Warriors 2-0 at Spencer tourney

SPENCER, Iowa – The No. 7-ranked North Union Warrior softball team started out with a pair of wins in the Spencer Tournament on Friday in Spencer, Iowa.

The Warriors opened up with a 5-0 win over Denison-Schleswig before shutting out Spirit Lake 3-0 in Game 2.

After the Warriors scored a run in the top of the first against Denison-Schleswig, they tacked three more runs onto their lead in the fourth inning.

Dena Looft, who went 1-for-2 in the game, led off the inning with double, before Sarah Rolling reached on a throwing error that allowed Looft to race home to make it 2-0.

With Rolling on second, thanks to the error, Bre Anderson slapped a hit through the infield to score Rolling.

Anderson swiped second and then took third on Anna Ingalls’ sacrifice bunt. In the next at-bat, Anderson was able to sprint home on a passed ball to make it 4-0.

A pair of bunts in the fifth allowed Kyarsten Mullen to cross the plate for the final Warrior tally.

Mullen was hit by a pitch to lead off the rally, and then sprinted to second on a wild pitch.

Autumn Boland then laid down a sacrifice bunt, moving Mullen to third.

Looft also laid down a bunt in the next at-bat, allowing Mullen to race to the plate for the run.

Rolling finished the game 2-for-3 and smacked a triple, while Mullen scored a pair of runs.

Peyton Oleson pitched seven innings, allowing just six hits and striking out five to earn the win.

In game two, the Warriors scored a run in each of the last three innings to down the Indians 3-0.

Looft was locked in at the plate for the second game, going 3-for-3, including smacking a pair of doubles.

Rolling reached first on a fielder’s choice in the fourth inning, before running to third on Oleson’s single to the outfield.

Ingalls then smacked a hit, allowing Rolling to score the first run of the game.

Boland, who went 1-for-3, led off the fifth with a triple, before running home of a Looft single, making it 2-0.

Bre Anderson reached first in the sixth with an error, racing to second and a sacrifice bunt by Ingalls put Bre Anderson on third.

Erica Anderson then collected an RBI, getting a hit and that scored Bre Anderson from third.

Rolling and Erica Anderson both went 1-for-3 in the game, while Ingalls was 1-for-2 with an RBI.

Oleson earned the win, pitching seven innings and allowing just five hits and striking out two.

North Union (21-5) will play LeMars Gehlen Catholic and Estherville Lincoln Central today in the Spencer Tournament.

North Union 3, Central Springs 0 – Warriors battled No. 8 ranked Central Springs for six innings, neither one managing to score a run on Thursday in Swea City, Iowa.

It wasn’t until a pair of leadoff walks to Autumn Boland and Dena Looft to start the bottom of the sixth inning that the scoreless game was broken open.

Boland drew the leadoff walk to start the inning and then Looft followed that and worked a full count during her at-bat before walking on ball four to first base.

With runners on first and second Sarah Rolling scorched a hit to the outfield for a double, scoring Boland to make it 1-0.

Peyton Oleson, who started in the pitcher’s circle and allowed just two hits, walking one and striking out one in seven innings, helped her own cause with Looft standing on third and Rolling on second.

Oleson hit a bouncing grounder towards third, and with the help of a throwing error raced all the way to second.

Both Looft and Rolling scored on the play to give North Union the 3-0 lead.

In addition to Rolling’s RBI double in the sixth, Oleson had a single in the second for the Warriors only other hit of the game.

North Union drew four walks, including the two in the sixth inning against Central Springs.

Iowa Baseball

Sioux Center 8, North Union 1 – Sioux Center utilized 13 hits and outscored North Union 8-1 at the LeMars Gehlen Catholic Tournament on Friday in Granville, Iowa.

Ryan Stewart went 4-for-4 with four singles, while Christian Rozenboom went 2-for-3 with a pair of triples to pace Sioux Center in the win.

Drew Kortlever added a 3-for-4 batting night including a run scored and Sioux Center had no shortage of offense.

Kortlever also pitched seven innings allowing just one run on five hits, striking out four to earn the win.

Cody Runksmeier topped North Union, going 2-for-4, while Colin Runksmeier, Spencer Ricke and Parker Oleson each went 1-for-3 in the game.

Carter Engelby scored the lone North Union run in the game.

Corey Vaske pitched all six innings for North Union, allowing eight runs – seven earned – on 13 hits, striking out seven in taking the loss.

North Union (9-11) will continue play in the LeMars Gehlen Catholic Tournament today in Granville, Iowa.

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