SWEA CITY - Senior Collete Haag delivered a solo home run to start the second inning and sparked the Class 2A, No. 1-ranked North Union Warriors to a 10-0, five-inning victory over Class 1A, No. 3-ranked Newell-Fonda on Wednesday in Swea City.
After the first three Warrior hitters struck out in the first, Haag led off the second and after fouling off a pair of close pitches sent the Mustangs' hurler, Renee Maneman's delivery soaring over the fence in left-centerfield.
The Warriors then scored four runs in the fourth and five runs in the fifth to take the five-inning win over the Mustangs.
PICKED?OFF — North Union shortstop Collete Haag snares a throw-down from Warrior catcher Cheyanne Boland to catch Newell-Fonda’s Renee Maneman stealing second base during the first inning of softball action on Wednesday in Swea City. (Photo by Leanna Becker)
"I think that we were really just in the zone today. Some games you can hit alright and it's fine, but they are a good team and we were locked in," said North Union head coach Art Ingalls. "I'm really happy with the way we hit. It was like as soon as one started everyone else just caught the momentum."
Haag, who finished 2-for-2 with two runs scored and an RBI, started out the four-run fourth inning with a double just inside the fence from where her home run landed.
Pinch runner Kyarsten Mullen then motored to second on a passed ball before scoring on a double to right by Sarah Rolling.
Sara Johnson followed Rolling with a hit and Jasmine Clausen loaded the bases with another single.
Allie Ingalls, who went 3-for-4, delivered her two RBIs of the game with a scalded single up the middle, scoring both Rolling and Johnson.
Cheyanne Boland joined the hit parade with a shot to right, scoring Clausen from third.
"Their pitcher was a good hard thrower. And it was an adjustment from our last couple games to get back up to speed," said Art Ingalls. "But I am excited that we were able to do so well against her."
Allie Ingalls then helped the Warriors keep the Mustangs' offense off the board, striking out eight in five innings and allowing just four hits to earn the win.
"Our defense is really stepping up for us right now and playing well at the right time," said Art Ingalls. "But I'm really impressed with our defense because they were a good team and I'm excited that we could get a big win."
Haag got hit to start out the five-run fifth and wheeled to second on a passed ball.
Dena Looft then drove Haag in from second with a hit up the middle, racing to second on the throw home.
Rolling walked to put runners on first and second before Clausen belted a hit to score Looft and Johnnson to make it 8-0.
Allie Ingalls then crushed a hit to centerfield with Clausen aboard to put runners on the corners. Ingalls swiped second before Cheyanne Boland delivered the game-winning hit through the left side of the infield, scoring Clausen and Ingalls to end the game.
Cheyanne Boland finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs in the game, while Rolling went 1-for-2 with two runs scored and one RBI.
Clausen went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a pair of RBIs for the Warriors.
Maneman pitched four innings for the Mustangs, allowing five runs on nine hits and striking out eight to absorb the loss.
Jordan Wilken pitched one inning, giving up five runs on four hits and striking out one in relief.
North Union (25-2) travels to play in the Storm Lake Tournament this Saturday and Sunday in Storm Lake, Iowa.
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NU 010 45 - 10 13 1
Allie Ingalls (WP) and Cheyanne Boland. Renee Maneman (LP), Jordan Wilken (5) and Taylor Lago.
LOB-NF 3; NU 5. 2B-Allie Ingalls (NU) and Sarah Rolling (NU). HR-Collete Haag (NU).