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Top-ranked NU suffers first losses

By Staff | Jun 13, 2017

SPIRIT LAKE – Two days after getting its No. 1 ranking in Class 2A, North Union suffered its first losses of the 2017 season at the Spirit Lake Tournament on Saturday.

The Warriors faced Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley, ranked second in Class 3A, and lost a pitchers’ duel 2-1. North Union picked up one victory on the day with a 12-0 win over Westwood (Sloan). However, the Warriors ended the day with a 7-4 loss to Mason City, a Class 4A school.

Stats were unavailable Sunday afternoon for those games. North Union , which had won its first 13 games, is now 14-2 overall. The Warriors return to action Tuesday at Okoboji and then go on the road against North Iowa on Wednesday.

Warriors handle GHV?in three innings

SWEA CITY – Class 2A top-ranked North Union scored early and often in a 12-0 three-inning victory over visiting Garner-Hayfield/Ventura on Friday.

The Warriors went all the way through the order before the Cardinals would record an out. Anna Ingalls led off with a single, Kyarsten Mullen was hit by a pitch and Kate Anderson blasted a three-run home run to left field to clear the bases.

The Warriors started over again with Bre Anderson drawing a walk and Maddie Rolling singling up the middle. A passed ball allowed the runners to advance an infield single by Rory McClellan allowed Bre Anderson to come home. Rolling scored when Shawna Person reached on an error. Hope Steinberger followed with another RBI single. A sacrifice hit by Katelyn Thackery brought in another run and she reached base safely. In the second time through the order, Ingalls hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score the ninth run of the inning.

The Warriors kept the pressure on in the second inning with Ingalls hitting a two-out double to bring home Hope Steinberger, who had reached on a single. After Mullen was hit by a pitch, Kate Anderson singled to the left side to bring home Thackery, who had reached on a fielder’s choice. Brea Anderson followed with an RBI single to score the final run of the game. Mullen was tagged out trying to take home plate on the play.

On the mound, Ingalls earned the win for the Warriors, striking out two batters while giving up one hit, one walk and one hit batter. Mullen closed out the third inning, giving up two walks and striking out one.

Anderson, NU shut down Spencer, 9-0

SWEA CITY – North Union junior Kate Anderson started her second game of the season on the mound against Spencer and pitched a shutout against the Tigers in a 9-0 victory for the Class 2A third-ranked Warriors.

Anderson finished the night with eight strikeouts while giving up just four hits on the night. The Tigers only had one runner get to third base, a two-out triple in the sixth inning.

Offensively, the Warriors scored six runs in the third inning, starting with a leadoff triple by Anna Ingalls and consecutive RBI singles from Kyarsten Mullen and Kate Anderson. After a one-out double by Maddie Rolling, a two-out double by Shawn Person scored two runs. After a single by Hope Steinberger, Person came home on an error by the shortstop and Katelyn Thackery completed the scoring with an RBI double. The Warriors scored three mores runs in the fifth, but couldn’t get that final run across to cut the game short via the 10-run rule.

Mullen, Rolling and Thackery all finished 3-4 while Kate Anderson, Bre Anderson, Person and Steinberger each went 2-4. Mullen, Kate Anderson, Person and Thackery each had two RBIs.

North Union pulls away from Eagle Grove

EAGLE GROVE – Tied 2-2 after the first inning with Eagle Grove, Anna Ingalls and the Class 2A No. 3 North Union Softball Team shut down the hosts the rest of the way while continuing to score runs on the way to a 9-2 victory on Wednesday.

A pair of errors allowed the Eagles to score both runs with no outs.

However Ingalls struck out 11 batters the rest of the way and gave up just two hits and hit one batter. Eagle Grove never got a runner past second. Catcher Rory McClellan threw out a runner trying to steal second after Ingalls had given up a leadoff single in the fourth. In the sixth inning, the leadoff batter reached on an error and went to second on a passed ball, but the next three batters all flew out.

Offensively, North Union started the night with Ingalls hitting a leadoff triple and Kyarsten Mullen falling with a two-run home run to left. After Eagle Grove tied the game in the bottom of the first, the Warriors took the lead for good in the second.

Ingalls gave North Union the lead as her two double brought Hope Steinberger home, who had reached via an err. The Warriors added three runs in the third and McClellan hit a two-run home run to left in the fourth.

The Warriors finished with 17 hits with Bre Anderson and Shawn Person each going 3-5 while Katelyn Thackery was 3-4. Ingalls, Mullen and Maddie Rolling each had two hits.