Maquoketa Valley earned an 8-0 non-conference win over Beckman at home, May 29, in a game that was delayed from Friday due to weather.

The Wildcats led 1-0 going into the fifth inning when they exploded for four runs and added three more in the sixth.

Wildcat Abbie Sheehey threw all seven innings and recorded her first no-hitter. “Abbie walked three and allowed a runner to reach on an error,” said coach Trevor Arnold.

“While we were leading 1-0, Erin Knipper hit a grand slam in the fifth to break the game open. She led us offensively, going 3-for-4 with five RBIs. Carissa Sabers was 2-for-4 with an RBI, walk and stolen base. Ella Mensen was also 2-for-4 and eighth-grader Jada Knipper got her first varsity hit in her first varsity at-bat by roping a double to left-center and scoring later.

“Overall, we collected 10 hits, walked three times and struck out just once.”

Beckman coach Ryan Meissner commented on his team’s loss. “Saturday was not a good day for the varsity team. A bunch of things led to a flat performance and we will spend time in practice trying to correct our issues. I know the players will work hard to do that.

“But the JV team won 7-0 behind winning pitcher Trista Schmidt. We played fairly well and Trista was phenomenal throughout the game.”

Earlier in the week, Beckman lost to Dubuque Senior, May 26, 9-1.

The Rams jumped on the Blazers early, with three first-inning runs. They added two more in the second and third innings, one in the fourth, to lead 8-0. The lone Blazer run came in the seventh but the Rams matched that one too.

“The games did not turn out as we had planned,” said Meissner, “but there were many lessons to be learned along the way. I hope our young players spent some time learning those valuable lessons and we can build on that. Wednesday Keeley Schmitt went 3-for-3 in the game to lead us offensively. Both Kaylee Ludwig and Shea Steffen pitched well.”

The Wildcats opened the season with a doubleheader loss to North Linn, 10-0, 11-1, May 24.

Macy Thompson took the 11-1 loss. In three innings, she walked three, allowed four hits and nine runs (seven earned). Payton Beaman pitched one inning, struck out one, walked three and allowed two earned runs on three hits.

Carissa Sabers scored the Wildcats’ lone run. MV had no hits. Both Sabers and Taya Tucker were walked.

Sheehy pitched the 10-0 loss. In three innings, she struck out one, walked two and allowed seven runs (five earned) on three hits. Knipper pitched three innings, walked four and allowed three earned runs on no hits.

Sabers had MV’s only hit, a single.