KCHA Sports Report (6/5)

The Charles City baseball team was in action on Friday night as they traveled to Waverly-Shell Rock for a doubleheader. The Comets would be swinging a hot bat from the first pitch as they would score four runs in the first inning. That wouldn’t last long as Waverly would one up Charles City and score five in the first frame and would lead five to four after the first inning. Waverly’s starting pitcher, Luke Willis, would settle down and only give up one run in the next two innings he pitched. The Comets were not as lucky as their starting pitcher, Cole Reams, would allow seven runs over two innings on the mound. Charles City would go onto lose game one, 12 to five. Theo Arndt went two for two in the game with two walks and a couple of runs scored. In the second half of the doubleheader, the Comets would lead three to one going into the bottom of the seventh inning. Drew Mitchell pitched a good game for Charles City but he could not get that last out as he would give up three runs in the last inning, and the Comets would lose four to three. Mitchell’s final stat line is four runs on six hits with seven strikeouts. Nate Lasher and Dylan Salinas were the only Comet batters to get hits in the game. The Comets stumble to four and five with their next games being a doubleheader on Tuesday against Waukon.

The Comet’s softball team had a busy weekend as they played five games. Charles City came into the weekend on a six game winning streak, but that would be snapped with a loss against AGWSR on Friday night. This game would be a pitcher’s duel through four innings as neither team had scored a run. With Sammy Heyer on the mound in the fifth, AGWSR was able to score two runs in back to back innings and add one more in the seventh to end the Comet’s win streak, five to one. Tayler Schmidt and Shantel VanHauen were the only Charles City players to get hits. On Saturday, the Comets would play three more games, the first one being against North Butler. This was a low scoring game as the comets would only score two runs and win the game with a walk off hit. Heyer returned to her normal form and threw seven innings of no-hit ball but still managed to give up one run. VanHauen scored the only two runs in this game for the Comets. Next up, Charles City would face Belmond-Klemme. Alex Litterer would get the start for the Comets on the mound and she would do well. Litterer allowed two earned runs in four innings of work and this game would hit the twelve run rule, 15 to three. Sara Martin had two hits in the game and drove in five base runners. Charles City’s final game of the weekend came against St. Ansgar. The Comets would jump out to an early lead after two innings, five to one. Charles City would tack on three more runs and the final in this one would be, eight to five. The Comets have Monday off and will travel to Forest City on Tuesday.

The Nashua-Plainfield Huskies faced off against the Osage Green Devils on the baseball diamond on Friday night in a Top of Iowa Conference matchup. The Huskies would not cross home plate in this game as they would only manage to reach base five times. Jared Whitinger and Mason Hyde were the only Huskies to get hits as Osage would win four to nothing. The Green Devils starting pitcher, Nathan Bushbaum, would have a great day on the mound as he would got five and two thirds innings pitched, only allow two hits, and strike out sixteen of the seventeen batters he faced. Hayden Meek of Osage would have one hit in the game with two runs scored. With that win, Osage climbed to .500 and travels to West Fork on Monday night. The Huskies still can’t find the win column as they slip to oh and six on the season.

It was a rough night on the diamond for the Rockford Warriors baseball team Friday night. Central Springs brought their bats ready to hit as they would score six runs in the first two innings. Rockford’s starting pitcher, Kayden Lyman had a rough day as he would allow seven runs, while the Warriors only scored one in the whole game. The final score would be seven to one. Max Rooney would score the only run in the game for Rockford as they fall to .500 on the season. The Warriors will host St. Ansgar on Monday night.

The Rockford softball team was in action this weekend as they played games on both Friday and Saturday. Friday, the Warriors traveled to Central Springs, but it would not go their way. The Warriors starting pitcher, Emma Ramon, got hit hard early as she would give up seven runs through five innings. A three run sixth inning ultimately put the nail in the coffin as Rockford would lose to Central Springs, 10 to four. Marissa Norby had three hits in the game. On Saturday, Rockford would play two games, one of those being a rematch with Central Springs. This game would only go four innings as the Warriors would allow ten base runners to cross home plate in the third inning. No runs would come in for Rockford as Norby and Ella Carroll were the only people to reach base. In the final game of the weekend for Rockford, they would take on Lake Mills and come away with a much needed win. A four run inning in the second and fifth would be all the runs the Warriors would need. Skylar Schmitt had three hits in four at bats and drove in an RBI for Rockford. Ramon and Norby also had two hit games as the Warrior’s record now sits at six and five. Rockford will host St. Ansgar on Monday night in a conference matchup.

The St. Ansgar baseball team had a busy weekend as they played three game in three days. On Friday the Saints hosted West Fork and would come out on top in walk-off fashion. West Fork would get the scoring started with two runs in the top of the first inning, but then the Saints starting pitcher, Cole Willert, would settle down and give up two runs for the rest of the game. Going into the bottom of the seventh inning, the score sat at five to four in favor of West Fork. A three run bottom of the seventh secured the win for the Saints. Jared Mayer and Jarrett Woods each had two hits in the contest. On Saturday, St. Ansgar traveled to Lake Mills for a few games. Game one was no challenge as the Saints would roll Hampton-Dumont, 15 to nothing. This game only went three innings as St. Ansgar racked up sixteen hits in the win. Bryton Lowe had a great day at the plate, going three for three with two doubles. In their second game on Saturday, the Saints would take on Lake Mills as the visitors. St. Ansgar would score one run in the first inning and that is all the run support they would need. The Saints would win this game, four to nothing. It was a team effort on the mound as Collin Kramer, Gabe Walk, John May, and Ben Boerjan all combined for the shutout.

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