High School softball: Charles City stays perfect
Charles City 14, Forest City 0
The Charles City softball team kept its season perfect with a dominating victory over Forest City on Tuesday. The Comets managed 13 hits as an offense, including a two-run home run from Ashlyn Hoeft. Junior Alex Litterer had three hits, including a double, and three RBI.
On the mound, senior Samantha Heyer pitched three innings, before the mercy rule was called, allowing zero hits and striking out seven, on only 33 pitches.
High School softball: Rockford beats West Fork by one run
Rockford 6, West Fork 5
The Rockford softball team won a one-run game against West Fork on Tuesday night, scoring the winning run in the top of the sixth inning, to improve its record to 6-3 on the season.
The Warriors had nine hits, including a home run from junior Kayla Carroll. Senior Jamie Schuster pitched a complete game, going seven innings, and allowing six hits and five runs, with eight strikeouts.
The loss was West Fork's first of the season.
High School softball: Saint Ansgar gets two-run win over North Butler
Saint Ansgar 7, North Butler 5
The Saint Ansgar softball team won its Tuesday night game against North Butler, scoring three runs in the top of the sixth inning to erase a one-run deficit.
The win was the Saint's third in their past four games. The loss for North Butler snapped a three-game winning streak.
High School softball: Hamtpon-Dumont beats Osage
Hampton-Dumont 6, Osage 3
The Hampton-Dumont softball team got a win over Osage on Tuesday, breaking a 3-3 tie by scoring three runs in the top of the seventh inning. The win boosted the Bulldogs record to 5-4, while the loss for Osage dropped the Green Devils' record to 5-7.
High School softball: Central Springs wins one run game against Clear Lake
Central Springs 3, Clear Lake 2
The Central Springs softball team beat Clear Lake by a single run on Tuesday night, scoring three first-inning runs for a lead the Panthers would never relinquish.
Clear Lake is now 2-2 for the season, and also played Algona on Wednesday night, with results unknown at press time. The Panthers are now 7-4 on the season.
High School softball: Seven run sixth inning powers Belmond-Klemme to win
Belmond-Klemme 13, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 5
The Belmond-Klemme softball team powered back from a two-run deficit, by scoring 10 runs in the final two innings, to secure a 13-5 win over Clarion-Goldfield-Dows.
Eighth-grader Allison Barrus hit a solo home run, one of the Broncos 17 hits. Sophomore Addie McMurray was 3-4, and scored three runs, with a triple.
High School softball: North Iowa snaps losing streak
North Iowa 16, West Bend-Mallard 15
The North Iowa softball team snapped its five-game losing streak, with a 16-15 victory over West Bend-Mallard. The Bison overcame 6-0 deficit, scoring three runs in the bottom of the third, and six runs in both the fourth and fifth innings. In the top of the sixth inning, West Bend-Mallard scored six runs in the top of the sixth inning, for a near come-back, but the Wolverines wound up one run short.
North Iowa is now 3-6.
High School softball: West Hancock gets blown out
BRITT | The West Hancock softball team got blown out by Nashua-Plainfield on Tuesday, as the Huskies beat the Eagles 16-5. West Hancock managed only four hits in the game, but did walk seven times. Eighth-grader Kamryn Eckels had two of the Eagles hits.
Freshman Kennedy Kelly pitched five innings for West Hancock, and struggled, allowing 12 hits, 16 runs, 12 of them earned, and five walks.
High School baseball: Newman Catholic still unbeaten
Newman Catholic 8, South Winneshiek 1
The Newman Catholic baseball team kept its season perfect on Tuesday, beating South Winneshiek on the road, 8-1.
Junior Sammy Kratz pitched five innings, and allowed just one hit on 96 pitches, with 11 strikeouts.
Senior George Schmitt pitched two innings of relief, and allowed one hit.
High School baseball: West Fork wallops Rockford
West Fork 13, Rockford 0
The West Fork baseball team crushed Rockford on Tuesday, to the tune of a 13- win. Since losing their opening game, the Warhawks have won six straight games. Rockford fell to 5-4 on the season.
High School baseball: Forest City demolished by Humboldt
Humboldt 21, Forest City 4
The Forest City baseball team was crushed in Tuesday's game against Humboldt, as the Indians fell behind early, and no chance of a comeback in a 21-4 loss.
The Indians struck first, scoring one run in the bottom of the first inning. But in the second, Humboldt scored seven runs, followed by six more in the top of the fourth to take a commanding 13-1 lead. Forest City answered with three runs of its own in the bottom of the inning, but eight runs from the Wildcats made the lop-sided score even worse for the Indians.
The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for Forest City. Four of the Indians past five games have involved at least one of the teams scoring 10 or more runs.
High School baseball: Belmond-Klemme gets big win over Clarion-Goldfield-Dows
Belmond-Klemme 14, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 6
The Belmond-Klemme baseball team bate Clarion-Goldfield-Dows by eight runs on Tuesday, 14-6. The win was the Broncos second of the season. They also played Wednesday night against North Iowa. Results were not known at press time.
High School baseball: West Hancock falls to Nashua-Plainfield
Nashua-Plainfield 12, West Hancock 3
The West Hancock baseball team dropped a game to Nashua-Plainfield 12-3 on Tuesday. The Eagles scored each of their runs in the final two innings, but they couldn't mount a significant rally. It was the third straight loss for West Hancock, who is now 2-5 on the season.
High School baseball: Charles City beats Decorah
Charles City 5, Decorah 3
The Charles City baseball team beat Decorah by to runs on Tuesday, 5-3. The Comets managed 11 hits, including doubles from senior Cole Reams and Ian Collins.
Junior Tait Arndt got the win for the Comets, going 6 2/3 innings, and giving up eight hits on 112 pitches, with seven strikeouts.
Charles City's next game is Friday against Dike-New Hartford.
High School softball: West Hancock loses big to North Butler
North Butler 15, West Hancock 0
The West Hancock softball team allowed 11 runs in the third inning of Wednesday's game, and ended up losing the contest 15-0.
The loss was the Eagle's sixth straight, and was the fourth time in the past five games that West Hancock allowed at least 13 runs.
North Butler is now 7-3 for the season, and will play next Friday at West Fork.
High School softball: Algona beats Clear Lake by six
Algona 12, Clear Lake 6
The Algona softball team got its fourth victory of the season on Wednesday, beating Clear Lake 12-6. The Bulldogs scored one run in each of the first three innings, and then scored six runs in the bottom of the fifth. After six runs in the sixth inning from the Lions, Algona scored three more to put the game out of reach.
Clear Lake also played on Thursday night, against Garner-Hayfield-Ventura. Results were unknown at press time.
High School softball: Hampton-Dumont wins, 8-0
The Hampton-Dumont softball team beat Iowa Falls-Alden 8-0 on Wednesday night, improving its record to 6-4 for the season.
The Bulldogs next game will be Monday at St. Edmond.
High School softball: Central Springs beats Garner-Hayfield-Ventura
Central Springs 12, Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 1
The Central Springs softball team got a solid victory over the Cardinals on Wednesday, collecting 13 hits en route to a 12-1 win. Freshman Kaylea Fessler hit three singles, and scored three runs. Eighth grader Abby Pate had two hits and three runs, and Lizzy Hamand hit a solo home run.
Starting pitcher Hannah Ausenhaus pitched three innings, and allowed one hit, and one earned run, while striking out four.
Central Springs played Thursday night at Northwood-Kensett, while the Cardinals played the Lions in Clear Lake.
High School softball: Bishop Garrigan crushes Rockford
Bishop Garrigan 15, Rockford 1
The Bishop Garrigan softball team crushed Rockford on Wednesday night, by 14 runs. The Golden Bears scored three runs in the top of the third inning, and four more in the third, taking a quick 7-1 lead over the Warriors. In the final two innings, Bishop Garrigan scored eight more runs.
Rockford pitcher Jamie Schuster allowed 13 hits, and 15 runs, walking eight and throwing an astounding 170 pitches.
Mackenzie and Madison Meister combined for five hits, and four runs scored. Junior Amanda Miller had two hits, including a solo home run. Miller also pitched a complete game, and allowed five hits, and one unearned run.
High School softball: Nashua-Plainfield topples Northwood-Kensett
Nashua-Plainfield 13, Northwood-Kensett 8
The Nashua-Plainfield softball team won an offensive battle against the Vikings, as the two teams battled it out at the the plate in the late innings. The Huskies took a 4-2 lead by scoring thrice in the bottom of the third inning, and then added four more after the Vikings scored once in the top of the fourth.
In the fifth and sixth, the Huskies scored a total of five runs, while the Vikings scored five more, split between the sixth and seventh innings.
The loss dropped the Vikings to 3-4 on the season. They also played Thursday night against Central Springs.
High School softball: Early runs lead West Fork to win
West Fork 7, Eagle Grove 2
The West Fork softball team smacked its way to victory on Wednesday, using its early-game runs to build an advantage over the Eagles. The Warhawks scored three runs in the first two innings, and then three more in the fourth. The Eagles scored two runs in the sixth, but it wasn't enough to mount a rally.
West Fork improved its record to 7-1 on the season. The Warhawks next game is Friday, at North Butler.
High School softball: North Union wallops Lake Mills
North Union 14, Lake Mills 4
The Lake Mills softball team got beaten by North Union by 10 runs on Wednesday, by a score of 14-4.
The loss was the seventh consecutive defeat for the Bulldogs.
High School softball: Charles City sweeps doubleheader
Charles City 12, New Hampton 2
Charles City 4, New Hampton 0
The Charles City softball team swept a doubleheader on Wednesday against New Hampton, improving its record to 15-0 on the season.
The Comets had 17 hits in the first game, and took a quick 7-1 lead in the second inning.
Senior Samantha Heyer pitched five innings, and allowed three hits and two earned runs, while striking out eight hitters.
In the second game, the Comets scored their four runs on only six hits. Heyer threw 111 pitches in the game, and allowed only two hits.
High School softball: Riceville rolls over GMG, Garwin
Riceville 17, GMG, Garwin 4
The Riceville softball team had 12 hits and nine walks in Wednesday's game against GMG, Garwin, for the Warriors sixth straight victory.
Since losing their first three games of the season, Riceville has won every game. Josie Gansen and Kayln Jensen each had three hits, and scored three runs in the ballgame.
Riceville played a game Thursday night against Don Bosco, with results coming in after press time.
High School softball: Osage wins one-run game against Forest City
Osage 10, Forest City 9
The Osage softball team beat Forest City by one run on Wednesday, as the Green Devils slugged their way to a win behind 13 hits from their offense. Senior Katelyn Halbach had three hits, including a solo home run.
Freshman Ashley Halbach allowed nine runs over eight innings, but was still awarded the victory.
High School baseball: Mason City sweeps Des Moines Hoover
Mason City 15, Des Moines Hoover 0
Mason City 14, Des Moines Hoover 2
The Mason City baseball played two short games on Wednesday night, sweeping Des Moines Hoover in a double-header and run-ruling both games.
Derek Dalen started both games, and was awarded both victories. Dalen threw only 44 pitches in six total innings of work.
Dawson Wedeking had four hits, with a home run and six RBI. Dylan Miller hit a grand slam in the third inning of game two.
The Mohawks improved their record to 6-1 on the season, and played Waterloo East on Thursday night.
High School baseball: Clear Lake beats Algona
Clear Lake 12, Algona 4
The Clear Lake boys team beat Algona 12-4 on Wednesday, scoring 10 runs in the final three innings to secure the win. The victory was the second in two days for the Lions, who were coming off of a five-game losing streak.
Algona fell to 3-5 on the year, with the loss.
High School baseball: Hampton-Dumont comes back to beat Iowa Falls-Alden
Hampton-Dumont 11, Iowa Falls-Alden 5
The Hampton-Dumont baseball team came back from a 5-2 lead, scoring five runs in the bottom of the third inning, and scoring four more in the sixth, for the six-run win.
The Bulldogs had 16 hits on offense, with Drew Uhlenhopp collecting three of those base knocks. All nine hitters in the starting lineup collected at least one hit.
Senior Lukas Smith pitched six innings, and threw 109 pitches. Smith allowed four hits and five earned runs. He walked five hitters, but made up for it with 10 strikeouts.
High School baseball: Osage 10-runs Forest City
Osage 12, Forest City 2
Forest City scored two runs in the top of the first inning on May 5, and took a quick lead. But that was all the offense the Indians could muster, as Osage exploded for 11 runs in the middle innings, eventually winning the game 12-2.
The Green Devils collected seven hits, and eight walks. Junior Gavin Schaefer had two of Osage's hits, and collected three RBIs. Freshman Tyler Oberfoell also had three RBI.
Schaefer was a force on both sides of the ball. The junior pitched six innings, and allowed one hits and two unearned runs. Though he walked six, he struck out seven.
High School baseball: Central Springs scores early to beat Cardinals
Central Springs 4, Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 2
The Central Springs baseball team scored four runs in the bottom of the second of Wednesday's game, and was able to hold on for the win against Garner-Hayfield-Ventura.
Sophomore Josh Stepleton had two hits, including an double, and scored a run for the Panthers. On the mound, freshman Owen Dannen got the start, and went 5 2/3 innings, allowing five hits, and two earned runs.
High School baseball: Newman Catholic suffers first loss
Saint Ansgar 5, Newman Catholic 3
The Newman Catholic baseball team lost for the first time this season on Wednesday, dropping a 5-3 decision to Saint Ansgar, as the Saints allowed only six hits. Tate Mayer got the start for the Saints, and lasted only one inning, allowing two runs and two hits. He was pulled in favor of senior Collin Kramer, who went six innings, and allowed only one earned run on 103 pitches, with 11 strikeouts.
The loss was the first for the Knights since last June 9, when the team lost at Bishop Heelan in Sioux City. Junior Evan Paulus went 5 1/3 innings for the Knights, and allowed five runs, striking out nine. In a weird coincidence, Paulus was also the losing pitcher in last year's one loss.
Newman Catholic's next game will be Friday against Nashua-Plainfield. Saint Ansgar improved to 8-3.
High School baseball: Rockford thumps Bishop Garrigan
Rockford 7, Bishop Garrigan 0
The Rockford baseball team beat Bishop Garrigan 7-0 in Wednesday night's game, improving the Warriors record to 6-4, while Bishop Garrigan is now 5-5.
Rockford's next game is Friday, at Northwood-Kensett.
High School baseball: Lake Mills run-rules North Union
Lake Mills 14, North Union 0
Lake Mills beat North Union by 10 runs on Wednesday, the Bulldogs fifth win in a row. Lake Mills next game will be Friday, at Bishop Garrigan.
High School baseball: West Hancock wins close game against North Butler
West Hancock 7, North Butler 5
The West Hancock baseball team beat North Butler by two runs on Wednesday. The Eagles collected 12 hits. Junior Tate Hagen pitched five innings, and allowed seven hit, and five runs, with five strikeouts.
Senior Lucas Weiland led the way on offense for West Hancock, collecting three hits, including two doubles, while also scoring two runs.
High School baseball: Northwood-Kensett loses one-run game
Nashua-Plainfield 4, Northwood-Kensett 3
The Nashua-Plainfield baseball team won a one run ballgame over Northwood-Kensett. The Vikings had only four hits. Starting pitcher Isaac Renteria got the loss, after allowing four runs on nine hits.
High School baseball: West Fork demolishes Eagle Grove
West Fork 23, Eagle Grove 2
It was a three innings from hell for Eagle Grove on Wednesday, as the West Fork baseball team just kept hitting. By the end of the third inning, the Warhawks had a 23-2 lead, which would end up being the final score.
Senior Trey Pfeffer went the full four innings, and allowed only three hits and two earned runs.
High School baseball: Riceville loses by a run
GMG, Garwin 8, Riceville 7
The Riceville baseball team lost a one-run ballgame to GMG, Garwin on Wednesday by a score of 8-7, dropping their record to 3-4 on the year. Riceville's also played Thursday, at Don Bosco.
High School softball: Charles City wallops Oelwein
Charles City 15, Oelwein 0
The Charles City softball team made quick work of Oelwein on Thursday, as the Comets scored 10 runs in the first inning, and five in the second, to run-rule the Huskies, and extend their perfect record to 16-0.
The Comets managed 13 hits in the game, including a bases-clearing triple from senior Samantha Heyer. Heyer has proven herself to be a force on the diamond, as she also got the start, and dominated in her three innings, allowing just one hit and zero runs with nine strikeouts.
The Comets next game is Monday, at Decorah.
High School softball: Clear Lake gets walk-off victory
The Clear Lake softball team got a walk-off victory over Garner-Hayfield-Ventura on Thursday, as the Lions beat the Cardinals 10-9. Going into the bottom of the seventh inning, Clear Lake tied the game 8-8 by scoring two runs to send the game to extras. The Cardinals took the lead in the top of the eighth with a run, but the Lions scored twice more in the bottom half of the inning to take the win.
The win broke a three-game losing streak for the Lions, while the Cardinals continued their slide, with a fourth straight defeat.
High School softball: Algona beats Forest City by six
Algona 7, Forest City 1
The Algona softball team beat Forest City by a score of 7-1 on Thursday, the second straight victory for the Bulldogs, improving their record to 5-4 for the year. It was the third straight defeat for the Indians, who are now 3-6.
High School softball: Central Springs wallops Northwood-Kensett
Central Springs 13, Northwood-Kensett 1
The Central Springs softball team whupped Northwood-Kensett 13-1 on Thursday. The Panthers had 13 hits, including home runs from Hannah Ausenhaus and Madisyn Kelley. Ausenhaus pitched a complete game, and allowed five hits, while striking out 10.
It was the third straight loss for the Vikings, who are now 3-5.
High School softball: Humboldt destroys Belmond-Klemme
Humboldt 11, Belmond-Klemme 1
The Belmond-Klemme softball team got run-ruled by Humboldt, by a score of 11-1.
The loss gave Belmond-Klemme a 4-5 record.
High School softball: Bishop Garrigan crushes West Bend-Mallard
Bishop Garrigan 13, West Bend-Mallard 3
The Bishop Garrigan softball team crushed West Bend-Mallard 13-3 on Thursday, as the Golden Bears collected 15 hits, and six walks. Madison Meister had four of those hits, and scored three runs. Junior Emma Fogarty had three hits, and had six RBI.
Junior Aubree Altman pitched seven innings for the Golden Bears, and allowed 12 hits on three earned runs.
High School softball: Don Bosco beats Riceville
Don Bosco 13, Riceville 7
The Riceville softball team had its winning streak snapped by Don Bosco on Thursday, as the Warriors lost 13-7.
Junior Kayln Jensen allowed nine earned runs in 3 1/3 innings of work. Sophomore Josie Gansen came on in relief and allowed four earned runs.
High School baseball: Algona falls to Esteherville Lincoln Central
Estherville Lincoln Central 8, Algona 1
The Algona baseball team suffered a loss at the hands of the Midgets on Thursday by seven runs. The Bulldogs lost for the fourth time in their past five games. Algona's next game is Monday at Humboldt.
High School baseball: Northwood-Kensett beats Central Spring in offense showdown
The Northwood-Kensett baseball team won a battle of the bats of Thursday, as the Vikings beat Central Springs 14-8. The Vikings had 13 hits in the game, and were also helped by 14 walks.
Senior Trey Waldemar pitched three innings, and allowed six hits and three earned runs. He was relieved by Caden Schrage, who pitched four innings, and allowed five runs. Waldemar was awarded the win.
Central Springs fell to 3-5 on the season, and lost for the fifth time in its past six games.
High School baseball: West Fork crushes Clarksville
West Fork 11, Clarksville 3
The West Fork baseball team beat Clarksville on Thursday 11-3, the Warhawks ninth straight victory. West Fork has won every game since their season-opening loss to Saint Ansgar.
West Fork also played on Friday night against North Butler, but results were unknown at press time.
High School baseball: Forest City whips Bishop Garrigan
Forest City 10, Bishop Garrigan 5
The Forest City baseball team beat Bishop Garrigan by a 10-5 score on Thursday, a feat they managed despite only collecting only six hits.
Senior Jordan Spooner led the Indians in base knocks for the game, with four, also scoring one run. Seniors Blaze Andersen and Isaiah Monson each collected one hits, and scored two run.
Freshman Reese Moore got the win for Forest City, as he went three innings, and allowed four earned runs on just one hits. Andersen pitched the final four innings, and allowed one run, while striking out six.
High School baseball: Clear Lake continues resurgence with win over Cardinals
Clear Lake 8, Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 7
The Clear Lake baseball team continued its revival with a one-run victory over Garner-Hayfield-Ventura on Thursday, as the Lions won their third straight game. Prior to their current winning streak, the Lions had lost five games in a row.
Both teams scored four runs in the first inning. In the third, the Lions scored a lone run, and added to their lead with three more in the fourth. The Cardinals nearly tied the game in the fifth, as they pushed across three, but Clear Lake's lead held, improving the Lions record to 4-5. Their next game is Monday, against Clarion-Goldfield-Dows.
Garner-Hayfield-Ventura is going the opposite way of the Lions. After winning their first two games of the season, the Cardinals have lost five straight.
High School baseball: Riceville loses to Don Bosco
Don Bosco 12, Riceville 4
The Riceville baseball team lost to Don Bosco on Thursday by eight runs, as the Warriors pitching staff got smacked around.
Junior Sully Fair got the loss, after pitching five innings, and allowing nine hits and six runs. Senior Kaleb Asfahl pitched the sixth innings, and allowed five hits and six more runs. Thursday's game was the third straight loss for Riceville.
High School baseball: Mason City splits with Des Moines East, improves to 7-2
Mason City 10, Des Moines East 3 (Game 1)
Des Moines East 7, Mason City 5 (Game 2)
Mason City’s baseball team improved to 7-2 after a split at Des Moines East on Friday.
Harrison Nagel pitched a complete game with only two earned runs allowed in the first contest, limiting Des Moines East to four hits. He had two strikeouts. Alex Gold went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs. He was one of four players with a pair of hits in the first game.
Gold, Carter Thomas and Dawson Wedeking picked up two more hits in the loss.
“Harrison Nagel set the tone in the opener on the mound,” Mason City coach Troy Rood said. “He had great command of his breaking ball … Offensively, Alex Gold had a solid night at the plate coming up with big hits for us. Dawson Wedeking, Carter Thomas, and Connor Dalen also had solid nights offensively.”
High School baseball: Bobinet’s 12 Ks propel Osage past Belmond-Klemme
Osage 7, Belmond-Klemme 5
The Green Devils got a stellar performance from senior Brett Bobinet during Friday’s victory against Belmond-Klemme. Bobinet pitched 6 1/3 innings, striking out 12 and allowing three earned runs. He also had a pair of hits and stole two bases.
Colin Muller had two RBIs and went 2-for-4 with a triple. Osage stole 11 bases.
Each team scored three runs in the first, and each team scored two in the seventh. The difference: Osage scored a pair of runs in the sixth; Belmond-Klemme did not.
The Green Devils (6-2) face North Iowa on Monday.
The Broncos (2-7) face Central Springs.
High School baseball: Johnson leads Forest City past Central Springs
Forest City 7, Central Springs 3
Indians senior Luke Johnson went 2-for-3 with three RBIs during Friday’s victory against Central Springs. Avery Busta went 1-for-2 at the plate with three runs, two stolen bases and two walks.
Trey Blaser earned the victory on the mound, pitching six innings and striking out five.
Forest City scored four runs in the first, jumping out to an early lead.
Central Springs scored three late runs, but Forest City’s lead was too large.
The Indians (7-3) face Saint Ansgar on Monday, while the Panthers (3-6) host Belmond-Klemme.
High School baseball: Saint Ansgar’s bats excel in victory against Garner-Hayfield-Ventura
Saint Ansgar 15, Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 4
Mark Williams pitched five innings with no earned runs Friday as the Saints easily defeated the Cardinals. Williams had four strikeouts and one walk allowed. The loss marked Garner-Hayfield-Ventura’s sixth in a row. The team scored all four runs in the first inning, failing to cross home plate afterward.
Saint Ansgar improved to 9-3 with the victory.
Garner-Hayfield-Ventura fell to 2-6. The Cardinals will face Nashua-Plainfield on Monday.
High School baseball: North Butler ends West Fork’s nine-game winning streak
North Butler 6, West Fork 3
Kane Allison led North Butler with three hits and two RBIs during North Butler’s victory against West Fork on Friday.
Beau Thompson and Kaden Miller each pitched in a pair of hits. Bearcats pitcher Brandon Reiher pitched 6 1/3 innings and allowed a pair of earned runs and struck out eight.
North Butler (5-4) faces Eagle Grove on Monday, while West Fork (9-2) hosts North Union.
High School baseball: Hason, Lake Mills defeat Bishop Garrigan
Lake Mills 8, Bishop Garrigan 2
Lake Mills picked up a six-run victory against Bishop Garrigan on Friday. Casey Hanson earned the win, pitching 6 1/3 innings. The victory gave the Bulldogs their sixth victory in a row.
Bishop Garrigan lost its third consecutive game. The Golden Bears fell to 5-7.
Lake Mills improved to 9-2.
High School baseball: North Iowa pounds Eagle Grove, wins third straight
North Iowa 15, Eagle Grove 5
Dominyk Price went 4-for-4 with three runs, two hits, two RBIs and a pair of stolen bases during North Iowa’s blowout victory against Eagle Grove.
Kade Hobbs and Hunter Meinders each had three hits.
The Bison (4-7) host Osage on Monday.
High School baseball: Charles City loses lead to Dike-New Hartford
Dike-New Hartford 12, Charles City 11
The Comets took a 11-1 lead against Dike-New Hartford but surrendered 11 runs after the fourth inning, dropping their record to 6-5.
High School baseball: West Hancock falls to North Union
North Union 16, West Hancock 10
The Eagles’ baseball team took a six-run loss to North Union on Friday. West Hancock led 7-1 entering the bottom of the fifth, but North Union scored 13 runs to take a commanding lead.
High School softball: Mason City swept by Valley
Valley 12, Mason City 3 (Game 1)
Valley 17, Mason City 3 (Game 2)
Mason City lost two games by a combined 23 runs Friday night against Valley.
Mason City collected eight hits in the first game, with Sami Miller and Anna Lensing each contributing two.
The Mohawks were limited to two hits in the second game. Miller’s hit was a three-run home run. Erin Lacy, a sophomore, collected the other hit in a pinch-hitting role.
Mason City (3-3) has a doubleheader against Des Moines East on Friday.
High School softball: Algona blows out Clarion-Goldfield-Dows
Algona 12, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 2
The Bulldogs scored seven first-inning runs on their way to a run-rule victory against Clarion-Goldfield-Dows on Friday. Algona scored five more runs during the next three innings to clinch the victory.
The win improved Algona’s record to 6-4.
High School softball: Halbach leads Osage past Belmond-Kelmme
Osage 4, Belmond-Klemme 3
Freshman pitcher Ashley Halbach struck out 13 and allowed only one earned run during Friday’s narrow victory against Belmond-Klemme.
No players had more than one hit. Halbach hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning, as well.
The Broncos scored a run in the sixth and seventh innings, but they couldn’t tie the game.
Osage improved to 7-5 with the victory. Belmond-Klemme, which fell to 4-6, faces Central Springs on Monday.
High School softball: Central Springs defeats Forest City, wins fifth consecutive game
Central Springs 9, Forest City 0
The Panthers won their fifth consecutive game and blew out Forest City on Friday. Hannah Ausenhus struck out 15 in a complete-game shutout. She allowed only one hit and three walks.
Kaylea Fessler had three hits, including a triple. She had two RBIs, as well. The Panthers had 14 hits in total.
The loss marked the fourth consecutive for Forest City (3-7)
The Panthers improved to 10-4.
High School softball: Saint Ansgar shuts out Garner-Hayfield-Ventura
Saint Ansgar 12, Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 0
Saint Ansgar earned a run-rule victory after five innings against Garner-Hayfield-Ventura on Friday. The Saints were up 1-0 heading into the fourth inning, but they scored 11 runs in the next two innings to claim the victory.
High School softball: Mason City sweeps Saturday tripleheader to improve to 6-5
Mason City’s softball team went undefeated through three games Saturday, winning each contest by four runs or more.
The Mohawks’ pitchers and defense limited opponents to only six runs on the day.
McKenna Mentink earned the win and chipped in three RBIs in the first game, a 6-2 victory over Boyden-Hall-Rock Valley. Sami Miller also had three hits and three steals.
Anna Lensing got the win in the circle in Game 2, pitching four innings and allowing only one hit. The Mohawks downed Sioux Center 7-2.
Mentink earned another win in Game 3, allowing one hit in six innings with no earned runs allowed. Mason City downed Westwood 7-2.
The victories improved Mason City’s record to 6-5. The Mohawks played a doubleheader against Southeast Polk on Monday.
High School softball: Algona splits Saturday doubleheader
Algona 10, Eagle Grove 2 (Game 1)
North Butler 1, Algona 0 (Game 2)
Algona stretched its winning streak to four games with a victory against Eagle Grove on Saturday, but that same streak ended shortly afterward with a low-scoring loss to North Butler.
Ashlin Young earned the victory in Game 1, pitching six innings and allowing one earned run. Lily Elsbecker went 3-for-3 with two RBIs.
Kameryn Etherington excelled in the circle in the next game, pitching seven innings and allowing only one earned run while striking out 14. However, North Butler’s run in the top of the fifth was enough for the victory.
Kiya Johnson had two of North Butler’s hits, and she also pitched seven innings of scoreless softball with eight strikeouts.
North Butler improved to 10-3, and Algona fell to 7-5.
The Bearcats face Eagle Grove on Monday, while the Bulldogs face Humboldt.
High School softball: North Butler earns narrow victory against Nevada.
North Butler 3, Nevada 2
The Bearcats scored three late runs to clinch a victory against Nevada. Alex Mathers, a senior, pitched six innings, allowed one earned run and struck out two. Three players pushed a run across home plate, including eighth-grader Kenzie Groen, who was 3-for-3 at the plate.
High School softball: Osage loses pair of Saturday games
Riceville 6, Osage 5 (Game 1)
Waukon 12, Osage 4 (Game 2)
Osage’s softball team dropped a pair of games at Riceville High School on Saturday.
Victoria Schwarting had two RBIs and went 3-for-3 at the plate in Game 1, and Olivia Dodd added a pair of hits, as well. But Riceville scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to earn a dramatic victory.
The Wildcats had eight players record at least one hit, and Melanie McElroy delivered two.
Osage fell in the second game, but Schwarting had another spectacular performance at the plate, going 3-for-3 once more.
The Green Devils (7-9) have a road contest against North Iowa on Monday.
High School softball: Saint Ansgar goes undefeated in Riceville
Saint Ansgar 9, Waukon 1 (Game 1)
Saint Ansgar 5, Riceville 4 (Game 2)
The Saints outscored opponents 14-5 Saturday, collecting a pair of victories and extending their winning streak to six games.
Saint Ansgar scored five runs in the first two innings against Waukon and four more in innings four and five. They went down 4-0 to Riceville but scored three runs in the third and two in the fifth to pull ahead. The Wildcats had three players collect two hits in the loss.
Saint Ansgar (10-4) hosts Forest City on Monday, and Riceville (7-5) faces Clarksville.
High School softball: Central Springs extends winning streak with three victories
Central Springs 13, Sioux Center 1 (Game 1)
Central Springs 13, BHRV 1 (Game 2)
Central Springs 5, Spirit Lake 2 (Game 3)
After Saturday’s three-win performance, the Panthers have won eight straight.
The first game was a four-inning, run-rule victory. Hannah Ausenhus pitched four innings and allowed two hits. Five Panthers had two RBIs, including Ausenhus. She pitched five innings with three hits allowed in the second game. Kaylea Fessler had three RBIs.
Ausenhus pitched eight more innings in the last game, striking out 13. Eighth-grader Aurora Stepleton hit a three-run, walk-off homer in the bottom of the eighth.
Central Springs (13-4) hosts Belmond-Klemme on Monday.
High School softball: Newman Catholic’s losing streak continues
Bishop Garrigan 11, Newman Catholic 8 (Game 1)
Dowling Catholic 9, Newman Catholic 1 (Game 2)
The Knights suffered two losses on Saturday, bringing their losing streak to seven games.
Macy Alexander was 3-for-4 in the first loss. Bishop Garrigan’s Aubree Altman went 3-for-3 with three RBIs in the victory.
Newman Catholic’s second loss was more convincing, as the Knights were held to four hits.
Newman Catholic (4-8) will look to end the skid Monday against Rockford. Bishop Garrigan (11-3) has a road contest against West Hancock.
High School softball: Bishop Garrigan falls to Columbus Catholic
Columbus Catholic 9, Bishop Garrigan 0
Prior to the Golden Bears’ victory against Newman Catholic on Saturday, they suffered a nine-run loss.
Amanda Miller and Emma Fogarty accounted for four of Bishop Garrigan’s five hits.
High School softball: Northwood-Kensett splits Saturday games
Melcher-Dallas 16, Northwood-Kensett 4 (Game 1)
Northwood-Kensett 14, Lake Mills 4 (Game 2)
Northwood-Kensett found itself on both sides of blowouts Saturday. First came a 12-run loss, which was followed with a 10-run victory.
Kayle Senne was 3-for-4 in Game 1, and Jaela Parks had two RBIs. Laura Hopperstad and Allie Carman each had three hits in Game 2.
Northwood-Kensett (5-6) faces Lake Mills again on Monday.
High School softball: Lake Mills’ losing streak reaches 10 games
Melcher-Dallas 10, Lake Mills 0
The Bulldogs’ losing streak reached 10 games Saturday after a pair of losses, including a 10-run shutout to Melcher-Dallas. The Bulldogs surrendered four runs in the third, and six runs combined in the fourth and fifth innings.
Lake Mills fell to 1-13 with the loss.
High School softball: Forest City falls to Emmetsburg
Emmetsburg 8, Forest City 1
Forest City surrendered six runs in the third and another in each of the next two innings, causing them to lose to Emmetsburg on Saturday. The loss marked the team’s fifth consecutive.
The Indians (3-8) played at Saint Ansgar on Monday.
High School baseball: Saint Ansgar’s Tate excels against Charles City
Saint Ansgar 5, Charles City 0 (Game 1)
Kee 8, Saint Ansgar 3 (Game 2)
Eighth-grader Tate Mayer excelled for Saint Ansgar on Saturday, pitching seven scoreless innings against Charles City on Saturday.
Adam Williams had two hits for the Saints, including a double. He drove home three runs. Ian Collins had two hits for the Comets.
The Saints dropped their second game against Kee, building a 3-1 lead before allowing seven runs in innings four and five.
Saint Ansgar (10-4) hosts Forest City on Monday.
High School baseball: Charles City narrowly falls to Kee
Kee 4, Charles City 3
Cole Reams went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and three RBIs, but Charles City’s baseball team lost its second game Saturday with a one-run loss to Kee. The Comets scored a run in the bottom of the seventh but couldn’t tie it up. Wyatt Stevenson and Ian Collins each had a pair of hits in the loss.
Charles City (6-6) hosted New Hampton on Monday.
High School baseball: Newman Catholic splits pair of one-run games
Davenport Assumption 2, Newman Catholic 1 (Game 1)
Newman Catholic 15, St. Albert 14 (Game 2)
The Knights competed in a pair of one-run games Saturday, shaking off a loss with a high-scoring victory.
Kyle Armour had Newman Catholic’s lone hit in Game 1. Doug Taylor pitched 5 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball, but two runs came across the board against Merritt McCardle in the seventh. Both runs were unearned.
Jack McGuire had three hits and four RBIs in the second game. Max Burt went 3-for-4 with three RBIs, and three other players drove in two runs.
Newman Catholic (9-2) faces Rockford on Monday.
High School baseball: Lake Mills splits pair of games
Davenport Central 20, Lake Mills 6 (Game 1)
Lake Mills 9, Waterloo East 8 (Game 2)
The Bulldogs’ baseball team was blown out to start Saturday, but they responded with a resilient effort in Game 2.
Carson Eaton and Cael Boehmer each had two hits in the first game. Eaton also drove home three runs.
The Bulldogs withstood a five-run outburst in the top of the sixth against Waterloo East, coming back with four runs of their own in the bottom half of the frame.
Jackson Rice had four RBIs, two walks and two stolen bases.
Lake Mills (10-3) hosts Northwood-Kensett on Monday.
High School baseball: Bishop Garrigan’s losing streak reaches five games
St. Albert 14, Bishop Garrigan 4 (Game 1)
Kuemper Catholic 7, Bishop Garrigan 0 (Game 2)
Bishop Garrigan’s losing streak reached five games Saturday. The first loss was a 10-run beatdown against St. Albert, which scored at least four runs in three separate innings.
Brad Capesius and John Joyce each had two hits in the loss. Joyce had a pair of RBIs.
The Golden Bears were shut out in Game 2. Isaiah Byrkeland had two of the team’s five hits.
Bishop Garrigan (5-9) will look to end its losing streak Monday against West Hancock.
High School softball: Clear Lake loses to Clarion-Goldfield-Dows
CLEAR LAKE | Clear Lake spotted Clarion-Goldfield-Dows a four-run lead in the first inning and could never quite recover in a 6-5 loss at home on Monday.
The Lions fought back to tie the game in the bottom of the third after Chelsey Holck smacked a two-run homer in the second and Bella Parker and Sara Faber each singled and scored in the third, but a two-run outburst by the Cowgirls in the top of the fourth proved to be the difference.
Macy Mixdorf added a solo home run for the Lions.
Alivia Hauge tossed 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief for Clear Lake.
The Lions (4-4) travel to Mason City on Tuesday.
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.