STATE CENTER – A dream came true for Collins-Maxwell-Baxter senior Abby Haupert when the Raiders took on West Marshall in the Class 2A regional first round Tuesday in State Center.
With a runner on third and two outs, Haupert knocked in eighth-grader Avery Hlavacek with the winning run in a dramatic 5-4 CMB victory.
A four-run second inning gave CMB an early 4-1 lead and the Raider maintained that edge until the final inning.
In the top of the seventh West Marshall tied the score. The Trojans took advantage of an early CMB error – the Raiders’ fifth of the game – to load the bases, and Kallie Malloy knocked in pinch runner Shannon Breja with one out to knot things up.
It could have been worse for CMB. But the Raiders picked up their second double play of the game to get out of the jam when shortstop Mackenzie Schmitz snared a line drive and flipped the ball over to third before the Trojans’ Jennifer Davis could get back in time.
In the bottom of the seventh, Hlavacek came through with her second hit of the game to lead off for CMB. Hlavacek was bunted over to second by Schmitz and she took third on a grounder by another eighth-grader – Jordynn Wesselink – who came in to pinch hit for the Raiders.
With Hlavacek on third and two outs Haupert strolled up to the plate. The top CMB hitter and senior leader drew two balls and then put the next pitch by Trojan relief pitcher Brooke Snider into play on the first base side.
"They were coming inside on all night because they know I can hit pretty decent outside and I knew all I had to do was get a base hit – I didn’t have to hit it hard or hit a home run or anything like that," Haupert said. "I thought the second baseman looked like she was going to catch it from where I was standing so I sprinted as hard as I could to first."
But the ball landed safely between second and first in shallow left field to drive in Hlavacek and win the game.
"When I saw it was down I just wanted to jump up in the air right there," Haupert said.
Haupert’s winning hit was the culmination of a great team effort by the Raiders.
"Abbie doesn’t get a chance to get that big hit if Avery doesn’t get a hit, we don’t sac bunt and Jordynn doesn’t hit to the (first-base) side to move her over to give Abbie that chance," CMB head coach Troy Houge said. "Abbie said she’s dreamed to be able to win a game in that situation, but she knows she can’t do it without the others doing their job first. That seventh inning was the perfect example of executing."
The Raiders received big hits from the bottom of their batting order. They also made key plays in the field and pitcher Heather Jessen showed tremendous poise in some dicey situations to help pull off the victory.
In addition to the big double play in the seventh inning, CMB also picked up a big double play in the top of the fifth to get out of a jam. West Marshall had scored twice in the inning to pull within a run and the Trojans still had the bases loaded with one out when third baseman Payge Jurgens snagged a line drive and then tagged out Davis trying to get back to third.
In the top of the third, West Marshall loaded the bases with one out. Jessen struck out Karis Gibbs for a big second out and then Davis hit a fly ball down the third base line. The ball was going to be a close call between foul and fair, but CMB left fielder Megan Ritter didn’t leave it to the umpires to make the call as she slid in on one knee and snared the ball just before it hit the ground for the final out.
"The bottom of the order did their job offensively and Heather pitched a good game – they stranded 10 runners on base, but that was because of errors – her pitches got away from her one inning, but every other inning she pitched well enough to shut them down; we just made mistakes behind her," Houge said. "But with that being said, we also made some big plays. Our left fielder making that diving catch and two double plays with a runner on third; those are huge plays."
Jessen finished with two strikeouts and three walks and she gave up nine hits. She was also able to work around five CMB errors to pick up the victory.
Hlavacek ended up with two hits and two runs batting from the ninth spot in the batting order.
"Avery just got in the lineup three or four games ago and she comes out tonight with two base hits," Houge said. "A big one to score a run early and a big one to get on base so we can score that run in the seventh. The bottom of the order did their job offensively."
Veronica Condon – the Raiders’ No. 8 hitter – knocked in CMB’s first two runs with a two-out single to left in the second inning. Schmitz also singled in a run for the Raiders in the inning.
Abbey Appelgate and Mikayla Eslinger each singled once for CMB. Haupert, Condon and Taylor Ross each walked once for the Raiders, who evened their season record at 14-14 and advanced to face Colfax-Mingo in the regional quarterfinals.
West Marshall finished the season at 13-21.
Snider took the loss in relief after finishing with one strikeout and no walks in two innings. Trojan starter Kallie Malloy gave up four runs on seven hits with six strikeouts and three walks in five innings.
Georgia Porter went 1-for-2 with a double and Davis singled in a run, walked once and had sacrifice bunt. Sadie Simatovich singled twice and drove in a run on an error, Malloy singled and drove in a run and Nicole Riemenschneider, Kenady Porter and Katie Price each singled once for the Trojans.
CMB 5, West Marshall 4
WM 010 020 1 – 4 9 2
CMB 040 000 1 – 5 7 5
WM: Kallie Malloy, Brooke Snider (6) and Georgia Porter
CMB: Heather Jessen and Abbey Appelgate
2B: WM – Porter
MONROE – The regular season ended on a sour note for Collins-Maxwell-Baxter July 3 as the Raiders were handed a 13-1 loss by Prairie City-Monroe in four innings at Monroe.
CMB only trailed 2-1 going into the bottom of the second inning. But the Raiders surrendered four runs in the second and then gave up six in the third.
PCM added one more run in the fourth to end the game on account of the 12-run rule put in place after three innings. The loss put CMB at 13-14 overall and the Raiders finished 8-9 in the Heart of Iowa Conference.
Mackenzie Schmitz, Abbie Haupert and Veronica Condon each singled once for CMB’s only hits of the game. Payge Jurgens also walked and scored the lone Raider run, Mikayla Eslinger drew a free pass and Megan Ritter had an RBI for CMB.
Heather Jessen took the loss for the Raiders as she gave up six runs – three earned – on seven hits with two strikeouts and no walks in two innings. Mackenzie Schmitz allowed seven runs – three earned – on two hits with four walks and no strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings.
Kayla Jennings walked two and struck out one going all four innings to get the win for PCM. Abi Gilson was 3-for-3 with a double, two runs and three RBI to pace the Mustangs at the plate.
PCM 13, CMB 1 (4)
CMB 010 0 – 1 3 NA
PCM 246 1 – 13 9 NA
CMB: Heather Jessen, Mackenzie Schmitz (3) and Abbey Appelgate
PCM: Kayla Jennings and Abi Gilson
2B: PCM – Gilson
3B: PCM – Jennafer Uitermarkt
COLLINS – Collins-Maxwell-Baxter split a doubleheader with Colfax-Mingo July 2 in Collins as the Raiders picked up an 8-3 victory and suffered a 12-5 setback.
CMB won the opening contest by an 8-3 score. The Raiders rallied from a 3-0 deficit with five runs in the fourth inning and they added one run apiece over the final three frames to pull away.
Payge Jurgens went 2-for-4 with a double, home run, two runs and RBI and Mikayla Eslinger was 3-for-4 with two doubles, one run and two RBI to pace CMB at the plate. Mackenzie Schmitz went 2-for-4 with a double and a run; Abbie Haupert was 2-for-4 with a double, run and RBI; Taylor Ross finished 1-for-4 with one run and RBI apiece and Avery Hlavacek ended up 2-for-3 with a steal and two RBI.
Veronica Condon added a double and walk and Abbey Appelgate picked up one single for CMB.
Schmitz was the winning pitcher. She gave up three runs – two earned – on four hits with seven walks and three strikeouts in seven innings.
Amy Russell took the loss for Colfax-Mingo. Russell gave up eight runs – seven earned – with four strikeouts and one walk in seven innings.
In the second game CMB fell apart late in a 12-5 loss.
The Raiders jumped out to a 5-2 lead through four innings after scoring twice in both the second and third frames and once in the fifth. But Colfax-Mingo scored a run in the fifth and two in the sixth to tie the score and the Tigerhawks then exploded for seven runs in the seventh to take charge.
CMB totaled 10 hits in the loss. Schmitz and Haupert both went 2-for-4 and Schmitz also scored once.
Jurgens hit another solo home run and she also walked twice. Eslinger doubled, Hlavacek and Megan Ritter were both 1-for-4 with a run and RBI apiece, Ross singled and drove in a run and Condon added a base hit.
Heather Jessen took the loss. She threw all seven innings and gave up nine earned runs on 16 hits with four walks and two strikeouts.
Macenzie Garrett picked up the win in relief for the Tigerhawks. Russell went 4-for-4 with three doubles and a run, Brooke Nicholson was 3-for-5 with two runs and Jade Lewis doubled twice and knocked in two runs for Colfax-Mingo.
CMB 8, Colfax-Mingo 3
CMB 000 511 1 – 8 14 NA
C-M 201 000 0 – 3 4 NA
CMB: Mackenzie Schmitz and Abbey Appelgate
PCM: Amy Russell and Rhiannon Haley
2B: CMB – Mikayla Eslinger 2, Schmitz, Abbie Haupert, Payge Jurgens, Veronica Condon
HR: CMB – Jurgens
Colfax-Mingo 12, CMB 5
C-M 020 012 7 – 12 16 NA
CMB 022 100 0 – 5 10 NA
C-M: Ries Wilson, Mahayla Hill (5), Macenzie Garrett (7) and Haley
CMB: Heather Jessen and Appelgate
2B: CMB – Eslinger; C-M – Russell 3, Jade Lewis 2
HR: CMB – Jurgens