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.
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.