STATE CENTER - The Collins-Maxwell-Baxter baseball team had a rough day at the Rose Festival Tournament in State Center Saturday as the Royals went 0-2 against Colo-Nesco and West Marshall.
CMB dropped a 22-12 decision to Colo-Nesco in six innings. The Raiders let an 8-0 lead slip away as Colo-Nesco exploded for 12 runs in the fifth inning and nine more in the sixth.
Brady Kemp doubled, homered and drove in two runs and Brady Kemp doubled, walked twice, scored four times and knocked in two runs for the Raiders against the Royals. Travis Lindemoen walked two times and also crossed the plate twice, Cole Damman scored two times and stole a base and Ian Thomson picked up two walks and runs apiece.
Adam Smith gave up seven runs - three earned - with three walks and two hits allowed in ⅓ of an inning to take the loss. Carter Nelsen went 4 ⅓ innings and allowed four runs - one earned - on one hit with four strikeouts and one walk.
Derrick Klemme surrendered 11 runs - seven earned - with three strikeouts and walks apiece in one inning and Kemp allowed one hit.
Jacob Clatt hit a grand slam, Matthew Hill was 2-for-5 with three runs and four RBI and Garret Tiarks went 3-for-3 with a double, three runs and two RBI to pace Colo-Nesco on offense. Sean Cutler allowed four unearned runs on one hit with two walks and a strikeout in 2 ⅓ innings to get the win for the Royals.
CMB was dealt a 16-4 loss by West Marshall in five innings. The Raiders gave up a combined total of 15 runs over the second, third and fourth innings.
Kemp was 2-for-3 with an RBI, Damman and Klemme both singled and scored and Brady Ross singled, walked and scored against the Trojans. Lindemoen added a single and a run.
Tucker Maxwell was the losing pitcher after giving up six runs - one earned - on two hits with four walks in two innings. Damman allowed five runs on three hits with a walk, Ross surrendered four runs on three hits with a walk and a strikeout in one inning and Bryce Bacon gave up one run on two hits and two walks in one inning.
Chandler Sponseller allowed three earned runs with six strikeouts and one walk in four innings to get the win for West Marshall. Ross Randall was 3-for-3 with a double, four runs, two steals and two RBI and Parker Hulbert finished 2-for-3 with a home run and two runs and RBI apiece for the Trojans.
Colo-Nesco 22, CMB 12 (6)
CMB 1025 04 - 12 11 NA
CN 000 1(12)9 - 22 14 NA
CMB: Cater Nelsen, Brady Kemp (5), Adam Smith (5), Derrick Klemme (5) and Andrew Esqueda, Bryce Bacon (5).
CN: Matthew Hill, Sean Cutler (4) and Garrett Packer.
2B: CMB - Kemp, Brady Ross. CN - Garret Tiarks.
HR: CMB - Kemp. CN - Jacob Clatt.
West Marshall 16, CMB 4 (5)
CMB 022 00 - 4 5 NA
WM 156 4X - 16 10 NA
CMB: Tucker Maxwell, Cole Damman (3), Ross (3), Bacon (4) and Bacon, Kemp (4).
WM: Chandler Sponseller, Parker Hulbert (5) and Josh Larsen.
2B: WM - Alex Dickey 2, David Disney, Cameron Bannister.
COLLINS - A big break on a fly ball allowed Collins-Maxwell-Baxter to finish off South Hamilton, 3-2, June 7 at Collins.
The Raiders rallied from a 2-0 deficit with three runs in the bottom of the sixth. But in the top of the seventh South Hamilton loaded the bases with one out against CMB relief pitcher Creighton Caple.
Rylan Harris reached on an error and Blake Barquist and D.J. Klonglan both singled for South Hamilton in the seventh. That brought Zeke Balderas to the plate.
Balderas took a Caple offering to left field. Raider left fielder Bryce Bacon came up on the ball and bobbled it in an attempt to get the out.
As the ball bobbled in the air the CMB runners tried to advance. But Bacon then came down with the ball on the bounce and threw to third to get an easy double play to get out of the jam and give CMB the win.
“Honestly, I prefer to catch it right the first time,” Bacon said. “But I guess bobbling it a couple times will work too.”
Carter Nelsen drove in Tucker Maxwell with the winning run on a suicide squeeze with one out in the bottom of the sixth.
Brady Ross walked, Brady Kemp singled and Maxwell reached on a bunt single to load the bases with no outs. Derrick Klemme drew a bases-loaded walk to drive in the first CMB run and then Cole Damman tied the game with a sacrifice fly to center field.
With runners on second and third Nelsen stepped into the batter’s box to face new South Hamilton pitcher Cole Berg. Nelson executed a perfect bunt off Berg as Maxwell was trotting home to put the Raiders on top.
“When the South Hamilton coach went out to the mound to talk to his guy coach (Max Seeman) called me over and said on the second pitch he wants me to suicide squeeze,” Nelson said. “I just squared up and dropped it down.”
Kemp was 2-for-3 with a double and a run and Damman went 2-for-2 with an RBI for CMB on offense. Maxwell finished 1-for-3 with a run and Nelsen and Klemme each had an RBI.
Travis Lindemoen was the winning pitcher. After struggling a little over the first three innings Lindemoen dominated the the next four to put his team in position to make the comeback in the sixth.
“I came in a little sore and finally started to find my flow about halfway through,” Lindemoen said. “It felt good after I got my slider and my curve going pretty well.”
Lindemoen gave up two earned runs, both coming in the third inning. He only allowed two hits and struck out eight with four walks.
Balderas took the loss in relief. He gave up three runs on one hit and two walks in ⅓ of an inning.
C.J. Hewitt allowed three hits and two walks with three strikeouts in five scoreless innings of work as the South Hamilton starter. Berg threw ⅔ of an inning.
Mateo Balderas doubled in both South Hamilton runs in the third. Klonglan and Barquist both scored once.
CMB 3, South Hamilton 2
SH 002 000 0 - 2 4 0
CMB 000 003 X - 3 5 1
SH: C.J. Hewitt, Zeke Balderas (6), Cole Berg (6) and Balderas, Hewitt.
CMB: Travis Lindemoen, Creighton Caple (7) and Brady Kemp.
2B: SH - Mateo Balderas. CMB - Kemp.