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SPORTS IN BRIEF: Area softball, baseball roundup

Jun 23, 2014

Van Buren takes down Mediapolis

The Van Buren High School baseball team is 16-1 after a 10-0 victory Friday over Mediapolis.

The Warriors scored four runs in the both the third and fourth innings. Sophomore pitcher Robert Barker pitched five shutout innings, allowing just five hits and three walks and striking out two.

Senior third baseman Robby Laughlin led the Warriors offensively by going 2-3 with a home run, three RBIs and two runs scored. Robert Barker drove in two runs. Van Buren managed just six hits but was still able to score 10 runs.

Class 1A No. 4 Van Buren hosts Central Lee tonight and Burlington Notre Dame Tuesday.


Comets win game over Centerville

The Cardinal High School softball team is now 10-7 on the year after a 4-1 road win Friday at Centerville.

The Comets pounded out nine hits on the night. Danae Moses and Jessie McElderry both went 2-4 with a double and a run scored. Lindsay Davis had two hits and drove in two runs. Alexis Adam had a RBI as well.

Lexi Fullenkamp pitched a complete game and struck out six. She allowed one earned run on seven hits and one walk.

The Comets are scheduled to host Harmony tonight and travel Tuesday to West Burlington.


Pekin plays at Woodward-Granger

The Pekin High School softball team took one out of the three games it played Saturday at the Woodward-Granger Tournament.

Pekin defeated Panorama 6-2. Leadoff hitter Madelyn Baker made the offense kick by going 2-2 with a triple, three runs scored and two walks. Courtney Comstock went 2-3 with two runs scored and a RBI. Nikole Arendt drove in two runs.

Saydel defeated Pekin 8-2. Sloan Reighard went 2-4 at the plate. Bridget Fritchen had one hit and drove in a run.

Woodward-Granger narrowly got the best of Pekin, taking the game 8-6. Baker, Tiana Slaney and Cassidy Tolle each had two hits. Emily Bemis went 1-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs.

The Panthers (10-9) host Columbus tonight in Packwood.


Warriors fall twice at Centerville

The Van Buren softball team was defeated in both games of a doubleheader Saturday at Centerville.

The final of game one was 4-3. Centerville took a 3-0 lead, but Van Buren fought back with three runs in the fifth inning to tie the game. The Redettes scored a walk-off run in the bottom of the seventh.

Libby King, Caitlyn Millard and Taylor Murguia each had two hits and scored a run. Kadie Meek drove in two runs.

Murguia pitched the entire game and struck out eight batters. She allowed four hits, two walks and just one earned run.

Centerville won game two 10-4. Abby Rider went 2-3 and drove in two runs for the Warriors.

Van Buren (4-7) is scheduled to host Central Lee tonight in Keosauqua.


Cardinal goes 1-1 at tournament

The Cardinal High School baseball team went 1-1 at the Sigourney-Keota Tournament Saturday.

The Comets lost 9-5 to Southeast Warren. Cleanup hitter Conner McElderry hit a home run and finished the game with two RBIs.

McElderry would then homer two more times in a 15-10 win over Sigourney. He finished the game with five RBIs.

Freshman Trenton Durflinger went 2-2 with two runs scored, three RBIs and also walked three times. Nate Steele went 2-4 with a run scored and two RBIs.

“We didn’t let up at the plate and kept adding runs, which is the sign of the kind of potential we have offensively,” Cardinal coach Thomas Hallgren said.

Cardinal (8-8) is scheduled to play tonight at Harmony. With games also scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Hallgren will have to do his best to keep each pitcher rested for the amount of games on the horizon.

“That’s why it’s important to have multiple guys that can pitch for you,” Hallgren said. “[You have to] maximize the effectiveness of your pitchers by not walking guys and limiting errors.”

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