BETHANY — Argenta-Oreana has been off to an up-and-down start in its first season under following a run to state and with a new coach in Jeff Hollon.
But the Bombers had what could be a breakout performance on Wednesday against Okaw Valley — a 7-3 road win against the Timberwolves behind the pitching of Cassie Newbanks.
Newbanks struck out nine in the win, and got help from Makennah Hollon, who was 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Alexis Navis and Keely Meador also drove in runs for Argenta (5-6).
"We are starting to hit the ball better," Argenta coach Jeff Hollon said. "We are not where we need to be hitting wise. Solid hitters are hitting right now, but the others are not hitting well."
Hollon said defense has been the Bombers' main issue.
"Our record is not good enough," Hollon said. "Defensively we are letting our pitchers down. People are not in positions were we need them.
"We have been in most games. If we can eliminate the errors and gain in the batting, that will help us get in a better position.”
Okaw Valley was led by Madison Vogel and Paige Coleman, who each went 2-for-4.
Springfield 15, MacArthur 4
DECATUR — The Generals fell behind 9-0 before generating some offense, but it wasn't enough to overcome eight errors.
Samarah Cunningham had a tough day on the mound, but came through with a triple and two RBIs to lead the Generals at the plate.
Charleston 12, Effingham St. Anthony 1
EFFINGHAM — Charleston beat Effingham St. Anthony in non-conference action.
The Trojans scored four runs in the second inning and St. Anthony’s run came in the fifth.
Ava Stephens hit a home run for the Trojans while Hannah Harpster, Bailey Cox and Macey McElravy each doubled. Emily Price got the win allowing two hits and one run while striking out two batters.
St. Teresa 7, MacArthur 0
DECATUR — Cam Wagner scored three goals and freshman Rynne Wagner added two in what Connor Smith called the Bulldogs' "best game of the season."
"They were moving the ball around, which they were doing well at in practice this week," Smith said. "We are moving the ball around the field and gettingt better at that and ballhandling."
Also for the Bulldogs (10-1), Mackenzie Claypool and Kaylee Kleist also scored.
ALAH 6, LSA 2
ARTHUR — Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond beat LSA in a Little Okaw Valley Conference Northwest division game.
LSA scored a run in the top of the first, but the Knights tied it 1-1 in the bottom of the innings. ALAH took a 2-1 lead in the fifth, but LSA scored in the top of the sixth to tie the game at 2-2. The Knights scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth for the win.
Brady Borntreger got the win, allowing four hits and two runs in seven innings on the mound while striking out 13 batters.
Okaw Valley 2, Argenta-Oreana 0
BETHANY — Okaw Valley beat Little Okaw Valley Conference Northwest division foe Argenta in the division season opener.
The Timberwolves scored their runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Eli Hagerman, Sam Hagerman and Cale Roley each got a hit for Okaw Valley. Dalton McGill won the shutout allowing two hits while striking out nine batters.