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North Union softball pounds out 3rd win in a row

SAFE! — North Union’s Cassie Beadle starts her slide as Forest City third baseman Emma Anderson prepares to make the tag on the stolen base attempt during Top of Iowa Conference softball action Friday night in Swea City. Beadle jarred the softball loose during her slide to be ruled safe. (Photo courtesy of Kim Meyer/Bancroft Register)

SWEA CITY — Three consecutive run-rule victories to open the abbreviated regular season.

The fearsome foursome of Olivia Von Bank, Hope Steinberger, Cassie Beadle and Sam Nielsen combined for 13 of North Union’s 16 hits, while ace right-hander Emily Meyer hurled a three-hit complete-game gem to power the Warriors to a 12-2, five-inning rout over the Forest City Indians during Top of Iowa Conference softball action Friday night in Swea City.

Ahead 10-2 heading into the bottom of the fifth, Nielsen and Beadle each produced bunt hits before Olivia Von Bank hammered her third double of the game to bring home both teammates to clinch the 10-run rule triumph.

Meyer, who hurled back-to-back no-hitters to open the summer, allowed two runs — only one earned — on three hits in five frames of work to earn the complete-game victory. The Warriors’ freshman notched five strikeouts and issued only two bases-on-balls.

Olivia Von Bank continued her torrid hitting ways by going 4-for-4 from the batter’s box, including three doubles, to produce three RBIs for the Warriors. Von Bank also scored three times and swiped three bases.

Steinberger went 3-for-4 with a double and matched Olivia Von Bank offensively by scoring three runs for North Union. Steinberger also had one RBI and two steals.

Beadle went 3-for-4 with a co-game-leading three RBIs to complement two runs scored and two stolen bases for North Union.

Nielsen contributed a 3-for-3 offensive performance with two runs scored and two stolen bases.

Vanessa Von Bank supplied one RBI via a 1-for-2 hitting effort and crossed the plate once, while Kaylee Tirevold went 1-for-3 with one RBI.

Maggie Engelby supplied one hit, Meyer helped her own cause with a sacrifice fly, while Ella Ulrich scored a run for the Warriors.

North Union erupted for four runs in the bottom of the first inning, plated two more in the second, tallied four more in the third and generated two runs with one out in the last of the fifth frame.

North Union (3-0) travels to Britt, Iowa, on Monday night to face West Hancock.

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