SIOUX CITY — The Le Mars Community baseball team split their third Missouri River Activities Conference doubleheader of the season on Tuesday, this time against Sioux City North.

The win came in extra innings as the Bulldogs handed the Stars their first conference loss of the season. Le Mars scored two runs in the top of the ninth to break a 6-6 tie as they held on in the bottom of the frame for an 8-6 victory.

Brayden Dreckman and Evan Jalas had a pair of runs batted in apiece. Dreckman reached on a pair of hits, one of five players with multi-hit games for the team.

Ayden Hoag reached on two singles, two hit-by-pitches and a walk. Kole Carpenter added a pair of base hits.

Tate Murphy drove in a run as he had three singles. Teagen Kasel added another RBI as he had two singles, a double and reached on a walk.

Trent Marienau got the start and went six innings before maxing out his pitch count. He gave up five runs, three of which were earned, on five walks and three hits. He ended with six strikeouts.

Carpenter earned the win as he went 2 2/3 innings in relief. He gave up one run on three hits and two walks while striking out three. Hoag got one out in relief via strikeout.

Pattison McCormick took the loss with six inning on the mound in relief after starter Lochlin Jackson managed just three innings.

North took the other game of the doubleheader by a 10-0 score in six innings.

The Bulldogs managed just two hits in the loss, both singles by Kasel. He also drew one of four free passes issued, joining Chase Peterson, Marienau and Dreckman. Steven Kling pitched the win as he struck out six in the complete game shutout.

The Stars scored five runs apiece against Carter Baumgartner and Jacob McGill. Baumgartner took the loss as he went four innings with eight walks, three hits and five strikeouts. McGill gave up three hits, three walks and hit a batter in 1 2/3 innings before the Stars reached the run-rule margin. Ayden Schrunk and Kling each had 3 RBI games to lead the Stars.

After the doubleheader, Le Mars was 4-3 overall and 3-3 in conference games. North’s record stood at 8-2 overall and 5-1 in the conference.

Softball salvages split against Stars

SIOUX CITY — The Le Mars Community softball team salvaged a split in their first competition date of the season by winning the second game of a Missouri River Activities Conference doubleheader against Sioux City North on Tuesday.

A late Le Mars rally in Game 1 fell short as the Stars took that contest by a 4-2 score. The Bulldogs scored two runs in the top of the seventh to break up the shutout.

No. 9 batter Brooklyn Maynard reached on a single to begin the seventh for the Bulldogs. After the top two in the order got out, No. 3 and 4 batters Natalie Vanderloo and Libby Leraas reached via walk to load the bases. Brenna Leraas knocked in a pair of runs with a single. The team loaded the bases once again as Charli Grosenheider reached on an error. North was able to secure the win by getting Kylie Hofmann to record the final out.

North scored three runs in the fourth inning including a 2-run home run for Lauren Woods. Woods added an insurance run with an RBI single in the sixth.

Lizzie Koonce took the loss in the circle. She ended with four strikeouts.

The Bulldogs pulled away for a 12-4 win in the second half of the doubleheader. The team broke a 4-4 tie with three runs in the sixth and added five more runs in the seventh.

Le Mars had just five hits in the game, but drew 13 free passes. They also reached on four errors and a pair of hit-by-pitches.

A home run from Libby Leraas in the seventh inning was one of the highlights of the game for the team.

Grosenheider reached on two singles, a hit-by-pitch and walk in the game as she drove in two runs. Koonce had a 2 RBI double.

Brenna Leraas pitched a complete game for the Bulldogs as she had 10 strikeouts in the win.

Both teams start the season with 1-1 records overall and in conference play.