SPENCER, Iowa - The Iowa Class 2A, No. 1-ranked North Union Warriors posted a pair of victories during Day 1 of the Spencer softball tournament on Friday in Spencer, Iowa.
The Warriors displayed their mettle by scoring three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to transform a 5-3 deficit to Denison-Schleswig into a 6-5 comeback triumph over the Monarchs.
North Union then struck early in Game 2, plating five second-inning runs to engineer a 7-4 victory over the Spirit Lake Indians during tournament action.
In the opening round, Sara Johnson singled to help trigger the Warriors' three-run rally during their last at-bat. Johnson, who had reached second base on Jasmine Clausen's fielder's choice, then circled the bases on Taylor Mathine's RBI single.
Mathine, who had taken second on the throw to the plate, then scored the tying run when Allie Ingalls delivered an RBI single. Ingalls later scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch during ball four of a walk to Autumn Boland.
Dena Looft went 2-for-3 with two RBIs to top the Warriors' offensive effort against the Monarchs, while Cheyanne Boland chipped in an RBI single. Collete Haag also singled and scored, while Sarah Johnson added a hit.
Ingalls allowed five earned runs on seven hits, struck out four and walked two in six innings of work to earn the complete-game victory against Denison-Schleswig.
In Game 2 of the Spencer tourney, Ingalls went 1-for-3 with a game-leading three RBIs and scored once to fuel the Warriors' 7-4 decision over the Indians.
Sara Johnson went 1-for-1 with a walk, scored a pair of runs and drove in one run, Cheyanne Boland contributed an RBI single, while Clausen drew a bases-loaded walk for another RBI.
Autumn Boland and Looft each provided hits for North Union, with Looft crossing the plate. Mathine and Rolling each added runs scored.
Peyton Oleson hurled six innings from inside the chalked circle to earn the complete-game victory for the Warriors. Oleson gave up four runs on eight hits, struck out three and walked two.
North Union (19-2) faces MOC-Floyd Valley at 11 a.m. today before squaring off against Estherville-Lincoln Central at 2:30 p.m. today during Day 2 of the Spencer tournament.
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Winning run scored with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
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Central Springs 3, North Union 2 (8 innings) - The Class 3A, No. 12-ranked Panthers scored the game-winning run on an errant throw during the bottom of the eighth inning to edge the Warriors, 3-2, during regular-season action Thursday night in Manly, Iowa.
Dena Looft went 3-for-4 with two doubles and one RBI to pace North Union's offensive performance, while Autumn Boland and Sara Johnson each collected two hits. Boland scored once, while Johnson had an RBI.
Sarah Rolling and Jasmine Clausen each chipped in one hit for the Warriors.
Allie Ingalls allowed three runs - only one earned - on five hits, struck out 10 and issued two walks in seven-plus innings to absorb the loss.
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Winning run scored with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning.
North Union 6, Central Springs 5 - The Warriors baseball team scored three runs in the sixth inning to sneak past the Panthers 6-5 on Thursday in Manly, Iowa.
Jake Adams went 2-for-3 from the plate, scoring a run and driving in an RBI to pace the Warriors' winning effort.
Colin Runksmeier drove in a pair of runs on the strength of a 2-for-4 batting day, while Sawyer Doocy smacked a double in the win.
Spencer Ricke and Jake Govern each added hits in the game, with Garrett Johnson and Alex Deitering crossing the plate for North Union runs.
Johnson pitched five innings, allowing four runs on six hits, striking out three and walking three to take a no decision.
Colin Runksmeier pitched 1 2/3 innings in relief, striking out two and walking three to earn the win, with Doocy getting the final strikeout of the game.
North Union (11-5) play in the Spalding Catholic Tournament today in Granville, Iowa.
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