No. 13 Raiders edge Rams to stay unbeaten
JEFFERSON — The No. 13 Collins-Maxwell-Baxter softball team got past its first big test of the season Friday as the Raiders toppled defending Heart of Iowa Conference champion Greene County, 5-4, at Jefferson.
CMB won the game in the final inning of regulation. The Raiders plated three runs in the top of the seventh to turn a 3-2 deficit into a 5-3 lead.
Greene County came back with a run in the bottom of the inning, but that’s all the Rams could muster off of CMB ace Abbey Kahler as she held them off to give the Raiders the victory. The win puts CMB at 3-0, both overall and in the HOIC, and Greene County fell to 1-2 both overall and in the conference.
Kahler allowed four earned runs on 11 hits with eight strikeouts and only one walk in seven innings to get the victory. She also doubled and walked on offense.
Hannah Caple was 2-for-3 with an RBI, Mikayla Eslinger finished 1-for-2 with a run and an RBI and Heather Jessen also drove in a run for CMB. Megan Ritter went 1-for-4, Jordynn Wesselink was 1-for-1 with a steal, Payge Jurgens ended up 1-for-2 with a walk, Mikayla Houge and Kaitlynn Kelly both scored a run and Gracie Cheville stole a base for the Raiders.
Hannah Promes gave up three earned runs on five hits with two walks and one strikeout in seven innings to take the loss for Greene County. Sydney Koch was 3-for-4 with a double, homer, two runs and two RBI and Carleigh Paup finished 2-for-4 with a double, triple and two runs to pace the Rams on offense.
CMB 5, Greene County 4
CMB 010 100 3 - 5 5 NA
GC 101 010 1 - 4 11 NA
CMB: Abbey Kahler and Hannah Caple.
GC: Hannah Promes and Samantha Hardaway.
2B: CMB - Kahler. GC - Carleigh Paup, Sydney Koch, Megan Durbin.
3B: GC - Paup.
HR: GC - Koch.
COLLINS — Two big innings on offense and a strong pitching debut from eighth-grader Mikayla Houge gave Collins-Maxwell-Baxter a decisive 11-1 victory over Nevada in five innings May 25 at Collins.
CMB fell behind 1-0 after the first inning. But in the bottom of the second, the Raiders plated four runs to take charge.
After neither team scored in the third, CMB came up with a huge inning the bottom of the fourth. The Raiders scored seven times in the frame and Houge blanked Nevada in the top of the fifth to end the game early on account of the 10-run rule.
A 15-hit night on offense by the Raiders made life easy for Houge in her first start. Mikayla Eslinger was 3-for-3 with a triple, steal, two runs and three RBI and Katie Camp went 3-for-3 with one run and two RBI to lead the charge for the Raiders on offense.
Megan Ritter went 2-for-3 with a steal and two runs, Abbey Kahler was 2-for-3 with two RBI and Houge helped herself out by going 2-for-3 with two RBI. Payge Jurgens singled, walked and scored; Jordynn Wesselink was 1-for-2 with a steal and two runs and Kaitlynn Kelly ended up 1-for-3 with one RBI.
Gracie Cheville scored two runs and stole a base, and Heather Jessen crossed the plate once for CMB.
Houge ended up allowing one unearned run on three hits with eight strikeouts and one walk in five innings to get the victory.
Mackenzie Garrett took the loss for Nevada as she allowed 10 earned runs with one walk and no strikeouts in four innings. Megan Anderson doubled and scored, Grace Francis and Ellie Burlage each singled once and Libby Burlage and Elizabeth Wessels each walked once for the Cubs, who fell to 0-1, both overall and in the conference.
CMB 11, Nevada 1
N 100 00 - 1 3 NA
CMB 040 7X - 11 15 NA
N: Mackenzie Garrett and Madi Highland.
CMB: Mikayla Houge and Hannah Caple.
2B: N - Megan Anderson.
3B: CMB - Mikayla Eslinger.