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Published: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 2:33 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 2:38 a.m. CDT
Lenox catcher Aurora Arevalo tags out Central Decatur pitcher Hanna Mendenhall, as Mendenhall tried to score on a wild pitch in Lenox's 10-5 win over the Cardinals on Friday. Also pictured are Central Decatur catcher Hallie Linhart (left) and Lenox pitcher Beth Christensen (right).

Lenox 8,

SW Valley 3

CORNING — Southwest Valley outhit Lenox 9-8, but the Tigers picked up the 8-3 victory over the Timberwolves here on Thursday.

Teya Still picked up the win for the Tigers, walking three and striking out two in a complete game victory. Lexi Bronner walked two and struck out three in the loss.

“Teya Still was in jam after jam as Southwest Valley left 11 runners stranded, but she prevailed to get the complete game ‘W,’” Lenox head coach Tom Shields said.

Aurora Arevalo went 3-for-4 at the plate for Lenox with a home run and double, driving in one run. Bailey Schmitz drove home two runs for the Tigers, as did Still. Katie Dukes and Beth Christensen each drove in one run.

Ashtyn Grossnickle hit a double for the Timberwolves, while Bronner and Danica Sunderman each drove in one run. Grossnickle and Sunderman each had three hits.

The Timberwolves left the bases loaded in the first, second and seventh innings.

Lenox 10,

Central Decatur 5

LEON — Lenox pushed across eight runs in the first inning here Friday and never looked back in a 10-5 win over the Cardinals.

Katie Dukes struck out two and walked four as the starting pitcher, while Beth Christensen came in to pitch in relief, striking out three and walking none.

Taylor Foster went 3-for-5 at the plate with a triple and one RBI. Christensen, Shantelle Brown and Aurora Arevalo each had two hits, while Arevalo hit a double and drove in two runs.

“A big first inning took us a long way, but we needed some great long relief from Beth Christensen in the circle for the win,” Lenox head coach Tom Shields said. “Everyone up and down the lineup contributed at the plate.”

Megan Brown, Chelsie Dukes, Sydney Barker, Makinna Fitzgerald and Christensen all drove in one run apiece for the Tigers, who improved to 4-2 for the season and 3-1 in the Pride of Iowa Conference.

Murray 14,

Mormon Trail 1

HUMESTON — Kate Patton led off the game with her third home run of the season, sparking Murray to a 14-1 win over Mormon Trail here on Thursday.

Patton finished with three hits and three RBI, in addition to allowing just two hits in the pitching circle with nine strikeouts.

Brandi Gilbert also finished with three hits for the Lady Mustangs, while McKenzie McIntosh and Maddy Martin each recorded two hits. Gilbert drove in three runs. McIntosh finished with two RBI and Martin drove in one.

Murray 18, O-M 1

MURRAY — Murray picked up an 18-1 win over Orient-Macksburg here Friday as part of the Murray Tournament.

The two teams were tied 1-1 after the first inning, but Murray exploded for 14 runs in the top of the second inning.

Kate Patton, McKenzie McIntosh and Megan Oswald each had two hits. Patton, McIntosh, Madison Gonseth and Brandi Gilbert all drove in two runs apiece.

Patton pitched a three-inning one-hitter.

The Saturday games of the Murray Tournament were completely rained out and will not be made up.

Interstate 35 15,

SW Valley 0

TRURO — Southwest Valley ran into a buzzsaw here on Friday in Class 3A sixth-ranked Interstate 35, as the Roadrunners scored a 15-0 win.

“We were overmatched at the plate, only getting 10 official at-bats in the three innings we played and had five strikeouts,” Southwest Valley head coach Jim Obermeier said.

Ashtyn Grossnickle had the only hit of the game for Southwest Valley.

Lexi Bronner and Kylie McBride combined on the mound for the Timberwolves.

Brittany Mease hit a home run and had six RBI in the win for Interstate 35, while freshman third baseman Riley Morris hit a grand slam in the bottom of the third inning to walk the Roadrunners off with the 15-0 win.

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