Lenox 5, Essex 4
ESSEX — Lenox scored two runs in the sixth and another in the seventh to overtake Essex Monday, 5-4.
Giving up four runs in the fifth inning to fall behind 4-2 wasn’t Lenox’s only problem, coach Tom Shields said.
“The ‘Comeback Kids’ did it again as they overcame a disastrous fifth inning where we lost Bailey Schmitz, our centerfielder, due to injury,” Shields said. “Chelsie Dukes had the big two-out hit to score two to tie it in the sixth, and the Tigers got the winning score in the seventh on a sacrifice fly. Lauren Hensley fought through the fifth and secured the win.”
Hensley hit a double and single while pitching the victory with 12 hits allowed, four strikeouts and two walks. Haley Funderman took the loss.
Shantelle Brown was 3-for-3 for Lenox, while Beth Christensen and Hensley each had two hits. Brown and Madison Douglas each scored twice.
The win improved Lenox to 9-2 overall and 4-0 in the Pride of Iowa Conference.
Nodaway Valley 8, SE Warren 7
FONTANELLE — Because of field conditions in Greenfield, Monday’s game was played in Fontanelle and fans got more than their money’s worth when the Wolverines won 8-7 with a run in the eighth inning.
Meagan Eblen opened the eighth with a double for Nodaway Valley, and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Rachel Jacobson. Eblen scored as Southeast Warren tried to pick her off third base, and overthrew the third baseman.
Eblen and Paige McElfish doubled for Nodaway Valley, which improved to 6-9 overall and 3-3 in the conference. Christine Gross, Rachel Jacobson and McElfish each had two hits. VanHove had a home run among three hits for Southeast Warren.
East Union 3
AFTON — East Union’s Danielle Riley pitched seven innings, recording three strikeouts in a competitive game won by Pleasantville, 6-3.
Kelsey Hoff, Rochelle Means and Chay Blondowski each hit doubles with an RBI for East Union.
STANTON — Corning hit well but suffered from defensive lapses in an 8-5 loss to Stanton Monday.
“We started off by putting ourselves in a tough position by giving up four runs in the first inning,” said coach Allen Naugle. “Only one of those was earned. We had to play catch up the rest of the game and just weren’t able to make enough plays on defense to win the game. We’re where we need to be offensively, hitting the ball hard, running the bases and scoring runs. We just need to get more consistent and make more plays.”
Ella Akin took the loss for Corning (4-8). She allowed three earned runs, five hits, two walks and struck out two.
Sydney Pontius was 2-4 with a double and triple and two RBI for Corning. Taylor Gaule stroked two singles and stole a base. Sierra Sleep scored three runs and Madison Shuey had an RBI.
Nodaway Valley 11, Lenox 2
GREENFIELD — Nodaway Valley scored four runs in the fifth and four more in the sixth to run past Lenox Tuesday, 11-2, snapping the Tigers’ seven-game winning streak.
Paige McElfish gained the win with five strikeouts and one walk in a four-hitter. Bailey Rainforth took the loss, yielding 10 hits, no walks and three strikeouts before relieved by Katie Dukes in the sixth. Lauren Hensley drove in two runs for Lenox, which fell to 9-3 overall and 3-1 in the Pride of Iowa.
“The Wolverines hit the ball well and played errorless ball,” said Lenox coach Tom Shields.
For Nodaway Valley, Josie Carter had three hits and Rachel Jacobson had two, while Megan Eblen hit a double. Sidney Hohertz and McElfish each drove in two runs. Christense Gross and Sadie Harter each had one RBI.
“We have started hitting the ball much better than we were earlier,” said NV coach Ray Stewart. NV, which met Lenox in a rematch Wednesday at the Orient-Macksburg Tournament, improved to 7-9 overall and 4-3 in the conference.
Bedford 6, Corning 2
BEDFORD — Two first-inning unearned runs helped Bedford secure a 6-2 win over Corning Tuesday.
Corning had eight hits, but lacked the timely hit to increase the run production and suffered from inconsistent defense.
“We played well enough to win, but we just didn’t make enough plays in big moments,” said Corning coach Allen Naugle. “Offensively we made good contact all night, striking out only twice. But we hit it hard right at their players many times.”
Ella Akin had two hits and pitched six innings, allowing three earned runs on nine hits, two walks and six strikeouts.
Madison Shuey had a double and single. Sydney Maynes and Kelsey Anstey also doubled.
Lamoni 8, Murray 7
LAMONI — Lamoni jumped to a 4-1 lead and hung on to beat Murray Tuesday, 8-7.
Murray starting pitcher Kate Patton injured a finger on her pitching hand in the third inning and did not return. Danielle McIntosh finished the game with nine strikeouts and no walks.
The game was tied 5-5 after five innings. Lenox scored one run each in the sixth and seventh, but Lamoni exploded for three runs in the bottom of the seenth on three hits, a hit batter and one error.
“We did not finish the game and they took advantage of us,” said Murray coach Danny Jensen.
Chellsea Jones had three hits and an RBI for Murray, which fell to 11-2. Cydney Hembry had two hits and an RBI. McIntosh, Jones and Oswald all had doubles.
Murray also played Wednesday in the Orient-Macksburg Tournament, beating Southeast Warren, 9-5.
East Union 8, Mt. Ayr 7
AFTON — East Union came through the bottom of the eighth inning in a wild Pride of Iowa Conference softball game Tuesday.
The game was tied 5-5 through seven innings, and Mount Ayr scored twice in the top of the eighth.
East Union answered, starting with singles by Mara Weis and Katlin Weinkoetz. Chay Blondowski knocked in Weis, and she scored on a single by Kaeleigh Ballentine. Brittany Malone and Kali Mertens advanced Ballentine to load the bases.
Kelsey Hoff then hit a single to score Ballentine for the game-winner.
ORIENT — Lenox avenged a loss from the previous night with an 8-3 victory over Nodaway Valley in the Orient-Macksburg Tournament Wednesday night. Player of the game ws Katie Dukes.
Southeast Warren defeated Murray, 9-5, as Haley Seuferer was player of the game. SEW scored three runs in the first on a three-run homer by Haley Seuferer. The Warhawks scored five unearned runs in the third on two Murray errors.
Danielle McIntosh took the loss with nine strikeouts and nine hits allwoed. Megan Oswald had three hits including a double. McIntosh and Chellsea Jones each had two hits. Deena Snyder drove in two runs. Murray, 11-3, looks to get back on track at home tonight against Moulton-Udell.
Host Orient-Macksburg topped Mormon Trail, 8-5. Tara Guion was player of the game. Diagonal cancelled from the tournament and East Union advanced with a bye.