BAXTER - The Collins-Maxwell softball team used two big innings to dispose of rival Baxter, 11-0, in five innings June 6 at Baxter.


The Spartans scored five times in the second inning and four in the fourth to end the game early. They also put up two runs in the first, finishing with 13 hits — including six doubles.


Mikaya Houge continued her dominance on the mound. She fired a one-hitter, with eight strikeouts and no walks.


Houge also doubled twice and drove in three runs to lead Collins-Maxwell’s explosive offense. Hannah Caple was 2-for-3 with two RBIs, Olivia Pasquariello went 2-for-3 with a double, run and RBI and Brailyn Tankersley finished 2-for-3 with a double.


Emma Kahler doubled, walked, stole a base and picked up two runs and RBIs apiece. Alexis Houge doubled, walked, stole a base and scored two runs; Ella Kahler was 1-for-3 with an RBI; Trinity Stover singled, scored and stole a base and Hanah Jurgens singled for the Spartans.


Collins-Maxwell 11, Baxter 0 (5)


CM 250 40 - 11 13 NA


B 000 00 - 0 1 NA


CM: Mikayla Houge and Hannah Caple.


WP: Houge.


2B: Houge 2, Alexis Houge, Emma Kahler, Brailyn Tankersley, Olivia Pasquariello.


COLLINS - Top-ranked Collins-Maxwell didn’t take a break against North Tama June 5, pummeling the Redhawks by a 17-1 score in three innings.


Collins-Maxwell endured a tough fight from BCLUW the night before, winning 4-0 in its most competitive contest to date. The Spartans could’ve relaxed against an overmatched North Tama squad that only has one victory on the season.


But Collins-Maxwell came out clicking. The Spartans scored nine times in the first inning and eight times in the second, allowing all-state pitcher Mikayla Houge and catcher Hannah Caple to move to first and second base respectively to close out the game in the third inning.


“We played a great game yesterday and we just carried it over to today,” Houge said. “We knew we could shut them down the first two innings and we did. We scored runs, and that really helped build our confidence.”


Houge struck out all six batters she faced. She also had a three-run double at the plate in the second inning.


“I’m just trying to do whatever I can for my team,” Houge said. “I’m going after every hitter like I’m going to strike them out. If I don’t, I know my defense is going to get the out.”


It wasn’t easy for Collins-Maxwell to be aggressive against North Tama pitcher Meg Popelka. Popelka walked eight batters and hit three more.


But led by Hannah Caple and Trinity Stover, the Spartans still finished with 10 hits.


Caple and Stover both went 3-for-3. Caple set the tone, singling in two runs in her first at-bat, adding another RBI single later in the inning and also reaching safely with an infield hit in the second inning.


“I just knew I had to look for a strike, and any strike that was coming I was just going to hit it,” Caple said. “You’ve just got to go up there with the attitude that you’re going to unleash on any strike that comes to you.”


Stover hit from the No. 9 spot. She had a two-run single in the first inning, and in the second, she reached on a bunt single and later added an RBI single.


“I finally got the bunt down,” Stover said. “I’m pretty excited about that. I’ve been getting in situations with people on base and I needed to hit. I finally got my hit down.”


Alexis Houge had two RBI singles. Two other runs scored off a North Tama error following her first hit.


Angela Calkins also singled for Collins-Maxwell.


The victory put the Spartans at 6-0 overall and 5-0 in the Iowa Star Conference South Division. North Tama fell to 1-8 overall and 0-5 in the conference.


Chloe Feisel and Kierra Dronebarger singled off Spartan relief pitcher Reagan Franzen in the top of the third for North Tama’s only hits. Feisel later scored after Collins-Maxwell tried to throw out Dronebarger on a steal attempt at second — the first run the Spartans have allowed all season.


Collins-Maxwell 17, North Tama 1


NT 001 - 1 2 2


CM 98X - 17 10 1


NT: Meg Popelka and Carissa Calderwood.


CM: Mikayla Houge, Reagan Franzen (3) and Hannah Caple, Kenzie Wierson (3).


WP: Houge.


LP: Popelka.


2B: CM - Houge.


CONRAD - A strong finish at the plate helped Collins-Maxwell pull away from BCLUW for a tough 4-0 non-conference victory June 4 at Conrad.


The Spartans only led 1-0 going into the seventh inning. In the top of the seventh, they came up big to give pitcher Mikayla Houge some breathing room, putting up three runs.


Houge then slammed the door on the Comets in the bottom of the inning to earn her fifth shutout in as many games.


BCLUW put the ball in play more than Collins-Maxwell has been used to with Houge on the mound. She was held to a season-low seven strikeouts.


But Collins-Maxwell played fantastic defense behind Houge to help her limit BCLUW to two hits. She also only gave up only one walk.


Houge singled, walked and drove in two runs at the plate. Her younger sister Alexis was 2-for-4 with a double, two steals and two runs and Hannah Caple knocked in two runs for the Spartans.


Reagan Franzen ended up 2-for-4, Emma Kahler singled, stole a base and scored and Olivia Pasquariello chipped in one hit and walk apiece. Courtesy runner Avery Fricke stole two bases and scored a run.


Kiersten Kruse finished with five strikeouts and two walks, going the distance for BCLUW in a losing effort. Parker Scurr and Lili Wilson both singled for the Comets, who dropped to 8-4.


Collins-Maxwell 4, BCLUW 0


CM 001 000 3 - 4 7 NA


BCLUW 000 000 0 - 0 2 NA


CM: Mikayla Houge and Hannah Caple.


BCLUW:Kiersten Kruse and Lili Wilson.


WP: Houge.


LP: Kruse.


2B: CM - Alexis Houge.


DUNKERTON - Pitching and speed did the job for No. 1 (Class 1A) Collins-Maxwell in an 11-0 victory over Dunkerton in five innings June 3 at Dunkerton.


Mikayla Houge tossed a perfect game with 12 strikeouts in a dominant performance to help Collins-Maxwell improve to 4-0 on the season. On offense, the Spartans totaled 10 hits and racked up an impressive 13 stolen bases.


Trinity Stover and Alexis Houge both went 3-for-3 with the bat for Collins-Maxwell. Stover also had five steals and three runs and Alexis four steals, a double, three steals and an RBI.


Emma Kahler chipped in two steals and she was 1-for-2 with two runs, a walk, a sacrifice hit and an RBI. Mikayla Houge complemented her outstanding pitching by going 3-for-3 at the plate with a triple, walk and RBI and her courtesy runner — Avery Fricke — picked up two steals.


Kayla Rathe took the loss for Dunkerton. She had three walks and one strikeout.


Collins-Maxwell 11, Dunkerton 0 (5)


CM 243 11 - 11 10 NA


D 000 00 - 0 0 NA


CM: Mikayla Houge and Hannah Caple.


D: Kayla Rathe and Julia Rindels.


WP: Houge.


LP: Rathe.


2B: CM - Alexis Houge.


3B: CM - M. Houge.