BONDURANT - The Ballard softball team won its 10th game in a row with a 12-3 drubbing of Bondurant-Farrar Monday at Bondurant.


The Bombers broke open a close game with a six-run fourth inning. Bondurant-Farrar closed to within five after five frames, but Ballard came back with four runs in the sixth to finish off the Bluejays and improve to 28-4 overall and 10-1 in the Raccoon River Conference.


Isabell Hobbs, Jenna Moody and Abby Carlin set the tone for Ballard on offense.


Hobbs went a perfect 3-for-3 with a double, walk, two runs and three RBI. Moody belted her first home run of the season and knocked in three runs and Carlin doubled, walked and drove two runners home.


Rachel Newell singled, walked twice, stole a base and scored two runs and Carley Wilson went 1-for-2 with one walk, steal and run apiece. Maggie Larson was 1-for-3 with two walks and a steal, Katie Sydnes finished 1-for-1 with an RBI, Karlee Ahrenholtz singled and Skylar Rigby walked twice, drove in a run and scored two times.


Isabella Johnson walked, stole a base and scored twice; Katie Rietz walked once and Maddie Kyhl and Abby Ross each scored one run.


Carlin gave up two earned runs on five hits with nine strikeouts and no walks as the winning Bomber pitcher.


Ballard 12, Bondurant-Farrar 3


B 200 604 0 - 12 10 NA


BF 100 020 0 - 3 5 NA


B: Abby Carlin and Skylar Rigby.


WP: Carlin.


2B: B - Carlin, Isabell Hobbs.


HR: B - Jenna Moody.


PELLA - No. 5 (Class 4A) Ballard topped a strong Albia team and whipped Prairie City-Monroe at the Eagle Invitational in Pella Saturday.


The Bombers (27-4) downed an Albia team that entered the day 21-6 by a 7-4 margin in six innings. Ballard broke a scoreless tie with two runs in the fourth inning, and they added four runs in the fifth and one in the sixth.


Albia came back with four runs in the bottom of the sixth to put a scare into the Bombers before falling short.


Ballard finished the game with 11 hits. Abby Carlin was 4-for-4 with a double, run and two RBI; Maggie Larson went 2-for-3 with a run and two RBI; Skylar Rigby singled, walked and scored twice and Isabell Hobbs doubled, scored and drove in two runs to pace the Bombers.


Karlee Ahrenholtz singled and drove in a run, and Hannah Elliott and Carley Wilson each singled once. Maddie Kyhl scored two runs for Ballard.


Carlin was the winning pitcher against Albia. She gave up two earned runs on seven hits with 11 strikeouts and one walk.


Olivia Teno finished with six strikeouts and three walks, going all six innings as the losing pitcher for Albia. Kennedy Schroeder was 2-for-3 with a double, run and RBI and Alex Beard went 2-for-4 with an RBI to pace the Lady Dees on offense.


Ballard overwhelmed PCM by a 13-1 score in four innings. Elliott tossed a two-hitter with four strikeouts and no walks to get the win on the mound.


The Bombers scored four runs in the first inning, seven in the second and two in the fourth to end the game early. Ballard totaled 14 hits in the victory.


Ahrenholtz went 3-for-3 with three RBI; Carlin 2-for-3 with a triple, run and two RBI; Larson 2-for-3 with one run and RBI apiece and Isabella Johnson 2-for-2 with one run and one RBI against PCM. Rigby and Rachel Newell were both 1-for-2 with two runs and one walk and Rigby also drove in a run and stole a base.


Hobbs doubled, scored twice, walked once and drove in a run and Elliott was 1-for-2 with two RBI. Kate Rietz was 1-for-1 with one run and RBI apiece versus the Mustangs.


Ballard 7, Albia 4 (6)


B 000 241 - 7 11 NA


A 000 004 - 4 7 NA


B: Abby Carlin and Skylar Rigby.


A: Olivia Teno and Alex Beard.


WP: Carlin.


LP: Teno.


2B: B - Carlin, Isabell Hobbs. A - Jena Lawrence, Kennedy Schroeder, Abigail Martin.


Ballard 13, PCM 1 (4)


B 470 2 - 13 14 NA


PCM 000 1 - 1 2 NA


B: Hannah Elliott and Rigby.


WP: Elliott


2B: B - Hobbs.


3B: B - Carlin.


HUXLEY - Ballard followed up two big Raccoon River Conference victories with a decisive 8-1 non-conference triumph over Glenwood Friday in Huxley.


The Bombers jumped out to a 4-0 lead after three innings. Glenwood plated its only run in the top of the fourth, and the Bombers came back with four more scores in the fifth to put the game away.


Ballard came through with 13 hits on offense.


Skylar Rigby, Abby Carlin, Isabell Hobbs, Maggie Larson, Hannah Elliott and Karlee Ahrenholtz each connected for two hits apiece. Rigby walked stole a base and drove in a run; Carlin doubled once, Hobbs doubled and scored twice, Larson scored one run, Elliott knocked in four and Ahrenholtz drove in one.


Carley Wilson went 1-for-2 with two runs and one walk, steal and RBI apiece. Kiersten McKinney walked, stole a base and scored for the Bombers.


Elliott was the winning pitcher. She gave up one earned run on four hits with four strikeouts and no walks in five innings. Carlin threw two shutout innings and only surrendered one hit with four strikeouts and no walks.


Ballard 8, Glenwood 1


G 000 100 0 - 1 5 NA


B 031 040 X - 8 13 NA


B: Hannah Elliott, Abby Carlin (6) and Skylar Rigby.


WP: Elliott.


2B: B - Carlin, Isabell Hobbs.


HUXLEY - A young Ballard team showed the poise of a championship squad in thwarting a big rally by Carlisle to pull off a 7-6 victory over the Wildcats in a battle of ranked Raccoon River Conference teams June 21 at Gary Telford Field.


The Bombers, rated No. 3 in Class 4A entering the game, saw a 6-1 lead slip away as No. 13 Carlisle tied the game on a Meredith Hoffman solo home run in the top of the fifth. Ballard managed to regroup enough to keep the score tied heading into the bottom of the seventh inning.


After a four-inning drought, the Bomber offense suddenly began to click again at just the right time. Skylar Rigby hit a leadoff single and moved to second on an error, Rachel Newell reached on a bunt single and Abby Carlin was walked to load the bases with no outs.


Carlisle pitcher Sara Scott forced Ballard’s Isabell Hobbs to ground back to her to get the force at home for a big Wildcat out. Then Carlisle caught Newell a few steps too many off third base and tried to gun her down.


But the throw was wild, allowing Newell to trot home with the winning run.


“It felt great,” Newell said. “It was a little nerve-racking, but I trusted (head coach) Charlie (Husak) with telling me to go.”


Carlisle had all the momentum after the second inning. The Wildcats left the bases loaded in the third, scored four times in the fourth and left two more runners on in both the fifth and sixth frames — finishing with 14 hits.


But the Bombers fought through the adversity to allow themselves a chance to win the game in the seventh.


“It shows your real team character with how you fight through that,” Carlin said. “We came out on top and it shows that we’ve got great fight on our team and I’m proud of us for it.”


Carlin was having trouble adjusting to the umpire’s strike zone on the mound. She ended up with one strikeout and walk apiece.


But the Bomber defense was there to back her up. Eighth-graders Isabella Johnson and Carley Wilson were especially clutch in the field.


Johnson made a big catch on a line drive to end Carlisle’s four-run fourth. She also made a big play on a grounder to get the final out of the sixth.


In the third inning, Wilson had two big putouts in center field to help Ballard get out of the bases-loaded jam in the third unscathed. In the top of the sixth, Wilson came up with the play of the game on a one-out single by Hoffman with two runners on base.


Hoffman hit the ball to the gap in right-center and Wilson ran the ball down and fired a perfect strike to the cutoff person in Carlin. Carlin then fired the ball to Rigby at home in time to make the tag and prevent the go-ahead run from scoring.


“I knew I needed to get it in so that a run didn’t score,” Wilson said. “I just kind of threw it in there.”


Newell also came up with a big defensive play at third base to end the fifth. She made a diving catch toward the mound off a ball hit by Carlisle’s Delaney Schnathorst to end the inning after the Wildcats put runners on first and second.


Offensively, Ballard scored three times in each of the first two innings and finished with 11 hits. Senior right fielder Jenna Moody came up with a huge two-out RBI double down the third-base line in the first inning to help spark Ballard’s explosive start.


“That felt good,” Moody said. “We knew we had runners on, so once they went in it started a rally and we strung the bats together really well after that.”


Carlin and Newell both collected three hits. Newell scored three times and stole two bases and Carlin doubled once and drove in three runs.


Rigby ended up 2-for-3 with two runs and a walk. Wilson was 2-for-3 with a double that went off the top of the fence in the bottom of the fourth and she also scored once.


Beier was 3-for-3 with a double, walk and two RBI and Schnathorst ended up 2-for-4 with a double, two runs and two RBI to pace Carlisle. Hoffman and Dubois each collected two hits and Scott was 3-for-4.


Scott allowed seven runs — five earned — with one walk and no strikeouts as the losing pitcher.


Ballard 7, Carlisle 6


C 100 410 0 - 6 14 2


B 330 000 1 - 7 11 3


C: Sara Scott and Agatha Beier.


B: Abby Carlin and Skylar Rigby.


WP: Carlin.


LP: Scott.


2B: C - Beier, Taylor DuBois, Delaney Schnathorst, Meredith Hoffman. B - Carlin, Jenna Moody, Carley Wilson.


HR: C- Hoffman.


HUXLEY - Ballard easily overcame a poor start to take down No. 10 (Class 4A) Boone by an 8-3 score for a Raccoon River Conference victory June 20 at Huxley.


Boone jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning with the aid of a two-run home run by Laura Anderson. But in the bottom of the third, Ballard answered with a five-run outburst and the Bombers never looked back.


Pitcher Abby Carlin shut Boone down over the final six innings. Ballard followed up its big third inning on offense with three more runs in the fourth inning to secure the win and finish with a season sweep of the Toreadors.


Carlin gave up two earned runs on seven hits with six strikeouts and no walks in seven innings as the victorious pitcher. She also went 2-for-4 at the plate with two RBI.


Skylar Rigby hit a solo home run and also walked once and scored twice for the Bombers. Maggie Larson was 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI, Hannah Elliott doubled and scored and Jenna Moody also belted a double.


Rachel Newell ended up 1-for-2 with two walks, one run and one RBI and Isabell Hobbs singled and scored. Carley Wilson and Isabella Johnson each scored once for Ballard.


Emma Dighton allowed seven earned runs with five strikeouts and three walks as the losing Boone pitcher. Lauren Calkins and Caitlynne Shadle each had two hits for the Toreadors.


Ballard 8, Boone 3


Bo 300 000 0 - 3 7 NA


B 005 300 X - 8 9 NA


Bo: Emma Dighton and Laura Anderson.


B: Abby Carlin and Skylar Rigby.


WP: Carlin.


LP: Dighton.


2B: Bo - Dianna Slight. B - Maggie Larson, Hannah Elliott, Jenna Moody.


HR: Bo - Anderson. B - Rigby.