourth and pulled ahead in the fifth.

North Tama managed just four hits in game two paced by Hulme’s 2-for-4 outing with a double. Hoeg and Stuart each hit 1-for-3 and Kaufman scored twice. Stuart allowed six runs (three earned) on five hits over four innings. He walked two and fanned five in the loss. Hoeg tossed three frames of relief allowing a run on two hits with a pair of strikeouts and a walk.

The Hawks scored twice in the second, third and fourth frames and added an insurance run in the sixth.

The Redhawks open postseason play at home against Belle Plaine on Tuesday.