Thein, Luneckas Lead West Branch Past Cascade

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It’s not often a player strikes out 15 in a complete game victory and homers and gets upstaged by a teammate.

West Branch freshman Taylor Thein did her best to make that happen on Tuesday night.

Thein hammered a grand slam and drove in six runs while classmate Kaiya Luneckas fanned 15 in a complete game win and added her own home run as West Branch defeated Cascade 13-2 in a River Valley Conference cross-divisional matchup in Cascade.

West Branch improved to 1-6 with the win and 1-4 in RVC play while Cascade dropped to 5-3 and 3-2 in conference games.

West Branch got big games from a pair of eighth graders as Maddy Hatfield had three hits and Nicki Henson went 4-for-4 and scored three runs.

Senior Kaylee Montgomery had two hits and drove in four runs.