Warriors win 2 in tourney
SPENCER, Iowa – The Class 2A, No. 1-ranked North Union Warriors softball team won both games on the second day of the Spencer Tournament, beating MOC-Floyd Valley 8-0 before downing Estherville-Lincoln Central 7-2 in the second game on Saturday in Spencer, Iowa.
With the bases loaded and two outs in the first inning against the Dutchmen, Sarah Rolling pounded an RBI double to score Autumn Boland and Collete Haag to take the 2-0 lead.
Autumn Boland led off the inning with a single, before wheeling to third on Haag’s double. Dena Looft walked to load the bases before Rolling’s run-scoring hit.
With runners in scoring position, thanks to Taylor Mathines’ sacrifice bunt Allie Ingalls was able to deliver the scoring single to plate Sara Johnson in the fourth.
Johnson reached with a hit, before sprinting to second on a swing by Jasmine Clausen.
Mathine’s bunt moved the pair to third and second base, before Johnson scored on Ingalls’ single.
With Clausen on third Cheyanne Boland laid down another sacrifice bunt to score Clausen, and Autumn Boland followed that with a two-run blast to go up 6-0.
Haag added a two-run homer for the Warriors in the sixth to secure the first win of the day on Saturday.
Peyton Oleson pitched six innings, giving up three hits, walking one and striking out seven to earn the win.
Haag collected a pair of RBIs in Game 2 as she went 2-for-3 to pace the Warriors to their 7-2 win over the Midgets.
Haag crushed a double to score pinch-runner, Anna Ingalls, and Autumn Boland for North Union’s first two runs of the game.
Cheyanne Boland walked with one out in the first inning, and courtesy runner Anna Ingalls raced to third on Autumn Boland’s double.
Cheyanne Boland led off the third inning with a solo home run to open a four-run inning.
Autumn Boland, who went 3-for-4 from the plate, doubled for the second time and with walks to Haag and Looft, Rolling was able to single home Autumn Boland for a run.
Sara Johnson repeated Rolling’s achievement, singling home Haag and Looft to continue the Warriors scoring frenzy.
Allie Ingalls pitched seven innings, striking out two and giving up two earned runs on six hits to take the win.
Haag finished 5-for-6 from the plate on the day, driving in four RBIs and scoring three runs, while Autumn Boland went 5-for-9 with two RBIs.
North Union (21-2) travels to Harris-Lake Park for a 5:30 p.m. doubleheader today.
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Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 14, North Union 3 – The Nighthawks erupted for 14 runs in five innings to oust the Warriors baseball team from the Spalding Catholic Tournament on Saturday in Granville, Iowa.
Trailing 3-0 Sawyer Doocy’s RBI double and Parker Oleson’s RBI single helped the Warriors even up the game at 3-3.
The Nighthawks kept the momentum though and scored 11 more runs en route to a six-inning victory.
Doocy went 1-for-3 in the game with a run scored, along with his RBI and Oleson finished 1-for-2 from the plate.
Cody Runksmeier went 1-for-3, while brother Colin Runksmeier scored a run for the Warriors.
Jake Adams touched the plate for another Warriors run in the game.
Colin Runksmeier pitched 2 2/3 innings, giving up seven runs on six hits, striking out two and walking three to take the loss.
Corey Vaske pitched 1 1/3 innings, allowing four runs – 3 earned – on three hits and struck out two before Alex Deitering pitched the final inning, giving up three runs on four hits with one strikeout.
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North Union 3, Remsen St. Mary’s 0 – Doocy hurled a complete-game no-hit shutout to give the Warriors a 3-0 victory over the Hawks during their second game of the Spalding Catholic Tournament on Friday.
Doocy pitched seven innings and struck out seven and walked seven to earn the win.
With Doocy handling the Hawks’ offense, Colin Runksmeier used his bat for two hits in the sixth inning to end the pitchers duel, going 2-for-3 with a run scored for the Warriors.
Spencer Ricke also added a hit, while Doocy went 1-for-2 with an RBI triple and a run scored.
Garrett Johnson crossed the plate for North Union’s third run in the sixth inning.
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Gehlen Catholic 2, North Union 1 – The Jays scored two runs on three hits and snuck past the Warriors 2-1 in the first game of the Spalding tournament on Friday.
Cody Runksmeier smacked a double, while Colin Runksmeier went 3-for-3 from the plate.
Doocy recorded the Warriors’ lone RBI of the game, scoring Adams with a bases loaded walk.
Ricke also managed a hit in the game, going 1-for-3.
Cody Runksmeier fired six innings from the mound, striking out six and walking one, while allowing two runs on three hits to take the loss.
North Union (12-7) travels to Harris-Lake Park for a 5:30 p.m. doubleheader today.