MASON CITY — Mason City High beat Newman last night in their annual inter-city softball rivalry, 5-0, as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO. The Mohawks led 2-0 after the first after Alicia Hoeft had an RBI single and later scored. Meredith McGee had an RBI single in the third and the Mohawks pushed across two more runs in the fifth inning. McKenna Mentink picked up the win, allowing just four hits. Mason City improves to 13-19 on the season and will host Marshalltown in a doubleheader starting at 3 o’clock this afternoon at the Mohawk Softball Complex. Newman drops to 18-13 and are off until Friday when they end the regular season hosting Sumner-Fredericksburg.
— other softball last night
St. Ansgar 2, Clear Lake 1 (9)
Central Springs 3, AGWSR 2
North Union 12, Northwood-Kensett 2
Osage 7, Riceville 4
Rockford 6, Aplington-Parkersburg 3
West Fork 11, Forest City 4
— high school baseball
Newman 16-8, Denver 11-7
Clear Lake 16, Cherokee 7 (9)
Central Springs 5, Rockford 2
Charles City 2, New Hampton 1; New Hampton 4, Charles City 3
Northwood-Kensett 4, North Union 1
Saint Ansgar 6, Forest City 4
West Fork 15, Tripoli 0 (4 innings)
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Chris Herrmann hit a grand slam in his first game for Oakland and the Athletics went on to beat the Minnesota Twins 8-6 for their fourth straight win. Herrmann was activated from the injured list before the game after being sidelined since spring training with a knee injury. He made an immediate impact in his debut when he connected off All-Star Jake Odorizzi to give the A’s a 6-3 lead in the fourth inning.
IOWA CITY — One college football preview magazine feels the Iowa defense will help the Hawkeyes be a contender in the Big Ten West Division race. That unit will have to fill a couple of unexpected holes with defensive end Anthony Nelson and safety Amani Hooker leaving early for the NFL. Phil Steele says the defensive line helped lead the upset against Mississippi State in the Outback Bowl.
Steele says it will be a typical hard nosed Iowa defense.
Steele says it will be a jumbled race in the West Division.
Iowa opens the season August 31st hosting Miami of Ohio
ST. LOUIS — Missouri Valley Conference commissioner Doug Elgin says the league is exploring scheduling options in the hopes of boosting the number of bids the Valley receives to the NCAA Tournament. Loyola made an unlikely run to the Final Four in 2018 but the league took a step back this past season and only tournament champion Bradley made the big dance. Also, the Missouri Valley/Mountain West Challenge was not renewed and the league has been unable to find another conferece to start a series.
Eglin says the Valley is working to help develop some regional series that will help the conference bolster its schedule.
Elgin says the Valley was hurt this past season by an unusual amount of parity.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Stephanie Talbot scored 24 points with five 3-pointers — both career highs — and the Minnesota Lynx used a big third quarter to beat the Atlanta Dream 85-68. Sylvia Fowles scored 10 of Minnesota’s 22 first-quarter points and made 6 of 8 shots by halftime to help build a 38-34 lead.