SWEA CITY – The toughest job at the Swea City softball field Monday night belonged to Aliyah Jones, runner and scorecard operator at North Union University.
The No.4-seeded Iowa Class 2A Warriors, who entered the Top of Iowa conference doubles program with an incredible 11.5-point average per outing, exploded for 40 points and 34 hits for sweep the West Hancock Eagles in a pair of three-end racing rules. matches, 15-0 and 25-2, respectively.
Eighth-grade Aliyah Jones even ran in Game 2 and crossed the plate once in the Warriors’ third inning.
“At one point during the double program, I felt speechless. We had so many hits in the second inning of Game 1 (nine) and then in the first inning of Game 2 (nine) that I had no advice for them (the hitters). North Union head coach Kim Price said with a smile.
Going 2-0 in Game 1, Shelby Fraker’s goal kick was the catalyst for the Warriors’ 13-point offensive explosion in which the home side beat twice late in the second inning.
Cassie Beadle, who went 5 for 6 with five runs scored in the two-game period, produced the first of her five RBIs by cutting a single RBI in North Union’s second at-bat.
Olivia Von Bank, who went 4-for-6 with two home runs and seven best RBIs, flaunted her inning speed as she hammered a three-run HR over the center field fence for an 8-0 lead for the team home . Sam Nielsen, who had an incredible 7-for-7 with two RBIs on the doubles program, scored the second of his seven runs on the night via Von Bank’s back and forth. Beadle also crossed the plate on the towering swat.
Ironically, Nielsen, Beadle and Olivia Von Bank didn’t finish hitting in the second inning as the three produced RBI singles in their next appearances in the batter’s box before Emily Meyer duplicated their exploits.
Emily Meyer recorded five strikeouts in her three-innings shutout performance inside the chalk circle to claim the victory. Meyer allowed two hits in the infield and did not allow a walk.
With starting pitcher Emily Meyer hitting the side in a white inning before Kaylee Meyer closed the final two innings inside the chalked circle, the North Union offense sent 14 into the batter’s box during from a 10-point first batting, 13 more to an eight-point explosion in the second inning and 11 more to a seven-point third in Game 2.
Nielsen and Beadle reached early and often the top spots and second spots in the batting order, respectively. Nielsen went 5 for 5 with four runs scored, while Beadle went 3 for 4 with four runs scored to complete three RBIs.
Olivia Von Bank, Emily Meyer, Naomi Jones and Ella Ulrich provided the electricity behind the Warriors extra-base surge during the last drink.
Meyer drilled a two-run double in the corner of left field, Ulrich cleared the bases with a three-run triple in right field and Meyer added a sacrifice fly in his second at-bat in the first inning.
Olivia Von Bank then crushed a deep left-field bid for a three-point RH in the second before Meyer narrowly came close to matching her teammate when she took off from the letter “H” in the word “North” displayed in the center. field fence for another double.
Olivia Von Bank and Maggie Engelby then helped the RBI singles to widen the lead to 18-0 before the second low in Game 2. The Warriors served as visitors on the nightcap scoreboard.
Naomi Jones then reloaded the hometown crowd as she made her way to the batter’s surface early in the third. After Engelby had a two-run single, Jones threw a pitch into the deep center. The Spring Season Fleet Track Star took a tour of the basics of an RH inside the park – her first of the summer.
Olivia Von Bank, Vanessa Von Bank, Emily Meyer, Fraker, Engelby, Naomi Jones and Ulrich each contributed two of the Warriors’ 24 hits in Game 2, while Kaylee Meyer delivered an RBI single.
Kaylee Meyer allowed two unearned runs in two hitting innings for the nightcap victory. The southpaw struck out three at bat and walked three.
“We have three big games this week, starting tomorrow when we host Newman Catholic,” said Price. “We’re playing (Class 2A # 6) Central Springs over there (in Manly, Iowa) on Thursday, then open the St. Edmond tournament on Saturday against a good team from St. Ed in our first game at 9:30 am at Fort Dodge. . “
North Union (21-1) welcomes the No.9-ranked Iowa Class 1A Catholic Newman at 6 p.m. tonight in Swea City.
WH 0 (0) 0 – 0 2 1
NU 2 (13) x – 15 10 0
Eden Nielsen (LP) and Dru Hagen. Emily Meyer (WP) and Shelby Fraker.
LOB – North Union 2, West Hancock 1. HR – Olivia Von Bank (NU, # 6). CAS – Cassie Beadle (NU).
NU (10) 87 – 25 24 1
WH (0) 02 – 2 1 6
Emily Meyer, Kaylee Meyer (2, WP) and Shelby Fraker, Beth Streuber (2). Belle Rosin (LP) and Dru Hagen.
LOB – North Union 4, West Hancock 3.2B – Emily Meyer (NU) 2. 3B – Ella Ulrich (NU). HR – Olivia Von Bank (NU, # 7), Naomi Jones (NU, # 1). SF – Emily Meyer (NU).