SWEA CITY - North Union notched three more wins this past week to end the regular season on a 12-game win streak. The Warriors, ranked seventh in Class 2A, swept Harris-Lake Park 12-0 and 11-1 on Monday and then held on against Lake Mills, 7-5, on Tuesday.
North Union (26-5) opens tournament play against the winner of Belmond-Klemme and West Hancock at 7 p.m., on Wednesday, July 9. Belmond-Klemme and West Hancock play Monday.
Senior Taylor Mathine prepares to take off from third base in North Union’s first game against Harris-Lake Park on Monday.
Photo by David Swartz
After giving up four runs in the top of the second, North Union took a while to rally against Lake Mills on Tuesday. Trailing 4-1 entering the bottom of the fifth inning, the Warriors were helped by a two-run triple by Sarah Rolling to help tie the game at 4-4. A sacrifice by Peyton Oleson to right field gave the Warriors the lead.
North Union added two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Bulldogs took advantage of a pair of Warriors errors and a single to score one more run in the top of the seventh, before the hosts retired the visitors.
Kyarsten Mullen finished 2-3 with a pair of doubles. Anna Ingalls earned the win as she gave up four runs (one earned) on three hits with one strikeout in five innings. Oleson closed out the final two innings giving up one unearned run on one hit with two strikeouts.
NU runs past H-LP
LAKE PARK - With wet conditions in Swea City, North Union and Harris-Lake Park changed venues on Monday, moving the games to Lake Park.
Home advantage wasn't a factor as the Warriors took both games with ease.
The Warriors put up 10 runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to cut the first game short. North Union pounded out 16 hits with Autumn Boland going 2-3 with three RBIs, Taylor Mathine was 2-3 with two RBIs, Anna Ingalls was 2-3 with a triple and two RBIs. Kyarsten Mullen and Dena Looft each were 3-4 with Sarah Rolling, Peyton Oleson and Breanna Anderson each going 1-3 and Erica Anderson was 1-2.
Oleson earned the win. In four innings, she struck out five batters and gave up one hit.
Oleson was again on the mound in the second game, giving up one earned run on three hits with three strikeouts.
The Warriors pounded out 13 hits with Ingalls going 3-3 with two RBIs while Oleson was 2-3 with two doubles and three RBIs. Rolling finished 2-2 with an RBI while Mullen and Breanna Anderson each were 2-3. Looft was 1-3 with a double and two RBIs and Mathine was 1-3 with two RBIs.