We had a full schedule with all four area schools in action Monday night with several games of particular interest in conference standings races.
Clarion Goldfield Dows
Clarion Goldfield Dows baseball hosted Iowa Falls-Alden Monday in a pair of North Central Conference games. In baseball, the Cowboys were looking to defeat the Cadets for the second time this season. It was not to be, however, as the Cadets rattled off 5 runs in the first two innings and hung on for the 6-5 victory. The Cowboys now sit at 1 and 16 this season of tonight’s matchup with Garner-Hayfield-Ventura.
The Cowgirls softball team entered Monday’s game with the Cadets in the midst of a 10-game losing streak and looking for their first conference victory. The search continues as the Cadets controlled throughout in a 5-0 victory to drop CGD to 3 and 14 this season ahead of tonight’s home matchup with Garner-Hayfield-Ventura.
Eagle Grove Eagles
The Eagle Grove Eagles hosted the Forest City Indians for a pair of Top of Iowa Conference West matchups Monday. In baseball, the Eagles dropped their 5th straight game by a score of 12-8 despite a double and homerun from Senior Shorstop Niko Padilla who went 3 for 3 with 3 runs scored and 3 RBI’s. The loss drops the Eagles to 7 and 14 on the season ahead of tonight’s matchup with Class 1A’s top ranked Newman Catholic Knights in Eagle Grove.
The Eagles softball team snapped a 3 game losing streak with a big 6-2 victory over Forest City Monday afternoon. The conference win brings the Eagles record this season to 6 and 20 overall as Eagle Grove softball with a night off tonight before visiting Belmond Klemme tomorrow.
South Hamilton Hawks
The South Hamilton Hawks softball team, sitting at 11 and 13 this season, will look to inch closer to the .500 mark when they visit a 15 and 6 West Marshall squad.
The South Hamilton Hawks visited a North Polk team that is currently ranked 7th in Iowa’s Class 3A Monday night and the Hawks were up to the challenge. South Hamilton’s pitching held the Comets offense to one run but the Hawks themselves were only able to plate a single spot in the 4-1 Heart of Iowa Conference loss that drops the Hawks to 6 and 11 this season. South Hamilton Baseball visits West Marshall in State Center tonight.
Webster City Lynx
And the Webster City Lynx summer teams made the trek to Clear Lake Monday night and came away with a split but not the way you would’ve assumed. The Lynx girls softball team came into the match with the Lions sporting an even 12 and 12 record having lost to Clear Lake 13-6 back on June 4th. The Lynx would explode offensively scoring 6 runs in the 3rd inning to break a 1-all time en route to an 11-2 dispatching of the Lions. Cynthia Whitehill, Jenna Miller, Haley Flaws, Zooey Woodle, and Taylor McKinney would all register multiple hits for the Lynx while Atlanta Hopp led the way with 3 RBI’s. Jenna Miller was superb on the rubber going 7 innings while allowing just 2 runs one of which was earned. The 13 and 12 Lynx visit a 6 and 13 East Sac County team tonight.
The Lynx baseball team headed north for a showdown that would see the winner come away with the top spot in the North Central Conference. Both the Lynx and Lions entered the game with a single loss in conference play despite the fact that overall the Lynx were 12 and 2 while Clear Lake sat at 13 and 9. Both teams would get stellar pitching, Webster City sent Ace Max Hackbarth out while Clear Lake had Jackson Hamlin on the mound. Defense would prove to be the difference however as Hackbarth gave up 3 unearned runs while Clear Lake made all the big plays in the field for a Clear Lake 3-0 victory to overtake the top spot in the conference for now. The Lions currently hold a 7 and 1 record in conference play while the Lynx sit at 8 and 2. The loss is the first Hackbarth has taken since June of 2016 despite the fact that he gave up just 3 hits and 2 walks while striking out 11. Webster City baseball with an off-day Tuesday before heading to Iowa Falls-Alden for a matchup with the Cadets Wednesday night.