Warriors flatten Mavs in twinbill
SWEA CITY – Forty-eight, 60, 22 and 26.
The Iowa Class 2A, No. 10-ranked North Union Warrior softball lineup erupted for those incredible numbers – total runs, times reaching base, hits and walks received, respectively – to sweep a doubleheader from the Clay Central-Everly Mavericks on Wednesday night.
Erica Anderson, Anna Ingalls and Taylor Mathine combined for 10 hits, 12 RBIs and 17 runs scored to power the Warriors to back-to-back three-inning victories, 22-0 and 26-3, respectively.
Ironically, the Corn Belt Conference twinbill was originally scheduled for the Mavericks’ home ballpark in Royal, Iowa, but heavy rains on Tuesday forced the games to be moved to Swea City.
Leadoff batter Kyarsten Mullen and No. 2 batter Autumn Boland drew the first of 15 walks issued by CCE starting pitcher Sydney Jensen and reliever Jill Panko during Game 1.
Peyton Oleson delivered an RBI single off the third-base bag during the first of her two first-inning at-bats before Sarah Rolling blooped a three-run double into the right-center gap during her second time in the batter’s box in the first.
Ingalls, who went 4-for-5 with five runs scored on the doubleheader, later singled for one of her four RBIs to cap the Warriors’ 11-run top of the first.
With Anna Ingalls limiting the Maverick bats to two hits in three scoreless innings in the opener, North Union head coach Art Ingalls inserted reserves into the top five spots in his batting order to close out the final two frames offensively and defensively.
Bailey Anderson came off the bench to unleash a three-run double during the Warriors’ eight-run outburst during the second inning, while Erica Anderson produced an RBI single during the 14-player at-bat. Erica Anderson went 4-for-6 with two walks, four RBIs and a doubleheader-best seven runs scored.
Mathine, who went 2-for-3 with five runs scored, lined a double for one of her four RBIs to highlight the green-and-black attack’s three-run third at-bat.
The offensive merry-go-round continued during Game 2 as Mullen opened the game by reaching on an error, stole second base and motored to third on the throwing error, and later scored on a wild pitch.
Boland, who went 2-for-3 with three RBIs in limited duty, hammered a double and Oleson singled before Anna Ingalls and Erica Anderson followed by belting two-run singles each to ignite an eight-run first at-bat.
Jessica Govern smacked an RBI double and Boland contributed a two-run single to pace the home team’s four-run second inning before the Warriors unleashed 14 more runs in the third.
Ingalls, Bre Anderson and Mathine each connected for RBI singles to highlight the offensive outpouring in the third.
Ingalls allowed three runs on four hits, struck out two and walked one in three innings of work in Game 2 to pocket back-to-back wins.
Josie McCarty and Kristin Trierweiler equally combined for four of the Mavericks’ six total hits on the twinbill, while Madison Manwarren delivered a two-run single during the second inning of the nightcap.
North Union (13-3) hosts Spencer at 6 p.m. tonight in Swea City.
Clay Central-Everly (1-10) travels to Laurens, Iowa, tonight.
North Union 3, St. Edmond 2 – Dena Looft produced the game-winning RBI single with two out in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Warriors to a 3-2 non-league triumph over the Gaels on Tuesday night in Game 1 of a split doubleheader in Swea City.
Taylor Mathine was hit by a pitch to lead off the North Union ninth and moved to second base on Erica Anderson’s sacrifice bunt. Mathine stayed put when Jessica Govern was hit by a pitch, moved to third when Autumn Boland smashed an infield hit off of the St. Edmond pitcher’s shin and scored the winning run on Looft’s hit.
The Warriors scored two runs in the fourth. Looft singled, Sarah Rolling was hit by a pitch and Peyton Oleson singled home pinch runner Bre Anderson. Rolling then scored on an error for a 2-0 lead.
Oleson went 3-for-4 offensively, Looft went 2-for-5, while Kyarsten Mullen added a hit.
Oleson allowed two earned runs on five hits, struck out three and walked two in nine innings of work to net the complete-game victory.
North Union 5, Okoboji 3 – Kyarsten Mullen went 3-for-4 with a double and scored two runs to help steer the Warriors to a 5-3 nonconference victory over the Pioneers in Game 2 of a split twinbill on Tuesday night in Swea City.
Trailing 3-2, North Union erupted for three runs on hits by Mullen, Dena Looft, Sarah Rolling and Peyton Oleson to grab the lead for good.
Looft went 2-for-3 with one RBI and a run scored, Rolling singled and scored once, Oleson went 2-for-3, while Taylor Mathine and Erica Anderson each singled and drove in a run.