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Wed
29
Jul

Five Bulldog softball players earn Upper Iowa Conference honors


Lauren Haberichter

Jordan Schubert

Keri Picha

Brinan Berger

Abby Schellhorn

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

Five MFL MarMac softball players have earned Upper Iowa all-conference honors. Lauren Haberichter and Jordan Schubert were each named to the first team and Keri Picha to the second team, while Brinan Berger and Abby Schellhorn picked up honorable mention recognition.

Haberichter, a sophomore, was the Bulldogs’ top pitcher. Over 73.2 innings, she had a record of 10-4—the second best win total in the conference—and a 3.71 ERA, which put her fourth in the Upper Iowa. Opponents were held to a .232 average and struck out 93 times.

Wed
29
Jul

MFL MarMac baseball team has five Upper Iowa all-conference selections


Cedrick Drahn

JT Stocker

Ethan Stubbs

Kaleb Tilson

Karter Decker

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac baseball team had five of its players selected to the 2020 Upper Iowa all-conference teams. Cedrick Drahn received first-team honors, while JT Stocker and Ethan Stubbs were named to the second team. Kaleb Tilson and Karter Decker picked up honorable mention status.

Drahn, the team’s senior shortstop, hit .346 in 52 at bats for the Bulldogs. He tallied 18 hits (including a home run) and 13 walks, and had a .507 on-base percentage—tied for fourth best in the conference. Drahn was second on the team in RBIs, with 12, stole 11 bases and scored 18 runs.

Tue
21
Jul

South Winn thwarts MFL MarMac’s bid for district title


In the victory over Kee, Max Havlicek’s stat line included a double, RBI, stolen base and run scored. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Bulldog second baseman Trevor Jones played stellar defense against Kee, including this leaping catch.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac baseball team defeated Central City, then Kee, in the first two rounds of postseason play last week, advancing to the district final for the first time since 2003. South Winneshiek dashed the Bulldogs’ hopes of a title, however, winning their 24th game. 

Central City

The Bulldogs faced off against Central City on July 13, two nights later than originally scheduled because of rain postponement. Despite accumulating just one hit to the Wildcats’ eight, MFL MarMac was able to take advantage of a combined four walks and hit by pitches, six stolen bases and four Central City errors to pull out a 5-2 victory.

Tue
21
Jul

After overpowering Pirates, Bulldogs drop second round game to North Linn


Jordan Schubert had two hits, an RBI, stolen base and two runs scored in MFL MarMac’s 15-3 first-round playoff win over Postville on July 13. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Lauren Haberichter allowed just four hits and two earned runs against the Pirates.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

After an easy opening-round playoff victory over Postville early in the week, the MFL MarMac softball team couldn’t keep the momentum rolling in a season-ending shutout loss to undefeated North Linn.

The Bulldogs hosted winless Postville July 13, dismantling the Pirates 15-3 in three innings. They racked up a combined 15 hits in the game—including at least one from each starter—and scored five times in the first inning and a whopping nine times in the second.

Tue
21
Jul

War Eagles’ season ends with hope for next year


Pitcher and shortstop Caleb Helle was named first team all-conference. (Photo by Bev Hamann)

Brandon Thiese, a pitcher and first baseman for the War Eagles, earned second team honors in the Upper Iowa Conference. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Catcher Oakley Harbaugh also received second team all-conference recognition. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Pitcher and center fielder Hazen Loan received honorable mention status. (Photo by Bev Hamann)

Also earning an all-conference honorable mention nod was pitcher and second baseman Drake Ostrander. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The Clayton Ridge/Central baseball team took on the Bellevue Comets in the first round of postseason play July 13, losing 8-1.

The War Eagles finished the season with a 4-14 record (3-12 in the Upper Iowa Conference). 

While the team’s offensive MVP, Oakley Harbaugh, opened the game with an RBI, giving the War Eagles a short-lived lead, the Comets answered, scoring eight runs on seven hits. Bellevue also benefited from 11 walks by War Eagle pitchers, who struggled throughout the season to “find their groove,” in the words of head coach Zach Mueller. 

Tue
21
Jul

Central suffers first-round loss


Central second baseman Abby Cummer awaits a throw from shortstop Delaney Scherf during the playoff opener against Starmont. (Photo by Bev Hamann)

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The Central Warriors softball team lost in the first round of the playoffs July 13, falling to the three-win Starmont Stars 12-1. 

Delaney Scherf led the Central offense with a double and run scored. Maddy Wille tallied two hits, while Madison Sylvester and Kaitlyn Wiley each singled.

On the season, the Warriors finished 3-17 overall and 2-14 in the Upper Iowa Conference, in eighth place, just ahead of the Postville Pirates. 

One of the team’s biggest struggles was pitching, with a combined  ERA of 9.46. Pitchers allowed opponents to bat .327. 

Tue
14
Jul

Bulldogs hit double-digit win total


Kaleb Tilson gets an out at first base during game one of the Bulldogs’ doubleheader sweep of the War Eagles. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac baseball team closed out its regular season schedule with a record of 10-5, following a doubleheader sweep of Clayton Ridge/Central and loss to South Winneshiek last week.

The Bulldogs took on the War Eagles July 6, winning the first game of the doubleheader 9-4. MFL MarMac trailed 2-1 heading into the sixth, but cranked out five runs in the top of the inning, followed by three more in the seventh. The team collected just six hits, but took advantage of six walks, two hit by pitches and 11 steals to earn the victory.

Tue
14
Jul

Four more victories for MFL MarMac softball team


Abby Koslowski had one hit and an RBI in game one of a doubleheader sweep of Postville on July 8. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac softball team went 4-2 last week, in the final stretch of the regular season, with doubleheader sweeps of Kee and Postville and two losses at Turkey Valley.

The Bulldogs started the week July 6, at Kee, winning game one 6-5. The team held just a narrow 5-4 edge over the Hawks going into the top of the seventh, but pushed one run across to make it 6-4. Kee tacked on a run in the bottom of the inning, but failed to add more.

Tue
14
Jul

War Eagles wrap regular season with win


Oakley Harbaugh doubled, drove in a run and scored once in game one of the War Eagles’ July 6 doubleheader with MFL MarMac. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Sean Wilwert takes a strong cut against Sumner-Fred on July 7. (Photo by Bev Hamann)

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The Clayton Ridge/Central (CR/C) War Eagles wrapped up their regular season last week with an overall record of 4-14. 

The final week before the playoffs started on July 6, with a doubleheader against the MFL Mar-Mac Bulldogs. In game one, the War Eagles were winning 2-1 heading into the sixth inning when the Bulldog bats exploded for five runs, putting the game out of reach. The War Eagles eventually lost the game 9-4. 

While CR/C actually totaled more hits than the Bulldogs, it was the amount of walks (six), hit batters (two) and stolen bases allowed (five) that were the team’s undoing.

Tue
14
Jul

Central softball ends regular season


Katelyn Scherf pitched the second game against the TigerHawks. (Photo by Bev Hamann)

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The Central Warriors softball team had another tough week, losing the final four games of the regular season to end with an overall record of 3-13. 

It all started with a doubleheader on July 6, against the conference-leading Turkey Valley Trojans, who won game one 12-2. 

Warrior pitcher Chelsia Larson continued her valiant effort as the team’s main pitcher, but could not overcome the onslaught of the Trojan bats.

Freshman Delaney Scherf performed well offensively for Central, amassing two hits, including a home run, and two RBIs. 

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