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Published: Thursday, June 20, 2013 12:22 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, June 20, 2013 12:27 a.m. CDT
Murray junior Kate Patton releases a pitch toward home plate during Murray's 15-0 win over Diagonal in the first game of a doubleheader on Tuesday. Senior shortstop Danielle McIntosh is shown in the background. Murray swept the doubleheader with a 12-0 win in the second game. Patton and McIntosh, who pitched the second game, both threw three-inning no-hitters for the Mustangs, as both recorded eight strikeouts.

Murray sweeps

MURRAY — Murray pitchers Kate Patton and Danielle McIntosh tossed a pair of no-hitters here Tuesday against Bluegrass Conference opponent Diagonal.

Murray swept the doubleheader by scores of 15-0 and 12-0, both in just three innings.

The Mustangs scored six runs in the first inning, five in the second and four in the third inning of the first game, which was more than enough for Patton, who struck out eight in three innings and allowed just two baserunners.

At the plate, McKenzie McIntosh went 3-for-4 with a triple, double and a single, while driving in three runs. Patton hit an inside the park home run.

Megan Oswald went 2-2 with a triple and three RBI. Caitlyn Weir drove in a pair of runs, as did Madison Gonseth.

For Diagonal, Makayla Boothe took the loss in the pitching circle.

In the nightcap, Danielle McIntosh hit a triple and drove in four runs, while Gonseth tripled and drove in three runs. Deena Snyder was 2-3 and drove in two runs.

McIntosh struck out eight in the win. Kasydi Klommhaus took the loss for the Maroonettes.

Murray improved to 14-4 for the season.

Corning 21,

Mount Ayr 9

MOUNT AYR — Corning’s bats came alive in a 21-9 win over Mount Ayr here on Tuesday.

The Red Raiders scored 10 runs in the fifth inning to take a lead and added eight more in the top of the seventh inning.

Madison Shuey hit a grand slam home run, driving in a total of five runs for Corning. Kelsie Kinman also hit a home run, going 4-for-5 in the game. Sierra Sleep and Taylor Gaule also had four hits apiece, as Sleep drove in four runs and Gaule scored three runs.

Kelsey Anstey was 3-5 with three RBI. Sydney Maynes also went 3-5 with a double, one RBI and four runs scored. Ashtyn Grossnickle and Ella Akin each finished with two hits.

Akin picked up the win for the Red Raiders, pitching seven innings and allowing nine runs, four of which were earned, on 14 hits, two walks and six strikeouts.

“After playing probably our best overall team defense the night before, we had a very inconsistent night on defense tonight,” Corning head coach Allen Naugle said. “We did, however, have our best offensive game of the year. We hit the ball very well all night. We made solid contact and had big hits when we had runners in scoring position.”

Corning improved to 5-10 overall and 3-5 in the Pride of Iowa Conference with the win.

Shelbie Greene took the loss for Mount Ayr.

NV splits

GREENFIELD — Nodaway Valley and Bedford split their doubleheader here on Tuesday.

The Wolverines won game one 11-10 thanks to four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, but lost the nightcap 14-6.

In the first game, the two teams entered the seventh inning tied up at 7-7, but Bedford struck for three runs in the top half of the inning.

Nodaway Valley answered with four runs int he bottom half of the inning to secure an 11-10 win, despite committing a school-record 12 errors in the game.

Josie Carter collected three hits for the Wolverines, while Sidney Hohertz, Rachel Jacobson, Sadie Harter and Christine Gross each finished with two hits.

Carter and Jacobson drove in two runs apiece, while Harter, Paige McElfish, Megan Eblen and Hohertz each drove in one run.

McElfish struck out six in the win.

In the nightcap, Nodaway Valley continued to struggle in the field, committing 11 errors.

Carter and Sydney Reeves each doubled, as Carter, Emily Huntington, Hohertz and Jacobson each drove in one run.

“We continued not being able to field the ball, as we committed 11 errors in the nightcap,” head coach Ray Stewart said. “I don’t know if we have ever had a team make 23 errors in a doubleheader.”

Nodaway Valley now sits at 8-12 overall and 5-5 in Pride of Iowa Conference play.

Lenox sweeps EU

LENOX — Lenox posted wins of 13-9 and 13-1 over East Union here on Tuesday.

Bailey Rainforth and Lauren Hensley each picked up a win in the pitching circle for the Tigers.

In the first contest, Madison Douglas and Katie Dukes each hit home runs and both drove in three runs for the game. Shantelle Brown added a triple and two RBI, while Emily Powell doubled.

The Tigers recorded five extra base hits in the game, with all five coming in the final two innings to help Lenox come from behind for the win.

Chay Blondowski tripled and drove in two runs for the Eagles, while Danielle Riley had a double and two RBI. Kaeleigh Ballentine, Brittany Malone, Rochelle Means and Mara Weis each drove in one run.

Riley took the loss, giving up just four earned runs.

In the nightcap, Hannah Maxa drove in four runs, Brown drove in three and Hensley drove in two runs. Douglas and Aurora Arevalo each doubled.

Ballentine drove in the lone East Union run in the nightcap, as Stacia Bryson was charged with the loss in the pitching circle.

“Lauren Hensley battled through injury to toss an excellent game as the Tiger bats stayed hot against EU pitching,” Lenox head coach Tom Shields said.

Lenox improved to 12-5 overall and 6-3 in the Pride of Iowa Conference.

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