High School baseball: Mason City falls to Southeast Polk
Southeast Polk 5, Mason City 3
The Mason City baseball team blew a pair of leads on Monday night, falling to Southeast Polk 5-3. The Mohawks led by scores of 2-0 and 3-2, but sophomore Alex Gold couldn't hold the lead. Gold was saddled with the loss after going six innings, and giving up five earned runs on 116 pitches.
“Our guys came out and really competed on the road tonight against a great opponent," Mason City coach Troy Rood said. "Dylan Miller was fantastic on the mound in game 1. In game 2, we had several opportunities after taking a 3-2 lead early in the game but couldn’t ever get the big hit or break. I was very proud of the toughness our kids displayed tonight.”
The Mohawks managed just five hits for the game, and lost their third straight game. Mason City will play Waukee on Wednesday.
High School baseball: Hampton-Dumont loses in extras
St. Edmond 4, Hampton-Dumont 3
The Hampton-Dumont baseball team lost in extra innings to St. Edmond on Monday, as the Gaels scored a run in the bottom of the eighth for a walk-off win.
Hampton-Dumont will play Janesville on Tuesday night. Results were unknown at presstime.
High School baseball: Humboldt gets walk-off over Algona
Humboldt 3, Algona 2
The Algona baseball team blew a lead in the bottom of the seventh inning, as Humboldt walked-off with a 3-2 win. Algona managed only two hits, both of them from senior Matt Grein.
Senior Spencer Holmes pitched six innings, and allowed three hits and one run, striking out 11 batters, while walking six. Cameron Rindone gave up the winning hit, as he went 1/3 of an inning, and allowed two earned runs.
Algona plays Garner-Hayfield-Ventura on Tuesday. Results were unknown at presstime.
High School baseball: Osage crushes North Iowa
Osage 10, North Iowa 2
The Osage baseball team got a dominant win over North Iowa on Monday, as the Green Devils beat the Bison by eight runs.
The Green Devils offense was helped by eight walks, but also managed to slug eight hits, including a triple from junior Zach Williams. Osage scored six runs in the top of the fourth inning, and added to its lead in every inning.
Senior Lucas Weigle pitched seven innings, and allowed four hits and two unearned runs, striking out eight.
Osage will play Central Springs on Wednesday, while North Iowa's next game is Tuesday, against Northwood-Kensett.
High School baseball: Saint Ansgar beats Forest City
Saint Ansgar beat Forest City's baseball team 6-4 on Monday, holding off the Indians by breaking a tie in the bottom of the fourth inning.
The Saints took a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, only to have the Indians tie the game in the fourth. In the bottom of the fourth, Saint Ansgar scored two more runs, and held the lead for the win.
Saint Ansgar will play on Wednesday, against Belmond-Klemme, while Forest City's plays Tuesday at Estherville Lincoln Central. Results were unknown at press time.
High School baseball: Newman Catholic crushes Rockford
Newman Catholic 11, Rockford 1
The Newman Catholic baseball bounced back from a challenging weekend with a 10-run victory over Rockford on Monday, thanks to solid performances by both the offense and the starting pitcher Merritt McCardle.
The Knights finished the game with eight hits, including doubles from McCardle and senior George Schmitt. On the mound, McCardle pitched five innings, and allowed three hits and zero walks, all while striking out seven batters.
Newman took a 5-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning, and kept adding to the advantage, scoring one run in the second, third, and fourth innings, and three in the fifth.
The Knights next game is Tuesday night at Alburnett, while Rockford will play Clarion-Goldfield-Dows. Results for both were unknown at presstime
High School baseball: North Butler slugs way to victory
North Butler 13, Eagle Grove 1
The North Butler baseball slugged its way to a big win over Eagle Grove on Monday, as the Bearcats rode 14 hits from their offense to a 13-1 lead. The Bearcats finished with five doubles, two of them from senior Beau Thompson, who finished with two RBI.
Thompson also put up a solid pitching performance. He went six innings, allowing just four hits and one earned run, and struck out 11 batters.
With the win, North Butler improved its record to 6-4. The Bearcats will play Wednesday, against North Iowa.
High School baseball: Late rally lifts North Union over West Fork
North Union 7, West Fork 5
The North Union baseball team scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning to erase a one-run deficit, and beat West Fork by a score of 7-5.
West Fork had seven hits as a team, including four doubles.
Senior Trey Pfeffer pitched three innings, allowing three hits and two runs. Sophomore Kellen Cameron got the loss, as he came on in relief, and allowed four runs, just one of which was earned, over four innings.
West Fork's next game is Wednesday at Bishop Garrigan.
High School baseball: Big rally boosts Northwood-Kensett to win
Northwood-Kensett 7, Lake Mills 2
A five-run ninth inning lifted the Northwood-Kensett baseball team to a 7-2 win over Lake Mills on Monday, breaking a late-game tie to give the Vikings their fifth win of the season.
The Vikings had 14 hits as an offense, while starting pitcher Ethian Trasker allowed just six hits in 8 2/3 innings.
Lake Mill's next game is Wednesday, at Newman Catholic. Northwood-Kensett plays Tuesday, against North Iowa. Results were unknown at presstime.
High School baseball: Bishop Garrigan smashes West Hancock
Bishop Garrigan 12, West Hancock 0
The Bishop Garrigan baseball team beat West Hancock badly on Monday, thanks to nine hits, and nine walks.
The Golden Bears took a an early one-run lead, and kept adding to it late in the game. Bishop Garrigan scored three runs in the third inning, and four runs in both the fifth and seventh innings. The Golden Bears also stole seven bases.
On the mound, senior Brad Capesius got the win, pitching five innings, and allowing only three hits. He also struck out nine Eagles' hitters.
High School baseball: Nashua-Plainfield takes early lead in over Garner-Hayefield-Ventura
Nashua-Plainfield 11, Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 5
The Garner-Hayfield-Ventura baseball team lost by six to Nashua-Plainfield on Monday, as the Cardinals could manage just six hits against the Huskies. Sophomore Jack Ermer had three of those hits, against winning pitcher Austin Bienemann.
Starting pitcher Jordan Upmeyer had a rough day, allowing 11 hits and nine runs on 3 2/3 innings of work.
The Cardinals play Tuesday against Algona. Results were unknown at presstime.
High School baseball: Charles City gets big win
New Hampton 9, Charles City 1
Charles City got dominated New Hampton by eight runs on Monday, dropping the Comets record to 6-7 on the year. The loss was the Comets fourth straight defeat. Their next game will be Wednesday, at Waverly-Shell Rock.
High School baseball: Riceville wins by three over Clarksville
Riceville 5, Clarksville 2
Riceville beat Clarksville by three runs on Monday, as the Wildcats baseball team improved its record to 4-5. The victory snapped a three-game losing streak for Riceville, who play next on Wednesday, against Baxter.
High School softball: Mason City loses double-header
Southeast Polk 12, Mason City 0 (Game 1)
Southeast Polk 6, Mason City 5
The Mason City softball team dropped both ends of a double-header on Monday against Southeast Polk. In the first game, senior McKenna Mentink and freshman Isabelle Monarch both struggled, each allowing six runs, as the offense mustered just three hits.
In the second game, the Mohawks lost in extra innings, as Southeast Polk scored one run in the bottom of the eight, to break a 5-5 tie. Mentink allowed six more runs in the second game.
Mason City played Clear Lake on Tuesday. Results were unknown at presstime.
High School softball: Humboldt beats Algona
Humboldt 4, Algona 1
The Algona softball team lost to Humboldt by a score of 4-1 on Monday, dropping the Bulldogs record to 7-6. Algona played Garner-Hayfield-Ventura on Tuesday.
High School softball: Osage destroys North Iowa
Osage 15, North Iowa 0
The Osage softball team made short work of North Iowa on Monday, beating the Bison by a score of 15-0 in four innings. The Green Devils had 11 hits, and scored eight runs in the second inning, along with six in the fourth.
Freshman Ashley Halbach pitched four innings, allowing three hits, and zero runs.
Osage's next game is Wednesday against Central Springs.
High School softball: Central Springs dominating competition
Central Springs 14, Belmond-Klemme 4
The Central Springs softball team won its ninth straight game on Monday, beating Belmond-Klemme by a 14-4 score.
The Panthers had 17 hits as an offense, including a home run from eighth-grader Aurora Stepleton. Lizzy Hamand, Madisyn Kelley and Abigayle Angell all had three hits.
Hannah Ausenhus pitched five innings and allowed two earned runs, while striking out 13 batters.
High School softball: Newman Catholic crushes Rockford
Newman Catholic 9, Rockford 1
The Newman Catholic softball team dominated Rockford, 8-1, on Monday, snapping a seven-game losing streak for the Knights.
Newman Catholic had 11 hits as an offense, including a home run from junior Lily Castle.
Junior Paige Leininger pitched seven innings and allowed three hits and one earned run. She also struck out eight batters.
The loss was the third straight defeat for Rockford.
The Knights' next game is Tuesday, against AGWSR. Rockford also plays Tuesday, against Clarion-Goldfield-Dows. Results were unknown at presstime.
High School softball: Five straight wins for North Butler
North Butler 11, Eagle Grove 1
The North Butler softball team got a 10-run victory over Eagle Grove on Monday, beating the Eagles by a score of 11-1.
It was the fifth straight victory for North Butler, who improved its record to 11-3. The Bearcats next game is Tuesday, at Clarksville.
High School softball: West Fork beats North Union by one run
West Fork 5, North Union 4
The West Fork softball team beat North Union on Monday, by a score of 5-4, improving its record to 8-2. The Warhawks next game is Wednesday, at Bishop Garrigan.
High School softball: Bishop Garrigan whups West Hancock
The Bishop Garrigan softball team walloped West Hancock, 12-0, on Monday. The Golden Bears had eight hits, and the game was over after 4 innings. Junior Amanda Miller pitched three innings, and allowed just one hit.
The win boosted Bishop Garrigan's record to 12-3. They will play West Fork on Wednesday. For West Hancock, the loss was the Eagle's eighth in a row. They are 1-11, and will play on Wednesday at Northwood-Kensett.
High School softball: Nashua-Plainfield beat Garner-Hayfield-Ventura, 3-1
Nashua-Plainfield 3, Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 1
The Garner-Hayfield-Ventura softball had six hits in Monday's game, and scored just one run in a two-run loss to Nashua-Plainfield.
Freshman Kylie Hughes got the loss for the Cardinals, after pitching six innings, allowing five hits and three unearned runs. The defeat was the sixth straight loss for the Cardinals. They will play Tuesday, at Algona.
High School softball: Charles City continues dream season
Charles City 7, Decorah 0
The Charles City softball team has had a season for the ages so far, and continued its dominating run, with a 7-0 win over Decorah on Monday.
The Comets had 10 hits, including a home run from freshman Rachel Chambers. Senior Samantha Heyer pitched seven innings, and allowed zero hits, while striking out 16 batters. The Comets are 17-0 on the season. Their next game is Thursday, against Waverly-Shell Rock.
High School softball: Riceville loses big to Clarksville
Clarksville 10, Riceville 0
The Riceville softball team lost to Clarksville 10-0 on Monday, the Wildcats second straight loss. Riceville's next game is Wednesday, against Baxter.
High School baseball: Clear Lake wins fifth straight
Clear Lake 10, St. Edmond 0
Clear Lake extended its winning streak to five games with a 10-0 victory against St. Edmond on Wednesday. The winning streak comes after a dismal stretch in which the Lions lost five consecutive contests.
Clear Lake scored three runs in the first and fifth innings Wednesday, and it also scored runs in the second, third and sixth innings.
The Lions (6-5) face Cherokee Washington on Thursday.
High School baseball: Algona crushes Hampton-Dumont
Algona 16, Hampton-Dumont 6
Algona’s baseball team collected 15 huts during a run-rule victory against Hampton-Dumont on Wednesday. Algona scored 10 runs in the first three innings and six more in the next two. Matt Grein had three hits and a pair of RBIs. Kyle Simpson had four RBIs. Noah Carlson and Bryce Witham each drove in three runs.
Algona (4-7) hosts Spencer on Thursday.
Hampton-Dumont (3-8) hosts Central Springs on Thursday.
High School baseball: Osage wins fifth straight, pounds Central Springs
Osage 12, Central Springs 4
Osage’s most recent victory – an eight-run wallop of Central Springs – marks five in a row for the Green Devils.
Four players notched multiple hits, including Hayden Meek, who went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Collin Muller led all players with three RBIs.
Central Springs scored all four of its runs in the first inning.
Osage (8-2) faces Waukon on Thursday, while Central Springs plays Hampton-Dumont.
High School baseball: Rockford sneaks past Garner-Hayfield-Ventura
Rockford 4, Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 3
The Warriors scored a run in the bottom of the fourth, and it ended up being the last score of the game, propelling Rockford to victory Wednesday. They also scored three in the second.
The loss marks Garner-Hayfield-Ventura’s eighth consecutive. Landon Dalbeck had three hits in the loss. Sam Wood added a pair of base hits, as well.
Rockford (8-5) hosts Forest City on Friday. The Cardinals (8-2) face Newman Catholic on Thursday.
High School baseball: Eleven-run sixth boosts North Butler past North Iowa
North Butler 13, North Iowa 5
North Butler trailed 5-2 heading into the sixth inning, but that changed when the Bearcats posted 11 runs in the frame against the Bison.
Kane Allison and Shawn Weitzenkamp each had three hits and two RBIs. Two of Kane’s hits were doubles. Brandon Reiher pitched a complete game with only one earned run allowed, striking out eight.
North Butler (7-4) faces North Union on Friday. North Iowa (4-9) hosts Central Springs on Friday.
High School baseball: West Fork gets back on track, defeats Bishop Garrigan
West Fork 3, Bishop Garrigan 1
The Warhawks had lost two straight games heading into Wednesday’s game against Bishop Garrigan, but they got back on track with a 12-inning victory, scoring two runs in the top of the 12th to claim victory. The two teams entered extra innings scoreless, but both teams scored a run in the 10th.
Lukas Wogen pitched eight innings and allowed four hits and struck out 12. Mitchell Halloran earned the win, pitching the remainder of the game and striking out six while allowing only three hits.
West Fork (10-3) faces AGWSR on Thursday. Bishop Garrigan (6-10) plays Pocahontas Area.
High School baseball: Quick start pushes Northwood-Kensett past West Hancock
Northwood-Kensett 11, West Hancock 1
Caden Schrafe and Isaac Renteria each had three hits during Wednesday’s 10-run victory against West Hancock. The Vikings scored eight runs in the first inning. Trey Waldemar earned the win on the mound, pitching five innings and allowing only one earned run, which came in the first inning. He struck out seven.
The loss marked West Hancock’s third in a row.
Northwood-Kensett (6-7) faces Eagle Grove on Monday. West Hancock (3-8) has a road clash with Newman Catholic on Friday.
High School baseball: Forest City doubles up Nashua-Plainfield
Forest City 14, Nashua-Plainfield 7
Forest City scored nine runs in the fourth to gain a significant lead over Nashua-Plainfield on Wednesday. The Huskies scored four runs in the fifth and another in the sixth.
The Indians (8-5) host Waverly-Shell Rock on Thursday.
High School baseball: Riceville falls to Baxter
Baxter 5, Riceville 4
Riceville’s baseball team dropped to 4-6 with a one-run loss against Baxter on Wednesday.
The Wildcats have a road contest against Janesville on Friday.
High School baseball: Charles City ends five-game skid
Charles City 2, Waverly-Shell Rock 1
The Comets trailed most of Wednesday’s game against Waverly-Shell Rock, but a run in the sixth and seventh innings propelled them to victory.
Charles City (7-8) faces Waukon on Friday.
High School softball: Mason City swept by Waukee
Waukee 13, Mason City 0 (Game 1)
Waukee 13, Mason City 0 (Game 2)
The Mohawks were limited to two hits in their Game 1 loss to Waukee on Wednesday. Anna Lensing and Shaye Theobald each hit singles.
Mason City had four hits in Game 2, with Sami Miller, Brianna Notermann, Sam Norcross and Lainna Duncan each recording one.
Mason City (7-9) hosts a tournament on Saturday.
High School softball: Algona doubles up against Hampton-Dumont
Algona 12, Hampton-Dumont 6
Algona’s softball team won a battle of Bulldogs on Wednesday, scoring 11 runs in the first four innings, including five in the third.
Hampton-Dumont (6-6) hosts Central Springs on Thursday. Algona (8-6) hosts Garner-Hayfield-Ventura.
High School softball: Central Springs wins 10th straight
Central Springs 10, Osage 0
The Panthers claimed their 10th consecutive victory Wednesday, notching a double-digit shutout against Osage.
Abigayle Angell had three hits, two of which were home runs. She had five RBIs. Hannah Ausenhus, who pitched a complete-game shutout, also had a home run and four RBIs.
Katelyn Halbach and Kate Mostek each had two hits for the Green Devils.
Osage (9-10) faces Waukon on the road Thursday. Central Springs (15-4) faces Hampton-Dumont on Thursday.
High School softball: Saint Ansgar extends winning streak to eight games
Saint Ansgar 12, Belmond-Klemme 5
Saint Ansgar’s softball team won its eighth consecutive game Wednesday, scoring 12 runs against Belmond-Klemme.
Hali Anderson, Jadyn Anderson and Sam Hemann each had three hits. Hannah Patterson had a team-leading three RBIs. Lily Walk pitched a complete game with six strikeouts.
The loss marked Belmond-Klemme’s fourth in a row.
The Saints (12-4) face Iowa Falls-Alden on Thursday. The Broncos host Aplington-Parkersburg on Thursday.
High School softball: Newman Catholic steamrolls Lake Mills
Newman Catholic 14, Lake Mills 0
The Knights needed only three innings to defeat Lake Mills on Wednesday. Newman Catholic scored nine runs in the first and five more in the second to gain a hefty lead.
Lily Castle and Paige Leininger each had two hits. Leininger had six RBIs.
She also earned the victory in the circle after three innings of scoreless play. She struck out two.
The Bulldogs dropped their 12th straight game with the loss.
Newman Catholic (6-9) hosts West Hancock on Friday. Lake Mills (1-15) faces Garner-Hayfield-Ventura on Friday.
High School softball: Rockford walks off against Garner-Hayfield-Ventura
Rockford 7, Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 6
Rockford scored a run in the bottom of the seventh, capturing a walk-off victory against the Cardinals on Wednesday. The Warriors had 14 hits, four of which went for extra bases. Emma Ramon and Jenna Paulus each went 3-for-4.
Jayden Hughes and Maddie Graham each had a pair of hits for the Cardinals.
Rockford (7-6) hosts Forest City on Friday. Garner-Hayfield-Ventura (4-10) faces Algona on Thursday.
High School softball: North Butler shuts out North Iowa
North Butler 8, North Iowa 0
North Butler used a consistent scoring effort Wednesday to defeat North Iowa, scoring runs in five innings. Alex Mathers pitched seven innings and allowed only one hit. She struck out four. Three Bearcats players had two hits.
The Bearcats (12-4) face North Union on Friday. North Iowa (4-9) faces North Union on Monday.
High School softball: Bishop Garrigan crushes West Fork
Bishop Garrigan 12, West Fork 2
Bishop Garrigan’s softball team continued its hot start with a blowout victory against West Fork on Wednesday, scoring at least 11 runs for the third consecutive game.
Amanda Miller earned the victory in the circle after pitching five scoreless innings. Six different players had at least one hit. Bailey Mesiter had three RBIs.
The Warhawks scored one run in the fourth and one in the fifth.
West Fork (8-3) faces Northwood-Kensett on Friday. Bishop Garrigan (13-3) faces Estherville Lincoln Central on Thursday.
High School softball: Northwood pushes West Hancock’s losing streak to nine games
Northwood-Kensett 10, West Hancock 0
Eight Northwood-Kensett players earned a hit against West Hancock on Wednesday. The Vikings scored four runs in the six in the fifth.
Laura Hopperstad had three hits and two RBIs. Molly Hunchis had two hits and two RBIs.
Kayla Senne pitched five innings and didn’t allow a run. She struck out nine and allowed two hits.
The loss marked the Eagles’ ninth in a row.
The Vikings (7-6) host West Fork on Friday. West Hancock (1-12) face Newman Catholic on Friday.
High School softball: Riceville falls to Baxter
Baxter 11, Riceville 9
Riceville’s softball team lost its third game in a row, suffering a narrow loss to Baxter on Wednesday. Callee Fair and Abby Retterath each had three hits in the loss. Fair had three RBIs.
The Wildcats (7-7) face Janesville on Friday.
High School baseball: Mason City makes a statement in sweep of No. 4 Waukee
The Mason City baseball team jumped out to a 7-4 mark to start the season largely by defeating the teams that, on paper, it should have beaten while falling to stronger teams.
The Mohawks were in need of a statement, and that is just what they got on Wednesday with a doubleheader sweep of fourth-rated (4A) Waukee.
Harrison Nagel shut down a potent Warrior offense for most of the opener as he help Waukee scoreless until the seventh inning in an 8-1 Mason City romp in game one.
The Mohawks followed with a dramatic 6-5 win in the nightcap to improve to 9-4.
“We play against the best every night,” Mason City coach Troy Rood said. “I thought we competed really well at Southeast Polk on Monday, and that gave the kids some confidence.”
Nagel allowed just six hits while throwing a complete game in the opener, and the senior pitcher got plenty of offensive support, particularly from Avery Mellman.
Mellman led off the game with a double and scored the opening run in the first, and then followed with a solo home run to center field in the third.
Carter Thomas, a freshman, also had three hits while adding some solid defense in center field.
The second game was a back-and-forth affair but was tied at five entering the bottom of the seventh.
With the bases loaded and two out, Thomas laced a single to left to score Mellman from third for the Mohawk sweep.
Derek Dalen threw a complete game to pick up the win for Mason City.
Alex Golf, a sophomore, drove in three while Ben Pederson had a key two-run single.
A big key for the Mohawks all night was the speed and aggressiveness on the base paths as Waukee committed several errors while trying to keep Mohawk runners in check.
“We have really re-emphasized the running game this year,” Rood said. “We need to keep putting pressure on the defense.”
Mason City returns to action on Friday when it will face Pleasant Valley.
High School baseball: Newman Catholic scores early, often
Newman Catholic 14, West Hancock 3
Newman Catholic jumped out quickly with eight runs in the first inning and rolled to a 14-3 win in five innings over West Hancock on Friday.
Evan Paulus homered, doubled and drove in five to lead the top-rated (1A) Knights.
Jack McGuire homered and drove in two while Max Burt doubled, singled and drove in five.
Jacob Schutt picked up the win on the mound.
Newman (14-2) returns to conference play on Monday with an important game at West Fork while the Eagles (3-9) travel to Garner-Hayfield-Ventura on Monday.
High School baseball: Forest City holds off Rockford
Forest City 9, Rockford 8
Forest City took a 9-2 lead and held off a furious Rockford rally for a 9-8 win in prep baseball on Friday.
Four Indians – Avery Busta, Jordan Spooner, Derek, Froendt and Austin Gerdes – drove in two runs apiece.
Forest City (9-6) travels to Lake Mills on Monday while Rockford (8-6) continues an eight-game homestand with a matchup against Riceville on Monday.
High School baseball: Lake Mills crushes Garner-Hayfield-Ventura
Lake Mills 12, Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 0
Casey Hanson and Cael Boehmer combined to strike out 11 and allowed one hits as Lake Mills routed Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 12-0 in prep baseball on Friday.
The Bulldogs scored at least twice in each of their four at-bats.
Boehmer, Carson Eaton and Logan Prescott drove in two runs apiece for Lake Mills.
Lake Mills (12-5) returns to conference play on Monday when it entertains Forest City.
G-H-V (2-10) travels to West Hancock on Monday.
High School baseball: Nashua-Plainfield scores late to beat Belmond-Klemme
Nashua-Plainfield 12, Belmond-Klemme 9
Nashua-Plainfield score eight times over its final four at-bats to pull out a 12-9 win over Belmond-Klemme on Friday.
Luke Harrington singled twice and drove in three for the Huskies.
Austin Bienemann singled twice and stole four bases.
N-P (8-5) returns home to face Osage on Monday.
The Broncos (2-10) travel to Rockford on Monday.
High School baseball: North Butler beats North Union
North Butler 4, North Union 0
Nick Heuer allowed two hits over five innings of work as North Butler improved to 8-4 with a 4-0 win over North Union on Friday.
The Bearcats tallied three runs in the first inning to give Heuer a solid advantage.
North Butler returns home on Monday for a key Top of Iowa Conference game against Bishop Garrigan.
High School baseball: Mason City loses in extras
Pleasant Valley 3, Mason City 2 (8)
The Mason City offense was unable to string together the hits in a tough 3-2 loss in eight innings to Pleasant Valley on Friday.
The Mohawks managed just six hits, including a double and single by Brian VandenBerg.
VandenBerg and Connor Weimann drove in the runs for the Mohawks.
Mason City (9-5) travels to Marshalltown for a doubleheader on Monday.
High School baseball: Janesville wallops Riceville
Janesville 14, Riceville 0
An 11-run third inning by Janesville proved too much as Riceville dropped a 14-0 decision in prep baseball on Friday.
The Wildcats (4-7) travel to Rockford on Monday.
High School baseball: Saint Ansgar crushes Osage
St. Ansgar 13, Osage 0
St. Ansgar scored four runs in each of the first two innings and routed Osage 13-0 in prep baseball on Friday.
The Saints added five more runs in the fourth.
St. Ansgar (13-4) travels to Central Springs on Monday.
Osage (8-4) is at Nashua-Plainfield on Monday.
High School softball: Newman Catholic crushes West Hancock
Newman Catholic 12, West Hancock 0
Newman Catholic plated nine runs in the first inning and cruised to a 12-0 win over West Hancock in Top of Iowa Conference softball on Monday.
Macy Alexander and Kealan Curley were responsible for much of the Knights’ offense as both were 2-for-2.
Alexander drove in three runs while Curley drove in two.
Paige Leininger threw three innings of hitless ball to pick up the win for Newman.
Leininger struck out four and walked one.
Newman (7-9) returns to Top of Iowa Conference play on Monday when it travels to West Fork.
High School softball: Algona crushes Iowa Falls-Alden
Algona 10, Iowa Falls-Alden 1
Algona picked up its 10th win of the season by running away late in a 10-1 win over Iowa Falls-Alden on Friday.
The Bulldogs broke open a tied game by scoring three runs in the top of the sixth and six more in the top of the seventh.
Algona (10-6) travels to Clarion-Goldfield-Dows for a North Central Conference matchup on Monday.
High School softball: Bishop Garrigan rolls over Eagle Grove
Bishop Garrigan 15, Eagle Grove 4
Mackenzie Meister homered and drove in four to lead Bishop Garrigan to a 15-4 win over Eagle Grove in five innings on Friday.
The Golden Bears pounded out 10 hits, including two apiece by Meister, Madison Meister and Jordan Hansen.
Garrigan (15-3) returns to Top of Iowa Conference play on Monday with a tough round trip to North Butler.
High School softball: Early runs lead Central Spring to win
Central Springs 9, Atlantic 2
Central Springs put up seven runs in the second inning and rolled to a 9-2 win over Atlantic in prep softball on Friiday.
Hannah Ausenhus singled and drove in three and also picked up the win in the circle for the Panthers.
Aurora Stepleton scored twice and drove in two.
Central Springs (17-5) returns home for a key Top of Iowa Conference against St. Ansgar on Monday.
High School softball: Riceville loses by one
Janesville 2, Riceville 1
Josie Gansen allowed six hits and just two runs, but Riceville managed just four hits in a tough 2-1 loss at Janesville on Friday.
Melanie McElroy singled and scored the lone runn for the Wildcats.
Riceville (7-8) returns home to face Dunkerton on Monday.
High School softball: North Butler gets win over North Union
North Butler 6, North Union 2
North Butler picked up its sixth win in its past seven outings with a 6-2 win over North Union on Friday.
The Bearcats broke open a close game with four runs in the top of the seventh inning.
North Butler (13-4) returns home on Monday for difficult test against Bishop Garrigan.
High School softball: Northwood-Kensett wins in extras
Northwood-Kensett 4, West Fork 3 (8)
Northwood-Kensett scratched out a run in the bottom of the eighth inning to pull off a Top of Iowa Conference softball win against West Fork on Friday.
The Vikings improved to 8—6 on the season while handing the Warhawks just their fourth setback.
N-K travels to Eagle Grove on Monday.
West Fork (9-4) returns home to host Newman Catholic on Monday.
High School softball: Rockford scores big against Forest City
Rockford 11, Forest City 4
Rockford overcame a three-run deficit with seven runs in the third inning en route to an 11-4 win over Forest City in prep softball on Friday.
Gabby Keith homered and drove in two for the Lady Warriors while Kayla Carroll and Jenna Paulus drove in three apiece.
Rockford (9-6) continues a six-game homestand on Monday with a conference game against Belmond-Klemme while the Indians (5-12) travels to Lake Mills on Monday.
High School softball: Mason City wins one, loses two
Mason City’s softball team went 1-2 Saturday on its home field during the Mohawk softball tournament.
The Mohawks lost to Clear Lake 4-3, downed Osage 12-5, then lost to Charles City 4-1 in its own tournament.
McKenna Mentink earned the victory against Osage, pitching three scoreless innings in relief.
Mentink and Sami Miller each had three RBIs, and Anna Lensing had two.
Mason City scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh against Clear Lake. Alicia Hoeft hit a two-run homer in the loss. Julia Merfeld led the Lions with four hits.
The Mohawks were Charles City’s stiffest competition, but the Comets scored a pair of runs in the third and seventh to claim the victory. Sami Heyer pitched a complete game with 15 strikeouts.
Mason City (8-11) hosts Fort Dodge for a doubleheader on Wednesday.
High School softball: Charles City dominates in Mason City
Charles City 15, Osage 3 (Game 1)
Charles City 11, Clear Lake 0 (Game 2)
In addition to the Comets’ victory against Mason City, Charles City also had a pair of blowout victories against the Lions and the Green Devils.
Freshman Rachel Chambers had a five-RBI effort in the victory against Osage, and Sami Heyer added three RBIs. Both hit a home run.
Osage scored one run in the first, second and third innings.
Heyer took the circle against Clear Lake, pitching five perfect innings with 10 strikeouts. Lydia Staudt had four RBIs in the victory.
The Comets remained undefeated, improving their record to 22-0. They’ll face Waukon on Monday.
The Lions (5-7) and Green Devils (9-14) face Iowa Falls-Alden and Nashua-Plainfield on Monday, respectively.
High School softball: Hampton-Dumont wins pair of Saturday games
Hampton-Dumont 3, Grundy Center 0 (Game 1)
Clarksville 1, Hampton-Dumont 0 (Game 2)
Hampton-Dumont 12, Janesville 6 (Game 3)
Hampton-Dumont sandwiched a loss between a pair of wins at North Butler High School on Saturday. Their lone loss was a one-run shutout.
Courtney Miller went 2-for-2 in the first victory, while Kylie Whipple, an eighth-grader, pitched three innings of one-hit softball.
Five Bulldogs players earned one hit in the loss to Clarksville.
Triston Rew led the way with three RBIs in Game 3, and Paige Springer added two RBIs and four hits. Calista Polk had three hits and three runs.
Hampton-Dumont (9-8) faces Webster City on Monday.
High School softball: Newman Catholic wins pair of games, extends winning streak
Newman Catholic 7, Hudson 1 (Game 1)
Newman Catholic 11, Springville 1 (Game 2)
The Knights extended their winning streak to four games Saturday with a pair of victories. Leah Martinez, Hailey Worman and Faith Wadle each had two hits in the first game.
Paige Leininger pitched seven innings and allowed one hit and walked eight. She had four strikeouts and one earned run. She took the circle again in Game 2, pitching five innings and walking only one while allowing three hits. She struck out four.
Lily Castle was 3-for-3 with three runs, and Macy Alexander had three RBIs. Worman hit a triple.
Newman Catholic (9-9) faces West Fork on Monday.
High School softball: Rockford cruises past Riceville
Rockford 10, Riceville 2
The Warriors extended their winning streak to three games with an eight-run victory against Riceville on Saturday. Gabby Keith had three hits and three RBIs in the victory, and Kayla Carroll also drove in three runs.
Jamie Schuster pitched seven innings and allowed only four hits.
The loss marked Riceville’s fifth in a row. Callee Fair had to hits, and Debra Lane had a pair of RBIs.
Rockford (9-6) hosts Belmond-Klemme on Monday. while Riceville (7-9) hosts Dunkerton.
High School softball: North Butler splits pair of Saturday games
North Butler 6, Janesville 3 (Game 1)
Clarksville 6, North Butler 0 (Game 2)
North Butler went 1-1 on its home field Saturday, with the winner of each game scoring six runs. Alex Mathers had two hits and three RBIs in the victory. Eighth-grader Kiya Johnson pitched a complete game, striking out nine and allowing only four hits. Fellow eighth-grader Kenzie Groen had North Butler’s lone hit against Clarksville.
The Bearcats (14-5) host Bishop Garrigan on Monday.
High School softball: Senne shines as Northwood-Kensett defeats Eagle Grove
Northwood-Kensett 5, Eagle Grove 1
Kayle Senne struck out 12 in five innings, allowing only one hit during Northwood-Kensett’s victory Saturday. She also went 1-for-2 at the plate with a run.
Allie Carman, a senior, went 2-for-3 with an RBI.
The Vikings (9-6) face Eagle Grove on Monday.
High School softball: Bishop Garrigan wins pair of games
Bishop Garrigan 8, Springville 6 (Game 1)
Bishop Garrigan 9, Hudson 1 (Game 2)
The Golden Bears won a pair of games Saturday, extending their winning streak to seven games.
Mackenzie Meister went 3-for-3 with four runs and a pair of RBIs in Game 1. Aubree Altman had three RBIs. Altman pitched a complete game in Game 2. Meister had another 3-for-3 performance, and Emma Fogarty had three RBIs on two hits.
Bishop Garrigan (17-3) faces North Butler on Monday.
High School softball: West Hancock suffers 11th consecutive loss
Manson-NW Webster 11, West Hancock 1
West Hancock suffered its 11th consecutive defeat Saturday against Manson-NW Webster, scoring its lone run in the bottom of the fifth.
The Eagles (1-14) host Garner-Hayfield-Ventura on Monday.
High School baseball: Clear Lake drops doubleheader Saturday
St. Albert 8, Clear Lake 1 (Game 1)
LeMars 9, Clear Lake 2 (Game 2)
Clear Lake’s offense was limited during a doubleheader Saturday, scoring a total of three runs compared to opponents’ 17. The pair of losses ended a five-game winning streak for the Lions.
Andrew Formanek and Mac Adams were the lone Clear Lake players to get a hit in Game 1.
Austin Warnke went 2-for-3 with a run, an RBI, a stolen base and a walk in Game 2. Chase Stuver also knocked in a run.
Clear Lake (6-7) has a road contest with Iowa Falls-Alden on Monday.
High School baseball: Newman Catholic extends winning streak
Newman Catholic 7, Davenport Central 0
Newman Catholic’s baseball team increased its winning streak to seven games with a seven-run, shutout victory against Davenport Central on Saturday.
Eighth-grader Doug Taylor pitched six innings and struck out three, earning a victory.
Merritt McCardle led the way offensively with a 4-for-4 effort, which included a double. Four other Knights collected two hits.
Newman Catholic (15-2) faces West Fork on Monday.
High School baseball: Rockford shuts out Riceville
Rockford 7, Riceville 0
Rockford’s baseball team saw a hot start early, as the Warriors scored three runs in the first and four in the third, cruising to a shutout victory against Riceville on Saturday.
Brett Hansen and John Fullerton each had two hits. Kayden Lyman and Blake Farr each had a pair of RBIs.
Dillon Schriever pitched seven innings of scoreless baseball, striking out 10 in the process.
The Wildcats were led by Kaleb Asfahl and Judge Losee, who had two hits apiece.
The Warriors (9-6) host Belmond-Klemme on Monday, while Riceville (4-8) faces Dunkerton.
High School softball: Newman Catholic throttles Garner-Hayfield-Ventura, wins fifth straight game
Most softball teams have a degree of uncertainty heading into a new season.
For veteran Newman Catholic coach Tom Dunn, there was a lot to work with returning, but the Knights needed to find some consistency in the circle.
After 14 games, Newman had a disappointing 5-9 record, but Paige Leininger, who received all-state recognition at second base, took her try on the rubber.
After Tuesday’s 14-0 throttling of Garner-Hayfield-Ventura in Top of Iowa Conference play, Newman now stands at 10-9.
During that five-game winning streak, the Knights have outscored their opponents 60-2.
“We’ve been playing pretty well lately,” Dunn said. “We have a great defensive team so we just needed someone to step in and throw strikes.”
Against the Cardinals, Newman left little doubt as the Knights plated all 14 of its runs in the bottom of the first.
Every Newman player in the lineup scored in the inning.
Kealan Curley, who was batting seventh in Dunn’s lineup, was 2-for-2 with a three-run homer over the right field fence that capped the scoring.
Faith Wadle was 2-for-2 with two runs scored and two more driven in.
“Part of our offense is we are confident in what is happening on the field,” Dunn said.
Leininger, though, has been a huge difference as she has allowed just two runs and nine hits over the past five games.
The Cardinals managed two hits, including a solid double by Megan Oetken.
Newman looks to extend its streak on Wednesday when it entertains Eagle Grove.
G-H-V (5-12) returns home to host West Fork on Wednesday.
High School softball: Clear Lake blows late lead to Iowa Falls-Alden
Iowa Falls- Alden 10, Clear Lake 6
The Clear Lake girls softball team was one out away from victory on Tuesday, with two out for Iowa Falls-Alden in the top of the seventh, and the Lions leading by one. But the Comets scored five two-out runs, and wound up with a 10-6 victory.
Clear Lake looked like it was in the drivers seat for most of the game. Junior Julia Merfeld scored the Lions first two runs, and after Layne Lester and Sara Faber scored in the fifth, Clear Lake had a 5-0 lead.
In the sixth, Hailey Bridgewater led off the inning for the Comets, and reached base on an error. Lorren Steinfeldt then hit a single, driving in the run. Later in the inning, the Comets tied the game on a bases-loaded triple from Elise Osman, tying the game at 5-5.
In the bottom of the sixth, Clear Lake sophomore Mikayla Vanderploeg scored, as the Lions took a one-run lead. In the bottom of the inning, the Lions got the first two outs, but fell victim to the five-run Comets rally.
"We've just got to learn to put people away," coach Austin Peterson said. "That's part of our issue now. We're up, and I don't know if we coast, or what it is. Our pitchers threw well at the end of the game. We had two outs, nobody on, and a chance to put the game away. We just got lackadaisical."
It was the second straight loss for the Lions, who are now 5-8. The win for Iowa Falls-Alden snapped a three-game losing streak. Clear Lake will play on Wednesday, at Humboldt.
High School softball: Algona wins one-run game against Emmetsburg
Algona 3, Emmetsburg 2
The Algona softball scored a walk-off win over Emmetsburg on Tuesday, as the Bulldogs won their fourth straight game.
The Bulldogs offense struggled to take advantage of its nine hits and seven walks, and could only manage one run in each of the second and third innings. Emmetsburg scored two runs in the top of the fourth to tie the game at 2-2, and it remained deadlocked until the winning run scored for Algona in the seventh.
Algona is now 11-6 on the season. The Bulldogs will play Webster City on Wednesday.
High School softball: Central Springs wallops Nashua-Plainfield
Central Springs 16, Nashua-Plainfield 0
The Central Springs softball got a big win over the Huskies on Tuesday, as the Panthers won 16-0.
Central Springs offense hit three homers, one each from freshman Madisyn Kelley, sophomore Emma Dietrich, and sophomore Kiley Hanft. The Panthers managed 16 hits against the Huskies.
Senior Hannah Ausenhus pitched the full three innings for Central Springs, and allowed no hits, while striking out four batters. Central Springs will play on Wednesday, against Charles City.
High School softball: Charles City crushes Saint Ansgar
Charles City 12, Saint Ansgar 0
The good times just keep rolling for the Charles City softball team. On Tuesday, the Comets improved to 24-0, with a dominant 12-0 win over Saint Ansgar. In their past two games, the Comets have outscored opponents 25-0.
Freshman Ashlyn Hoeft hit two home runs in the contest, and the Comets managed 12 hits. Senior Samantha Heyer had another dominant outing, pitching three innings, while allowing no hits, and striking out six.
Charles City will play Wednesday, at Central Springs. Saint Ansgar will play at home, against North Iowa.
High School softball: Riceville gets win over Northwood-Kensett
Riceville 6, Northwood-Kensett 3
The Riceville softball team beat Northwood-Kensett by a score of 6-3 on Tuesday, improving the Wildcats record to 8-10, and snapping a six-game losing streak. The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the Vikings.
Riceville will play on Thursday, against North Butler, while the Vikings will North Butler on Wednesday.
High School softball: Bishop Garrigan crushes North Iowa
Bishop Garrigan 13, North Iowa 0
The Bishop Garrigan softball team beat North Iowa badly by a score of 13-0 on Tuesday. The Golden Bears had 10 hits, and nine walks as an offense, including a triple from juniro Madison Meister, and a home run from eighth grader Ashlyn Hovey.
The victory was the Golden Bears ninth straight win. The team will play again on Wednesday, against North Union. The Bison will play Wednesday at Saint Ansgar.
High School baseball: Clear Lake beats Saint Ansgar by ten runs
Clear Lake 12, Saint Ansgar 2
The Clear Lake baseball team ended its two-game losing streak with a ten-run win over Saint Ansgar on Tuesday, as the Lions collected 16 hits. Junior Erik McHenry and sophomore Austin Warnke each contributed two doubles.
On the mound, senior Andrew Formanek got the win, as he went 6 2/3 innings, and allowed three hits, and one earned run while striking out 11 hitters. With the win, the Lions improved to 7-7 on the year. They will play again on Wednesday, against Humboldt. Saint Ansgar's next game is Wednesday, against North Iowa.
High School baseball: West Fork beats Hampton-Dumont in one run game
West Fork 3, Hampton-Dumont 2
The West Fork baseball team beat Hampton-Dumont 3-2 on Tuesday. improving the Warhawks record on the season to 12-3.
Senior Trey Pfeffer pitched six inning, and allowed just four hits, and two earned runs. It was the third straight win for the Warhawks, who will play on Wednesday against Garner-Hayfield-Ventura. Hampton-Dumont fell to 4-8-1 on the season. The Bulldogs will play Wednesday, against Clarion-Goldfield-Dows.
High School baseball: Algona loses to Storm Lake
The Algona baseball team lost to Storm Lake on Tuesday, by a score of 4-2. The Bulldogs scraped together just three hits, including two base knocks from senior Matt Grein. Grein reached base four times, with two hits and two walks.
Senior Spencer Holmes got the loss, as he pitched 4 1/3 innings, allowing three hits and four runs. Holmes also struck out eight batters, but the lack of run support doomed the game for the Bulldogs. It was the fifth loss in the past six games for Algona.
Algona will play on Wednesday against Webster City.
High School baseball: Central Springs beats Nashua-Plainfield by three
Central Springs 5, Nashua-Plainfield 2
The Central Springs baseball team beat Nashua-Plainfield by three runs on Tuesday. The Panthers had a 5-0 lead going into the seventh inning. The Huskies attempted a comeback as they scored two runs. But the Huskies fell short and the Panthers walked away with a 5-2 win.
Central Springs is now 6-8 on the season. Their next game will be Wednesday, at MFL-Mar-Mac.
High School baseball: Newman Catholic beats Columbus Catholic in extras
Newman Catholic 4, Columbus Catholic 3
The Newman Catholic baseball team beat Columbus Catholic in extra innings on Tuesday, as the Knights scored a run in the top of the ninth inning to secure the win.
Senior Evan Paulus pitched eight innings, and allowed six hits and three unearned runs, while striking out nine. Newman Catholic will play Wednesday, against Eagle Grove.
High School baseball: Northwood-Kensett crushes Riceville
Northwood Kensett 12, Riceville 1
The Northwood-Kensett baseball team crushed Riceville 12-1 on Tuesday, earning the Vikings third straight win behind 13 hits from their offense. Sophomore Kael Julseth hit a triple, while sophomore Ethan Tasker hit a home run.
Sophomore Isaac Renteria pitched five innings, and allowed just five hits, and one earned run.
The Vikings will play on Wednesday, against North Butler, while Riceville will play North Butler on Thursday.
High School baseball: Forest City beats Denver
Forest City 5, Denver 4
The Forest City baseball team beat Denver by a single run on Tuesday, improving the Indians record to 10-6 on the season. Denver held a 4-0 lead for most of the game.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Indians scored three runs, and then scored two more in the seventh, to walk off with the victory. Senior Trey Blaser was the winning pitcher.
Forest City's next game will be Wednesday, against West Hancock.
High School baseball: Forest City picks up road victory against West Fork
Forest City won its fourth consecutive game as senior Jordan Spooner pitched a complete game Friday. The 8-2 victory marked the Indians’ fourth in a row.
Kellen Cameron and Trey Pfeffer each had a pair of hits for the Warhawks.
West Fork (13-4) will face Belmond-Klemme on Monday.
Forest City (12-6) host Eagle Grove on Monday.
High School baseball: Osage defeats Lake Mills, wins fourth straight
Osage 9, Lake Mills 1
The Green Devils won their fourth consecutive game Friday, picking up a convincing
victory against a talented Lake Mills team.
Osage’s nine-run performance was highlighted by four runs in the fourth.
The Green Devils (12-4) face West Hancock on Monday, while Lake Mills (14-6)
faces Central Springs.
High School baseball: West Hancock hands Belmond-Klemme seventh consecutive loss
West Hancock 11, Belmond-Klemme 6
West Hancock handed Belmond-Klemme its seventh consecutive loss Friday. Chandler Redenius and Tristan Hunt each had a pair of hits, and the duo combined to score five runs. Tate Hagen earned the win on the mound, pitching 5 2/3 innings with two earned runs and five strikeouts.
Belmond-Klemme (2-12) hosts West Fork on Monday. West Hancock (5-10) hosts Osage on Monday.
High School baseball: Bishop Garrigan stays hot, defeats North Iowa
Bishop Garrigan 5, North Iowa 2
The Golden Bears won against the Bison on Friday, marking their fifth victory in their past six games. Marcus Plathe won on the mound, and a trio of Bishop Garrigan players had multiple hits
The Bison were led by Kade Hobbs and Logan Sabin, who each finished 2-for-4.
North Iowa (5-13) travels to Nashua-Plainfield on Monday.
Bishop Garrigan (11-12) faces Central Springs on Tuesday.
High School softball: Halbach, Bye lead Osage past Lake Mills
Osage 6, Lake Mills 3
Ashley Halbach pitched seven innings with no earned runs, striking out nine, and Melanie Bye went 3-for-4 with three walks during Friday’s victory against Lake Mills. Kourtney Chambers added two RBIs.
Osage (11-15) faces West Hancock on Monday. Lake Mills (1-17) faces Gilbert on Saturday.
High School softball: Riceville stomps Tripoli
Riceville 18, Tripoli 1
The Wildcats scored all 18 of their runs in the first three innings of Friday’s game against Tripoli, giving Riceville two wins in its past three contests.
Riceville (9-11) faces Decorah on Saturday.
High School softball: Bishop Garrigan shuts out North Iowa
Bishop Garrigan 12, North Iowa 0
Bishop Garrigan’s softball team scored seven runs in the fourth inning to clinch a run-rule victory against North Iowa on Friday. Amanda Miller finished 3-for-4 with five RBIs. Aburee Altman allowed only two hits in three innings. Emma Fogarty went 3-for-4, as well, and finished with a pair of RBIs and one stolen base.
The loss marked North Iowa’s fifth in a row.
The Bison (4-12) have a road game at Nashua-Plainfield on Monday.
The Golden Bears (21-4) face Central Springs on Tuesday.
High School baseball: Newman Catholic bounces back with 10-run win over North Union
One day removed from a tough loss at home to Mason City, the Newman Catholic baseball team got back to its usual winning habits, as the Knights run-ruled North Union by a score of 11-1 on Monday night.
Senior Merritt McCardle was the starting pitcher for the Knights . He allowed one run on one hit in the first inning, but then settled down and allowed just three more hits. McCardle struck out 10 hitters in five innings of work.
“Merritt did a good job,” coach Alex Bohl said. “He is always one that is going to compete, and when he can relax and just let it fly, he’s even better. I think it took him a couple innings to get there, but once he did, we saw the results that we wanted.”
McCardle adjusted to the Warriors hitters, and focused on using his fastball to get hitters out. The high fastball, in particular, was the pitch that sent many North Union hitters back to the bench shaking their heads.
“The first inning was a little rough,” McCardle said. “I was messing with my control. Once I settled down, and focused on throwing hard and on my location, my control came with that.”
The Knight’s offense pounded North Union’s pitching staff. In the first game, Max Burt, Evan Paulus, and Merritt McCardle all had base hits and scored in the inning. Jack McGuire reached base on an error, and later scored on an RBI double from George Schutt.
After one inning, Newman Catholic had a 4-1 lead. McGuire extended the Knights’ lead to 5-1 with a solo home run in the fifth. McGuire finished the game with three runs scored.
In the sixth inning, the Knights scored six runs on six hits. The game ended when eighth-grader Doug Taylor hit a pop fly down the right-field line that dropped just fair. McGuire scored, and the game was over, as the Knights took a 10-run lead.
North Union junior Noah Morphew went 5 ⅓ innings, and allowed nine of the Knights 11 runs, on 12 hits. He was pulled in the sixth inning in favor of junior Brendan Anderson, who allowed the final two runs to score.
With the win, Newman Catholic improved to 19-3. WIth five new starters this season, the Knights have tremendous success. Bohl is happy with where his team is at,but still sees some room for improvement.
“Games like tonight, I wish we could’ve had a little bit better of an approach, a little better focus,” Bohl said. “But I’m very pleased with where we’re at. We have room to grow, and we’re looking to take that next step in the next three weeks here, so we are ready for that tournament run.”
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Prep baseball: Mason City sweeps doubleheader against West Des Moines Valley
Mason City 6, West Des Moines Valley 2
Mason City 8, West Des Moines Valley 1
Mason City continued to receive strong starting pitching performances as the Mohawks swept West Des Moines Valley in a doubleheader on Monday.
Bradley Vaith scattered seven hits and allowed two runs as the Mohawks prevailed 6-2 in the opener before Derek Dalen surrendered just one run in an 8-1 Mason City win in the nightcap.
Mason City has team earned run average of 2.21 on the season.
The Mohawks relied heavily on their running game as they stole 16 bases on the night.
Brandon Reich, a senior, stole six bases in the second game.
Mason City extended its current winning streak to six in a row and improved to 16-7 on the season.
“Starting pitching and baserunning were the differences tonight," coach Troy Rood said. "Bradley Vaith and Derek Dalen were outstanding on the mound. Our team stole 16 bases in the double header including 6 by Brandon Reich. It was our first sweep at Valley in years.”
Prep baseball: Algona crushes St. Edmond
Algona 17, St. Edmond 3
Algona scored five runs in the fifth and added seven more in the sixth to blow open the game in a 17-3 win over St. Edmond on Monday.
The Bulldogs (6-10) pounded out 12 hits and took advantage of 14 bases on balls.
Matt Grein, Carson Devine and Andrew Hamilton scored three times apiece for Algona.
Spencer Holmes struck out 10 and allowed one hit over 4 1/3 innings of work for the win.
Prep baseball: Saint Ansgar holds on for win over Rockford
St. Ansgar 7, Rockford 5
Saint Ansgar put up six runs in its first two innings and held off Rockford for a 7-5 win that kept the Saints in the mix at the top of the Top of Iowa Conference baseball standings.
Collin Kramer went 2-for-2 and drove in a pair of runs for the Saints (16-5).
Rockford fell to 10-8 on the season.
High School baseball: Forest City crushes Eagle Grove
Forest City 12, Eagle Grove 2
Forest City scored five runs in the first inning and went on to post its fifth consecutive win with a 12-2 victory over Eagle Grove.
Jordan Spooner was 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two driven in for the Indians.
Blaze Anderson tripled, doubled, singled and drove in four.
Reese Moore allowed one hit and struck out six in four innings for Forest City (13-6).
High School baseball: West Fork beats Belmond-Klemme by five
West Fork 8, Belmond-Klemme 3
West Fork improved to 14-4 on the season with an 8-3 win over Belmond-Klemme on Monday.
The Warhawks built an 8-1 lead before the Broncos added a couple of runs late.
Kyle Rooney was 3-for-5 with two runs scored and another driven in the pace the West Fork offense.
Kayden Ames drove in three for the Warhawks.
Trey Pfeffer allowed no hits and struck out eight over five innings to earn the win.
B-K stands at 2-13 on the season.
Prep baseball: Lake Mills blanks Central Springs
Lake Mills 7, Central Springs 0
Lake Mills improved to 15-6 on the season with a 7-0 win over Central Springs on Monday.
The Bulldogs travel to St. Ansgar on Wednesday for a key Top of Iowa Conference game.
Prep baseball: North Butler gets win over Garner-Hayfield-Ventura
North Butler 6, Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 5
North Butler scored three runs in the first inning and added three more in the third for a 6-5 win over Garner-Hayfield-Ventura on Monday.
Kane Allison, Shawn Weitzenkamp and Beau Thompson had two hits apiece for the Bearcats (10-6).
Thompson also picked up the win on the mound by allowing just three earned runs.
Jared Shaw had two hits and drove in two for the Cardinals (2-12).
Prep baseball: Nashua-Plainfield snaps losing streak
Nashua-Plainfield 4, North Iowa 2
Max Hillegas struck out 10 over six innings to help Nashua-Plainfield snap a three-game skid with a 4-2 win over North Iowa on Monday.
Austin Bienemann, Kristian Holmvig and Luke Harrington had two hits apiece to lead the Husky offense.
The win improved N-P’s record to 9-8 on the season.
The Bison fell to 5-14 with the setback.
Prep baseball: Riceville loses by two runs
Colo-NESCO 5, Riceville 3
Colo-NESCO tallied two runs in the top of the sixth inning to break a tie and earn a 5-3 win over Riceville on Monday.
The Wildcats fell to 6-11 overall with the loss.
Prep baseball: Big inning leads Humboldt to win over Hampton-Dumont
Humboldt 14, Hampton-Dumont 4
Humboldt broke the game open with eight runs in the sixth inning and downed Hampton-Dumont 14-4 on Monday.
Josh Kew was 2-for-4 for the Bulldogs (6-10-1), but eight unearned runs proved too tough to overcome.
Prep baseball: Osage beats West Hancock by four runs
Osage 6, West Hancock 2
Osage put up four runs in the third inning en route to a tough 6-2 win over West Hancock on Monday.
The Green Devils improved to 13-4 on the season with the win.
The Eagles fell to 5-11.
Prep baseball: Webster City beats Clear Lake
Webster City 5, Clear Lake 2
Clear Lake fell to 8-10 on the season as Webster City pulled away with two runs in the bottom of the fifth in a 5-2 decision.
The Lions fell behind early but managed to tie the game at two with single runs in the third and fourth innings.
High School softball: Newman Catholic wins 10th straight game
In its recent nine-game winning streak, the Newman Catholic softball team has been on a roll in all phases of the game, but particularly on offense.
The Knights scored 96 runs over that span, and over the weekend put up 20 runs and belted five homers while picking up a pair of wins.
On Monday, though, Newman had to find a different way to extend the streak.
With a lineup shuffled due to adversity and a batting order that was struggling to get going, Knights coach Tom Dunn reverted to his coaching roots as Newman pulled out a 4-3 win over North Union for its tenth straight win.
“It was like the old times,” Dunn said. “North Union had one of the better defense we have seen, so we went small ball.”
With five-year starting catcher Macy Alexander and her .493 batting average out of the lineup due to an injury, the Knights had to make some adjustments.
Newman trailed 1-0 going into the bottom of the fourth before changing up the offense in the bottom of the fourth.
Faith Wadle opened the inning with a double and advanced to third on a bunt single by Kealan Curley.
Curley stole second and then Wadle scored and Curley went to third on a sacrifice.
Curley then scored on a third strike that skipped away from the Warriors’ catcher.
Newman would score another key run on a wild pitch in the sixth.
Lily Castle had a pair of singles and scored a run to lead the Knight offense.
Curley singled and scored twice.
Paige Leininger picked up her 11th win of the season in the circle.
Newman (15-9) returns to Top of Iowa Conference play on Wednesday when it travels to Bishop Garrigan for a key tilt against the Golden Bears.
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Prep softball: Mason City swept by West Des Moines Valley
West Des Moines Valley 10, Mason City 0
West Des Moines Valley 5, Mason City 3
Following a disappointing first game, Mason City put together a solid effort in the nightcap but came up short as West Des Moines Valley swept the Mohawks in prep softball on Monday.
The Tigers scored a 10-0 win in the opener and held off the Mohawks in a 5-3 victory in game two.
Shaye Theobald was 2-for-3 with a home run and two runs scored in the second game.
The Mohawks dropped to 11-16 overall.
Prep softball: Central Springs crushes Lake Mills
Central Springs 20, Lake Mills 0
Central Springs totaled 17 runs in the second inning and picked up its 20th win of the season in a 20-0 rout of Lake Mills on Monday.
The Panthers’ record stands at 20-6.
Abigayle Angell homered twice and drove in six for the Panthers.
Hannah Ausenhus not only picked up the win in the circle, she also homered and drove in three at the plate.
Thirteen players scored for Central Springs.
Lake Mills fell to 2-20 overall.
High School softball: Clear Lake rally falls short
Webster City 7, Clear Lake 6
Clear Lake put together a furious three-run rally in the seventh inning put it came up just short in a 7-6 loss to Webster City.
The Lions saw their record fall to 7-9 on the season.
Prep softball: Forest City scores comeback victory
Forest City 9, Eagle Grove 5
Forest City scored six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning in a 9-5 victory over Eagle Grove on Monday.
The Indians improved to 7-13 overall.
Prep softball: Nashua-Plainfield beats North Iowa by five
Nashua-Plainfield 10, North Iowa 5
Nashua-Plainfield rallied with three runs in the fourth inning and three more in the fifth to pull out a 10-5 win in Top of Iowa softball on Monday.
Libby Fisher was 2-for-4 with three runs driven in for the Huskies (8-11).
North Iowa slid to 4-13 overall.
Prep softball: North Butler dominates Cardinals
North Butler 6, Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 0
Kiya Johnson surrendered one hit and struck out five to lead North Butler to a 6-0 win over Garner-Hayfield-Ventura on Monday.
Alexis Stirling drove in two for the Bearcats (17-6).
Trinity Smith had the lone hit for the Cardinals (6-15).
Prep softball: Northwood-Kensett storms back for win
Northwood-Kensett 9, Eagle Grove 8
Northwood-Kensett spotted Eagle Grove a four-run advantage but stormed back for a 9-8 win on Monday.
The Vikings (10-8) tallied five runs in the fifth inning.
Carly Hengesteg scored twice and drove in two for N-K.
Prep softball: Osage's big inning leads to comeback win over West Hancock
Osage 10, West Hancock 9
Osage used a seven-run outburst in the fifth inning to come from behind and earn a 10-9 win over West Hancock on Monday.
Olivia Dodd and Melanie Bye both had two hits and drove in two for the Green Devils (12-17).
Dodd doubled twice and Bye once.
Ann Horstman and Kennedy Kelly had two hits apiece for the Eagles (2-17).
Prep softball: Saint Ansgar routs Rockford
St. Ansgar 14, Rockford 4
Saint Ansgar scored nine runs over the fifth and sixth innings and routed Rockford 14-4 on Monday.
The win improved the Saints’ season mark to 17-7.
Emma Ramon tripled and drove in two for the Warriors (10-8).
Prep softball: Hampton-Dumont falls by four runs
Humboldt 7, Hampton-Dumont 3
Hampton-Dumont spotted Humboldt a four-run lead after three innings and could not recover in a 7-3 loss on Monday.
The Bulldogs slid to 11-10 overall.
Prep softball: Riceville falls short
Colo-NESCO 6, Riceville 3
Madison Mauer was 4-for-4 but Riceville could not get the timely big hit in an 8-3 loss to Colo-NESCO.
The Wildcats fell to 10-14 with the loss.
High School softball: Newman Catholic beats Clear Lake for 11th straight win
Entering play on Tuesday, the Newman Catholic softball team was riding a 10-game winning streak.
Clear Lake, on the other hand was scuffling along just under the .500 mark.
The difference on the season between the two teams has been the Knights’ ability to make a big play when needed while the Lions can’t seem to come up the key hit.
That difference played out on Tuesday as Leah Martinez had two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the fifth inning to boost the Knights to their 11th straight victory, 3-2 over the Lions.
The loss was the fourth one-run loss in three weeks for Clear Lake.
“Every day it is something different,” Newman coach Tom Dunn said. “Having two nights in a row with one-run wins is huge.”
The Knights downed North Union 4-3 on Monday.
Newman struggled to make solid contact against Clear Lake freshman pitcher Autumn Vanhorn.
The Knights scored a run in the first without the benefit of a hit, but fifth-inning singles by Paige Leininger and Hailey Worman set up Martinez’ drive to right center.
Leininger, who was touched by the Lions for two early runs, held Clear Lake scoreless on just two hits over the final five innings.
For Clear Lake, the loss was the second one-run loss in as many nights.
“We are a good team,” Lions coach Austin Peterson said. “Most of our games, we’re about one play away.”
Macy Mixdorf had a pair of doubles for the Lions while Julia Merfeld had two singles.
Newman (16-9) travels to Bishop Garrigan on Wednesday before returning home to host Northwood-Kensett on Friday.
Clear Lake (7-10) returns home to face Hampton-Dumont on Wednesday.
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High School baseball: Hampton-Dumont wins high-scoring affair against Osage
Hampton-Dumont 19, Osage 11
Hampton Dumont overcame a nine-run deficit Tuesday against Osage. The Green Devils led 10-1 after two innings, but the Bulldogs eventually broke an 11-11 tie in the seventh, scoring a whopping eight runs to claim the victory.
Cal Heeren went 3-for-5 with a pair of RBIs. Drew Uhlenhopp had four RBIs.
The Green Devils’ five-game winning streak came to a close with the loss. Gavin Schaefer went 3-for-5 with four RBIs.
Hampton-Dumont (7-10-1) faces Clear Lake on Wednesday. Osage (13-5) faces West Fork on Wednesday.
High School baseball: Bishop Garrigan falls to Central Springs, beats Northwood-Kensett
Central Springs 6, Bishop Garrigan 4 (Game 1)
Bishop Garrigan 16, Northwood-Kensett 9 (Game 2)
The Panthers totaled seven hits during Tuesday’s victory against Bishop Garrigan. Senior Treyjen Wilson went 3-for-4 with a pair of runs. Josh Stepleton had two hits.
Bishop Garrigan scored all four of its runs in the first inning.
The Panthers (7-10) face West Hancock on Wednesday.
The Golden Bears’ offense was more consistent in the second game, scoring runs in the final six innings. Northwood-Kensett’s Isaac Renteria had three hits and three runs.
Northwood-Kensett (8-8) faces North Iowa on Wednesday. Bishop Garrigan (12-13) plays St. Edmond on Thursday.
High School baseball: Saint Ansgar stymies Riceville
Saint Ansgar 12, Riceville 2
Saint Ansgar claimed a run-rule victory against Riceville on Tuesday.
Collin Kramer and John May each went 3-for-3 in the victory. Kramer drove in three runs. Jack Sievert pitched four innings and allowed only two hits with two earned runs. May pitched a perfect fifth inning.
Riceville got one hit from Sully Fair and Kaleb Asfahl.
Saint Ansgar (17-5) hosts Lake Mills on Wednesday. Riceville plays Turkey Valley on Friday.
High School baseball: West Fork dominates Nashua-Plainfield
West Fork 14, Nashua-Plainfield 5
Lukas Wogen pitched in four hits and five RBIs as West Fork claimed a nine-run victory on Tuesday. Kyle Rooney also had four hits, scoring four runs and driving in three.
Mitchel Halloran got the win after striking out nine and allowing three earned runs in five innings.
West Fork (15-4) hosts Osage on Wednesday.
High School baseball: Spooner, Andersen lead Forest City past Spirit Lake
Forest City 9, Spirit Lake 4
Seniors Jordan Spooner and Blaze Andersen led Forest City to victory Tuesday. Spooner went 4-for-4 with a pair of RBis, and Anderson went 1-for-3 with a home run and four RBIs.
Avery Busta earned the victory on the mound, pitching 5 1/3 innings. Forest City (14-6) faces North Butler on Wednesday.
High School baseball: Garner-Hayfield-Ventura’s losing streak reaches 13 games
Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 10, Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 6
The Cardinals lost their 13th consecutive game Tuesday.
Four Garner-Hayfield-Ventura players had multiple hits. Brody Boehnke had a team-high two RBI.
The Cardinals (2-13) will look to end the streak Wednesday against North Union.
High School softball: Hampton-Dumont cruises against Aplington-Parkersburg
Hampton-Dumont 17, Aplington-Parkersburg 1
The Bulldogs scored a season-high 17 runs against Aplington-Parkersburg on Tuesday. They’ll look to build off that impressive performance Wednesday at Clear Lake, marking Hampton-Dumont’s fourth consecutive road contest.
High School softball: Central Springs topples Bishop Garrigan
Central Springs 11, Bishop Garrigan 0
Hannah Ausenhus hit a pair of home runs and pitched a one-hitter Tuesday, showing complete dominance against Bishop Garrigan. She struck out 11 and walked two. Abby Pate and Abigayle Angell each had two home runs and four RBIs.
The Golden Bears responded with a 23-9 victory against Northwood-Kensett (10-9) in their second game of the day. Madison Meister went 6-for-6 with six runs, two triples, apair of stolen bases and four RBIs.
Central Springs (21-6) faces West Hancock on Wednesday. Bishop Garrigan (22-5) hosts Newman Catholic on Wednesday.
High School softball: Saint Ansgar defeats Riceville for fourth consecutive victory
Saint Ansgar 10, Riceville 4
Tanyon Schutjer gathered four of Saint Ansgar’s 11 hits Tuesday, as the Saints extended their winning streak to four games with a victory against Riceville. Mallory Juhl pitched seven innings and allowed three earned runs.
Shutjer had three RBIs, and Hali Anderson had two. Anderson was one of four players with at least two hits.
Riceville (10-15) hosts Don Bosco on Thursday.
The Saints (18-7) host Lake Mills on Wednesday.
High School softball: Late push propels Belmond-Klemme past Rockford
Belmond-Klemme 16, Rockford 12
Belmond-Klemme entered the fifth inning facing a five-run deficit, but it came back after scoring nine runs in the next two innings.
Haley Beminio had six RBIs and a home run. Madi Barrus added four RBIs of her own.
Jamie Schuster, who had three hits – including two doubles – and two RBIs, led Rockford offensively.
Belmond-Klemme (7-11) faces Eagle Grove on Wednesday.
Rockford (10-9) has a road contest against Nashua-Plainfield on Wednesday.
High School softball: West Fork’s three-game streak ends
Nashua-Plainfield 5, West Fork 3
The Warhawks’ softball team couldn’t extend its winning streak to four games against Nashua-Plainfield on Tuesday.
West Fork (13-8) hosts Osage on Wednesday.
High School softball: North Iowa suffers 10-run loss
North Union 13, North Iowa 3
The Bison lost their seventh straight game as North Union scored in all six innings Tuesday. North Iowa (4-14) hosts Northwood-Kensett on Wednesday.
High School softball: Garner-Hayfield-Ventura walks off against Clarion-Goldfield-Dows
Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 8, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 7
Jadyn Hughes, Kaitlyn Robinson and Emily Van Duesseldorp each had three hits during Garner-Hayfield-Ventura’s come-from-behind victory Tuesday.
The Cardinals trailed 6-0 after the first four innings.
Hughes had three RBIs.
G-H-V (7-15) faces North Union on Wednesday.
High School softball: Charles City crushes Oelwein twice
Charles City 12, Oelwen 0 (Game 1)
Charles City 15, Oelwein 0 (Game 2)
Sami Heyer threw nine perfect innings with 22 strikeouts during Charles City’s doubleheader victory Tuesday. Lisabeth Fiser and Lydia Staudt combined for seven RBIs in Game 1.
Charles City (28-0) hosts Decorah for a doubleheader Thursday.
High School softball: Charles City improves to 30-0 with pair of wins
Charles City gave up a season-high four runs during the second game of its doubleheader Thursday, but it didn’t matter as the Comets picked up a pair of wins and improved to 30-0.
Sami Heyer pitched a complete-game shutout with 11 strikeouts in the Game 1 3-0 win, allowing only three hits and walking three.
Rachel Chambers and Ashlyn Hoeft each hit a home run. Heyer was tagged for four runs in Game 2, though only one was earned, and the Comets won, 9-4.
She allowed four hits and struck out 10. Lisabeth Fiser and Lydia Staudt each had three hits.
Charles City faces Independence on Friday.
High School baseball: Newman Catholic pounds Estherville
Newman Catholic 9, Estherville Lincoln Central 2
The Knights picked up a victory against Estherville Lincoln Central on Thursday, scoring seven more runs than the Midgets. Newman Catholic scored multiple runs in three innings.
The Knights (20-3) host Northwood-Kensett on Friday.
High School baseball: Northwood-Kensett stunned by Eagle Grove
Eagle Grove 4, Northwood-Kensett 3
Northwood-Kensett took a 3-2 lead after a two-run seventh inning Thursday, but Eagle Grove responded with two runs in the bottom half of the frame, leading to a walkoff victory.
Northwood-Kensett (10-9) faces Newman Catholic on Friday.