No. 3 Warriors sweep doubleheader

SWEA CITY – Iowa Class 2A, No. 3-ranked North Union combined precision pitching with lethal lumber to pound out a Corn Belt Conference doubleheader softball sweep over the Clay Central-Everly Mavericks on Monday night in Swea City.

Autumn Boland hammered out four hits, including three doubles, to generate a game-best six RBIs, while senior ace right-hander Allie Ingalls hurled a two-hitter to engineer the Warriors’ 13-1, four-inning triumph in Game 1.

Sarah Rolling and Sara Johnson then each homered and combined for five RBIs, while sophomore ace Peyton Oleson fired a four-hit shutout to pace North Union’s 12-0, four-frame victory in the nightcap.

“It looked like we came to hit tonight,” a smiling Warrior mentor Art Ingalls said in reference to his potent batting order’s 23-hit performance over the two-game span.

Ironically, Maverick right-hander Mattie Larson worked out of a first-and-second jam to keep the Warriors off of the scoreboard in the opener’s last half of the first before the proverbial floodgates opened.

Jasmine Clausen lined a single to lead off North Union’s second at-bat, Rolling reached on a fielder’s choice that did not produce an out and Johnson walked to load the bases.

Two outs later, Autumn Boland unjammed the bags by launching a Larson offering to deep center for a three-run double and early 3-0 lead.

Dena Looft drilled a one-out single up the middle to serve as the Warriors’ third-inning catalyst before scoring the first of five runs in the frame via Clausen’s RBI fielder’s choice that did not record an out.

Clausen moved to third on Rolling’s infield hit before crossing the plate on Johnson’s RBI fielder’s choice. Taylor Mathine followed with a run-scoring single, Allie Ingalls walked and Autumn Boland smashed a two-run double off the center-field fence to extend the lead to 8-0 through three complete frames.

North Union’s fourth proved a near duplication of its third at-bat as Looft’s single started a five-run outburst, with Autumn Boland’s double ending the game via the 12-run rule.

Clausen doubled, while Rolling, Johnson and Ingalls each delivered RBI singles to fill the gap between Looft and Autumn Boland.

Ingalls allowed one earned run on two hits – Emily Jobst’s double and Caitlin Haroldson’s RBI single in the fourth – in four innings of work to earn the complete-game victory. Ingalls recorded seven strikeouts and issued one walk.

North Union literally came out swinging – and connecting – during Game 2’s bottom of the first to stake Oleson to an early 2-0 edge.

Oleson also received a defensive gem from Ingalls, who had moved to left field for the nightcap, during the top of the first to preserve her shutout bid.

CCE leadoff batter Blair Montgomery’s single and an error on Josie McCarty’s grounder created a second-and-third situation with no outs. Jobst then lofted a fly ball toward the left-field line where Ingalls gloved it and pegged a bullet to North Union catcher Cheyanne Boland for the putout at the plate and a pivotal double play.

Ingalls’ bloop single, two Maverick errors and Looft’s RBI groundout tallied two runs in the home team’s first before tacking on two more in the second.

Rolling clouted a towering solo home run to lead off the Warriors’ second before Johnson and Mathine followed with back-to-back hits. Autumn Boland later drove in the green-and-black’s fourth run with a fielder’s choice.

Looft’s single and Johnson’s two-run homer in the third extended North Union’s gap to 6-0 before Autumn Boland ended what Ingalls began in the fourth – another six-run scoring avalanche.

Ingalls singled, Cheyanne Boland walked and Collete Haag chipped in an RBI infield hit. Clausen later drew a bases-loaded walk before Rolling cranked a two-run double off the center-field fence to widen the lead to 10-0.

Mathine later walked, Ingalls drew an RBI walk and Autumn Boland singled home the game-winning run to end Game 2 like the opener – by the 12-run rule in the fourth.

Oleson displayed stellar control by striking out six and not issuing a walk in four shutout innings to earn the complete-game victory.

Autumn Boland went 5-for-8 with three doubles and eight RBIs on the two-game span, while Rolling went 4-for-6 – including a round-tripper and a double – with four RBIs and five runs scored.

North Union (12-0) travels to Milford, Iowa, today for a 5:30 p.m. game against Okoboji.

(Game 1)

CCE 000 1 – 1 2 1

NU 035 5 – 13 13 0

Winning run scored with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Mattie Larson (LP) and Josie McCarty. Allie Ingalls (WP) and Cheyanne Boland.

LOB-No. Union 5; Clay Central-Everly 2. 2B-Autumn Boland (NU) 3, Jasmine Clausen (NU), Emily Jobst (CCE).

(Game 2)

CCE 000 0 – 0 4 3

NU 222 6 – 12 10 2

Winning run scored with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Mattie Larson (LP) and Josie McCarty. Peyton Oleson (WP) and Cheyanne Boland.

LOB-No. Union 6; CCE 5. 2B-Sarah Rolling (NU), McCarty (CCE). HR-Rolling (NU), Sara Johnson (NU). SAC-C. Boland (NU).

Legion Baseball

Fairmont 9, Mankato National 5 – Fairmont American Legion Post 36 scored nine runs during the final two innings to down Mankato National Post 11, 9-5, in the season opener on Monday night in Mankato.

Levi Becker drove in a pair of runs on two hits and crossed the plate twice to pace Fairmont’s efforts, while Ryan Noll had a pair of hits and collected an RBI.

Jay Ruen pitched the final three innings of relief, giving up one run on four hits, striking out two and hitting one batter to earn the win. Ruen also drove in two runs at the plate.

Spencer Chirpich started on the mound for Fairmont, allowing two hits and striking out two in the first three innings.

Christian Petschke pitched one inning of relief, allowing four runs on five hits and walking one.

Ian Schwickert pitched four innings and allowed two hits, struck out four and walked three to earn the no-decision for Post 11.

Caleb Johnson allowed five runs on two hits, struck out two and walked three in two innings to take the loss.

Devin Ries pitched 2/3s of an inning and Josh Cook closed out the game for Mankato on the mound.

Fairmont Legion Post 36 (1-0) travels to play Sleepy Eye Post 7 at 8 p.m. on Thursday in Sleepy Eye.

Fairmont 000 002 7 – 9 6 4

Mankato 000 400 1 – 5 11 2