STATE CENTER – The Collins-Maxwell-Baxter softball team carried the momentum from a close loss to East Marshall over to the Rose Festival Tournament in State Center Saturday.
The Raiders had suffered an 8-6 setback to the No. 2-ranked team in Class 3A the previous day. The close call lit a fire under CMB Saturday as the Raiders went a perfect 3-0 at the tournament to even their season record at 10-10.
CMB defeated West Marshall, Newton and Des Moines Christian at the Rose Festival Tournament. They took down the Trojans by a 6-0 score, outslugged the Cardinals in a 10-7 battle and whipped the Lions by an 11-1 score in five innings.
In the victory over West Marshall, CMB broke open a close game with five runs in the fifth inning. The Raiders finished with eight hits and they took advantage of six walks.
Payge Jurgens smacked a pair of doubles and scored once, Abbie Haupert was 2-for-4 with one run and two RBI and Abbey Appelgate doubled, walked and drove in two runs to pace CMB on offense versus West Marshall. Taylor Ross went 1-for-2 with a walk and a run; Megan Ritter, doubled, scored and drove in a run; Heather Jessen singled and knocked in a run; Mackenzie Schmitz walked and scored and Veronica Condon picked up two walks.
Jessen was the winning pitcher.
Jessen gave up seven hits, but didn’t allow West Marshall to string anything together. She also only walked one batter and struck out four in seven innings.
Brooke Snider took the loss for West Marshall as she walked five and struck out two in seven innings. Snider and Georgia Porter both collected two hits for the Trojans.
CMB overcame a rough first inning to outlast Newton in a high-scoring affair. The Raiders fell behind 3-0, but plated four runs in the second and three in the third to go in front by four.
Newton closed to within 8-7 after five innings, but CMB added two big insurance runs in the seventh and Jessen blanked the Cardinals in the bottom of the inning to wrap up the victory.
Condon was the big hitting star for CMB in the win. She went 3-for-4 with two doubles and an impressive seven RBI.
Jurgens also carried a big stick in the win as she homered, doubled and totaled two runs and one RBI. Appelgate was 2-for-2 with two walks and runs apiece; Mikayla Eslinger finished 2-for-3 with three runs and one RBI; Ritter was 2-for-3 with another double, two runs and an RBI and Haupert singled, stole a base and scored.
As a team, the Raiders collected 13 hits against the Cardinals. Jessen was again the winning pitcher after giving up four earned runs on nine hits with two strikeouts and walks apiece in seven innings.
CMB jumped all over Des Moines Christian early in its lopsided win over the Lions. The Raiders had an 8-0 lead by the end of two innings to put the game away early.
CMB totaled 14 hits in the win. Haupert was a perfect 4-for-4 with two doubles and a pair of runs and RBI apiece, Ritter went 3-for-3 with three runs and Condon was 3-for-3 with a double, run and RBI to lead the way for the Raiders.
Jurgens belted another home run and she finished 1-for-2 with a walk, two runs and two RBI. Ross went 1-for-4 with one run and RBI apiece; Avery Hlavacek doubled, walked and put up one run and RBI apiece; Appelgate came up with one single and Katie Camp stole a base and scored for the Raiders.
Schmitz took the mound against the Lions and she gave up one earned run on three hits with seven walks and two strikeouts to earn the win.
Olivia Penland gave up seven earned runs with two walks and no strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings to take the loss for Des Moines Christian. Hannah Larsen doubled and scored the lone Lion run and Jennifer Reed was 1-for-3 with an RBI for Des Moines Christian.
CMB 6, West Marshall 0
CMB 100 050 0 – 6 8 NA
WM 000 000 0 – 0 7 NA
CMB: Heather Jessen and Abbey Appelgate
WM: Brooke Snider and Georgia Porter
2B: CMB – Payge Jurgens 2, Appelgate, Megan Ritter.
CMB 10, Newton 7
CMB 043 010 2 – 10 13 NA
N 300 130 0 – 7 9 NA
CMB: Jessen and Veronica Condon
2B: CMB – Condon 2, Jurgens, Ritter
HR: CMB – Jurgens
CMB 11, Des Moines Christian 1 (5)
DMC 000 01 – 1 3 NA
CMB 351 02 – 11 14 NA
DMC: Olivia Penland and Maddie Wagner
CMB: Mackenzie Schmitz and Appelgate
2B: DMC – Hannah Larsen; CMB – Abbie Haupert 2, Condon, Avery Hlavacek
HR: CMB – Jurgens
COLLINS – After three innings, Collins-Maxwell-Baxter had the No. 2 team in Class 3A on the ropes when the Raiders took on East Marshall Friday in Collins.
The Raiders exploded for six runs in the bottom of the third to take a 6-0 lead on one of the best teams in the state. But they were unable to finish the deal as the Mustangs gradually chipped away, moving in front in the seventh to hand CMB a heartbreaking 8-6 loss.
"They’ve been to state the last two years and done well, so they’re going to fight back," CMB head coach Troy Houge said. "They’re going to chip away and we’re not going to overpower people – we have to play good defense all the way through – and we had just a couple lapses that cost us some runs there. I’ve got young girls out there, so every once and awhile the situation is going to get to them."
Great pitching from Heather Jessen and solid play from the CMB defense behind her kept a potent East Marshall lineup off the scoreboard over the first three innings. The Raider bats woke up in the third to put a huge jolt into the Mustangs.
Jessen drew a leadoff walk, Mackenzie Schmitz reached on a bunt single to put runners on the corners and Taylor Ross was safe on a fielder’s choice to load the bases. Abbie Haupert then hit a two-run single up the middle off East Marshall hurler Mariah Fritz to put CMB on the board.
Payge Jurgens followed with a walk to load the bases back up and Abbey Appelgate knocked in two more runs following a Mustang error. CMB’s fifth run came on a successful double steal attempt and Megan Ritter knocked in the final run on an East Marshall error.
"That pitcher is a good pitcher, but I do think we hit her pretty well tonight and put pressure on them," Houge said. "I thought it was one of our better games hitting the ball."
East Marshall put a run on the board in the fourth, then got back into the game with a three-run fifth. Madisen Hinegardner hit a two-run double to center field in the top of the fifth and she later scored on a wild pitch to pull the Mustangs within 6-4.
CMB nearly answered in the bottom of the fifth. The Raiders loaded the bases again after an error, an infield hit by Ritter, a sacrifice bunt from Veronica Condon and Jessen reaching safely on a fielder’s choice with one out.
But Fritz struck out the next two CMB batters to get out of the inning without any damage done.
In the top of the sixth East Marshall closed within 6-5 as Maci Fritz and Kylee Hoskey hit back-to-back singles with two outs and a CMB error allowed one run to cross the plate.
CMB put runners on first and second in the bottom of the sixth as Jurgens was hit by a pitch and Appelgate singled with one out. But Mariah Fritz again came up with two big strikeouts when she needed them to get out of the inning without giving up a run.
"We had chances to score after that six-run inning," Houge said. "We had runners in there and kept the pressure on."
In the bottom of the seventh East Marshall turned to the long ball to complete its comeback.
After Jessen retired the first Mustang batter, Bobbi Amendt belted a solo home run to left field to ty the score. Ashley Allen followed with a solo shot of her own off the scoreboard to give East Marshall its first lead at 7-6.
The Mustangs picked up another run after Taylor Fricke doubled and scored off a Haley Long single.
In the bottom of the seventh Schmitz drew a two-out walk to give CMB one last ray of hope. But Mariah Fritz struck out the next CMB hitter to end the game.
"I thought my girls played really tough tonight," Houge said. "They showed me a lot of fight. We’re right there and we’ve got to keep building off that and understand that we can play with the best in the state. We know we can hit and play with them. We’ve just got to be able to sustain it for seven innings."
Jessen took the loss. She went the full seven innings and allowed six earned runs on 12 hits with three strikeouts and no walks.
"Yeah, they went back-to-back on her, but she pitched a good game," Houge said. That 8-6 doesn’t show how she pitched. I thought she threw pretty well tonight."
Ritter went 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI and Schmitz, Haupert, Appelgate and Condon each singled once for CMB on offense. Schmitz also walked, stole a base and scored once; Haupert ended up with one run and two RBI and Appelgate knocked in two runs and scored once.
Ross scored one run, Jurgens walked twice and scored once and pinch runners Katie Camp and Avery Hlavacek each scored once.
Fritz ended up allowing three earned runs with 11 strikeouts and six walks in seven innings to get the victory for East Marshall. Allen was 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI, Amendt went 1-for-4 with a homer and two runs, Hinegardner went 1-for-3 with one run and two RBI, Maci Fritz was 3-for-4 with a run and Hoskey ended up 2-for-4 with a run for the Mustangs.
East Marshall 8, CMB 6
EM 000 131 3 – 8 12 3
CMB 006 000 0 – 6 6 2
EM: Mariah Fritz and Ashley Allen
CMB: Heather Jessen and Abbey Appelgate
2B: EM – Taylor Fricke, Madisen Hinegardner
HR: EM – Allen, Bobbi Amendt
SAYDEL – Collins-Maxwell-Baxter couldn’t shake a poor stretch in the bottom of the sixth inning in a 5-3 road loss to Saydel June 18.
The game was knotted at 2-2 going into the bottom of the sixth.
Saydel scored a run in the first inning and CMB tied the game in the top of the fifth. The Eagles went back in front in the bottom of the fifth, but the Raiders countered with another run in the top of the sixth.
In the bottom of the sixth Saydel got hot at just the right time by putting three runs on the board.
With just one more chance at bat in regulation, CMB’s backs were against the wall. But the Raiders didn’t fold.
They managed to put a scare into Saydel as Abbie Haupert and Payge Jurgens drew two-out walks and Abbey Appelgate singled in Haupert. Mikayla Eslinger then hit a drive to the fence in center field, but it was caught to end the game.
Both teams ended up with eight hits.
Eslinger doubled and scored, Veronica Condon was 2-for-3 with an RBI and Mackenzie Schmitz was 2-for-4 with a steal to pace the Raiders. Taylor Ross joined Appelgate in recording a single and an RBI, Megan Ritter picked up a single and pinch runner Avery Hlavacek scored once.
Jessen struck out three and walked two in six innings to take the loss.
Saydel 5, CMB 3
CMB 000 011 1 – 3 8 NA
S 100 013 X – 5 8 NA
CMB: Heather Jessen and Abbey Appelgate
2B: CMB – Mikayla Eslinger