ALGONA, Iowa - Iowa Class 2A, No. 1-ranked North Union reeled off three straight victories to capture the Algona softball tournament championship Saturday in Algona, Iowa.
The Warriors, who improved to 16-0 overall this season, flexed their muscle by hammering four home runs during the three-game stint to improve their seasonal team homer total to 25.
Collete Haag and Harley Lindell each cranked round-trippers to ignite North Union's opening 12-1, six-inning rout of Garner-Hayfield.
Haag went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and scored twice in Game 1, while Lindell produced two RBIs via her sixth-inning clout. Allie Ingalls doubled, drove in three runs and scored a pair of runs for the Warriors, teammate Tori Johnson went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, while Cheyanne Boland singled home two runs and crossed the plate once.
Peyton Oleson fired a two-hit complete game to earn the win for North Union. Oleson struck out four and did not issue a walk in six innings of work.
Haag slugged a two-run homer to trigger the Warriors' four-run top of the sixth to pace a 5-3 second-round triumph over Class 2A, No. 7-ranked Van Meter.
With the game tied at 1-all, Ingalls lined a leadoff single, Tori Johnson reached on an error and Boland bunted Ingalls home for a 2-1 lead. One out later, Haag belted a round-tripper to plate Johnson. Dena Looft doubled one out later before pinch runner Anna Bauer eventually scored on an error.
Ingalls recorded 11 strikeouts, issued two walks and gave up three runs - none earned - on four hits in seven innings of work to earn the complete-game victory.
Ingalls also went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, Haag homered for two RBIs and scored once, while Tori Johnson chipped in an RBI single.
Haag then fired a five-hit shutout, while Tori Johnson hammered a three-run homer to propel the Warriors to a 10-0, six-inning victory over Prairie Valley in the tournament finals.
Haag did not issue a walk in six scoreless innings of work to earn the complete-game victory.
Tori Johnson homered for three RBIs and scored twice, while Haag doubled, tripled, drove in one run and crossed the plate once. Boland went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and one run scored, Jasmine Clausen went 2-for-2 with one RBI, Looft doubled to drive in one run, Lindell singled home a run and crossed the plate twice, while Ingalls was 1-for-2 with two runs scored.
North Union (16-0) hosts Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire in a doubleheader at 5:30 p.m. today in Swea City.
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North Union 18, Spirit Lake 1 - Allie Ingalls utilized her strong pitching arm and lethal lumber to help engineer the Warriors' 18-1, four-inning non-league rout over the Indians on Thursday in Spirit Lake, Iowa.
Ingalls registered four strikeouts and issued one walk while allowing one unearned run on two hits in going the distance to earn the complete-game victory.
Ingalls also led North Union's 13-hit offensive assault by connecting for a home run and a double en route to three RBIs, while teammate Harley Lindell went 2-for-3 with five RBIs.
Collete Haag went 2-for-2 with three RBIs for the Warriors, Taylor Mathine was 2-for-3 with two RBIs, Dena Looft was 1-for-4 with two RBIs, while Shanee Hanning was 1-for-1 with one RBI. Peyton Oleson and Sarah Rolling each were 1-for-1, Jasmine Clausen doubled and Sara Johnson added a single.
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Fairmont 7-3, Dassel 6-11 - The Fairmont VFW Post 1222 baseball team split a doubleheader with Dassel on Saturday in Dassel.
Fairmont edged Dassel, 7-6, in the opener before the home team rallied for an 11-3 victory over Post 1222 in Game 2.
Luke Becker went 3-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored, while teammate Spencer Chirpich went 2-for-4 with a triple, three RBIs and one run scored to pace Fairmont in Game 1.
Ben Abel and Parker Monson each contributed a hit for Post 1222.
Cole Emler allowed one hit in three shutout innings of relief to earn the victory for Fairmont. Emler struck out three and did not issue a walk.
Matt Lytle started on the mound for Post 1222, giving up six runs - four earned - on seven hits in four frames. Lytle struck out three and walked two.
Luke Becker went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, while Chirpich went 1-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored to pace Fairmont in Game 2.
Emler, Bailey Koppen and Jon Docedahl each chipped in one hit for Post 1222.
Trason Arens started on the hill for Fairmont, allowing six runs - four earned - on four hits in two innings to take the loss. Arens issued three walks without a strikeout.
Monson gave up four earned runs on nine hits, walked three and walked one in three innings of relief. Nate Johnson fanned two, walked one and allowed one run on three hits in working the final two innings.
Fairmont VFW Post 1222 (2-1) hosts St. Peter at 6 p.m. Wednesday on the B-squad diamond in Fairmont.