HUXLEY - The Ballard softball team remained atop the Raccoon River Conference with a 5-4 home victory over Adel-Desoto-Minburn Monday in Huxley.
Ballard, the No. 4 team in Class 4A, overcame a rough first inning to get its 15th win in 16 games and improve to 18-3 overall and 7-0 in the RRC.
ADM scored all four of its runs in the first inning. Ballard trailed 4-1 going into the fourth inning, then plated two runs and followed up with another score in the fifth to tie the game.
The Bombers scored the winning run in the bottom of the sixth. Ballard finished with 10 hits and pitchers Abby Carlin and Hannah Elliott allowed eight.
Carlin got the win after allowing four unearned runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts and two walks in six innings. Elliott threw a scoreless seventh inning, giving up just one hit and no walks to get the save.
Skylar Rigby and Maggie Larson both homered to lead Ballard on offense. Rigby also doubled and tallied one run and RBI apiece and Larson drove in two runs.
Rachel Newell ended up 2-for-3 with one run and steal apiece. Elliott doubled and drove in a run and Isabell Hobbs and Kiersten McKinney both doubled and scored
Carlin singled and knocked in a run and Karlee Ahrenholtz also picked up a base hit.
Ballard 5, ADM 4
ADM 400 000 0 - 4 8 NA
B 100 211 X - 5 10 NA
B: Abby Carlin, Hannah Elliott (7) and Skylar Rigby.
2B: B - Rigby, Elliott, Isabell Hobbs, Kiersten McKinney.
HR: B - Rigby, Larson.
ADEL - Ballard went 3-1 at the Tiger Invitational in Adel Friday and Saturday as the Bombers topped two ranked teams and fell to a Class 5A power.
On Friday, Ballard suffered a 12-5 loss to Ankeny Centennial in five innings and defeated Van Meter by a 4-1 score in six.
In the game versus Centennial, the Bombers couldn’t overcome a seven-run second inning by the Jaguars. Ballard scored twice in the first, once in the third and two more times in the fifth.
Skylar Rigby was 3-for-3 with two runs, a steal and an RBI and Jenna Moody doubled and scored once on offense against Centennial. Carley Wilson singled and scored; Isabell Hobbs singled once; Rachel Newell scored, drove in a run and stole a base and Abby Carlin knocked in two runs.
Carlin allowed seven runs — three earned — on seven hits with three strikeouts and one walk in two innings to take the loss. Hannah Elliott surrendered five runs — one earned — on four hits with one strikeout in three innings.
Morgan Carroll tripled and drove in five runs, Chloe Olson was 2-for-3 with a triple and a run and Franie Agot finished 3-for-3 with two runs, one walk and an RBI for Centennial. Kayla Stone allowed four earned runs with one strikeout and no walks in five innings as the winning Jaguar pitcher.
Ballard jumped out to a 3-0 lead over Van Meter after one inning. The Bulldogs scored a run in the third, the Bombers countered with a run in the bottom of the inning, then blanked Van Meter the rest of the way.
Elliott earned the win after giving up one unearned run on four hits and one walk with six strikeouts in 4 ⅔ innings. Carlin picked up the save after 1 ⅓ scoreless and hitless innings with three strikeouts and no walks.
Isabell Hobbs doubled twice, scored two times and drove in a run for Ballard in the win. McKinney singled, stole a base and drove in a run; Rigby singled, walked, stole a base and scored; Newell singled, walked and stole a base and Isabella Johnson and Megan Hadaway each singled once.
Maggie Larson walked twice and scored a run and Moody and Carlin each drew a walk.
Bailey Harding singled and scored for Van Meter. Harding was also the losing pitcher after allowing four runs with five walks and one strikeout in three innings.
On Saturday, Ballard downed a Colfax-Mingo squad rated No. 11 in 1A, 13-2 in five innings and a Sergeant Bluff-Luton team ranked No. 8 in 4A by a 10-2 score in five innings .
The Bombers finished with 11 hits in the victory over Colfax-Mingo. Hobbs went 3-for-4 with two runs and RBI apiece and Carlin went 2-for-3 with a walk, home run, three runs and three RBI to lead the charge for Ballard.
Rigby doubled, walked, drove in a run and scored three times versus the Tigerhawks. Newell ended up 1-for-2 with a walk and two runs; Larson doubled, walked and drove in a run; Moody doubled, scored and knocked in a run and Wilson went 1-for-3 with a run.
McKinney added a single and Maddie Kyhl scored once for the Bombers against Colfax-Mingo. Elliott gave up two runs on two hits with four strikeouts and no walks in four innings to get the win and Carlin allowed no runs on two hits with a pair of strikeouts in one inning.
Amy Russell and Rhiannon Haley both doubled and knocked in a run and Alivia Haley doubled and scored for Colfax-Mingo. Colbee Cunningham was the losing pitcher after walking five and striking out one in five innings.
Ballard put Sergeant Bluff-Luton away early. The Bombers scored seven runs in the first inning and never looked back.
Carlin gave up two unearned runs on three hits with seven strikeouts and no walks in five innings to get the win. She was backed by another potent Bomber hitting attack that produced 7 hits.
Rigby doubled twice, stole a base, scored and drove in two runs and Hobbs was 2-for-3 with a double, walk and three RBI versus Sergeant Bluff-Luton. Elliott went 1-for-3 with one run and RBI apiece; Carlin doubled, walked twice and drove in a run and Karlee Ahrenholtz was 1-for-2 with an RBI.
Terri Deitloff gave up seven runs — three earned — in ⅓ of an inning to take the loss for Sergeant Bluff-Luton.
Ankeny Centennial 12, Ballard 5 (5)
B 201 02 - 5 6 NA
AC 074 01 - 12 11 NA
B: Abby Carlin, Hannah Elliott (3) and Skylar Rigby.
AC: Kayla Stone and Kinleigh Quam.
2B: B - Jenna Moody.
3B: AC - Morgan Carroll, Chloe Olson.
Ballard 4, Van Meter 1 (6)
VM 001 000 - 1 4 NA
B 301 00X - 4 7 NA
VM: Bailey Harding, Molly Blomgren (4) and Abby Archer.
B: Elliott, Carlin (5) and Rigby.
2B: B - Isabell Hobbs 2.
Ballard 13, Colfax-Mingo 2 (5)
B 343 12 - 13 11 NA
CM 101 00 - 2 4 NA
B: Elliott, Carlin (5) and Rigby.
CM: Colbee Cunningham and Rhiannon Haley.
2B: B - Rigby, Moody, Maggie Larson. CM - Haley, Amy Russell, Alivia Haley.
HR: B - Carlin.
Ballard 10, Sergeant Bluff-Luton 2
SBL 011 00 - 2 3 NA
B 701 02 - 10 7 NA
SBL: Terri Deitloff, Kinzey Foley (1) and Madelyn Mogenson.
B: Carlin and Rigby.
2B: B - Rigby 2, Carlin, Hobbs.
PERRY - Ballard capped an impressive perfect run through the Murderer’s Row of the Raccoon River Conference with a 2-1 victory at Perry June 8.
Having already defeated a Boone team rated No. 11 and Winterset squad ranked No. 5 in Class 4A earlier in the week on the road, the Bombers faced a Perry squad rated No. 7. Ballard broke a 1-1 tie with a run in the third, then let its outstanding pitching and defense take care of the rest.
Abby Carlin threw a five-hitter as the winning Bomber pitcher. Carlin struck out eight and walked only one batter in seven innings.
Skylar Rigby doubled, walked, stole a base and scored both Bomber runs. Carlin was 1-for-3 with an RBI and Karlee Ahrenholtz and Kiersten McKinney each singled once.
Emma Olejniczak threw well in defeat for Perry. Olejniczak struck out 10 and walked only one batter in seven innings.
Johanna Diw hit a solo home run to account for Perry’s only run. Rachel Kinney was 2-for-3 with a double for the Bluejays.
Ballard 2, Perry 1
B 101 000 0 - 2 4 NA
P 100 000 0 - 1 5 NA
B: Abby Carlin and Skylar Rigby.
P: Emma Olejniczak and and Gabby West.
2B: B - Rigby. P - Rachel Kinney.
HR: P - Johanna Diw.
WINTERSET - A gutsy pitching performance from Hannah Elliott helped Ballard knock off No. 5 Winterset, 2-0, at Winterset June 7.
With starting pitcher Abby Carlin getting some needed rest after pitching Ballard past No. 11 Boone the night before, and having to face No. 7 Perry the next night, Elliott gave the Bombers four strong innings against Winterset. Elliott gave up five hits and didn’t walk a better, tallying two strikeouts to get the victory.
Carlin came in the fifth inning to finish off the Huskies. She struck out six with no walks and surrendered three hits in three innings to pick up the save.
Ballard scored the eventual winning run in the top of the fourth inning. The Bombers added a big insurance run in the sixth, finishing the game with six hits.
Rachel Newell went 3-for-4 with two steals and Karlee Ahrenholtz doubled and walked once for the Bombers. Courtesy runner Carley Wilson scored both Ballard runs and she also stole two bases, Isabella Johnson was 1-for-2 with an RBI and Jenna Moody walked and came up with a big RBI.
Sophie Stover struck out six and walked two going all seven innings to take the loss for Winterset. Danny Barker was 2-for-3 with a double and Emma Lowden also doubled once for the Huskies, who suffered their first loss in RRC play.
Ballard 2, Winterset 0
B 000 101 0 - 2 6 NA
W 000 000 0 - 0 8 NA
B: Hannah Elliott, Abby Carlin (5) and Skylar Rigby.
W: Sophie Stover and Emma Lowden.
2B: B - Karlee Ahrenholtz. W - Lowden, Danny Barker.
BOONE - Ballard opened up a three-game stretch against ranked Raccoon River Conference foes with a 5-3 come-from-behind win at Boone June 6.
The Bombers trailed 3-2 going into the sixth inning. The Bombers scored twice in the third and Boone came back with three runs in the bottom of the inning on the strength of home runs by Dianna Slight and Lauren Calkins.
In the top of the sixth, Ballard put up two runs to move in front. The Bombers added a run in the seventh and Bomber hurler Abby Carlin kept the Toreadors off the board in the final two innings to secure the victory.
Carlin allowed three runs — two earned — on five hits with seven strikeouts and no walks in seven innings as the winning pitcher. Skylar Rigby doubled twice, walked and tallied one run and RBI apiece to lead Ballard on offense.
Karlee Ahrenholtz singled and drove in a run, Isabella Johnson singled and scored and Hannah Elliott was 2-for-3 with a run for Ballard. Rachel Newell singled and stole a base; Carlin singled and walked; Isabell Hobbs walked and drove in a run and Maggie Larson had an RBI.
Emma Dighton took the loss for Boone. Dighton went all seven innings and surrendered four earned runs with four strikeouts and two walks.
Dighton also went 3-for-4 at the plate.
Ballard 5, Boone 3
B 002 002 1 - 5 9 NA
Bo 003 000 0 - 3 5 NA
B: Abby Carlin and Skylar Rigby.
Bo: Emma Dighton and Laura Anderson.
2B: B - Rigby 2.
HR: Bo - Dianna Slight, Lauren Calkins.
HUXLEY - Ballard pasted Bondurant-Farrar, 12-0 in six innings, during a Raccoon River Conference game June 5 in Huxley.
The Bombers finished with 11 hits and pitcher Hannah Elliott gave up five hits and one walk with two strikeouts in six innings to get the win.
Ballard plated four runs in both the second and sixth frames. The Bombers also scored twice in the fifth and once apiece in the third and fourth.
Maggie Larson continued her tear at the plate by smacking two home runs and a double and knocking in six runs. The two dingers give Larson five in four games.
Isabell Hobbs went 3-for-4 with a double, two runs and an RBI; Skylar Rigby doubled and drove in a run; Kiersten McKinney was 1-for-2 with a steal, run and an RBI and Jenna Moody singled, walked twice, stole a base and scored two runs. Abby Carlin was 1-for-3 with a run, Allison Vetter singled and scored and Isabella Johnson added a single.
Riley Gilroy gave up all 12 runs with four strikeouts and walks apiece in six innings to take the loss for Bondurant-Farrar. Gilroy also went 2-for-3 at the plate with a steal.
Ballard 12, Bondurant-Farrar 0 (6)
BF 000 000 - 0 5 NA
B 041 124 - 12 11 NA
BF: Riley Gilroy and Rachel Everly.
B: Hannah Elliott and Skylar Rigby.
2B: BF - Kenzie Adkins. B - Rigby, Isabell Hobbs, Maggie Larson.
HR: B - Larson 2.