KCHA Sports Report (6/19)

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The Charles City baseball team traveled to Decorah on Friday night, and if you would have removed the third inning of this game, the Comets would have come out on top. That was not the case, though, as Decorah would strike for a twelve run third inning and win by the ten-run rule. The final score was 13 to two and the Comet’s starting pitcher, Theo Arndt allowed a bunch of runs early. Arndt would go less than three innings pitched and allow nine runs, only one of those being earned. Colton Slinger and Alec Elsbernd scored the only two runs of the game for the Comets. Charles City has now lost six in a row and will host Crestwood tonight.

It was a busy weekend for the Comets softball team as they would play three games, the first one coming against Algona on Friday. Charles City would be on the road but that wouldn’t slow down their offense. Both teams would get two runs in the first inning, but the Comets would keep scoring. A five run third and a two run fourth would put this game away, nine to two. Sara Martin had a home run, three runs scored, and four RBIs in this game. Payton Reams and Tayler Schmidt would each score twice as well. Saturday, the Comets traveled to Mason City for two games. Charles City’s first game came against Forest City and the Comets would find themselves trailing after five innings, three to one. Charles City would not go away quietly as they would rally for five runs in the fifth to take a six to five lead. Forest City would try to mount a rally of their own in the bottom of the seventh, but they fell short. The Comets would win, six to five. Freshman, Alex Litterer, pitched six innings and allowed five runs. Sammy Heyer entered the game late for Charles City but she would manage to drive in two runs. The Comets final game of the weekend came against Rockford. This game would be over quickly with a two run first inning and a 13 run second by the Comets. Charles City would come out on top 15 to nothing. Tayler Schmidt pitched three innings of no-hit ball for the Comets. Cianna Sonberg and Sara Martin each had three RBIs. Emma Ramon and Ella Carroll pitched for the Warriors with Ramon taking the loss. Charles City is back on a four-game winning streak and will travel to Waukon tonight.

Osage softball had a pair of games over the weekend, the first one coming against Osage on the road. The Green Devils would struggle as their starting pitcher, Autumn O’Malley would allow 12 runs in five innings as Osage would lose, twelve to one. Olivia Dodd had the only hit, Melanie Bye had the only run scored, and Kourtney Chambers had the only RBI in this game for the Green Devils. Their second game was more of the same as they took on Rockford. Osage wouldn’t scratch a run across home plate, but the Warriors would get one run in the first, three in the third, and nine in the fourth. Rockford would come away with the win, 13 to nothing. Katelyn Halbach had the only hit of the game for Osage, but she would also take the loss for the Green Devils. Marissa Norby, Sarah Parcher, Sylar Schmitt, and Emma Ramon would all score twice for Rockford in this game. Osage falls to six and 14 and will travel to Lake Mills tonight.

Rockford softball’s other game came on Friday against North Iowa, Buffalo Center. This would be a high scoring affair as the Warriors would get at least one run in every inning. North Iowa could not keep pace as they would score eleven runs but lose. A five run seventh secured the win for Rockford, 16 to 11. Schmitt had three RBIs in the game while Parcher, Jenna Paulus, and Sierra Wyborny would each drive in two runs. After this weekend, the Warriors improve to 12 and 10 and will travel to Northwood-Kensett tonight.

Rockford baseball also had a trio of games this weekend. Friday’s game against North Iowa would be a pitcher’s duel as there would only be a combined five runs scored. North Iowa would get the party started in the third inning with two runners coming around to score. The Warriors would answer back with one run in the fourth and would eventually tie it up with a run in the seventh. But North Iowa would get the winning run in the bottom of the inning, three to two. Clay Kuhlmeier threw four innings of three hit ball. Dylan Keith and Zach Bushbaum would have the only hits of the game for Rockford. Saturday would be a good bounce back as the Warriors would win a couple of games. First up was Postville. Rockford would get the bats going early as they led 11 to two going into the fifth. The Warriors would get enough runs in the fifth inning to come away with the 14 to four win. Dillon Schriever would have a triple, three runs scored, and two RBIs in the game. Kayden Lyman would also have three RBIs in the contest. The Warriors final game of the weekend came against Riceville and Rockford would need extra innings to come away with this win. This game was tied at four heading into the top of the eighth, but Rockford would score one run in the top of the first extra inning to take the lead. That lead wouldn’t last though as Riceville responded with one of their own to tie it up. The Warriors would eventually put it away with two runners scoring in the top of the ninth to win, seven to five. Trey Norby comes away with the win for Rockfrod. The Warriors will travel to Northwood-Kensett tonight.

It was a busy weekend for the Bearcat’s softball team. North Butler had three games on Saturday, the first one coming against Janesville. The Bearcats would get a stellar pitching performance from Taylor Graven as she threw a complete game, shutout, while striking out 15 batters. North Butler would score one run in the first inning, three in the third, and one in the fifth to win, five to nothing. Marcy Jacobs would score three runs in the game. The Bearcat’s second game was against Grundy Center. North Butler would bully Grundy Center in this game as they would hold a nine to nothing lead through four innings of play. This game would go seven innings, though, but the Bearcats would come out on top, 10 to two. Jacobs, Kayla Siemens, Nicole Heeren, and Makayla Hauser would all have two hits. North Butler’s final game on Saturday came against Clarksville, and the Bearcats would be on the losing end in this game. Clarksville would score two runs in the second inning and North Butler would not score a run as they would lose, two to nothing. The Bearcats improve to 15 and four and will host St. Ansgar next.