GILBERTVILLE — Don Bosco of Gilbertville softball coach Jane Becker reached an elite milestone Friday when her team defeated Starmont 11-5 in the Dons’ annual tournament.
The win was the 900th of Becker’s highly successful career.
Meanwhile, sixth-ranked Waterloo Columbus tacked two more wins onto its record on the opening day of the tournament.
The Sailors defeated Janesville 4-1 and North Linn 7-4.
Against Janesville, Columbus (30-4) had just two hits, but the Sailors were able to scratch out four runs.
In the win over North Linn, Columbus jumped out to a 3-0 lead and went up 7-1 with four runs in the top of the sixth. Taylor Hogan had two hits, including a solo home run for the Sailors, while Emily Mollenhoff went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and Jalila Hart singled twice.
Cedar Falls defeated Don Bosco 10-5 in other action Friday.
IOWA CITY WEST CLASSIC: Waterloo East pulled out a dramatic 5-4 win over 15th-ranked Charles City in its opening game Friday at the Iowa City West Classic.
Trailing 5-2 in their last at-bat, the Trojans rallied for three runs and then held off the Comets in the bottom half of the inning. Lexi Wroe started East’s rally with a single, Brooke Meghan delivered a two-run single to tie the game and a wild pitch scored the winning run.
Josie Stocks was 3-for-4, Bri Netty 2-for-2 and Meighan 2-for-4 for the Trojans. Sara Martin and Shantel VanHauen were both 2-for-3 for Charles City (28-4) and Tayler Schmidt hit her fifth homer of the season.
In its second game of the day, East was trounced by ninth-ranked Davenport West, 12-0.
Davenport West (29-8) had 10 hits, including five for extra bases. Rachel Stewart drove in five runs with a pair of hits and Emma Lee homered.
DUBUQUE SENIOR 13-13, WATERLOO EAST 1-0: Dubuque Senior put together too many big innings for Waterloo East to overcome as the Rams won a Mississippi Valley Conference doubleheader 13-1, 13-0.
Senior (18-12) scored three runs in the second inning of the opener and five in the fourth to take control. East had just three hits off a pair of Rams pitchers.
In the nightcap, an eight-run first sent Senior on its way again. The Rams tacked on three more in the fourth and allowed just three hits by the Trojans.
DUBUQUE WAHLERT 8-5, CEDAR FALLS 3-3: Cedar Falls suffered a pair of narrow Mississippi Valley Conference losses to ninth-ranked Dubuque Wahlert at Robinson-Dresser Complex.
In the opener, Wahlert (19-11) bolted to a 6-2 lead and held it. Tate Johnson was 2-for-3 for the Tigers and Connor Schultz doubled and tripled. The Golden Eagles’ three-run fourth proved to be the difference in game two.
DUBUQUE HEMPSTEAD 11-3, WATERLOO WEST 6-0: Waterloo West couldn’t get Wahlert’s offense slowed down in the opener, then couldn’t get its own offense going in the second game of Friday’s Mississippi Valley Conference doubleheader.
Hempstead (13-17) countered the Wahawks’ three-run first with two runs, then plated two more in the second, five in the fourth and two in the fifth to take control. Nick Joens and Cameren Happel had a pair of hits each for West.
The Wahawks had just four hits in the second game while Connor Duax homered for the Mustangs.
WAT. EAST 5, CHARLES CITY 4
Wat. East 011 003 — 5 9 0
Charles City 110 020 — 4 8 2
Leah Frost and Addy Grimmett. Tayler Schmidt, Samantha Heyer (6) and Kelby Katcher. WP—Frost. LP—Schmidt. 2B—Sara Martin (CC). HR—Schmidt (CC).
DAV. WEST 12, WAT. EAST 0
Dav. West 102 630 — 12 10 0
Wat. East 000 000 — 0 2 2
Lexy Monty and Rachel Stewart. Kenedi Adams, Sydney Magnuson (5) and Grimmett. 2B—Abby Atkins (DW), Jayme Finn (DW), Erica Ralfs (DW). 3B—Paige Roehlk (DW). HR—Emma Lee (DW).