GILBERTVILLE - The Collins-Maxwell baseball team was no match for No. 6 Don Bosco in the Class 1A district quarterfinals Saturday.
The Spartans were overwhelmed by the Dons, falling by a 31-0 score in four innings to end the season with a 1-17 record.
Don Bosco scored 11 runs in each of the first two innings. The Bobcats added nine more scores in the third to end the game early.
Hunter Clair gave up eight runs on four hits with three walks as the losing pitcher. Clair also walked once on offense.
Despite the lopsided loss, Collins-Maxwell still finished the season on a high note after earning its first-ever win in the opening round of districts on July 11 with a 5-3 triumph at Dunkerton.
Don Bosco improved to 25-4. Lewis Havel struck out two and walked one in two innings as the winning pitcher, and Cael Tenold was 2-for-2 with a home run and five RBIs to lead the Dons offensively.
Don Bosco 31, Collins-Maxwell 0
CM 000 0 - 0 0 NA
DB (11)(11)9 - 31 22 NA
CM: Hunter Clair, Weston Kahler (1), Blake Huntrods (2), Kayden McKinney (2), Caden Hasbrouck (3) and Luke Huntrods.
DB: Lewis Havel, Mason Denton (3), Easton Larson (4) and Bryce Schares.
2B: DB - Denton, Schares, Cody Brown, Jack Purdy.
3B: DB - Fischer Ohrt, Dillon Welter.
HR: DB - Cael Tenold.
DUNKERTON - Collins-Maxwell made history when it mattered July 11, upsetting Dunkerton in the opening round of Class 1A districts, 5-3 in eight innings, for the first win in program history.
The Spartans withstood a late comeback attempt by the Raiders to score the historic victory.
“I had told the guys that we very much had a chance to win this game,” Collins-Maxwell head coach Steve Lewis said. “We were starting a new season — district play where everyone is 0-0.”
Collins-Maxwell led 3-1 after scoring two runs in the top of the fifth. Dunkerton came back with a run in the bottom of the inning, then scored the tying run in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings.
But instead of getting flustered, Collins-Maxwell rose to the occasion. The Spartans plated two runs in the top of the eighth and Weston Kahler blanked the Raiders in the bottom of the inning to close out the big win.
“To win our first game was pretty special,” Collins-Maxwell junior Brett Livesay said. “This team mercy-ruled us earlier this year, so for us to come back and win the game was great. Winning the first game after losing all of our (previous) games took a lot of weight off our shoulders.”
The victory put Collins-Maxwell at 1-16 in its first season as a program. It also avenged a 15-5 loss to Dunkerton earlier in the season.
Kahler was the winning pitcher, giving up one run on one hit and walk apiece with five strikeouts over two innings of relief.
Jace Huntrods was the starting Collins-Maxwell pitcher. He gave up two runs on eight hits with eight strikeouts and two walks in six innings.
Collins-Maxwell turned in its best offensive night of the season. The Spartans piled up 11 hits and also stole nine bases and took advantage of seven Dunkerton walks.
Caleb Dvorak, Jace Huntrods, Luke Huntrods and Brett Livesay each had two hits for Collins-Maxwell. Dvorak doubled, scored, stole two bases and drove in a run; Jace Huntrods scored and stole a base and Livesay walked and drove in one run.
Kahler was 1-for-4 with one walk, steal and run apiece and Blake Huntrods and Hunter Clair were both 1-for-3 with one run and two steals apiece.
Blake Huntrods also drew one walk. Victor Genovese walked twice and stole a base and Caden Hasbrouck and Brayden Bartleson each walked once.
Kyler Rich took the loss for Dunkerton after surrendering two runs on two hits and walks apiece with two strikeouts in three innings of relief. Rich doubled and drove in a run at the plate and Kolby Rich was 2-for-2 with a double, triple and two runs for the Raiders, who finished the season at 2-16.
Collins-Maxwell 5, Dunkerton 3 (8)
CM 100 020 02 - 5 11 NA
D 010 010 10 - 3 9 NA
CM: Jace Huntrods, Weston Kahler (7) and Luke Huntrods.
D: Kolby Rich, Kyler Rich (6) and Carter Michels.
LP: Ky. Rich.
2B: CM - Caleb Dvorak. D - Ko. Rich, Ky. Rich.
3B: D - Ko. Rich.
COLFAX - Collins-Maxwell had too big of a hole to climb out of in a 16-1 loss to Colfax-Mingo in four innings to close out the regular season July 9.
The Spartans gave up nine runs in the first inning and never recovered, falling to 0-16.
Weston Kahler singled and walked and Jace Huntrods and Brett Livesay each singled once for Collins-Maxwell. Luke Huntrods walked and scored the only Spartan run.
Caleb Dvorak gave up 12 runs on eight hits and five walks with one strikeout in 2 ⅓ innings as the losing Collins-Maxwell pitcher. Kayden McKinney went the rest of the way for the Spartans, allowing four earned runs on eight hits with a walk.
Cole Bracewell got the win for Colfax-Mingo, striking out nine and walking two in four innings. Brady Berkey was 4-for-4 with two doubles, a triple, four runs and five RBIs for the Tigerhawks.
Colfax-Mingo 16, Collins-Maxwell 1 (4)
Collins-Maxwell 010 0 - 1 3 NA
Colfax-Mingo 903 4 - 16 16 NA
Collins-Maxwell: Caleb Dvorak, Kayden McKinney (3) and Luke Huntrods.
Colfax-Mingo: Cole Bracewell and Zach Steenhoek.
2B: Colfax-Mingo - Brady Berkey 2, Bracewell.
3B: Colfax-Mingo - Berkey, Trystin Ross.
COLLINS - It might not look pretty on the scoreboard, but the Collins-Maxwell baseball team was able to take some positives away from a 13-0 loss to Janesville in five innings July 8.
The Spartans hung with the Wildcats early, trailing only 1-0 after two innings. Janesville started imposing its will in the third inning, scoring four times in the third and erupting for eight runs in the fourth to end the game early on account of the 10-run rule.
The loss put Collins-Maxwell at 0-15 and the Spartans finished 0-14 in the Heart of Iowa Conference. But not all was lost.
In the top of the second inning, Collins-Maxwell shortstop Blake Huntrods made a sensational play to help the Spartans keep Janesville off the board in the inning.
After Christian Mauer walked and Blake Destival doubled to lead off the inning, Janesville’s Jared Hoodjer hit a rocket liner between second and third. But Huntrods leaped up to snare the ball, then had the wherewithal to double-up Destival at second.
“The kid really raked one and Blake went up and got it,” Collins-Maxwell head coach Steve Lewis said. “He not only got it, he ended up getting the double play. That was an exciting play.”
Caden Hasbrouck and Hunter Clair gave Collins-Maxwell solid work on the mound.
Hasbrouck came in for starter Jace Huntrods, who gave up one run in the first, and blanked the Wildcats in the second before giving up four runs in the third. Clair was playing in his first game of the season, and after giving up a two-run single to the first batter he faced in the top of the fourth — Janesville’s Spencer Hoff — he kept the Wildcats off the board the rest of the game.
Clair retired Janesville in order in the fifth, striking out the first two batters he faced.
“It bodes well for tomorrow and Thursday,” Lewis said. “We’ll definitely have to find a spot for him.”
Brayden Bartleson became the first Spartan to reach base off Hoodjer with a walk in the second inning and he later singled in the bottom of the fourth for his team’s only hit. Luke Huntrods reached on an error earlier in the fourth, giving the Spartans runners on first and second with two outs before Hoodjer forced Blake Huntrods to ground out to end the threat.
Collins-Maxwell also finished with just one error. The Spartans have seven eighth-graders and six freshmen on the roster, so playing that clean in the field is a big step forward.
“They’re so darn young,” Lewis said. “We’re still learning the game. But we’re making little strides and it’s fun to see.”
Collins-Maxwell closes out the regular season tomorrow at Colfax-Mingo. The Spartans will play at Dunkerton (2-14) in the opening round of Class 1A districts on Thursday.
Janesville improved to 14-4 after defeating Collins-Maxwell. Hoodjer had five strikeouts and a walk as the winning pitcher.
Janesville 13, Collins-Maxwell 0 (5)
J 104 80 - 13 10 2
CM 000 00 - 0 1 1
J: Jared Hoodjer, Ben McGrath (5) and Joey Carlson.
CM: Jace Huntrods, Caden Hasbrouck (2), Brayden Bartleson (4), Hunter Clair (4) and Luke Huntrods.
LP: J. Huntrods.
2B: J - Blake Destival.