No. 2 Warriors perfect at St. Edmond softball tourney
FORT DODGE, Iowa — The Iowa Class 2A No. 2-ranked North Union Warriors did not allow a run in 18 flawless innings to capture the St. Edmond softball tournament championship Saturday at Harlan Rogers Complex.
North Union also earned the top seed for the upcoming Region 1 postseason tournament. The Warriors await the winner between Western Christian and Central Lyon in a 7 p.m. regional quarterfinal on Wednesday night, July 6, in Swea City.
Junior ace right-hander Emily Meyer hurled four scoreless innings to pace North Union’s opening-round 11-0 five-frame win over Woodward-Granger before firing a one-hit shutout to down host and Class 1A No. 12-ranked St. Edmond, 12-0, in a six-inning second-round contest in Fort Dodge, Iowa.
Meyer capped the three-game span by pitching a four-hit complete-game gem to help the Warriors squeeze by Mason City, 2-0, in the third round.
The hard-throwing Meyer recorded six strikeouts and issued two walks in seven innings of work to earn the victory against Mason City.
Warriors’ cleanup hitter Naomi Jones singled and later circled the bases on Maggie Engelby’s RBI double to snap the scoreless tie during the bottom of the fourth inning.
Ella Ulrich then doubled North Union’s margin by lining a one-out single, swiped second base, moved to third base on Sam Nielsen’s infield hit, stayed put on Cassie Beadle’s bunt hit and scored on Meyer’s RBI single in the fifth inning.
Nielsen and Beadle each produced two hits for the Warriors, while teammate Shelby Fraker supplied one hit.
Fraker went 3-for-3 with a double and three runs scored, while Ulrich went 2-for-2 with a triple, a co-game-best three RBIs and three runs scored to ignite North Union’s 12-0, six-inning triumph over host St. Edmond during second-round action.
Meyer went 2-for-3 with one RBI, Beth Streuber went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, while Naomi Jones went 2-for-3 with one run scored.
Beadle also collected a co-game-best three RBIs on the strength of one hit, Engelby singled and scored once, Nielsen tallied one RBI and one run, while Libby Stevens chipped in a single.
Meyer notched eight strikeouts, issued two walks and allowed only one hit in six shutout innings of work to claim the win.
Meyer gave up three hits, registered five strikeouts and issued one walk in four frames inside the chalked circle to claim the Game 1 win over Woodward-Granger.
Naomi Jones walked two and struck out one in one inning of hitless and scoreless frame of relief for the Warriors.
Streuber hammered two hits, including a home run, en route to a co-game-best three RBIs to complement two runs scored for North Union.
Nielsen went 3-for-4 with a triple, one RBI and one run scored, while Meyer also went 3-for-4 with a double, a co-game-high three RBIs and a run scored.
Naomi Jones went 2-for-4 with a double, one RBI and crossed the plate once, while Fraker was 2-for-3 with one RBI and a run scored for the Warriors.
Beadle contributed a single, two RBIs, two runs scored and a walk, while Engelby and Ulrich each singled and scored one run for North Union.
North Union (26-3) plays host to Lake Mills at 6 p.m. tonight in Swea City in a regular-season contest.