COLLINS - The Collins-Maxwell-Baxter softball team closed out its home stretch in style Saturday in Collins by sweeping Colo-Nesco and Montezuma at the Collins Days Tournament.
CMB, the No. 3 team in Class 2A, whipped Colo-Nesco by a 13-2 score in five innings and took out Montezuma by a 4-1 margin to improve its season record to 23-5.
The Raiders raced out to a 7-0 lead after one inning and coasted past Colo-Nesco. CMB totaled 14 hits and withstood a nine-hit attack by the Royals for the victory.
Katie Camp, Mikayla Houge, Mikayla Eslinger, Hannah Caple and Abby Husak each collect two hits for CMB versus Colo-Nesco. Camp finished with one walk, steal and run apiece; Houge doubled, scored twice and drove in a run; Eslinger finished with two runs and one RBI; Caple doubled and walked once and Husak scored one run and drove in two.
Megan Ritter singled, walked, scored and stole two bases and Heather Jessen doubled, scored once and drove in two runs for CMB. Jordynn Wesselink doubled, scored and drove in a run; Sydney Schmidt singled once; Holly Jessen had one run and RBI apiece; Jillian Holst scored twice and Trinity Stover stole a base and crossed the plate once.
Abbey Kahler gave up one hit with five strikeouts and no walks in two scoreless innings of work as the victorious CMB pitcher against Colo-Nesco. Schmidt gave up two runs on five hits with one strikeout and walk apiece in two innings and Mikayla Markley allowed three hits in one scoreless inning of work for the Raiders.
Megan Carlson took the loss for Colo-Nesco. Carlson allowed 12 runs — seven earned — with one walk in three innings and Kassie Robinson gave up one unearned run on two walks in one inning.
Mckenzie Niemeyer doubled and scored and Jenna Banks also scored one run for Colo-Nesco. Carlson, Robinson and Mackenna Ruffcorn each singled twice and Grace Stalzer and Gracie Kettwig each singled once for the Royals.
CMB took a 3-0 lead after three innings in the win over Montezuma. Both teams scored once in the fourth, and then pitching and defense did the job the rest of the way for the Raiders.
Houge was the winning pitcher against Montezuma. She was in top form, firing a two-hitter with 14 strikeouts and only two walks in seven innings.
The Raiders recorded seven hits against Montezuma. Ritter was 2-for-4 with two runs and Kahler finished 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI to set the pace for CMB.
Houge doubled, walked and drove in a run; Holly Jessen walked and singled and Camp added one single versus Montezuma. Caple also drew a walk for the Raiders.
Cassidy Watts was 2-for-3 with a run and Olivia Moretz drove in a run for Montezuma. Hanna Jones was the losing Brave pitcher after allowing four runs — one earned — with six strikeouts and three walks.
CMB 13, Colo-Nesco 2 (5)
CN 002 00 - 2 9 NA
CMB 701 5X - 13 14 NA
CN: Megan Carlson, Kassie Robinson (4) and Chelsea Henze.
CMB: Abbey Kahler, Sydney Schmidt (3), Mikayla Markley (5) and Hannah Caple.
2B: CN - Mckenzie Niemeyer. CMB - Caple, Mikayla Houge, Heather Jessen, Jordynn Wesselink.
CMB 4, Montezuma 1
CMB 201 100 0 - 4 7 NA
M 000 100 0 - 1 2 NA
CMB: Houge and Caple.
M: Hanna Jones and Cassidy Watts.
2B: CMB - Houge.
COLLINS - Strong pitching carried Collins-Maxwell-Baxter to a 5-0 victory over Gilbert in Heart of Iowa Conference play June 21 at Collins.
Abbey Kahler fired a four-hitter with 13 strikeouts and three walks to get the shutout victory and help CMB improve to 13-1 in the HOIC. Kahler was backed up by a Raider offense that produced 12 hits.
CMB scored once in the second inning and three times in the third to give Kahler all the offensive support she needed. The Raiders tacked on one more insurance run in the sixth.
Holly Jessen was 3-for-4 with an RBI; Mikayla Houge went 2-for-3 with a walk, steal and two runs and Kahler finished 2-for-3 with a walk and a double. Mikayla Eslinger singled, walked, scored and drove in a run; Katie Camp was 1-for-4 with two runs; Abby Husak was 1-for-2 with an RBI; Hannah Caple ended up 1-for-2 with a walk and Sydney Schmidt chipped in one single.
Emma Kahler and Trinity Stover each scored one run for the Raiders.
Jordyn Pike took the loss for Gilbert. Pike gave up one earned run with four walks and one strikeout in six innings.
Sydney Grouwinkel was 2-for-3 with a double as the top hitter for the Tigers.
CMB 5, Gilbert 0
G 000 000 0 - 0 4 NA
CMB 013 001 X - 5 12 NA
G: Jordyn Pike and Emma Mostek.
CMB: Abbey Kahler and Holly Jessen.
2B: G - Sydney Grouwinkel. CMB - Kahler.
MONROE - Collins-Maxwell-Baxter used a big sixth inning to get past Prairie City-Monroe, 7-3, in Heart of Iowa Conference play June 19 at Monroe.
Both teams put up three runs in the third inning. The score remained tied until the top of the sixth, when CMB busted out for four runs.
Raider pitcher Mikayla Houge blanked PCM the rest of the way as CMB avenged its only HOIC loss of the season.
Houge tossed a six-hitter with 10 strikeouts and no walks, going all seven innings as the winning pitcher. CMB backed her up with nine hits on offense.
Abbey Kahler delivered the biggest blow for CMB as she homered, walked and drove in three runs. Katie Camp was 3-for-4 with two RBI; Megan Ritter went 2-for-4 with two runs; Holly Jessen singled, walked twice and scored once and Abby Husak was 1-for-4 with a run.
Hannah Caple added a single and Houge walked once for CMB at the plate. Emma Kahler and Trinity Stover each scored one run.
Kayla Jennings was the losing PCM pitcher. Jennings struck out seven and issued four walks in seven innings.
Courtney Bridges was 1-for-2 with two RBI and Jayci Vos 1-for-3 with one run and RBI apiece for the Mustangs with the bat.
CMB 7, PCM 3
CMB 003 004 0 - 7 9 NA
PCM 003 000 0 - 3 6 NA
CMB: Mikayla Houge and Hannah Caple.
PCM: Kayla Jennings and Courtney Bridges.
HR: CMB - Abbey Kahler.