We had a busy day on the high school summer sports scene Wednesday all four area schools had softball and baseball in action.
Clarion Goldfield Dows
To start it all off the Clarion Goldfield Dows softball and baseball teams both visited Algona for a pair of North Central Conference matchups. The baseball game between the Cowboys and Bulldogs featured two teams toiling near the bottom of the conference standings. The Cowboys would spot Algona a 6 run lead through 3 innings but 8 Clarion runs in the 4th gave them a rare lead this season. 3 runs in the bottom half of the inning and another 3 in the 6th would give Algona the 12-8 victory as the Bulldogs moved to 2 and 3 on the year while the Cowboys dropped to 0 and 4 ahead of tonight’s matchup with 1 and 4 West Fork.
The Cowgirls softball game would pit two teams with aspirations for the top half of the conference. The anticipation would fizzle out early, however, as the CGD softball team got down early and often to an undefeated Algona team during a 14-2 loss in 5 innings. The loss drops the Cowgirls below .500 for the first time this year as they’ve lost 3 straight. CGD hosts West Fork tonight in a game that can be heard live on KQWC 95.7FM with pregame at 7:15PM.
Eagle Grove Eagles
The Eagle Grove Eagles summer teams hosted Rockford Tuesday in a Top of iowa crossover matchup. The Eagles boys team would get back in the win column for the first time in 3 games as they went off at the plate for a 12-8 win to move to 2 wins, 3 losses, and 1 tie this season.
It was a great effort from the Eagles softball team but ultimately they would fall 6 to 4 to an undefeated West Fork team. The loss drops the Eagles to 0 and 7 this year. Both Eagle Grove teams will be back in action today as the softball team hosts fellow winless Manson Northwest Webster. The Eagles baseballers visit Algona looking to even their record on the season.
South Hamilton Hawks
The South Hamilton Hawks teams hosted Roland-Story for a pair of games at Mike Penning Sports Complex in Jewell. It would not go the way of the Hawks as the baseball team fell to the undefeated Norsemen in a lower scoring game by a tally of 4 to 1. The loss drops the Hawks to an even 3 and 3 this season.
The Hawks softball team has faced a tough schedule through 3 games and as such they have dropped to 0 and 3. The undefeated Lady Norsemen softballers moved to 4 and 0 as they handled the Hawks by a score of 8-0. The Hawks teams both with an off day today.
Webster City Lynx
And of course the Webster City Lynx teams were in action as the Hampton-Dumont Bulldogs came to town for a pair of games. In the softball game, the Lynx girls took a tough loss 6 to 1 to the Bulldogs as they fall below .500 at 3 and 4 on the season and a surprising 0 and 2 in NCC play. 8th grader Kelley Stoakes with 2 hits including a double in the loss for the Lynx.
In the baseball game the Webster City Lynx came in as prohibitive favorites against a Bulldog team that garnered just 2 conference wins a year ago. It was all Lynx early and often as the home team jumped out to a 5 run lead after 2 innings and eventually tacked on 6 more in the 4th for an 11-0 victory in 5 innings. All-state Senior returning starter Max Hackbarth threw 5 innings of 1 hit shutout ball while striking out 11 and the bottom 2 hitters in the Lynx lineup, junior Austin Lampmann and sophomore Nick Hackbarth, combined to go 4 for 5 with 3 runs scored and 6 RBI’s in the victory. Head coach Addison Kehoe talked about how his team kept their focus and did their jobs against a team they knew they should beat.
The Lynx visit Clarion Goldfield Dows tomorrow in a baseball game that can be heard live on KQWC at 7:30.
Hawkeyes and Cyclones
Big news for the state’s two biggest collegiate basketball teams. Iowa Junior Tyler Cook and Iowa State Sophomore Lindell Wigginton have both announced that they will forego the NBA Draft and return to school to play in the 2018-19 basketball season.