CONRAD — The Ballard softball program flexed its muscle at the BCLUW Invitational Monday as the Bombers swept BCLUW and Denver by a combined score of 25-0.

Ballard whipped BCLUW by an 11-0 score and Denver by a 14-0 margin to push its season record to 5-2.

In the win over BCLUW the Bombers scored three times in the first, two in the second and six in the third to put the game away early. Ballard totaled seven hits and took advantage of five walks.

Skylar Rigby was 2-for-4 with a double, homer, two runs and three RBI and Maggie Larson homered and drove in two runs to lead Ballard offensively. Abby Carlin was 2-for-2 with a double and two RBI, Isabell Hobbs drove in two runs and Isabella Johnson went 1-for-2 with a run, walk and RBI.

Carlin tossed a one-hitter with six strikeouts and no walks over five innings to get the victory on the mound.

Ballard pounded out an impressive 17 hits in the win over Denver. The Bombers jumped out to an 8-0 lead after three innings then exploded for six runs in the fourth to put the game away early due to the 12-run rule that goes into effect after three innings.

Hobbs went 4-for-4 with a homer and five RBI and Rigby and Rachel Newell both doubled twice and scored three times for Ballard against Denver. Carlin was 3-for-3 with a double, steal, two runs and three RBI and Larson ended up 2-for-3 with a double.

Johnson was 1-for-2 with an RBI, run and steal versus Denver. Carley Wilson doubled and had one RBI, Jenna Moody went 1-for-3 with a run and Karlee Ahrenholtz was 1-for-3 with an RBI.

Hannah Elliott threw four hitless innings to get the win versus Denver. She finished with five strikeouts and no walks.

Ballard 11, BCLUW 0 (5)

B 326 00 - 11 7 NA

BCLUW 000 00 - 0 1 NA

B: Abby Carlin and Skylar Rigby.

BCLUW: Samantha Ubben, Bailey Ashton and Kate Goecke.

WP: Carlin.

LP: Ubben.

2B: B - Carlin, Rigby. BCLUW - Leah Yantis.

HR: B - Rigby, Maggie Larson.

Ballard 14, Denver 0 (4)

D 000 0 - 0 0 NA

B 521 6 - 14 17 NA

B: Hannah Elliott and Rigby.

WP: Elliott.

2B: B - Riby 2, Rachel Newell 2, Carlin, Larson, Carley Wilson.

HR: B - Isabell Hobbs.

HUXLEY — Ballard suffered its first setback of the season May 25 with a 3-1 home loss to non-conference rival Dallas Center Grimes in Huxley.

Ballard (3-2) put its only run on the board in the bottom of the third inning. DCG plated two runs in the first inning and another in the fifth, and that proved enough to get the job done despite 12 walks from Fillie pitchers Allie Boender and Lani Gannon.

Piper Johnson was 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI and Jenna Moody walked and scored Ballard’s lone run. Abby Carlin went 2-for-2 with two walks, Rachel Newell and Karlee Ahrenholtz each singled and walked once and Skylar Rigby drew three free passes for Ballard.

Hannah Elliott and Isabell Hobbs each picked up one walk and Isabella Johnson and Carley Wilson stole one base apiece for Ballard.

Carlin was the losing pitcher after giving up one earned run on seven hits with 10 strikeouts and one walk, going the full seven innings.

Boender got the win for DCG after going six innings and allowing one run on four hits with 10 walks and six strikeouts. Gannon picked up the save after allowing two walks and one hit with one strikeout in a scoreless seventh inning.

Amber Fistler homered and drove in two runs and Chase Wadsworth added an RBI to pace DCG on offense.

DCG 3, Ballard 1

DCG 200 010 0 - 3 7 NA

B 001 000 0 - 1 5 NA


B: Abby Carlin and Skylar Rigby

DCG: Allie Boender, Lani Gannon (7) and Molly Cooney.

WP: Boender.

LP: Carlin.

SV: Gannon.

2B: DCG - Cooney.

3B: DCG - Riley Hall.

HR: DCG - Amber Fistler.

ANKENY — A strong showing offensively combined with a three-hitter on the mound by Abby Carlin to give Ballard a 9-0 road win over Class 5A school Ankeny May 24 in Ankeny.

The Bombers totaled 11 hits, including three home runs and two doubles. They plated one run in the second and two apiece in the third and fourth before slamming the door on the Hawks with a four-run seventh.

Carlin struck out five and didn’t allow a walk over seven innings to earn the shutout victory. She also was sensational at the plate, belting two home runs and driving in three runs.

Maggie Larson also homered and knocked in two runs and Piper Johnson was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Isabell Hobbs ended up 2-for-4 with a double and two runs, Hannah Elliott was 1-for-3 with an RBI, Rachel Newell singled and scored and Kiersten McKinney added one base hit.

Paige Jacobsen gave up eight runs — five earned — with three strikeouts and two walks in 6 1/3 innings to take the loss for Ankeny (0-3). Emily Bosch hit a double for the Hawks at the plate.

Ballard 9, Ankeny 0

B 012 200 4 - 9 11 NA

A 000 000 0 - 0 3 NA

B: Abby Carlin and Skylar Rigby.

A: Paige Jacobsen, Sophie Buttjer (7) and Emily Bosch.

WP: Carlin.

LP: Jacobsen.

2B: B - Hobbs, Piper Johnson. A - Bosch.

HR: B - Carlin 2, Maggie Larson.

HUXLEY — If its May 23 game with Norwalk was any indication, the Ballard softball team could be in for some big things in 2017 after rallying to stun the Warriors, 7-6, in nine innings at Huxley.

Ballard (2-0) appeared doomed going into the bottom of the seventh inning. Thanks to defensive miscues, the Bombers were facing a 6-2 deficit.

But in the seventh, Skylar Rigby hit a clutch two-run double and Piper Johnson came up with a big RBI bunt single to pull Ballard within one run. After a Jenna Moody bunt single loaded the bases with one out, Hannah Elliott stepped into the batter’s box and hit a game-tying sacrifice fly to center field.

That ended up sending the game into extra innings. After neither team scored in the eighth, Ballard pitcher Abby Carlin worked around a one-out single by Norwalk’s Amron Born to keep the score tied going into the bottom of the ninth.

Isabella Johnson reached safely to lead off the Bomber half of the ninth. Moody drew a a one-out walk and Elliott followed with another free pass to load the bases.

That sent Rachel Newell to the plate. Newell got a hold of an Abby McBee pitch and ripped a hard liner to right field to drive in the winning run.

“We’ve had good practices for the two weeks, so I felt confident going up there,” Newell said. “It felt very nice, but I couldn’t have done it without all the support of my team.”

The game showed that Ballard is capable of finding ways to win in adverse situations. The Bombers prevailed despite committing five errors against none for Norwalk.

“It’s a group of really hard workers — it’s a great team,” Carlin said. “I’m excited to play for them.”

Carlin went the distance on the mound and struck out eight against just one walk. She gave up seven hits in the victory.

Rigby went 2-for-3 with two walks, steals and RBI apiece to lead Ballard’s 12-hit attack on offense.

Rigby was part of the Central Iowa All-Stars 12-U Little League softball team that went to the Little League World Series and placed third two years ago under new Bomber head softball coach Charlie Husak. She is hoping that success carries over to the Bomber softball program.

“We did a lot of great things with Little League,” Rigby said. “I’m really excited to see if we can incorporate it into here because it works.”

Karlee Ahrenholtz was a perfect 2-for-2 with a solo home run in the fifth inning and two RBI and Carlin was 3-for-5 with a double and two runs for Ballard on offense. Johnson and Isabell Homes each singled and scored once and Hobbs also stole a base, Piper Johnson went 1-for-5 with an RBI and Kiersten McKinney added a pinch-hit single for the Bombers.

McBee took the loss in relief for Norwalk after giving up one run on one hit with two walks in two innings. Alyx Witt allowed six runs with seven strikeouts and three walks in seven innings as the starting Warrior pitcher.

Witt also homered and drove in two runs on offense. Amron Born paced the Warrior offense by going 4-for-5 with a double, run and RBI.

Ballard 7, Norwalk 6 (9)

N 210 300 000 - 6 7 0

B 000 020 401 - 7 12 5

N: Alyx Witt, Abby McBee (8) and Tessa Palmer.

B: Abby Carlin and Skylar Rigby.

WP: Carlin.

LP: McBee.

2B: N - Amron Born. B - Carlin, Rigby.

HR: N - Witt. B - Karlee Ahrenholtz.

PELLA — A couple runs in the second inning, combined with a strong finish, gave Ballard a 6-2 season-opening victory at Pella May 22.

The Bombers gave up a run in the first, then came back with two in the second to take the lead for good. They went up 3-1 in the top of the fifth, gave up a run in the bottom of the inning, then held a one-run lead until the top of the seventh.

Ballard put up three runs in the seventh and pitcher Abby Carlin blanked the Little Dutch in the bottom of the inning to wrap up the game.

Carlin allowed one earned run on six hits with eight strikeouts and no walks in seven innings to get the victory. Rachel Newell was 2-for-4 with a run and RBI apiece and Piper Johnson also went 2-for-4 with the bat for Ballard.

Isabell Hobbs, Katie Sydnes, Jenna Moody and Hannah Elliott each added one hit for Ballard. Sydnes also walked once, Moody picked up one run and RBI apiece and Elliott scored twice and knocked in a pair of runs.

Sabrina Tallman gave up three runs — one earned — on six hits with two strikeouts and walks apiece in five innings to take the loss for Pella. Maddie Parks was 2-for-4 with two runs for the Little Dutch on offense.

Ballard 6, Pella 2

B 020 010 3 - 6 8 NA

P 100 010 0 - 2 6 NA

B: Abby Carlin and Skylar Rigby.

P: Sabrina Tallman, Maddie Parks (6) and Claire Corbin.

WP: Carlin.

LP: Tallman.