Bombers go 2-0 at Ballard Festival

Story and photos by Joe RandlemanStaff Writer
Bombers go 2-0 at Ballard Festival

HUXLEY - The Ballard softball team went 2-0 at the Ballard Festival Friday and Saturday in Huxley as the Bombers knocked off Woodbury Central and Okoboji to improve to 6-3 on the season.

Ballard took care of Woodbury Central by a 10-0 score in five innings on Friday. The Bombers downed Okoboji by an 11-7 score Saturday.

On Friday, Ballard jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one inning. The Bombers upped their advantage to 5-0 after two frames and 7-0 through three innings before slamming the door on Woodbury Central with three runs in the fifth to end the game on account of the 10-run rule.

Makenna Randolph and Katie Sydnes each hit a home run for Ballard in the victory. Kennedy Newell went 2-for-2 with two walks and runs apiece; Sydne Struve was 2-for-3 with a double, walk, two runs and an RBI; Olivia Hall finished 2-for-4 with a run and three RBI and Randolph was 2-for-3 with two runs.

Sydnes and Karlee Ahrenholtz each finished with one hit versus Okoboji.

Hannah Elliott was the winning Bomber pitcher. She threw all five innings and only gave up three hits with two strikeouts and one walk.

HUXLEY - Ballard couldn’t muster enough offense to keep pace with Carlisle in a 7-0 loss to the No. 4 team in Class 4A June 2 at Huxley.

The Bombers only tallied two hits, falling to 1-1 in the Raccoon River Conference. Carlisle took control with a four-run second inning and the Wildcats added one run in the fifth and two in the sixth.

Olivia Hall doubled and Skylar Rigby picked up a single for Ballard’s only hits of the game. Jenna Moody drew a walk for the Bombers.

Hannah Elliott was the losing pitcher. She gave up five earned runs on seven hits with four walks and two strikeouts in seven innings.

Gabby Schnathorst allowed two hits and one walk with nine strikeouts in six innings to get the win for Carlisle. Taylor Dubois homered, doubled and drove in two runs for the Wildcats.

HUXLEY - A huge second inning lifted Ballard to a 10-4 non-conference victory over West Marshall June 1 in Huxley.

The Bombers raced out to a 2-0 lead after one inning, only to see West Marshall come back with four runs in the top of the second. But Ballard exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the second and never looked back, picking up their fourth win of the season.

Skylar Rigby was 2-for-2 with a walk and Olivia Hall went 1-for-4 with one run and three RBI to pace Ballard’s seven-hit attack on offense. Six different players ended up with a hit for the Bombers.

Jenna Moody doubled and scored and Meredith Ossian and Sydne Struve each went 1-for-4 with one run and RBI apiece for Ballard. Karlee Ahrenholtz doubled, scored two runs and knocked in one run and Kennedy Newell delivered one walk, run and RBI apiece.

Kate Rietz, Kiersten McKinney and Rachel Newell each scored once and Newell also walked twice for Ballard. Piper Johnson drew one free pass for the Bombers.

Danielle Mallas gave up four earned runs on three hits with two walks in three innings to get the win. Makenna Randolph threw four scoreless innings in relief, allowing five hits and one walk with two strikeouts.

Riley Verwers walked four and struck out three going the full six innings to take the loss for West Marshall. She also went 3-for-3 at the plate.

CARROLL - Ballard started strong over the first three innings and coasted to a 10-0 victory over Carroll May 31 at Carroll.

The Bombers scored two runs in each of the first two innings and three in the third, building an early 7-0 lead. That advantage held until the top of the seventh, when Ballard plated three more runs to slam the door on the Tigers.

Ballard had 12 hits in the win.

Olivia Hall went 3-for-4 with two runs and Kennedy Newell was 3-for-5 with two steals to pace Ballard on offense. Meredith Ossian was 2-for-4 with a triple, two runs and two RBI; Jenna Moody finished 1-for-5 with two steals, two runs and an RBI; Piper Johnson went 1-for-4 with a run and Skylar Rigby and Rachel Newell each collected one single.

Hannah Elliott threw seven scoreless innings, giving up four hits and one walk with five strikeouts to earn the victory for Ballard. Julia LaRue gave up one walk and she also struck out a batter in seven innings to take the loss for Carroll.