|Umpire Mike Taylor watches the play as Murray catcher McKenzie McIntosh tags out Jasmine Ruckman of Orient-Macksburg trying to score during the Mount Ayr Softball Classic Wednesday afternoon. It was a 2-0 game in the sixth inning, but Murray pulled away for an 8-1 victory. (CNA photo by LARRY PETERSON)|
Murray 12, Seymour 2
MURRAY — Murray posted eight runs on nine hits in the second inning to pull away from Seymour here Tuesday, winning 12-2.
The Mustangs finished the game with 15 hits as a team, including six doubles.
Kate Patton finished with two hits, including a double, as did Danielle McIntosh, Cydney Hembry and Deena Snyder. Megan Oswald and Chellsea Jones each finished with two hits.
Jones drove in two runs in the win, putting her season total at 30 in just 20 games.
Patton picked up the win in the pitching circle, allowing just two hits and issuing two walks with six strikeouts. Patton improved to 9-0 for the season.
Murray improved to 9-1 in the Bluegrass Conference and 16-4 overall.
Nodaway Valley 8, Corning 7
GREENFIELD — Nodaway Valley held off a late Corning charge in the seventh inning to hang on for an 8-7 win here on Tuesday.
The Wolverines took an 8-3 lead into the top of the seventh inning, but Corning rallied to score four runs in the top of the frame, but couldn’t push the tying run across the plate.
Paige McElfish struck out 10 Corning batters in picking up the win for the Wolverines. She helped her own cause at the plate, hitting a double and driving in two runs.
Christine Gross went 3-for-4 at the plate with a double and one RBI, while Sadie Harter went 2-4 with a double and two RBI and Sydney Reeves drove in one run.
“Both teams hit the ball well,” Nodaway Valley head coach Ray Stewart said. “We just got ours with people in position to score.”
For Corning, Ella Akin struck out two and gave up just eight hits in the loss.
Taylor Gaule went 3-4 at the plate with three singles and a stolen base. Sydney Pontius also went 3-4 with three singles and drove in one run.
Sydney Dimmler drove in two runs for the Red Raiders. Kelsey Anstey also drove in one run.
“Tonight was a good game for us, but we just fell short,” Corning head coach Allen Naugle said. “We played good defense and made most of the plays that we needed to. Offensively, we didn’t have our best game, but we were still able to get seven runs across. We just need to make sure to get big hits with runners in scoring position.”
Mount Ayr 4,
MOUNT AYR — Seven errors sunk Lenox as Mount Ayr pulled out a 4-2 win over the Tigers here on Tuesday.
Tiger pitcher Lauren Hensley gave up just four hits and struck out four while walking none, but those seven Lenox errors were enough to propel the Raiders past a solid pitching performance from Hensley, who gave up no earned runs.
For the Raiders, Shelbie Greene pitched a solid game, striking out four while walking just one and giving up seven hits.
Beth Christensen and Aurora Arevalo each went 2-for-3 in the game and drove in one run. Madison Douglas also collected two hits.
“Another tough luck loss for Lauren Hensley and the Tigers, as they were again undone by poor defense,” Lenox head coach Tom Shields said. “Hensley allowed four hits, no walks and no earned runs in the loss.”
Lenox drops to 13-10 overall and 7-6 in the Pride of Iowa Conference, while Mount Ayr improved to 6-14 overall and 3-7 in the POI.
Mount Ayr Classic
MOUNT AYR — Murray led off the Mount Ayr Softball Classic Wednesday with an 8-1 victory over Orient-Macksburg.
In other action, West Central Valley edged Mount Ayr, 7-6; Essex/South Page defeated Lenox, 7-1; Wayne routed West Central Valley, 16-4; and Clarinda topped the host Raiderettes, 11-2.
Play resumes Saturday.
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