SWEA CITY - North Union senior ace right-hander Allie Ingalls demonstrated why she's continuing her softball career at the collegiate level next season.
The future Iowa Central Community College hurler fired a one-hit complete-game shutout, while teammates Dena Looft and Autumn Boland combined for four hits and five RBIs to engineer the Iowa Class 2A, No. 3-ranked Warriors to a 10-0, six-inning triumph over the Emmetsburg E'Hawks on Friday night in Swea City.
"We didn't get as many hits tonight as we have been the past couple of games, but we did hit the ball hard, including a number right at them," said North Union head coach Art Ingalls, whose lineup improved to 8-0 overall. "Obviously, our pitching was 'on' tonight."
FIRING STRIKES — North Union starting pitcher Allie Ingalls fires a strike to the plate during nonconference softball action against Emmetsburg on Friday night in Swea City. Ingalls went on to strike out 10 en route to pitching a one-hit shutout at the E’Hawks. (Photo by Charlie Sorrells)
Indeed. Allie Ingalls opened the non-league game by retiring six consecutive batters before E'Hawks' No. 7 hitter Jenna Chapman reached on the first of the Warriors' two errors on the game.
The hard-throwing Ingalls worked around the miscue by recording two of her game-best 10 strikeouts to improve her seasonal total to 37 in 28 innings pitched. The North Union ace, who improved to 5-0 on the current campaign, displayed outstanding command of the strike zone by not issuing a base-on-balls in six frames.
Ingalls, however, lost her no-hit bid during the top of the sixth inning when Emmetsburg leadoff batter Michaela Rehm lined an infield hit up the middle.
While Ingalls was sending E'Hawk after E'Hawk back to the bench empty-handed, the Warrior batting order combined three hits with one walk and an Emmetsburg error to generate four runs in the home half of the second.
Looft, who went 2-for-4 with a game-high three RBIs, reached on an error before Jasmine Clausen drew a walk from Emmetsburg right-hander Hali Noll with one out.
Sarah Rolling's liner behind shortstop scored Looft before Sara Johnson drilled a single down the right-field line to load the bases.
Ingalls worked out an RBI walk before Autumn Boland launched a pivotal two-run single to center to create an early 4-0 lead.
Noll held the Warriors in check until the last of the fifth when Cheyanne Boland set the table by legging out an infield hit with one out.
Collete Haag then blasted a double off the 210-foot sign on the center-field fence before Looft smacked a two-run double to the left-center gap. Pinch runner Emma Engelby later scored on Rolling's sacrifice fly for a 7-0 edge.
North Union later ended the game via the 10-rule rule with no outs in the bottom of the sixth. Taylor Mathine and Ingalls walked in back-to-back fashion before Autumn Boland legged out a bunt hit to jam the base paths.
Cheyanne Boland drew an RBI walk, Haag plated another run when her fly ball to center was dropped before Looft's high-bouncing chopper drove in the game-winning run.
Autumn Boland went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, while Rolling went 1-for-2 with a pair of RBIs for the Warriors.
Noll gave up 10 runs on eight hits, struck out five and walked seven in five-plus innings to take the loss for Emmetsburg (1-5).
North Union (8-0) opens the Algona High School Tournament against Garner-Hayfield at 9 a.m. today before squaring off against Van Meter at 10:30 a.m.
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Winning run scored with no outs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Hali Noll (LP) and Miranda Vlasman. Allie Ingalls (WP, 5-0) and Cheyanne Boland.
LOB-North Union 7; Emmetsburg 3. 2B-Collete Haag (NU), Dena Looft (NU). SF-Sarah Rolling (NU).
North Union 1, Spencer 0 - Starting pitcher Sawyer Doocy and reliever Corey Vaske combined to fire a two-hit shutout to steer the Warriors to a 1-0 prep baseball victory over the Tigers on Thursday night in Bancroft, Iowa.
The hard-throwing Doocy recorded a game-best 14 strikeouts, issued three walks and allowed two hits in 6 1/3 innings of work to earn the victory.
Vaske replaced Doocy on the mound during the top of the seventh frame and recorded two outs to preserve the shutout to earn the save.
Colin Runksmeier singled, stole second base and scored the hard-fought game's only run on Spencer Ricke's RBI single during the bottom of the fourth inning.
Doocy, Garrett Johnson and Alex Deitering each contributed hits to North Union's five-hit performance.
Spencer starting pitcher Brady Illg gave up one earned run on just five hits, struck out six and issued one base-on-balls in six innings of work to absorb the tough loss.
Jordan Plueger and Illg accounted for the Tigers' only hits on the low-scoring contest.
North Union (6-4) plays host to Spalding Catholic at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Bancroft, Iowa.