No. 1 North Union softball posts 3-1 mark at tourney

Kate Anderson

FORT DODGE, Iowa — The Iowa Class 2A, No. 1-ranked North Union Warriors softball lineup compiled a 3-1 record during the Fort Dodge Invitational on Friday and Saturday.

Ella Larsen and Olivia Larsen combined on a seven-hit pitching performance to help Class 1A, No. 4-ranked Newell-Fonda avenge an earlier loss to North Union, 2-1, during first-round tourney action Friday.

The Warriors edged the Mustangs by a 5-4 non-league decision on June 6 in Swea City.

Kyarsten Mullen and Maddie Rolling each produced two RBIs via doubles to help North Union bounce back for a 7-2 triumph over Harlan during second-round action Friday in Fort Dodge.

Anna Ingalls went 4-for-4 with a double and two runs scored for the Warriors, while Mullen went 2-for-2 with two runs scored.

Katelyn Thackery went 2-for-3 with a run scored, Bre Anderson singled, while Kate Anderson and Kaylee Tirevold each scored once for the green-and-black attack.

Kate Anderson struck out three, walked one and allowed two runs — one earned — on four hits in 2 2/3 innings pitched to earn the time-shortened four-frame win. Ingalls fanned two, walked one and allowed one hit in 1 1/3 scoreless relief.

Kate Anderson, Mullen and Rory McClellan each belted homers to power the Warriors to a 6-3 third-round victory over Bishop Heelan of Sioux City on Saturday.

Mullen went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and one RBI, while Kate Anderson collected three RBIs to go with one run scored.

McClellan produced two RBIs and scored once, while Rolling and Thackery each singled and crossed the plate once. Shawna Person doubled, while Ingalls went 1-for-4.

Ingalls allowed three runs on six hits, struck out eight and walked two in seven innings of work to earn the complete-game victory.

Ingalls then netted another pitching victory, this time in relief, to help pace North Union’s 3-1 fourth-round win over Sioux City East on Saturday.

Ingalls struck out four and did not issue a walk in three innings of one-hit shutout relief to capture the win via the Warriors’ tying-breaking two-run top of the sixth inning.

Kate Anderson allowed one run on four hits, struck out four and walked one in four frames to receive no decision.

Ingalls, Rolling and Hope Steinberger each produced two hits, while Person chipped in a single. Ingalls, Person and Thackery each collected one RBI, while Bre Anderson, Rolling and Steinberger each scored a run.

North Union (19-3) plays host to West Hancock at 6 p.m. tonight in Swea City.