COLLINS - The long ball was Collins-Maxwell’s friend at the Collins-Maxwell Invitational Saturday as the Spartans went deep four times, sweeping AHSTW and Grand View Christian.
The Spartan softball team, ranked No. 2 in Class 1A, crushed AHSTW 10-1 and Grand View Christian 10-0. Both games went six innings as Collins-Maxwell went to 20-1 on the season.
Reagan Franzen went yard twice to lead Collins-Maxwell past AHSTW. Both were solo shots as she finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
Franzen also threw two innings in relief on the mound. She gave up one run on one hit and walk apiece with three strikeouts in two innings.
Mikayla Houge got the start and threw four scoreless innings, allowing one hit and two walks and finishing with six strikeouts.
Alexis Houge also had a big game against AHSTW. She went 4-for-4 with three runs, two steals and an RBI. Ella Kahler was 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI and Hannah Caple finished 2-for-4 with a steal and a run.
Katie Anzalone collected both AHSTW hits, including a double. Ally Meyers was the losing pitcher, giving up eight earned runs and totaling two walks, going all six innings.
Ella Kahler and Brailyn Tankersley hit back-to-back home runs against Grand View Christian. It was the second time this year they accomplished that feat.
Kahler hit a three-run bomb and Tankersley followed as part of a five-run fifth to break the game open. Kahler finished 1-for-3 and Tankersley was 1-for-2 with a walk.
Franzen finished 2-for-3 with a double, two runs, steal and RBI and Caple was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Katie Camp was 1-for-4 with two runs, Emma Kahler 1-for-3 with an RBI and Mikayla Houge added a single and two walks.
Mikayla Houge got the win, giving up just two hits and striking out five with no walks.
Collins-Maxwell 10, AHSTW 1 (6)
AHSTW 000 010 - 1 2 NA
CM 101 413 - 10 12 NA
AHSTW: Ally Meyers and Emma Jorgensen.
CM: Mikayla Houge, Reagan Franzen (5) and Hannah Caple.
WP: Houge. LP: Meyers.
2B: AHSTW - Katie Anzalone. CM - Houge.
HR: CM - Franzen 2.
Collins-Maxwell 10, Grand View Christian 0
GVC 000 000 - 0 2 NA
CM 200 251 - 10 9 NA
GVC: Makaylla Patterson and Sydney Lane.
CM: Houge and Caple.
WP: Houge. LP: Patterson.
2B: CM - Franzen.
HR: CM - Ella Kahler, Brailyn Tankersley.
COLLINS - Collins-Maxwell took a huge step toward clinching the Iowa Star Conference title in its first season in the conference with a 1-0 victory over Clarksville in a battle of top-10 Class 1A teams Friday at Collins.
The Spartans, ranked No. 2, scored a run in the bottom of the first inning. That’s all pitcher Mikayla Houge needed as she limited the Indians to two hits, helping Collins-Maxwell go to 11-0 in the conference and dropping Clarksville to 13-1.
“The game was well-played by both teams,” Collins-Maxwell head softball coach Troy Houge said.
Mikayla Houge struck out an impressive 14 batters and gave up only two hits and no walks. The Spartan defense was also strong behind her, helping keep the Indians off the board.
Alexis Houge scored the game’s only run. She singled, stole two bases and made her way home on a sacrifice bunt by Mikayla.
Katie Camp, Hannah Caple and Ella Kahler each had one hit for Collins-Maxwell.
Collins-Maxwell 1, Clarksville 0
C 000 000 0 - 0 2 NA
CM 100 000 X - 1 4 NA
C: Kori Wedeking and Bethany Negen.
CM: Mikayla Houge and Hannah Caple.