HUXLEY - The Ballard softball team was in top form at the Ballard Festival Friday and Saturday at Gary Telford Field as the Bombers went 3-0 without allowing a single run.
Ballard 10-runned Woodbury Central, Okoboji and BCLUW — outscoring the three teams by a combined 35-0 margin. The victories capped an impressive week by the Bombers as they ran their win streak to eight straight and improved to 10-2 overall.
On Friday, Ballard trounced Woodbury Central, 13-0, in four innings innings. The Bombers had eight hits, drew eight walks and stole three bases, and pitchers Abby Carlin and Hannah Elliott combined to toss a three-hitter.
Maggie Larson was 2-for-3 with a home run, two runs and three RBI and Skylar Rigby doubled, stole a base, walked three times and scored three runs to pace the Bomber offensive attack against Woodbury Central. Carlin was 1-for-1 with a walk and three RBI, Kiersten McKinney was 1-for-2 with two runs and Isabella Johnson and Kate Reitz both singled and scored once.
Carlin gave up one hit and struck out three in three innings to get the victory. Elliott allowed two hits in one inning of work.
Saturday saw Ballard down Okoboji, 12-0, in four innings and score a 10-0 win over BCLUW in five.
The Bombers pounded out 12 hits versus Okoboji. Elliott was the winning pitcher after giving up three hits and no walks with five strikeouts in four innings.
Larson again had a big game with the stick, going 2-for-2 with a double, another home run and three more RBI. Jenna Moody doubled twice and tallied two runs and RBI apiece; Rigby was 2-for-2 with a triple and two RBI; Rachel Newell homered and drove in two runs and Kate Reitz was 2-for-2 with two runs and an RBI.
In the win over BCLUW, Carlin tossed a two-hitter with six strikeouts and no walks. Ballard supported her with nine hits on offense.
Larson capped a huge two days by going deep again versus the Comets. She finished 2-for-3 against BCLUW with a steal and two runs and RBI apiece.
Newell went 2-for-3 with two runs and steals apiece; Isabell Hobbs was 1-for-3 with two runs and RBI apiece and Moody doubled and drove in a pair of runs.
Ballard 13, Woodbury Central 0 (4)
B 103 9 - 13 8 NA
WC 000 0 - 0 3 NA
B: Abby Carlin, Hannah Elliott (4) and Skylar Rigby.
2B: B - Rigby.
HR: B - Maggie Larson.
Ballard 12, Okoboji 0 (4)
B 723 0 - 12 12 NA
O 000 0 - 0 3 NA
B: Elliott and Rigby, Molly Houge (4).
2B: B - Jenna Moody 2, Larson.
3B: B - Rigby.
HR: B - Larson, Rachel Newell.
Ballard 10, BCLUW 0 (5)
BCLUW 000 00 - 0 2 NA
B 321 4X - 10 9 NA
B: Carlin and Rigby.
2B: B - Isabella Johnson, Moody.
HR: B - Larson.
CARLISLE - Strong all-around play for 6 ½ innings was enough to get Ballard past No. 12 (Class 4A) Carlisle for a big Raccoon River Conference road win June 1 at Carlisle.
Ballard took a 6-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning. The Bombers scored two runs apiece in the first, fourth and seventh frames.
One big blow from Taylor Dubois enabled Carlisle to cut that deficit in half in the bottom of the seventh. But the three-run homer by Dubois was all the Wildcats could get off Ballard pitcher, Abby Carlin, as the Bombers held on to improve to 2-0 in the RRC.
Carlin gave up just one earned run on seven hits with six strikeouts and one walk, going the full seven innings to get the win. Isabell Hobbs was the hero on offense for Ballard as she tripled, homered, scored twice and drove in three runs.
Skylar Rigby doubled, walked and knocked in two runs and Maggie Larson singled and scored for Ballard. Rachel Newell singled and walked, Kiersten McKinney had a pinch-hit single and Carlin, Katie Sydnes and Karlee Ahrenholtz each drew one free pass.
Molly Hoekstra gave up four earned runs on five hits with three walks in five innings as the losing Wildcat pitcher. Dubois ended up 3-for-4 and Meredith Hoffman collected two hits for Carlisle.
Ballard 6, Carlisle 3
B 200 200 2 - 6 6 NA
C 000 000 3 - 3 7 NA
B: Abby Carlin and Skylar Rigby.
C: Molly Hoekstra, Sara Scott (6) and Agatha Beier..
2B: B - Rigby.
3B: B - Isabell Hobbs.
HR: B - Hobbs. C - Taylor Dubois.
HUXLEY - Ballard opened Raccoon River Conference play with a 4-1 home win over Carroll May 30 at Gary Telford Field.
The Bombers jumped out to a 3-0 lead and made it stick. Carroll’s only run came in the third inning and Ballard made up for it with an insurance run in the sixth.
Abby Carlin fired a two-hitter with an impressive 13 strikeouts and no walks, going all seven innings to earn the win for Ballard. Skylar Rigby was 2-for-3 with a double, steal and run and Jenna Moody tripled, scored and drove in two runs to pace the Bombers at the plate.
Laura Sweeney tripled and scored and Karlee Jones added a single for Carroll’s lone hits of the game. Julia LaRue was the losing Tiger pitcher as she gave up four earned runs on eight hits with five strikeouts and two walks.
Ballard 4, Carroll 1
C 001 000 0 - 1 2 NA
B 120 001 X - 4 8 NA
C: Julia LaRue and Chloe Gallegos.
B: Abby Carlin and Skylar Rigby.
2B: B - Rigby, Hannah Elliott.
3B: C - Laura Sweeney. B - Jenna Moody.