STATE CENTER - The Collins-Maxwell-Baxter softball team took two out of three games at the Rose Festival Tournament in State Center Saturday.
The Raiders, ranked No. 5 in Class 2A, avenged an earlier loss to Newton and whipped up on Grand View Christian. They came up short against a Benton Community squad rated No. 1 in 4A, as their season record moved to 19-5.
CMB defeated Newton by a 6-3 score to make up for an 11-5 loss to the Cardinals at the Cardinal Invitational the previous weekend. On Saturday, CMB put up four runs in the second inning, Newton came back with one in the fifth and two in the sixth, and the Raiders countered with two runs in the top of the seventh to finish the job.
Jordynn Wesselink doubled, scored and drove in two runs; Holly Jessen was 3-for-4 with a double and Mikayla Eslinger hit a solo homer and scored twice to pace the Raiders offensively against Newton. Abby Husak finished 2-for-3 with a run; Katie Camp was 2-for-5; Megan Ritter went 1-for-4 with one walk, run and RBI apiece; Mikayla Houge doubled and walked; Abbey Kahler singled and drove in a run; Mikayla Markley singled and Emma Husak scored once.
Houge gave up one earned run on eight hits with 10 strikeouts and two walks in seven innings as the winning CMB pitcher.
CMB hammered Grand View Christian by a 13-1 score in five innings. The Raiders plated two runs in both the second and third innings, then kicked it up a notch with six runs in the fourth to put the game away.
Jessen doubled and Husak, Camp, Houge, Kahler, Eslinger, Markley and Wesselink each singled once against Grand View Christian.
Jessen scored twice and knocked in a run, Husak scored twice and tallied one RBI and steal apiece, Camp scored three times, Houge knocked in three runs, Kahler walked twice and Eslinger scored once and drove in two runs. Markley also drove in two runs and Wesselink scored twice.
Kahler picked up the win versus Grand View Christian. She gave up one unearned run on one hit and one walk with six strikeouts in three innings.
Sydney Schmidt threw the other two innings for CMB versus the Thunder. Schmidt struck out one and only allowed one hit.
Benton defeated CMB by an 8-3 score to get back at the Raiders for pulling off a 3-2 upset in a match-up between the two teams at Newton last weekend.
CMB looked as if it was going to knock off the Bobcats again Saturday after jumping out to a 3-1 lead after one inning. But Benton pitcher Anna Stenberg blanked the Raiders the rest of the way and the Bobcats used a four-run sixth inning to pull away for the win.
Jessen doubled and drove in two runs, Eslinger was 2-for-3 with one run and RBI apiece and Kahler and Husak each singled once against Benton. Houge walked and scored, Wesselink drew two free passes and Emma Kahler crossed the plate once for CMB.
Kahler took the loss after allowing seven earned runs on 11 hits with 10 strikeouts and three walks in seven innings.
Stenberg finished with four strikeouts and walks apiece in seven innings for Benton. Angie Gorkow homered, scored three times and drove in two runs and Jaicee Lyons doubled twice and knocked in three runs for the Bobcats.
CMB 6, Newton 3
CMB 040 000 2 - 6 13 NA
N 000 012 0 - 3 8 NA
CMB: Mikayla Houge and Holly Jessen.
2B: CMB - Houge, Jessen, Jordynn Wesselink.
HR: CMB - Mikayla Eslinger.
CMB 13, Grand View Christian 1 (5)
CMB 022 63 - 13 8 NA
GVC 001 00 - 1 2 NA
CMB: Abbey Kahler, Sydney Schmidt (4) and Hannah Caple.
GVC: Emma Heffon, Makaylia Patterson (5) and Sydney Lane.
2B: CMB - Jessen.
Benton 8, CMB 3
B 102 014 0 - 8 11 NA
CMB 300 000 0 - 3 5 NA
B: Anna Stenberg and Jaicee Lyons.
CMB: Kahler and Jessen.
2B: CMB - Kahler, Jessen. B - Lyons 2, Stenberg.
HR: B - Angie Gorkow.
COLLINS - Collins-Maxwell-Baxter used two strong innings on offense and quality pitching to easily oust Van Meter, 7-0, in a non-conference home game June 15 at Collins.
The Raiders put three runs on the board in the first inning and four more in the fifth. They finished with 10 hits and pitcher Mikayla Houge limited Van Meter to just two.
Abbey Kahler doubled, homered and knocked in two runs; Abby Husak was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a steal and Holly Jessen singled, walked and drove home two runs for CMB at the plate. Mikayla Eslinger doubled and scored; Megan Ritter singled, stole a base and scored; Hannah Caple and Jordynn Wesselink both singled and knocked in a run and Houge singled once for CMB.
Houge was almost unhittable on the mound. In addition to limiting the Bulldogs to two hits, she struck out 14 batters and didn’t issue a single walk.
Bailey Harding gave up seven earned runs with three strikeouts for Van Meter in a losing effort.
CMB 7, Van Meter 0
VM 000 000 0 - 0 2 NA
CMB 300 040 X - 7 10 NA
VM: Bailey Harding and Abby Archer.
CMB: Mikayla Houge and Hannah Caple.
2B: VM - Harding. CMB - Abbey Kahler, Mikayla Eslinger.
HR: CMB - Kahler.
JEFFERSON - Collins-Maxwell-Baxter took charge early and never relinquished control against Greene County in a 10-0 victory over the Rams in five innings June 14 at Jefferson.
CMB put up four runs in the first inning and two in the second. The Raiders added four more in the fourth and thanks to excellent pitching from Abbey Kahler, they were able to keep the Rams off the board to end the game early and improve to 11-1 in the Heart of Iowa Conference.
Kahler fired a two-hitter with seven strikeouts and no walks to get the victory. CMB’s other pitcher — Mikayla Houge — was the spark plug on offense against Greene County as she went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a pair of runs and three RBI.
Katie Camp was 2-for-3 with two runs and a steal, Abby Husak went 2-for-3 with an RBI and Jordynn Wesselink singled, scored and drove in two runs for CMB. Megan Ritter singled, scored and stole a base; Mikayla Eslinger went 1-for-3 with a run, steal, walk and RBI; Holly Jessen singled and scored and Kahler knocked in one run.
Megan Durbin and Kyla Beyers each singled once for the only Greene County hits. Jenna Beyers gave up nine runs — five earned — with four walks and one strikeout in 3 ⅓ innings to take the loss for the Rams.
CMB 10, Greene County 0 (5)
CMB 420 40 - 10 11 NA
GC 000 00 - 0 2 NA
CMB: Abbey Kahler and Hannah Caple.
GC: Jenna Beyers, Hannah Promes (4) and Samantha Hardaway.
2B: CMB - Mikayla Houge 2.
COLLINS - Collins-Maxwell-Baxter took a couple innings to get going against Roland-Story, but a strong third inning keyed a 7-1 victory June 13 at Collins.
CMB trailed 1-0 going into the bottom of the third. The Raiders put up four runs in the inning, then added a run in the fourth and two more in the sixth to break the game open.
CMB totaled nine hits in the win. Mikayla Eslinger provided the biggest blows for the Raiders as she homered twice and drove in four runs.
Abbye Kahler was 1-for-2 with two walks and an RBI, Mikayla Houge went 2-for-3 with two runs, Heather Jessen doubled and Megan Ritter singled for the Raiders. Abby Husak scored two runs and Katie Camp crossed the plate once.
Kahler got the win after limiting Roland-Story to three hits and striking out eight with just one walk.
CMB 7, Roland-Story 1
RS 100 000 0 - 1 3 NA
CMB 004 102 X - 7 9 NA
CMB: Abbey Kahler and Hannah Caple.
2B: CMB - Heather Jessen.
HR: CMB - Mikayla Eslinger 2.