North Mahaska’s baseball and softball teams split wins at Belle Plaine Monday in South Iowa Cedar League play. The NM baseball team outslugged the Plainsmen 11-6 while the girls lost a tough 6-5 decision.
In the baseball game, North Mahaska built a 5-1 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth inning. The Plainsmen answered with four runs of their own to tie the game. NM answered back in the fifth with three runs and added three insurance runs in the next two innings while holding BP to one more run.
North Mahaska outhit Belle Plaine 13-12 including five doubles. All 11 runs came as RBIs. Nash Smith hit wo singles and a double to drive in three runs and Dylan Klinker added two singles to drive in two runs. Sam Terpstra hit a single and two doubles.
North Mahaska’s defense played well with no errors. Dodge Duke picked up the win in relief. He threw 2 1/3 innings allowing a run on five hits and two walks with two strikeouts. Blake Readshaw started and threw the first 3.2 innings with no decision. He allowed seven runs on five hits, five walks and three strikeouts. Jayden Stout tossed on inning.
North Mahaska goes to 8-4 on the season and 6-4 in league play. BP falls to 5-7 on the season.
On the softball diamond, North Mahaska found themselves behind 5-0 in the bottom of the first inning when the first five Belle Plaine batters reached base and scored. Jacey Reinke’s triple was the big blow with two RBIs.
North Mahaska was held scoreless through three innings until Morgan Hudson’s one-out single in the top of the fourth. She scored on Breanna Fogle’s double and Fogle came in when Colby Sampson hit a single. Sampson stole two bases but was thrown out at home. In the fifth, Zoe Deucore reached on a two-out walk and scored on Madison McKay’s double. Hudson scored the final Warhawk tally in the top of the sixth following a single. She scored on a pass ball.
McKay, Hudson, Fogle and Sampson each recorded two hits in the game. McKay hit two doubles with an RBI and Fogle hit a double and a single with an RBI.
McKay went the distance pitching allowing six runs on nine hits, a walk, a hit batsman and six strikeouts.
North Mahaska falls to 6-7 on the season while BP improves to 10-8.
North Mahaska hosts Keota Wednesday in a baseball-softball twinbill, then travels to English Valleys Friday for two games. The girls will host Pleasantville and Twin Cedars in its round-robin invitational Saturday.