BONDURANT - The Collins-Maxwell-Baxter softball team turned in a perfect 3-0 day at the Bondurant-Farrar Invitational Saturday in Bondurant.
The Raiders, ranked No. 4 in Class 2A, defeated Roland-Story, Grand View Christian and Alburnett to improve their record to 7-2 on the season.
CMB knocked off Heart of Iowa Conference rival Roland-Story by a 4-2 score. The Raiders took charge with a three-run fifth inning and totaled eight hits to five for the Norse.
Mikayla Eslinger doubled, scored and drove in a run; Jordynn Wesselink doubled and scored and Megan Ritter went 2-for-3 for CMB on offense. Katie Camp was 1-for-2 with one walk, steal and run apiece, Heather Jessen went 1-for-2 with a walk and an RBI and Mikayla Houge and Holly Jessen each picked up one hit.
Sydney Schmidt was the winning pitcher. Schmidt gave up two runs on four hits with one strikeout and walk apiece in 4 ⅔ innings.
Abbey Kahler allowed no runs on one hit with three strikeouts and one walk in 2 ⅓ innings for the Raiders.
CMB scored a 10-0 victory over Grand View Christian. The Raiders broke the game open in the fifth inning with an eight-run outburst.
Hannah Caple was 3-for-3 with two RBI, Eslinger went 3-for-3 with one run and Houge was 2-for-4 with a double, triple, run and two RBI to pace CMB’s 16-hit attack on offense. Kahler was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI, Camp singled, stole a base and scored twice and Wesselink ended up 2-for-3 with a triple and a run.
Kahler fired a no-hitter with eight strikeouts in five innings to get the victory over Grand View Christian.
The Raiders downed Alburnett by a 10-4 score in five innings. CMB scored one run in the second, four in the third and five in the fourth and totaled 10 hits.
Houge was 2-for-3 with a homer and two RBI, Wesselink went 2-for-3 with a triple and two runs and Caple also ended up 2-for-3 with two RBI. Kahler and Eslinger both singled and scored, Holly Jessen singled and knocked in two runs and Veronica Condon added one hit.
Houge earned the victory on the mound versus Alburnett. She gave up one earned run on four hits with nine strikeouts and one walk in five innings.
Amber Porter gave up eight earned runs with four strikeouts and one walk in five innings for Alburnett. Maddy Schuchmann and Kassidy Rose both doubled and scored for the Pirates.
CMB 4, Roland-Story 2
CMB 010 030 0 - 4 8 NA
RS 100 010 0 - 2 5 NA
CMB: Sydney Schmidt, Abbey Kahler and Hannah Caple.
2B: CMB - Mikayla Eslinger, Jordynn Wesselink.
CMB 10, GVC 0 (5)
GVC 000 00 - 0 0 NA
CMB 200 08 - 10 16 NA
CMB: Kahler and Caple.
2B: CMB - Kahler, Mikayla Houge.
3B: CMB - Wesselink, Houge.
CMB 10, Alburnett 4 (5)
CMB 014 50 - 10 10 NA
A 022 00 - 4 4 NA
A: Amber Porter and Maddy Schuchmann.
CMB: Houge and Caple.
2B: A - Porter, Schuchmann, Kassidy Rose.
3B: CMB - Wesselink.
HR: CMB - Houge.
COLLINS - Collins-Maxwell-Baxter used a big fifth inning to rally past Saydel for a 5-4 Heart of Iowa Conference victory Friday at Collins.
The Raiders trailed 4-0 going into the bottom of the fifth. CMB scored all five of its runs in the fifth, then pitcher Abbey Kahler blanked the Eagles over the final two innings to wrap up the victory as the Raiders improved to 4-1 in the HOIC.
CMB prevailed despite picking up just four hits off Eagle hurlers Kaylee Polke and Jade Olsen. Holly Jessen and Jordynn Wesselink were both 2-for-3, with Jessen also scoring and driving in one run apiece.
Megan Ritter walked twice, scored once and drove in a run for CMB. Mikayla Houge picked up two walks and one RBI, Kahler tallied one walk and RBI apiece, Heather Jessen walked and scored and Emma Husak and Abby Husak each scored one run.
Kahler gave up two earned runs on five hits with eight strikeouts and two walks going all seven innings to earn the win. Polke allowed two runs on four hits with three walks and one strikeout in 5 ⅔ innings and Olsen took the loss after allowing three runs on three walks in ⅓ of an inning.
Shelby Weber was 2-for-3 with a solo home run, Anneliese Barton doubled and drove in two runs and Lyndsay Bianchi doubled, scored and knocked in a run for the Eagles on offense.
CMB 5, Saydel 4
S 200 020 0 - 4 5 NA
CMB 000 050 x - 5 4 NA
S: Kaylee Polke and Lindsay Bianchi.
CMB: Abbey Kahler and Hannah Caple.
2B: S - Bianchi, Anneliese Barton, Shelby Weber.
HR: S - Weber.
GILBERT - Collins-Maxwell-Baxter used a huge fourth inning to pull away from Gilbert for an 11-1 victory over the Tigers in five innings May 31 at Gilbert.
CMB led 3-1 through three innings. The Raiders then exploded for eight runs in the fourth to wrap up the game.
CMB totaled 11 hits. Holly Jessen paced the Raiders by going 3-for-3 with a double, three runs, two steals and an RBI and Mikayla Houge was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI.
Veronica Condon was 2-for-2 with a run, walk and two RBI; Megan Ritter doubled, stole a base and scored; Katie Camp went 1-for-4 with one run and RBI apiece and Mikayla Eslinger doubled, walked twice and delivered one steal, run and RBI apiece. Heather Jessen went 1-for-2 with one walk, one run and an RBI; Abby Husak stole a base and scored twice and Trinity Stover picked up one steal and one run.
Houge got the victory on the mound. She allowed one run on three hits with eight strikeouts and three walks.
Taylor Larimore gave up four earned runs with five walks and one strikeout in three innings to take the loss for Gilbert. Sydney Grouwinkel was 1-for-3 with an RBI and Katie Gescheidler singled and scored for the Tigers.
CMB 11, Gilbert 1 (5)
CMB 111 80 - 11 11 NA
G 100 00 - 1 3 NA
CMB: Mikayla Houge and Hannah Caple.
G: Taylor Larimore, Riley Nelson (4) and Emma Mostek.
2B: Houge, Megan Ritter, Mikayla Esslinger, Holly Jessen. G - Mostek.
COLLINS - Collins-Maxwell-Baxter found out life as a marked team isn’t easy after suffering its first Heart of Iowa Conference setback May 30 in Collins with a 5-1 loss to Prairie City-Monroe.
CMB entered the game as the defending HOIC champions and the No. 1 team in Class 2A. But the Raiders were outplayed until the bottom of the seventh inning, and by then they had too much ground to make up, suffering their first conference loss.
“We’re getting a few things here and there, but we’re not as focused as we need to be right now,” CMB head softball coach Troy Houge said. “I’m not taking anything away from PCM - they’re focused and playing really well right now. I knew coming in we need to play a really good game and we did for awhile. (But) we aren’t getting the hits we need to get right now (and) the ball isn’t breaking our way right now either.”
Strong pitching from Abbey Kahler enabled CMB to withstand its offensive struggles for four innings. The game was a scoreless tie going into the fifth inning.
Then PCM got hot.
In the top of the fifth, Jayci Vos hit an RBI double off the fence in right field and Brooke Nicholson came up with a two-run single to put the Mustangs up 3-0. PCM added two more runs in the sixth when Abby Waddell knocked in a run and the Mustangs also pushed a run across on a CMB error.
Kahler came back to shut down PCM in the seventh. That gave CMB a sliver of hope going into the bottom of the inning, and the Raiders managed to put a scare into the Mustangs.
Mikayla Markley drew a leadoff walk, Megan Ritter followed with a double and Veronica Condon singled, driving in pinch runner Jordynn Wesselink. Mikayla Houge then walked to load the bases with no outs.
But Kahler grounded out on a controversial play where it appeared the ball hit her foot before going into play. PCM pitcher Katie Jennings then struck out the next two CMB hitters to get out of the jam and end the game.
“The ball just isn’t falling where we need it to fall,” Troy Houge said. “I hope we’ll get there. We still have good kids and we’re doing some good things - we’re just not clicking right now. (But) this team is very capable of being resilient, getting after it and doing things we need to have done.”
A Hannah Caple single was CMB’s only hit outside the hits by Ritter and Condon in the seventh inning. The Raiders did walk eight times as Houge and Kahler each drew two free passes and Markley, Katie Camp, Mikayla Eslinger and Abby Husak each picked up one.
Kahler allowed four earned runs on nine hits with four strikeouts and two walks in seven innings to take the loss. Jennings earned the win after giving up one run on three hits with seven strikeouts and eight walks.
Waddell was 2-for-4 with one run and RBI apiece and Regan Freland went 2-for-3 with two runs and a steal for the Mustangs on offense.
PCM 5, CMB 1
PCM 000 032 0 - 5 9 0
CMB 000 000 1 - 1 3 2
PCM: Kayla Jennings and Courtney Bridges.
CMB: Abbey Kahler and Hannah Caple.
2B: PCM - Jayci Vos, Anna Shaver. CMB - Megan Ritter.