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Published: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 1:05 a.m. CDT

Central Decatur 5, Nodaway Valley 4

LEON — Central Decatur answered every Nodaway Valley threat in a 5-4 win here on Friday.

The Wolverines scored two runs in the top of the fifth inning to take a 4-3 lead, but Central Decatur answered back with two of its own in the bottom half of the inning.

Paige McElfish took the loss for the Wolverines, striking out seven and walking two, while allowing eight hits.

Josie Carter, Christine Gross and Jessica Nelson each recorded two hits for Nodaway Valley, with Carter, Gross and Kadee Eblen each hitting a double. Nelson drove in one run.

Griswold 6, Nodaway Valley 5

CRESTON — Nodaway Valley suffered another tough-luck loss here Saturday in the John Stephens Softball Classic, as Griswold scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to come back for a 6-5 win.

Paige McElfish struck out 11 and walked two, giving up just four hits in the loss.

McElfish recorded three hits with one RBI in the loss, while Sidney Hohertz recorded two hits, including a triple. Hohertz drove in two runs.

Bond-Farrar 9, Nodaway Valley 0

CRESTON — Nodaway Valley fell to defending Class 3A state champion Bondurant-Farrar 9-0 here Saturday in the John Stephens Softball Classic.

Josie Clarke took the loss in the circle, walking four with no strikeouts. Paige McElfish struck out three with no walks, pitching in relief.

Christine Gross went 3-for-3 in the game with a double.

Nodaway Valley fell to 4-8 for the season with the loss.

Nodaway Valley 7, Mount Ayr 6

GREENFIELD — Paige McElfish hit two home runs to lead Nodaway Valley past Mount Ayr 7-6 in eight innings here on Thursday.

“Paige pounded her third and fourth home runs of the year with the first one traveling 50 yards over the left field fence,” Nodaway Valley head coach Ray Stewart said. “It might be one of the hardest hit balls I have ever seen.”

McElfish also picked up the win in the circle, despite issuing seven walks. She struck out six and surrendered seven hits.

Kadee Eblen hit an RBI single up the middle in the bottom of the eighth inning to win the game for the Wolverines.

Mount Ayr’s 4-0 lead after the first inning slowly evaporated.

Kirsten Dolecheck reached base three times, hitting a double and a triple. She drove in two runs for the Raiderettes.

Tessa Shields struck out two and walked five in the losing effort in the pitching circle.

“This is the most energy and enthusiasm I’ve seen out of our team and the expectations have been set,” Mount Ayr head coach Ranae Klinkefus said. “We’re hitting the ball well.”

SW Valley 17, East Union 11

AFTON — Southwest Valley won a 17-11 slugfest against East Union here on Thursday.

The Timberwolves held a 5-0 lead after the top of the first inning, but trailed 8-5 after two innings of play, before striking for seven runs in the fourth.

Danica Sunderman hit her second home run of the season, going 3-for-5 at the plate with two RBI. Lexi Bronner also drove in two runs. Ashtyn Grossnickle, Kelsie Kinman and Sydney Pontius each recorded three hits.

Kiara Roberts picked up the win, pitching 4 2/3 innings, giving up 11 runs on 10 hits and two walks. Kylie McBride pitched 2 2/3 innings of relief, allowing just one hit.

For East Union, 8th-grader Olivia Eckels went 3-4 at the plate with a home run and a double. Katlin Weinkoetz also recorded three hits, including a double. Danielle Riley hit two doubles in the loss.

Riley took the loss in the circle, giving up 17 runs on 15 hits with five strikeouts and no walks.

MSM 14, SW Valley 4

MARTENSDALE — Martensdale-St. Marys smacked 15 hits in rolling to a 14-4 win over Southwest Valley here on Friday.

Danica Sunderman hit her third home run of the season, finishing 2-for-2 at the plate with two runs batted in. Sydney Pontius also recorded two hits, including a double. Sunderman added a double and Ashtyn Grossnickle also hit a double in the loss.

Kylie McBride made the first start of her varsity career in the pitching circle, giving up 14 runs on 15 hits and four walks.

SE Warren 13, East Union 3

AFTON — Southeast Warren scored in every inning to pick up a 13-3 win over East Union here on Friday.

Chay Blondowski had three hits in the loss, while Emily Eckels recorded two hits. Danielle Riley drove in two runs for the Eagles. Olivia Eckels hit a double.

Riley took the loss in the pitching circle, giving up 13 runs on 14 hits with four strikeouts.

Murray 11, Lamoni 1

MURRAY — Murray picked up an 11-1 win over Lamoni here on Friday.

Deena Snyder and Chellsea Jones each drove in three runs for the Lady Mustangs. Snyder recorded two doubles and Jones hit a double and a home run. Kate Patton hit a triple.

Patton struck out nine and walked none, giving up just four hits in the win.

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