LAURENS, Iowa - The Iowa Class 2A, No. 3-ranked North Union Warriors exploded for 16 hits to defuse the Laurens-Marathon Chargers, 17-2 in four innings, during nonconference softball action Wednesday night in Laurens, Iowa.
Collete Haag literally put a charge into the Warriors' offensive attack by hammering a three-run home run during the top of the second inning to extend the visiting lineup's lead to 4-0.
North Union starting pitcher Allie Ingalls assisted her own cause, pounding out four doubles in four official at-bats. Ingalls produced three RBIs, crossed the plate three times and added a walk.
Autumn Boland generated a game-leading six RBIs on the strength of a 3-for-4 performance. Boland also scored two runs for the Warriors, who erupted for six runs in the third and seven more in the fourth.
Taylor Mathine went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and one RBI for North Union, while teammate Jasmine Clausen delivered a 2-for-3 effort and scored a pair of runs.
Cheyanne Boland, Dena Looft and Sarah Rolling each supplied one hit, with Cheyanne Boland, Looft and Sara Johnson driving in one run each. Rolling also scored two runs.
Ingalls allowed only two runs on four hits, notched five strikeouts and issued two bases-on-balls in four innings inside the chalked circle to earn the complete-game victory.
North Union (6-0) plays host to Spirit Lake Park tonight in Swea City.
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Fairmont 5, Wells 3 - Ben Abel and Jack Waletich combined for three hits and four RBIs to power the Fairmont VFW Post 1222 baseball team to a season-opening 5-3 victory over Wells on Wednesday at Herb Wolf Field in Fairmont.
Abel went 2-for-2 with a pair of RBIs to top the hometown lineup's seven-hit performance, while Waletich doubled in two official at-bats to produce two RBIs.
Matt Lytle went 1-for-3 with one RBI, while teammates Tyler Tennyson, Parker Monsen and Cole Emler each supplied one hit.
Lytle started on the mound for Fairmont, allowing only two hits in four scoreless innings of work to notch the victory. The right-hander recorded a game-best seven strikeouts and did not issue a walk.
Nate Johnson allowed three runs - only one earned - on four hits in three innings of relief to net the save. Johnson chalked up four strikeouts without issuing a base-on-balls.
Fairmont (1-0) plays host to Sleepy Eye at 10 a.m. Saturday in a doubleheader at Herb Wolf Field in Fairmont.
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