SWEA CITY, Iowa - It may not have been a pretty win, with seven errors, but at the end of seven innings the Class 2A, No. 7-ranked North Union Warriors managed to pull out the 7-5 victory over Lake Mills on Tuesday in Swea City, Iowa.
"We did just enough to win tonight," said North Union head coach Art Ingalls. "We dug ourselves a hole early defensively, but we were able to get out of it in time."
It was Kyarsten Mullen, who went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles that helped the Warriors put the Bulldogs in a hole first.
DEFENSIVE? — North Union’s Taylor Mathine (3) and Sarah Rolling go after a hit in the infield during softball action on Tuesday in Swea City, Iowa. Lake Mills’ Ema Anderson (14) runs towards second base. (Photo by Leanna Becker)
Mullen smacked a double off the fence in left field to lead off the bottom of the first inning.
Autumn Boland then laid down a sacrific bunt to move Mullen to third, and Dena Looft collected an RBI with a grounder to third that allowed Mullen to run home to make it 1-0.
Unfortunately for the Warriors that lead would not last long, as the Bulldogs took advantage of five second-inning errors by North Union.
Cede Byrnes led off the inning and reached first on a fielding error, before Amelia Evenson took a walk to put runners on first and second.
Jewel Gasteiger smacked a hit to the right side of the infield, but another fielding error loaded the bases for the Bulldogs with one out.
Hailey Borgmeyer hit a grounder to third, but Looft threw home to Boland for the force out.
With the bases loaded and two outs, Emily Orban's hit towards second was misplayed, allowing Evenson and Gasteiger to run home and score to take the 2-1 lead.
Cassidy Cox then drove in a pair of runs, smacking a hit to centerfield, allowing both Borgmeyer and Emily Orban to score going ahead 4-1.
The Warriors stalled the rally there, getting the final out but it wasn't until the fifth inning that they would capitalize on their own scoring rally.
"I thought that we had chances throughout the game to score, but we just couldn't get the critical hit that we needed until the fifth," said Ingalls.
Taylor Mathine led off the inning with a hard hit ball to left, before racing to second when Mullen's hit to the shortstop was bobbled.
With runners on first and second, Boland flared a hit to right center, loading the bases.
Looft then reached on a fielder's choice with a grounder to second, allowing Mathine to run home but forcing Boland out at second.
With one out the Warriors had Mullen on third and Looft on first, but clean-up hitter Sarah Rolling delivered a blast to center for a two-run triple to tie the game at 4-4.
Peyton Oleson then delivered a sacrifice fly to right, and Rolling wheeled home for the go-ahead run.
Anna Ingalls did a good job of keeping the Bulldogs from adding on any runs after the second inning. Ingalls walked two and allowed four runs - one earned - on three hits and struck out one to earn the win.
Oleson came in and pitched the final two innings for the Warriors, allowing one run - unearned - on one hit, striking out two in her relief effort.
"I thought that Anna did what she needed to do throughout the game, she threw strikes and at times the defense wasn't there to back her up," said Art Ingalls. "We knew we might face these guys again in districts so we wanted to rest Peyton and not necessarily show them too much. But she did a good job in those final two innings."
The Warriors tacked on two runs in the bottom of the sixth.
After Erica Anderson walked to leadoff, Mathine smacked a single to pur runners on first and second.
Mullen then delivered a two-run double for her second hit of the game, scoring Mathine and Anderson to make it 7-4.
The Bulldogs added a run when Sarah Orban reached on a throwing error, allowing her to run to second.
Byrnes then reached on a fielding error, while Sarah Orban wheeled to third.
Evenson then drove Sarah Orban in with a single to right making it 7-5.
North Union (26-5) plays host to the winner of Belmond-Kleme and West Hancock in Class 2A, Region 2 playoff action next Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Swea City.
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Emily Orban (LP), Hailey Borgmeyer (6) and Kelcey Srp. Anna Ingalls (WP), Peyton Oleson (6) and Autumn Boland.
LOB-LM 8; NU 5. 2B-Kyarsten Mullen 2 (NU). 3B-Sarah Rolling (NU).
Harris-Lake Park 13, 7, North Union 7, 8 - The Wolves and Warriors split games during doubleheader action on Monday in Bancroft.
The Wolves made use of three extra-base hits in game one to outscore North Union 13-7.
Brady VanIperen went 2-for-4 with an RBI double, while Jordan Kyle smacked a double and a triple on the way to going 3-for-4 with four RBIs.
Skylar Cudmore went 2-for-5 with three RBIs, while Dahlton Burdorf went 2-for-4 at the plate.
The Warriors had plenty of offense as well, recording nine hits in the game.
Cody Runksmeier went 2-for-3 with a double, while Spencer Ricke ripped a pair of doubles in the game.
Alex Krantz also hit a double, while Parker Oleson and Ryan Larson each added two hits.
Kyle pitched the complete game for the Wolves, allowing seven runs - six earned - on nine hits, striking out eight and walking for to earn the win.
Cody Runksmeier, Oleson, Corey Vaske and Trent Pedersen combined for the Warrior pitching effort, allowing 13 runs - eight earned - on 11 hits, striking out seven and walking seven in the loss.
North Union then rebounded and scored in the bottom of the eighth inning to win 8-7 in Game 2.
Ricke went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a pair of RBIs, while Vaske went 2-for-3 with a two-run double.
Cody Runksmeier added two hits in his five at-bats, while Braden Ortman and Larson added one and two hits to the Warrior offense.
The Wolves' Jared Green blasted a double and a triple, scoring a run and driving in a pair of RBIs.
Braeton Nitzschke also smacked a double, while VanIperen, Kyle and Skylar Cudmore each had two hits.
Krantz pitched 5 1/3 innings allowing seven runs - six earned - on nine hits, striking out three and walking three in a no decision.
Colin Runksmeier came in and pitched the final 2 2/3 innings, striking out four to earn the win.
North Union (10-13) travels to play West Fork at 5:30 p.m. on Monday in Sheffield, Iowa.
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