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Published: Thursday, July 3, 2014 12:10 a.m. CDT
Nodaway Valley catcher Kadee Eblen makes a pickoff throw to first base after a pitch to Southwest Valley's Ashtyn Grossnickle (2) during a Pride of Iowa Conference game on Tuesday. Nodaway Valley won 5-2 in a preview of a Class 2A Region 7 opener.
Nodaway Valley shortstop Mercedes Harter slides into second base on a steal attempt, as the throw from the catcher escapes Southwest Valley shortstop Kelsie Kinman after taking a hop.

Nodaway Valley 5, SW Valley 2

GREENFIELD — Nodaway Valley steadily built a 5-1 lead over the first four innings here Tuesday, eventually beating Southwest Valley 5-2 in a preview of next week’s Class 2A Region 7 opener.

“It was a nice win for our kids as Southwest Valley has been playing pretty good as of late,” Nodaway Valley head coach Ray Stewart said.

The Wolverines survived four errors and five walks issued by pitcher Paige McElfish in the win. McElfish struck out nine in the winning effort.

After Sydney Pontius hit an RBI single in the top of the first inning to put Southwest Valley on top, Josie Carter answered with an RBI single of her own in the bottom half of the inning to tie the game.

The Wolverines added one run in the second and again in the third inning, before scoring two runs in the bottom of the fourth.

Carter finished with two RBI for the Wolverines, adding a double to her single in the first. McElfish also had two hits, including a double.

Pontius finished with two hits for Southwest Valley, while Danica Sunderman drove in a run. Lexi Bronner hit a double for the Timberwolves.

“We missed out on too many opportunities to score runs,” Southwest Valley head coach Jim Obermeier said. “We struck out looking four times in the game — once with the bases loaded and twice with two on. We have to do a better job of defending the strike zone with two strikes and move baserunners.”

Kiara Roberts took the loss in the pitching circle, giving up nine hits, walking none and striking out two.

Nodaway Valley improved to 11-12 overall and 7-6 in the Pride of Iowa Conference.

Mount Ayr 14, Lenox 3

LENOX — Mount Ayr exploded for 14 runs on 13 hits against Lenox here on Tuesday, picking up a 14-3 conference win over the Tigers.

“The Tigers were decimated on their home field following a four-day layoff,” Lenox head coach Tom Shields said. “Mount Ayr crushed six extra base hits. The only Lenox bright spot was a two-run homer from Aurora Arevalo.”

Arevalo scored two runs for Lenox, while Makinna Fitzgerald drove in the only other Lenox run.

Teya Still took the loss for the Tigers, striking out three and walking none. Beth Christensen came in to pitch in relief in the fourth inning and walked one.

Tessa Shields picked up the win for the Raiderettes, striking out two and walking one.

Billi Stark hit a two-run home run for Mount Ayr.

Lenox dropped to 15-8 overall and 10-5 in the Pride of Iowa Conference.

Wayne 8, SW Valley 0

CORNING — Southwest Valley managed just three hits in an 8-0 loss to Wayne here on Monday.

“We were overpowered at the mound and at the plate,” Southwest Valley head coach Jim Obermeier said. “Fortune, their pitcher had got command over all of her pitches, especially her changeup.”

Breanna Fortune recorded 13 strikeouts for Wayne. The Lady Falcons hit two home runs in the first inning, building a 3-0 lead that was more than enough for Fortune.

Taylor Gaule, Kelsie Kinman and Sydney Pontius each finished with one hit for the Timberwolves.

Kiara Roberts took the loss for Southwest Valley, giving up 12 hits and striking out one.

East Union 4, Bedford 2

AFTON — Danielle Riley pitched a two-hitter with no earned runs allowed in a 4-2 East Union victory over Bedford on senior night Tuesday.

Riley struck out eight and had no walks. Olivia Eckels and Chelsea Hoyt each had two hits for the Eagles.

Murray 11, Melcher-Dallas 1

MURRAY — Kate Patton pitched a three-hitter with seven strikeouts and one walk as Murray closed its home season Tuesday with an 11-1 victory over Melcher-Dallas in six innings.

Deena Snyder had an RBI double as Murray scored two runs in the first inning. A four-run fourth included RBI hits from McKenzie Case and Maddy Martin.

Murray scored four runs in the fifth on a double by Chellsa Jones and three M-D errors. The clinching RBI was by Case in the sixth inning. Case finished with three hits and Jones had two.

“We had an outstanding play from deep center field by Maddy Martin to throw out a runner at third,” Murray coach Danny Jensen said.

Murray (22-2) played Lenox Wednesday in the Mount Ayr Classic.

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