North Union softball opens with 2-1 record
SWEA CITY – The North Union Warrior softball lineup has connected for six home runs, including three by Autumn Boland, to open the Iowa summer schedule with a 2-1 record.
Boland went 2-for-3, including a solo round-tripper during the third inning, to generate two RBIs, while ace right-hander Peyton Oleson pitched a two-hit shutout to power North Union to a season-opening 5-0 victory over the Lake Mills Bulldogs on Tuesday in Lake Mills, Iowa.
Oleson recorded nine strikeouts and issued only one walk in seven innings of work to earn the complete-game victory.
Dena Looft went 2-for-3, Taylor Mathine and Emma Engelby each supplied one hit and one RBI, Anna Ingalls singled and scored a pair of runs, while Kyarsten Mullen added a hit for the Warriors.
Boland hammered a pair of home runs, while teammate Sarah Rolling went 4-for-4, including a home run, to engineer North Union’s 18-1, six-inning rout over Garner-Hayfield/Ventura on Wednesday night in Garner, Iowa.
Rolling slugged a round-tripper during the third inning, collected three RBIs and crossed the plate three times for the Warriors.
Boland went 2-for-4, including homers in the first and sixth innings, to produce a game-best four RBIs to complement three runs scored.
Mullen went 2-for-4 with one RBI and scored three runs, while Looft, Ingalls, Mathine and Bre Anderson each collected two RBIs on the strength of one hit.
Oleson notched nine strikeouts, issued one walk and gave up one run on two hits in six innings pitched to earn the complete-game victory.
Emmetsburg plated four fourth-inning runs to highlight an 8-5 victory over North Union on Thursday night in Emmetsburg, Iowa.
Rolling went 2-for-4, including a solo home run during the third inning, while Looft went 2-for-3 – including a two-run homer in the fourth frame – to generate three RBIs for the Warriors.
Boland and Mathine each went 2-for-4, with Boland crossing the plate twice.
Oleson allowed eight runs – seven earned – while striking out seven and walking two in six innings of work to absorb the loss.
North Union (2-1) hosts St. Edmond at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Swea City.
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