Warriors run-rule Rebels to advance in region playoffs
SWEA CITY –You can’t win if you can’t score.
North Union beat the Sioux Central Rebels 10-0 in a run-rule shortened, six-inning game during the quarterfinal matchup of the Class 2 Region 5 playoffs Wednesday night in Swea City.
The Warriors (15-16) advance to the Class 2 Region 5 semifinal against Central Springs in Manly, Iowa.
“You can’t win if you can’t score,” could be heard during the fifth inning from members of the North Union baseball team standing past the wall in right field. That held true with Emily Meyer pitching a shutout to help lead the Warriors.
Meyer gave up only four hits and one free base to a hit batter, while striking out one.
North Union head coach Kim Price said Meyer did a good job of keeping the ball out of the middle of the plate and hitting her spots.
“She did an amazing job,” Price said. “She was able to get ahead in the count and throw the changeup. She was doing a really nice job of it tonight. She was hitting her spots consistently, she kept it out of the middle where they were hitting it better, she worked hard out there and kept the momentum going. She just did an all-around excellent job out there.”
On the offensive end, the Warriors scored five runs through the first two innings, then five more in the fifth and sixth.
In the bottom half of the first frame, Hope Steinberger led off with a single flaired out to short left field before Cassie Beadle dropped a bunt down the third base line, beating the throw for a single.
Olivia Von Bank reached on a fielder’s choice when she bunted and the Rebels’ catcher tried to get Steinberger at third, but Steinberger beat the throw. With the bases loaded, Maddie Rolling bounced a single off the second base bag and into center field for two RBIs.
The inning continued when Ariel Olson hit a line drive to center, which was misplayed by the Rebels’ center fielder, allowing Olivia Von Bank to score, but Rolling was thrown out at the plate for the first out of the inning.
Olson scored the final run of the frame when Shawna Person singled to right field.
The Warriors sent all nine batters to the plate in the first inning.
North Union would add a run in the second after Steinberger singled for her second of three hits, this one coming on a soft grounder toward second base.
Beadle was hit by a pitch to move Steinberger to second and Olivia Von Bank singled down the right-field line for an RBI.
In the fifth, the Warriors’ offense struck again.
Person was the first on the basepaths after reaching on an error, then Vanessa Von Bank took a walk to put runners on first and second.
After Person’s pinch runner, Ella Ulrich, was caught stealing third, Meyer doubled deep down the left-field line to score Vanessa Von Bank. Kaylee Tirevold followed with a ground ball that resulted in an error before Steinberger took her first of two walks to load the bases.
Beadle dropped another bunt for a single to score Meyer’s courtesy runner, Sam Nielsen, then Olivia Von Bank took a walk for an RBI to put the Warriors ahead 9-0.
The game-ending run came in the sixth when Steinberger took a bases-loaded walk.
Price said every player did their part in contributing to the win.
“They did an excellent job, I couldn’t have asked for better,” Price said. “We didn’t have any errors, we played solid defense. They came out ready to play from the beginning. They were just sharp as a team, every individual from the girls on the bench chearing on the team to pinch runners to every single player up to bat and on defense. It was a good game.”
Steinberger had three singles and two walks to reach base in all five of her plate appearances, while Beadle had two bunt singles and an RBI.
Olivia Von Bank had two RBIs on a hit and a walk, while Rolling had a single and took a walk.
Olson hit two singles, Person had a hit and Meyer added a double for the Warriors’ offense.
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Emily Meyer (WP) and Kaylee Tirevold. McKenzie Coffee (LP), Taylor Krager (5) and Kendra Casey.
LOB–SC 5, NU 10. 2B–Emily Meyer (NU).