Caple, Stover lift CMB past PCM

Story and photos by Joe RandlemanStaff Writer
Caple, Stover lift CMB past PCM

JEWELL - The Collins-Maxwell-Baxter baseball team was doomed by a disastrous bottom of the sixth inning in a 13-5 loss to South Hamilton Friday in Jewell.

The sixth inning started off well enough for CMB. The Raiders plated three runs in the top of the sixth to tie the score at 5-5.

But in the bottom of the inning, South Hamilton got hot with the bat - posting eight runs to put the game away and hand CMB its first loss of the season.

The Raiders (4-1 both overall and in the Heart of Iowa Conference) ended up with eight hits. Brady Kemp was 2-for-4 with one run, Brady Russ went 2-for-3 with one run and RBI apiece, Creighton Caple singled and drove in two runs and Brad Ritter was 1-for-4 with one run and RBI apiece for CMB.

Kemp was the losing pitcher after giving up two earned runs on three hits with three strikeouts and two walks in 2 ? innings. Nate Bishop allowed five runs - four earned - on four hits with three strikeouts and one walk in 2 ? innings.

Hunter McWhirter gave up four unearned runs in ? of an inning and Caple allowed two unearned runs with one strikeout and walk apiece in ? of an inning for CMB.

South Hamilton 13, CMB 5

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CMB: Brady Kemp, Creighton Caple (3), Nate Bishop, Hunter McWhirter (6) and Brad Ritter.

LP: Kemp.

COLLINS - Timely discipline by Creighton Caple in the bottom of the seventh inning gave Collins-Maxwell-Baxter a dramatic 2-1 Heart of Iowa Conference victory over Prairie City-Monroe June 1 in Collins.

The Raiders rallied from a 1-0 deficit to knock off the Mustangs and remain undefeated on the season. CMB tied the game in the bottom of the sixth, then loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the seventh for Caple.

In the bottom of the seventh Aric Broderick drew a leadoff walk. Courtesy runner Travis Lindemoen moved to second on a passed ball, then took third on a perfectly executed bunt by Hunter McWhirter down the first base line. PCM relief pitcher Derek Brown struck out Nate Bishop for a big second out, but then he walked Spencer Gauch.

Raider pitching ace and leadoff hitter Brady Stover was then intentionally walked to fill the bases with two outs. That gave PCM a force out at any base.

Caple didn’t take kindly to the move though. He stepped into the batter’s box, got down in the count right away by swinging and missing at Brown’s first pitch, but then worked the count full.

Then Caple calmly stood in and forced Brown to throw a strike. The young Mustang couldn’t and Caple refused to bite - drawing the fourth ball to drive in courtesy runner Travis Lindemoen with the winning run.

“I kind of felt they were (going to walk Stover), so I was kind of getting mentally prepared in the dugout - if I was going to hit it was going to be with the bases loaded and two outs,” Caple said. “I just had to get the mindset that I just had to get ready for it. I had to take it just like any other at-bat.”

“He was throwing the ball pretty fast - faster than what I’ve seen all season - so I knew I had to shorten my stride up a little bit,” Caple added. “First pitch came in and he threw a strike. I kind of saw the next couple pitches and they were a little high so I didn’t think his control was all that great - I think he was getting a little nervous too. I just had to realize he’s an eighth-grader throwing varsity with a big game on his shoulders - why not make him throw me the pitch.”

Caple also helped out on CMB’s tying run in the bottom of the sixth.

Stover led off with a single, stole second and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Caple. He later scored on a PCM error.

On the mound Stover was overpowering.

PCM scored on an error in the top of the fourth after Austin Brown walked, Clay Cooper singled and CMB had an error with one out. But other than that Stover was almost untouchable - striking out 14 and giving up just two walks and three hits.

“When it was 1-0 that whole entire time I was freaking out,” Stover said. “Then we started that rally in that sixth inning and I went out there (in the seventh) and I had in my head we’re going to go 1-2-3 and we’re going to go and get some runs. I think we all played as a team.”

With the huge strikeout total, Stover said bringing the heat keyed his success on the mound.

“My fastball was feeling good,” Stover said. “My arm was kind of tight before the game, but after warming up and about three innings in the intensity was going into the game my arm was perfectly fine. My curveball (worked) really well, but my fastball was spotting really well tonight.”

Stover, Caple, Kemp and Gauch each ended up with one hit. Kemp doubled once and Stover, Caple and Guach each had a single.

Stover, Caple, Broderick and Gauch each ended up drawing one walk apiece. Stover also stole one base and Caple and Kemp each drove in one run.

Brown walked and scored and Cooper, Noah Clark and Derek Brown each ended up with a single for PCM. Noah Henkenius gave up two earned runs on four hits with two strikeouts and one walk in 6 ? innings to take the loss and Brown gave up three walks and struck out one in ? of an inning.

CMB 2, PCM 1

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PCM: Noah Henkenius, Derek Brown and Ryan Hill.

CMB: Brady Stover and Hunter McWhirter.

WP: Stover.

LP: Henkenius.

2B: CMB - Brady Kemp.