LATIMER - The Northeast Hamilton softball team built a lead and held onto it here Friday night in an 8-3 Iowa Star Conference victory over winless CAL.
The Trojets (1-4 ISC) plated three runs in the first inning, two in the second and then tacked on three more in the fourth to put the Cadets (0-15, 0-7 ISC) away for good.
"It was nice to hang on and win one," NEH head coach Dave Hilton said. "We hit the ball fairly well and played good defense for the most part."
NEH rocked CAL eighth-grade pitcher Emily Quinones for 11 hits, keyed by three each from Molly Greenfield and Jenn Willems. Greenfield ripped a pair of doubles and scored three runs, while Willems drove in two runs.
Andi Anderson, Caity Hassebrock, Kaylee Massman and Leah Meyer all produced a single. Hassebrock collected one RBI.
Greenfield grabbed the win in the circle. The junior right-hander allowed six hits and two earned runs. She struck out one.
Northeast Hamilton320 300 0-8 11 2
CAL100 002 0-3 6 4
Molly Greenfield and Jennifer Jeffers. Emily Quinones and AJ Meier. W-Greenfield. L-Quinones. 2B-NEH: Greenfield (2). RBI-NEH: Caity Hassebrock, Jenn Willems (2).
Northeast Hamilton000 20- 2 0 5
Gilbert330 6x-12 8 0
Molly Greenfield and Jennifer Jeffers. Haley Eagan, Clare Isenhart (3) and Kenzie Hosch. W-Eagan. L-Greenfield. HR-GIL: Eagan.
Northeast Hamilton117 60-15 11 3
CAL300 10- 4 3 6
Leah Meyer, Molly Greenfield (4) and Jennifer Jeffers. Emily Quinones, Kaitlyn Muhlenbruch (4) and AJ Meier. W-Meyer. L-Quinones. 2B-NEH: Caity Hassebrock, Greenfield. RBI-NEH: Hassebrock (2), Lillian Chamness, Jeffers (2), Greenfield (2), Kaylee Massman, Jaidyn Timm.
Trojets third at own
WILLIAMS - Northeast Hamilton drubbed CAL for the second time in less than 24 hours here on Saturday to finish third at its own Trojet Invite.
Leah Meyer and Molly Greenfield combined to toss a three-hitter in a 15-4, 5-inning rout in the consolation contest. The Trojets (3-11) took control with a seven-run third inning, followed by a six-run fourth.
"It was nice to see us getting hits with runners in scoring position," NEH head coach Dave Hilton said.
Caity Hassebrock roped three hits, including a double, and drove in two runs, and Lillian Chamness and Jenn Willems both supplied two hits.
Greenfield lashed a two-RBI double; Jennifer Jeffers, Kaylee Massman and Jaidyn Timm all had a hit and RBI.
NEH dropped a 12-2 decision in 5 innings to Gilbert in the opening round on Saturday. Tigers' pitchers Haley Eagan and Clare Isenhart combined to twirl a no-hitter.
"We made too many mistakes against a good Gilbert team," Hilton said. "Eagan is an outstanding pitcher."
Eagan also blasted a first-inning three-run home run off Greenfield, who suffered the loss.