ORIENT — The Orient-Macksburg Tournament begins today and concludes on Saturday.
Matchups for today’s opening round are as follows: Nodaway Valley vs. Mormon Trail at 3 p.m.; Murray vs. East Union at 4:30 p.m.; Grandview Park Baptist vs. Lenox at 6 p.m. and Diagonal vs. Orient-Macksburg at 7:30 p.m.
Consolation semifinal matchups will be at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, with the seventh-place match at 12 p.m. and the fifth-place match at 1:30 p.m.
Semifinal games will be at 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, with the third-place match at 6 p.m. and the championship game at 7:30 p.m.
Murray 15, Seymour 1
SEYMOUR — Murray bounced back from its first defeat of the season with a 15-1 win here on Tuesday.
“Our girls were motivated tonight after getting beat by Wayne last night,” head coach Danny Jensen said. “We used the long ball tonight.”
Madison Gonseth hit a three-run home run in the first inning as Murray scored six runs in the inning. Chellsea Jones added a three-run home run in the second inning. Kate Patton added a grand slam in the six-run fourth inning.
McKenzie McIntosh added four hits with an RBI in the game. Patton recorded the 100th stolen base of her career in the win, while pitching a two-hitter.
CORYDON — Murray’s 12-game winning streak to start the season came to an end Monday against Wayne.
The Class 1A 12th-ranked Falcons defeated the Class 1A 10th-ranked Lady Mustangs 10-0 in six innings.
“We were in the game as the score was 4-0 after five innings,” Murray head coach Danny Jensen said. “We really fell apart in the sixth as they exploded for six runs.”
Senior Kate Patton issued three walks and gave up three hits, including a three-run home run in the inning. Wayne counterpart, and Southwestern Community College recruit, Breanna Fortune threw a no-hitter against the Lady Mustangs.
LEON — Murray won the Central Decatur Tournament here on Saturday with three wins.
Murray defeated Bedford 7-1, before picking up a 12-0 win over Lamoni in three innings and finishing off the tournament with a 6-4 win over host Central Decatur.
Patton struck out nine Bedford batters in the opening game, while Chellsea Jones and McKenzie McIntosh each had two runs batted in.
Maddy Martin drove in two runs in the win over Lamoni.
Patton worked out of a bases-loaded jam with one out in the sixth inning of the win over Central Decatur. Deena Snyder had three hits with two RBI, while McKenzie Case recorded three hits with one RBI.
Patton, Case, Snyder and Jones were named to the all-tournament team.
MURRAY — Murray played Lamoni in a Bluegrass Conference game Friday before the meeting in Saturday’s tournament.
Snyder and Jones each drove in three runs for the Lady Mustangs in the 11-1 win. Snyder recorded two doubles and Jones hit a double and a home run. Patton hit a triple, while striking out nine in the pitching circle.
SW Valley 16, Stanton 15
CORNING — Southwest Valley survived a slugfest here Monday, beating Stanton 16-15.
The Timberwolves took an 8-2 lead after three innings, but saw that lead evaporate in the fourth inning.
Southwest Valley trailed 15-12 going into the bottom of the seventh inning, but the top of the order sparked a rally for the Timberwolves.
Ashtyn Grossnickle singled, followed by a single by Danica Sunderman. Kelsie Kinman hit a three-run home run to tie the game.
Pinch hitter Janelle Gibler later drove in Lexie Bronner for the game-winning run.
Sunderman , Allie Bronner and Dakota Sleep all drove in three runs in the win. Lexie Bronner picked up the win in the circle, giving up 15 runs on 13 hits with six walks and six strikeouts.
Nodaway Valley 2, SE Warren 1
MILO — Paige McElfish pitched a three-hitter as Nodaway Valley won a 2-1 pitcher’s duel here Monday against Southeast Warren.
McElfish recorded five strikeouts and issued zero walks in the win.
Kadee Eblen doubled and drove in one run for the Wolverines.
“A nice win for our kids in a very well-played ballgame,” NV head coach Ray Stewart said. “Pitching dominated the game for both sides.”
Nodaway Valley improved to 5-8 overall and 4-3 in the Pride of Iowa Conference.
Lenox 11, Essex 2
LENOX — Six runs in the fourth inning broke open a close game as Lenox defeated Essex 11-2 here on Monday.
Teya Still struck out five and issued no walks, while scattering six hits in the win.
Aurora Arevalo went 2-for-4 at the plate with a solo home run and a two-run double. Taylor Foster, Beth Christensen, Shantelle Brown, Macey Newlin and Bailey Schmitz each drove in one run for the Tigers.
Lenox improved to 9-4 for the season and 6-2 in the Pride of Iowa Conference.
LENOX — Lenox went 1-1 at its own tournament over the weekend, placing third.
The Tigers lost their opening game 8-1 to Glenwood, as Katie Dukes drove in the lone run with a double. The Tigers committed six errors and had just four hits in the loss.
Lenox defeated Fremont-Mills 6-2 in the third-place game.
Shantelle Brown and Aurora Arevalo each drove in two runs, while Dukes drove in one run.
Teya Still struck out four and walked one, giving up just five hits in the win.
Lenox 15, Bedford 5
LENOX — Katie Dukes and Aurora Arevalo both homered in a 15-5 Lenox win over Bedford here on Thursday.
Dukes drove in three runs, while Arevalo and Chelsie Dukes each drove in two runs.
Teya Still walked one and struck out one in the win.