No. 9 North Union softball posts perfect mark at tournament
SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa — The Iowa Class 2A No. 9-ranked North Union Warrior softball lineup pounded out 38 hits to generate 29 runs en route to compiling a 3-0 record during the Spirit Lake softball tournament on Saturday.
North Union (13-1) kicked off the regular-season event with a 12-6 triumph over Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley in a five-inning clash due to the tournament time limit.
The Warriors then coasted to an 8-2 second-round victory over Okoboji in six innings before zipping George-Little Rock/Central Lyon in third-round play, 9-0.
Olivia Von Bank went 6-for-10 with a pair of home runs and generated a team-leading eight RBIs during the three games to top North Union. Von Bank also scored a team-best six times.
Cassie Beadle went 5-for-8 with five runs scored for the green-and-black attack, Sam Nielsen went 5 of 10 and crossed the plate four times, while Vanessa Von Bank and Shelby Fraker each went 5-for-11, with Vanessa Von Bank producing four RBIs.
Ace right-hander Emily Meyer recorded 21 strikeouts in 13 innings of work to improve her seasonal pitching record to 13-1. Emily Meyer allowed only seven runs — zero earned — on eight hits and issued just four walks during the three-game span.
Left-hander Kaylee Meyer pitched five innings of relief, giving up one unearned run on two hits, struck out three and issued one walk for the green-and-black during the event.
Ironically, the high-octane Warriors generated all of their runs in their opener against Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley in the first and fifth frames.
Nielsen and Beadle singled in back-to-back style to trigger North Union’s five-run first at-bat. Olivia Von Bank and Vanessa Von Bank generated RBIs via grounders before Vanessa Von Bank later scored on a wild pitch.
Emily Meyer delivered an RBI single, another run scored on a wild pitch and Naomi Jones belted an RBI double to help build a 5-3 lead.
Down 6-5 during the bottom of the fifth inning, Maggie Engelby walked, took second base on Jones’ sacrifice bunt and scored on Ella Ulrich’s bunt to knot the game.
Nielsen singled and Beadle followed with a run-scoring bunt to swing a 7-6 lead in the Warriors’ direction. Olivia Von Bank then stepped to the plate and hammered a three-run home run to left field to widen the gap to 10-6. After a Meyer single and a Fraker bunt hit, Jones smacked a two-run single to the left-center gap to close out the game at 12-6 after five innings complete.
Emily Meyer struck out nine, walked three and gave up six unearned runs on just three hits in five innings to earn the complete-game win.
Vanessa Von Bank and Olivia Von Bank each produced RBI singles and Emily Meyer’s two-run double highlighted the Warriors’ four-run outburst during the second inning against Okoboji.
Emily Meyer struck out seven, walked one and allowed one unearned run on four hits in four innings of work to net the win for the green-and-black attack in Game 2.
Olivia Von Bank capped her tournament by going 2-for-3 with a HR and three RBIs against George-Little Rock/Central Lyon, while Vanessa Von Bank went 4-for-4 with one RBI as the Warriors exploded for 17 hits.
Beadle, Olivia Von Bank and Vanessa Von Bank assembled consecutive singles with one out in the bottom of the first inning to tally the team’s initial run. Fraker later bunted home a run before a third run scored via a wild pitch.
The Warriors utilized their power during a seven-hit, five-run fourth at-bat. Fraker singled before circling the bases on Engelby’s RBI double to the left-center gap.
Ulrich then crushed a run-scoring triple to deep center field before Beadle reached on a bunt hit to put runners at the corners. Olivia Von Bank smacked a three-run HR over the fence in left-center to widen North Union’s lead to 8-0.
Emily Meyer struck out five without issuing a walk in four innings of work to net the win. She allowed only one hit. Kaylee Meyer struck out one and walked one and gave up one hit in three shutout innings of relief for the Warriors.
North Union travels to Okoboji, Iowa, on Tuesday night.