Columbus Wildcats win 2 consecutive

Highland's Jessica Kraus connects on a pitch in a game against Washington earlier this season. (Doug Brenneman/The Union)
Highland's Jessica Kraus connects on a pitch in a game against Washington earlier this season. (Doug Brenneman/The Union)

Columbus High School is on a two-game winning streak after its softball win Thursday.

Columbus climbs Hillcrest

COLUMBUS JUNCTION — After defeating Highland 6-1 earlier in the week, the Wildcats (2-5) disposed of Hillcrest 10-0 for a Southeast Iowa Super Conference North Division win.

“Our defense played well again and our bats are finally coming alive,” Columbus head coach Katie Coil said. “Libby White pitched very well.”

White recorded seven strikeouts, a walk and allowed three hits and helped her cause with two hits. Grace Conwell has three stolen bases and two RBIs. Emma Milder had two hits and a stolen base. Jocelyn Fulton had a hit, a stolen base and a walk. while Michelle Diaz had a hit and an RBI.

Yani Gutierrez had two hits for the Ravens (0-9) while Leah Bontrager gave up six hits, two walks and four earned runs in a five-strikeout performance.

Panthers shoot down Bullettes

MEDIAPOLIS — In a Thursday North Division game, the Panthers (4-4) took a 2-0 lead in the third, upped it to 5-0 in the fourth and 7-2 in the fifth before plating four runs in the seventh for the 11-2 victory over Mediapolis (2-10). The Panthers pounded out 11 hits in the game.

Highland goes 2-1

The Huskies (7-6) won by the mercy rule, 10-0 against SEISC non-divisional foe Holy Trinity (1-8) at home Thursday then split two nonconference games Friday at Lisbon, getting a 5-4 win over Belle Plaine (4-8) and losing to Lisbon (12-2), 3-2.

Senior Allie Brand led the Huskies against HTC with a 2-for-3 night at the plate. Grace Batchellor threw all five innings with six strikeouts, three hits, two walks and a hit batter.

Against Belle Plaine, Batchellor threw four innings with two strikeouts, two walks, five hits, four runs but only one earned. Jessica Kraus threw two innings with no hits a walk and two strikeouts. Dani Laughlin and Sarah Burton had three hits apiece.

Against Lisbon, Abbi Stransky, Carson Mellinger and Batchellor each connected on a double. Kraus threw five innings with two Ks, two walks, an earned run and five hits. Batchellor tossed an inning with two runs (one earned), a hit and a walk allowed.

Mid-Prairie drops 2

The Golden Hawks fell to 0-8 with a Thursday loss at West Branch (4-6) 9-1 and were edged Friday at home 6-5 by Wilton (8-2), which had previously been ranked. Both were to River Valley Conference foes.