Area baseball and softball teams were piling on the runs in their Wednesday night games as the Union area teams continue to sharpen their skills at the beginning of this shortened season. Here are your recaps for Wednesday night’s action.
Tigers roll at No. 7 Alburnett
The New London boys jumped all over No. 7 Alburnett on Alburnett’s own home field, blanking the seventh-ranked Pirates 9-0.
New London put up four runs in the first inning, one in the fourth and four in the seventh to hand Alburnett its second loss of the season.
Holvin Catala and Kooper Schulte combined to hold the Pirates to just three hits all night. Catala let up just one hit and four walks and struck out five batters over five innings to earn the win. Schulte went two innings, gave up two hits, walked one and hit one batter.
Tucker Gibbar went 2-for-4 with a double and four RBIs to lead the Tiger offense. Josh Catala, Schulte and Seth Bailey each had an RBI as well, and Shae Summerfield went 2-for-3.
Van Buren sweeps Highland
In Southeast Iowa Super Conference non-divisional games Van Buren won the home softball contest 2-1 and the road baseball matchup 9-3.
Dani Laughlin went 3-for-3 and Abi Stransky batted in the only Highland (2-3) score. Jessica Kraus went four innings and allowed one earned run, five hits, no walks and six strikeouts. Grace Batcheller went two innings with an unearned run, two hits, no walks and two strikeouts.
Ally Cambell threw a complete game for the win with no walks, five hits, an earned run and six strikeouts. Campbell and Lexi Jirak each went 2-for-3 for the Warriors (4-3).
Tony Davidson (three innings, five hits, three runs, one walk, five strikeouts) and Taylor Sprouse (three innings, no walks, no hits, three strikeouts) combined for the win. Ryan Wolf went 3-for-4 with two runs batted in.
Van Buren baseball is 2-2 while Highland is 3-2.
Comets roar to wins in baseball and softball
Wednesday night was a good night to be a Cardinal Comet. The Cardinal baseball team ran over Moravia 9-1 at home, and the softball team traveled to Davis County to pick up a 9-2 victory.
In baseball, Cardinal scored four runs in the second, three in the fifth and two in the sixth. Moravia’s lone run was in the top half of the sixth.
Landon Becker went 2-for-4 with three RBIs to lead the Comet offense. Jentry Arbogast was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, and both Logan Chickering and Maddux Jones knocked in a run.
Ryan Clark picked up the win on the mound, going six innings and giving up one earned run on three hits and two walks, while striking out three. Becker closed out the game with a shutout seventh. He struck out one and walked one.
The Cardinal girls score four in the first and two in the second to take an early 6-0 lead, and cruised from that point on.
Maddie Cloke went 2-for-2 with two RBIs in the win. Ava Ferrell and Lydia Moses each had one hit and one RBI. Alexia McClure and Kassidy Verrips both knocked in one.
Reinier boosts No. 10 Hawks
Two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning were the difference for the home team in a 5-4 River Valley Conference baseball victory by No. 10 (Class 2A) Mid-Prairie (4-2 record) over Durant (2-2).
Kayden Reinier reined in the visitors from the mound and rained down hits at the plate. He went six inning with no walks allowed with two strikeouts and nine hits. Only two of his four runs were earned. Collin Miller pitched the seventh and set the opponents down in order with a strikeout.
Reinier went 3-for-3 in official at bats and 4-for-4 in on base percentage. He scored twice. Teammate Karson Grout connected for a triple and a single while Chris Miller also went 2-for-3.
Sigourney blanks Keota
The Savages won at home, 2-0, over the Eagles in a South Iowa Cedar League softball game. Carly Goodwin threw a one-hitter with one walk and 16 strikeouts.
Sigourney batters had five hits, four walks and struck out twice.
W-MU boys drop home game to Notre Dame
Winfield-Mt. Union couldn’t get the bats to rattle in a home showdown against a tough Notre Dame squad, falling 10-0 in five innings.
Notre Dame scored three runs in the second, three in the third and four in the fourth. The Wolves collected just two hits all night against starting pitcher Josh Smith.