JANESVILLE — Sixth-ranked Waterloo Columbus won its 13th straight softball game Tuesday, but not without a battle from Janesville.
The Sailors (21-3) scored single runs in each of the last two innings to pull out a 7-5 victory.
Columbus took a 2-0 lead in the first, but the Wildcats (13-9) answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning. And when the Sailors tied it in the third, Janesville responded with two more runs for a 5-3 lead. Columbus tied it in the fourth and kept the Wildcats off the scoreboard for the final four innings.
Taylor Hogan was 3-for-4 while Alivia Schultz and Kate Shannon had two hits each for the Sailors.
IOWA CITY WEST 9-6, WATERLOO EAST 5-3: Iowa City West had too much firepower at the plate for Waterloo East in Mississippi Valley Conference action Tuesday.
Five runs in the first two innings staked West to a lead in the opener and after East closed within 5-4, Iowa City West plated three more runs as part of a 15-hit attack. Kaylee Hanks went 3-for-4 with a homer for East, while Brooke Meighan, Kenidi Adams and Jayden Bentley all had two hits.
Iowa City West (13-12) had nine more hits in game two and took advantage of six East errors to score four unearned runs. Meighan had two hits for East (7-21 overall, 4-14 MVC).
DUBUQUE HEMPSTEAD 11-14, WATERLOO WEST 3-2: Waterloo West struggled in the field as the Wahawks dropped a Mississippi Valley Conference doubleheader to 10th-ranked Dubuque Hempstead (17-9).
The Wahawks had eight errors in the first game and five more in the second. Lauren Conrey homered in the opener for West, which had four hits in each game.
DUBUQUE SENIOR 6-5, CEDAR FALLS 2-4: Dubuque Senior won a pair of close Mississippi Valley Conference battles over Cedar Falls.
In the opener, the Rams (12-15) led 4-0 after two innings and Maggie Rooney allowed just two hits to the Tigers while striking out nine. Senior had just three hits.
Cedar Falls grabbed a 4-1 lead after two innings in the second game, but Senior tied it in the fourth and won it in the bottom of the seventh.
COLUMBUS 6, SUMNER-FREDERICKSBURG 1: Waterloo Columbus picked up its third win over Sumner-Fredericksburg in two days in the completion of a suspended game.
No-hit for the first three innings by the Cougars’ Andrew Tissue, the Sailors (11-13) quickly took control when the game resumed Tuesday by scoring three runs in both the fourth and fifth innings.
Parker Westhoff was 2-for-2 with an RBI, Henry Walters had a double and two RBIs and Joe Duggan had a double and an RBI.
COLUMBUS 6, SUM.-FRED’BRG 1
Sum.-Fred. 001 000 0 — 1 4 0
Columbus 000 330 x — 6 8 3
Andrew Tissue and Brandon Meier. Parker Westhoff, Blake Freeseman (4) and Mason Bennett. 2B—Henry Walter (Col), Joe Duggan (Col), Freeseman (Col), Sam Fox (S-F).
DUB. HEMPSTEAD 11-14, WEST 3-2
Dub. Hempstead 220 122 2 — 11 7 3
Wat. West 000 021 0 — 3 4 8
Malarie Huseman and Kayla LaPage. Christina Campbell and Allison Schaffer. HR—Lauren Conrey (West), Amber Cooksley (Hemp).
Dub. Hempstead 071 15 — 14 10 1
Wat. West 020 00 — 2 4 5
Julia Meehan and LaPage. Bre Olsson and Schaffer. 2B—Cooksey (DH), Meehan (DH), Katie Schaul (DH), Corinne Meier (DH).
I.C. WEST 9-6, WAT. EAST 5-3
Wat. East 121 001 0 — 5 13 0
I.C. West 320 031 x — 9 15 3
Frost and Grimmett. Henderson, Baldwin (4) and Fangmann. WP—Baldwin. LP—Frost. 2B—Grimmett (East), Ryan (ICW), Fangmann (ICW), Hull (ICW). 3B—Smith (ICW). HR—Hanks (East).
Wat. East 000 200 1 — 3 9 6
I.C. West 004 002 x — 6 7 2
Adams and Grimmett. Heisdorffer and Fangmann. WP—Heisdorffer. LP—Adams. 2B—Klosterman (ICW), Donovan (ICW). 3B—Meighan (East).