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Published: Monday, June 30, 2014 12:39 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014 1:00 a.m. CDT
Mount Ayr center fielder Kirsten Dolecheck (5) fires a throw to the cutoff after Interstate 35's Riley Morris hit a single to the fence during the Roadrunners' 12-0 win in four innings over Mount Ayr on Friday. Also pictured is left fielder Megan Warin.

Murray 12, Moulton-Udell 0

MOULTON — Murray had a short night here Thursday, as the Lady Mustangs posted a 12-0 win in four innings over Moulton-Udell.

Senior pitcher Kate Patton gave up just one hit in the win, striking out one in the process. Offensively, she added two hits, including a double, with two runs batted in.

Brandi Gilbert also finished with two hits and two RBI, while Maddy Martin stroked a pair of hits. McKenzie McIntosh drove in a pair of runs, while Megan Oswald and McKenzie Case each drove in one run.

"We got the offense going in the first and scored in every inning," Murray head coach Danny Jensen said. "It was good to see hitting up and down the lineup. Five of our hits came in the five-run second inning."

Nodaway Valley 4, East Union 1

AFTON — Nodaway Valley freshman Paige McElfish stepped up in a big way here Thursday, hitting a three-run walkoff home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to give Nodaway Valley a 4-1 win over East Union.

The game was played in Afton because of the downpour in Greenfield, so Nodaway Valley was the home team on the scoreboard.

East Union had taken a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a Danielle Riley double that scored Chay Blondowski. Nodaway Valley tied it at 1-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning, however, when Josie Carter drove in Jessica Nelson with an RBI single.

It stayed that way until the eighth inning, when McElfish hit her sixth home run of the season.

McElfish struck out five and walked three in picking up the win for the Wolverines. Riley struck out four and walked one in the loss.

Nodaway Valley improved to 10-11 for the season with the win.

Lenox 8, SW Valley 7

LENOX — Lenox scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to come from behind for an 8-7 Pride of Iowa Conference win over Southwest Valley here on Thursday.

Southwest Valley freshman pitcher Kiara Roberts had given up just four hits over the course of the first six innings, walking none and striking out three.

But Lenox got to Roberts for five hits in the seventh inning.

Sydney Barker finished 3-for-3 at the plate for Lenox, while Taylor Foster was 2-4. Foster and Macey Newlin each hit a double.

Beth Christensen, Shantelle Brown, Aurora Arevalo, Katie Dukes, Teya Still and Bailey Schmitz each drove in one run for the Tigers.

Christensen improved to 7-0 for the season on the mound, pitching the final two innings in relief and striking out two. Still started the game and walked three with two strikeouts.

For Southwest Valley, all 10 hits came from Taylor Gaule, Ashtyn Grossnickle, Sydney Pontius and Danica Sunderman. Gaule finished with two doubles, while Pontius hit a double and a home run, driving in two runs.

Sunderman, Allie Bronner and Dakota Sleep each drove in one run.

The rest of the Southwest Valley lineup went 0-for-15 in the game.

"Defensive lapses were the difference in the game, as we committed eight errors over the course of the game," Southwest Valley head coach Jim Obermeier said.

Lenox improved to 15-7 overall and 10-4 in the Pride of Iowa Conference with the win.

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