Our local area high school softball teams have just a handful of games or less each left in the regular season and we had just a single area baseball team in action Tuesday.
Clarion Goldfield Dows
To start it all off on this Wednesday morning we’ll head to Clarion, Iowa where the Clarion Goldfield Dows Cowgirls were in search of their 1st win in their last 11 games when they hosted the Garner Hayfield Ventura Cardinals Tuesday. The Cowgirls came to play and as such they would put up an 8 to 5 victory for their first win since May 31st against West Fork. The Cowgirls will look for their first NCC Conference victory of the season tonight at home in their regular season finale against Hampton-Dumont, which will also mark senior night in Clarion.
It wouldn’t be a Tuesday night sweep for CGD, however, as the Cowboys baseball team hosted the Cardinals looking for their 2nd win of the season but it was not to be. Garner Hayfield Ventura pounded out 20 runs in a 20-7 loss for the Cowboys that drops them to 1 and 17 this season. Cowboys baseball with a chance to get win number 2 tonight against the Hampton-Dumont Bulldogs.
South Hamilton Hawks
The South Hamilton Hawks softball team gave it their best swing attempting to knock off a solid West Marshall team in State Center Tuesday night. West Marshall entered the game with a 15 and 7 record but it would be the Hawks that struck first in a big way when Krista Hanson launched a grand slam in the top of the third inning to give the Hawks a 4-0 lead. Unfortunately in the bottom of 4 the Trojans would strike for 7 runs to take a lead they would never relinquish in an 8-5 loss for the Hawks. Despite 5 RBI’s on 3 hits for Swenson, the Hawks fall to 11 and 13 on the year and will be off until Friday’s regular season finale and senior night against Greene County in Jewell.
South Hamilton Hawks baseball at West Marshall was cancelled and according to the South Hamilton Hawks website calendar it will not be rescheduled. The 6 and 11 Hawks will host Madrid at Mike Penning Sports Complex in Jewell at 7:30PM Thursday.
Eagle Grove Eagles
The Eagle Grove Eagles softball and baseball teams are back at it tonight in Top of Iowa-West Conference play. The Eagles baseball team is looking to break a 5 game losing streak that has seen them drop to 7 and 14 overall this season. The 6 and 9 Belmond-Klemme Broncos have won 4 of their last 5 games and will host the Eagles in a varsity game that has been moved up to 6PM tonight.
The Eagles softball team will visit Belmond-Klemme High School looking to make it back-to-back wins for the first time this season after knocking off Forest City on Monday. Like the Eagles, the Broncos have won just 5 games and this marks the first matchup between the two teams this season. Eagle Grove Varsity softball begins at 6PM.
Webster City Lynx
And the final team in action Tuesday was the Webster City Lynx softball team and they would make the long trek all the way to Wall Lake, Iowa only to play 3 innings of softball. Visiting East Sac County, the Lynx would blast their way to 12 runs through 3 frames led by Senior Haley Flaws who went 3 for 3 and came up a home run short of hitting for the cycle while driving in 3 runs. Junior Atlanta Hopp the only other Lynx batter to garner multiple as she also pitched 3 scoreless frames in the 12-0 Webster City victory. The Lynx now sit 2 games above the .500 mark at 14 and 12 on the season and will visit Iowa Falls-Alden tonight in a North Central Conference game that can be heard live on KQWC 95.7FM with pregame beginning at 7:15PM tonight.
The Webster City Lynx baseball team will look to bounce back tonight after taking just their third loss of the season Monday night in Clear Lake. The 3-0 loss marked the first defeat that starting pitcher Max Hackbarth has taken in exactly 2 years despite the fact that all 3 runs scored on the senior were unearned. While a simple comparison of the records of the two teams would imply the Lynx have a great chance to get back in the win category, all Addison Kehoe’s squad has to look at is the score from the last time these two teams met to know they will have to show up to play. The Lynx sit at 12 and 3 while the Cadets check in at 6 and 12 but Webster City barely eked out a 1-0 victory over IF-A back on June 6th at Webster City High School. Junior Dylan Steen did it all in that game, throwing a complete game shutout with 14 strikeouts while also driving in the game’s only run at the plate in the 1st inning. Steen will be back on the mound looking to bounce back from his roughest start of the year against Algona Friday when he surrendered 6 earned runs in 6 and a third innings as the Lynx held on for the 9-8 victory. Steen has been stellar throughout the year as he sports at 2.08 ERA and has 60 strikeouts in just 30 and a third innings pitched. Holding the Lynx to just a single run back on June 6th was Kyle Arends but the Cadets junior threw 106 pitches at Clarion Goldfield Dows Monday so he will be unavailable and as such the Lynx will have a solid chance at putting up some runs against IF-A Junior and leading innings thrower Jackson French. Gametime between the Lynx and Cadets is set for 7:30PM tonight in Iowa Falls.