Tough foes face Midland



     Midland opened its baseball season by facing some of the strongest pitchers in the state, and it resulted in an 0-5 start, including 0-4 in Tri-Rivers Conference play.

     The Eagles opened the season playing host to the second-ranked Class 1A team in the state, North Linn, and lost by scores of 7-0 and 8-0. Midland was held to two hits in the first game, singles by Alex Smith and Trevor Gudenkauf. Fisher Bisinger and Britan Martens pitched for Midland, with Bisinger taking the loss.

     Midland was outhit 11-2 in the second game. Austin Smith and Bisinger had the Eagle hits. Alex Smith was the starting pitcher, and took the loss.

     “Once we settled down, we made some plays on defense,” Midland coach Ryan Steines said. “We just couldn’t get the bats going.”

     On May 24, the Eagles played a doubleheader at Alburnett, losing both games by scores of 3-0. Austin Smith went 2-for-3 with a double, and Wilson Buckwalter had a single. Bisinger pitched and allowed just two earned runs on five hits, striking out five, but took the loss.

     The Eagles had five hits in the second game. Bisinger went 2-for-3, and Buckwalter hit a double. Alex Smith pitched six innings, allowing one earned run on three hits with five strikeouts, and was dealt the loss.

     “We finished out our first week of conference games (facing) our fourth all-conference pitcher of the week,” Steines said. “Our schedule to start out this season is very tough. We really have to improve on putting balls in play; right now we are not putting much pressure on defenses.”

     Next, the Eagles played a non-conference home game against Tipton May 25, and lost 6-2. Austin Smith had a double and two runs batted in. Bisinger and Martens had singles.

     “We are making improvements and going in the right direction,” the coach said.



     Eight games opened the softball season for the Midland Eagles.

     Midland (0-4, 0-8) opened with a pair of home games against North Linn May 22, and lost by scores of 12-0 in four innings and 20-1 in five. The Eagles were held without a hit in the first game, and Delanie Uppena’s single was the only Midland hit in the second game. Emma Paulsen pitched the first game; Mikayla Dosland and Emma Paulsen shared pitching duties in the nightcap.

     “They are predicted to win the conference this year,” Midland coach Dustin Klein said of North Linn. “We had a few too many errors, and the games got away from us.”

     On May 24, Midland played a doubleheader at Alburnett, losing 15-5 in six innings and 12-0 in three. Seven Eagles had hits in the first game, including a double by Emma Paulsen. Hitting singles were Taylor Bahnsen, Ella Rupp, Kaeti Taylor-Mere, Ari Hacke, Dosland and Uppena. Allison Paulsen pitched and took the loss.

     Singles by Bahnsen and Dosland were the only Midland hits in the second game. Bahnsen also had two stolen bases. Emma Paulsen pitched.

     Tipton paid a visit to Wyoming May 25 for a non-conference game, and won 12-0 in four innings. Midland was held hitless. Emma Paulsen was the Eagle pitcher.

     The Eagles then played in the Central City tournament May 26, losing 10-6 to Clayton Ridge, 7-1 to Marion, and 10-0 in six innings to Central City.

     Midland led Clayton Ridge 5-3 through two innings, but the Eagles scored five in the third inning and two in the fourth to gain the lead. Midland had eight hits, led by Emma Paulsen, who was 3-for-3 with three runs batted in. Allison Paulsen was 2-for-3, and pitched for the Eagles.

     “We played great,” Klein said. “We got the bats going early, but gave up a few errors, got behind, and could not catch up.”

     Marion’s five-run fourth inning was the difference in the first game. Midland had four hits; Bahnsen was 2-for-3 with a stolen base. Dosland and Rashelle Cole pitched for the Eagles.

     The Eagles were held without a hit against Central City.



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