SWEA CITY - Nineteen victories in a row.
The Iowa Class 2A, No. 1-ranked North Union Warriors improved upon their undefeated softball season by posting a 6-1 nonconference victory over the Okoboji Pioneers on Tuesday night in Swea City.
No. 7 batter Sara Johnson produced a game-leading four RBIs on the strength of two hits, while ace right-hander Allie Ingalls fired a five-hit complete-game gem to keep the Warriors' perfect record intact.
ELUSIVE THROW — North Union runner Cheyanne Boland (left) slides safely into third base as the throw eludes Okoboji infielder Darby Jones during softball action Tuesday night in Swea City. Photo by Chip Pearson
"Eleven. I didn't realize that she had struck out that many batters tonight," North Union head coach Art Ingalls said in reference to his daughter's double-digit strikeout mark. "She worked a little up in the zone tonight, but overall, her pitch location was good."
Allie Ingalls utilized a well-disguised change-up to record the final out of the top of the first inning before battery mate Cheyanne Boland triggered the Warriors' two-out scoring rally in the home half.
Boland smacked a double to the right-center gap before circling the bases with the game's initial run on Collete Haag's RBI single up the middle.
Ingalls breezed through a 1-2-3 second before North Union generated another solo run in the bottom half. Dena Looft crunched a leadoff double to deep center before crossing the plate on Sara Johnson's RBI single to center.
Jasmine Clausen reached base by hammering an infield hit off of Okoboji pitcher Mikkinzie Peschong's foot, but the Pioneer right-hander worked out of the jam by recording two of her three strikeouts on the game.
Ingalls then worked around Olivia Rolhk's two-out single in the third when Warrior right fielder Autumn Boland proved to be in the right spot at the right time. Second baseman Tori Johnson made a stretched-out attempt to snare Anna Seeger's looping liner. Johnson then tipped the ball to Boland for the rare putout.
North Union then combined two hits with two of Okoboji's three errors to produce three runs in the last of the third for a 5-0 lead.
Cheyanne Boland and Harley Lindell both reached on miscues sandwiched around Haag's single to load the bases. Sara Johnson drilled a two-run single to right before Clausen blasted a deep sacrifice fly to cap the run production.
Lindell doubled to right, took third base on Looft's fielder's choice and scored the Warriors' final run on Sara Johnson's RBI groundout.
Rolhk, who went 2-for-3, spoiled Ingalls' shutout bid by lining a one-out single in the sixth, took second on Seeger's hit and scored on Peschong's RBI double.
Ingalls gave up one earned run on five hits and did not issue a walk in seven innings to net the complete-game victory.
Peschong allowed six runs - three earned - on nine hits, struck out three and walked one in six innings to take the loss.
North Union (19-0) hosts Spencer on Thursday night in Swea City.
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