RED OAK — Class 4A No. 15 Creston made quick work here Tuesday night of a Red Oak team that entered the game with a record of 1-24 overall and 1-16 in the Hawkeye 10 Conference.
Creston took an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning, and then put the game away for good with a 13-run second inning, beating Red Oak 16-0 in three innings.
Panther head coach Mike McCabe saw an early indication it could be a short night for his club.
“We scored our first two runs without a hit,” he said.
Leadoff batter Josie Sickels was hit by a pitch and then Taylor Briley hit a ground ball to third base. The throw to first base was overthrown, and then in an attempt to throw Sickels out at third base, the ball went all the way down the left field line, allowing both Briley and Sickels to score.
Late in the inning, Lexie Little delivered an RBI single for the Panthers.
Creston put its foot down on Red Oak in the second inning, scoring 13 runs.
The inning started off with three straight walks, then Haylee LaMasters smacked a two-run double. After Natalie Mostek reached base on an error, Brenna Baker hit a two-run double of her own.
Josie Sickels and Briley each hit RBI singles later in the inning. In LaMasters’ second at-bat of the inning, she hit another two-run double. Mostek got in on the act with an RBI double of her own.
Little drove in another run on a base hit into right field.
LaMasters finished the game 3-for-3 at the plate with two doubles and four RBI. Little went 2-3 with two RBI. Baker, who started at second base in place of Shelby Palser, drove in two runs. Palser missed the game with a headache after being struck in the head by a ball Saturday.
LaMasters had a solid night in the pitching circle, as well. She struck out six and walked two, giving up only one hit in the contest.
“Only hit they got was a little flare into short right-center field, over the outstretched arms of Brenna,” McCabe said. “It was just one of those games you want to get done and get out of there. I thought we hit the ball OK.”
The Panthers improved to 17-9 overall and 13-3 in the Hawkeye 10 Conference with the win. Harlan defeated Council Bluffs St. Albert 11-1 on Tuesday, keeping the Panthers and Cyclones in a tie atop the Hawkeye 10 Conference standings.
Creston resumed its suspended game with Clarinda this morning. For information on that game, see Thursday’s edition of the Creston News Advertiser.
The Panthers travel to Atlantic on Thursday for a varsity doubleheader. The Panthers then host Council Bluffs St. Albert in a makeup game on Monday at 1 p.m.
The Creston JV team also made quick work of Red Oak on Tuesday, rolling to a 15-3 win.
Cammy Rutherford hit a home run in the first inning to put Creston up 4-0, and then the Panthers scored eight runs in the second inning.
Chloe Hagle went 1-for-1 with an RBI and a triple, Rutherford was 2-2 with four RBI and the home run. Mattie Wheeler was 1-3 with three RBI and a triple.
Josie Sickels go the win, striking out three and walking three, while giving up just one hit.
The Panthers conclude the JV season with a record of 9-2.
Creston 16, Red Oak 0
R H E
Creston 3(13)0 — 16 14 0
Red Oak 000 — 0 1 5
Cr: Haylee LaMasters 2BB 6K and Natalie Mostek. RO: Sarah Behrens 1K 7BB and Kendra Hardy. W — LaMasters. L— Loser. HR — none. 3B — none. 2B — Cr: LaMasters 2, Mostek 1, Brenna Baker 1. RBI — Cr: LaMasters 4, Baker 2, Lexie Little 2, Josie Sickels 1, Taylor Briley 1, Mostek 1. Multiple hitters — Cr: LaMasters 3, Little 2, Jami Sickels 2.