Kahler throws perfect game at Nevada

Joe RandlemanStaff Writer
Kahler throws perfect game at Nevada

STATE CENTER — The No. 12 Collins-Maxwell-Baxter softball team went 1-2 with losses to two quality teams at the Rose Festival tournament in State Center Saturday.

CMB defeated Gladbrook-Reinbeck, and fell to Des Moines Christian and a Cedar Rapids Prairie team rated No. 14 in Class 5A.

The Raiders pulled off a 5-1 win over Gladbrook-Reinbeck in six innings. CMB led 2-1 after five innings, then plated three unanswered runs in the sixth inning.

Abbey Kahler gave up one earned run on four hits with eight strikeouts and one walk, going the full six innings to get the win for CMB. She also went 2-for-4 with an RBI at the plate.

Megan Ritter had a big game offensively for CMB in the win. She was 3-for-4 with a double, steal, run and three RBI. Mikayla Eslinger finished 2-for-3 with a steal and an RBI, Jordynn Wesselink was 1-for-2 with a walk and a run and Payge Jurgens singled.

Holly Jessen walked and scored twice, Emma Husak walked and scored a run and Heather Jessen crossed the plate once for CMB.

One bad inning proved fatal for CMB against Des Moines Christian. The Raiders gave up all seven Lion runs in the second inning and couldn’t recover, as they went scoreless over the final six innings.

Holly Jessen was 2-for-3 with a double; Katie Camp singled, stole a base and scored and Wesselink was 1-for-2 with a walk for CMB in the loss to Des Moines Christian. Jurgens, Eslinger and Mikayla Houge each singled once; Veronica Condon drew a walk and Gracie Cheville stole a base.

Houge was the losing pitcher. She allowed seven earned runs on nine hits with six strikeouts and five walks.

Olivia Penland allowed one run with four strikeouts and two walks in six innings to get the win for Des Moines Christian. Emma Veenstra homered, walked and drove in four runs; Katherine Osborne doubled, scored and knocked in two runs and Alayna Bakke was 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI for the Lions on offense.

CMB dropped a hard-fought 1-0 battle with Cedar Rapids Prairie. The game was a scoreless tie until the seventh inning, when the Hawks scored the winning run.

Kahler threw a great game to keep CMB in it all the way, but the Raiders simply had no answers for CRP pitcher Natalie Halvorson. Halvorson threw a perfect game and struck out an amazing 17 batters.

Kahler allowed one earned run on six hits with 11 strikeouts and no walks in 6 ? innings.

Taylor Moenk was 2-for-3 with a run and Makenna Moenk ended up 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI for CRP on offense.

CMB concluded the tournament with a 15-6 overall record.

CMB 5, Gladbrook-Reinbeck 1 (6)

CMB 100 103 - 5 9 NA

GR 000 100 - 1 4 NA

CMB: Abbey Kahler and Emma Husak.

WP: Kahler.

2B: CMB - Megan Ritter.

Des Moines Christian 7, CMB 1

DMC 070 000 0 - 7 9 NA

CMB 100 000 0 - 1 7 NA

DMC: Olivia Penland and Megan Stowers.

CMB: Mikayla Houge and Holly Jessen.

WP: Penland.

LP: Houge.

2B: CMB - Jessen. DMC - Katherine Osborn.

HR: DMC - Emma Veenstra.

Cedar Rapids Prairie 1, CMB 0

CMB 000 000 0 - 0 0 NA

CRP 000 000 1 - 1 6 NA

CMB: Abbey Kahler and Jessen.

CRP: Natalie Halvorson and Neila Bell.

WP: Halvorson.

LP: Kahler.

2B: CRP - Makenna Moenk.

COLLINS — Strong pitching and a timely home run gave Collins-Maxwell-Baxter a season sweep of Greene County with a 2-1 victory over the Rams Friday at Collins.

Mikayla Houge worked around eight Greene County hits to get the win on the mound for CMB. Houge struck out an impressive 11 batters and walked only one, and she was supported by a strong Raider defense, helping CMB improve to 9-2 in the Heart of Iowa Conference.

Mikayla Eslinger drove in the winning run for CMB with a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth inning. CMB scored its first run when Megan Ritter singled and Abbey Kahler drove her in during the first inning.

Ritter ended up 2-for-3 with two steals to go along with her run. Kahler drew a walk in addition to her RBI.

Payge Jurgens doubled for CMB’s only other hit off Ram pitcher Hannah Promes. Promes gave up two runs and recorded two strikeouts and walks apiece in six innings to take the loss.

Jenna Beyers hit a solo home run in the second inning to account for Greene County’s only run off Houge. Megan Durbin added a double for the Rams.

CMB 2, Greene County 1

GC 010 000 0 - 1 8 NA

CMB 100 100 X - 2 4 NA

GC: Hannah Promes and Samantha Hardaway.

CMB: Mikayla Houge and Holly Jessen.

WP: Houge.

LP: Promes.

2B: GC - Megan Durbin. CMB - Payge Jurgens.

HR: GC - Jenna Beyers. CMB - Mikayla Eslinger.

VAN METER — Collins-Maxwell-Baxter took advantage of a Van Meter mistake to knock off the Bulldogs, 3-2, in a battle of ranked teams June 16 in Van Meter.

CMB, the No. 12 team in Class 3A, and Van Meter - the No. 8 team in 2A - were deadlocked in a 2-2 tie going into the seventh inning. The Raiders scored one run in the second and another in the fourth and the Bulldogs tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the sixth.

In the top of the seventh, Katie Camp drew a leadoff walk and was sacrificed to second by Abbey Kahler. Payge Jurgens then ripped a ball to third base that was knocked down by the Bulldogs’ Meagan Blomgren, but Blomgren overthrew first base, allowing Camp to race home with the eventual winning run.

Camp ended up 1-for-2 with two walks and one steal, run and RBI apiece. Jordynn Wesselink was 2-for-3 with a double and a run, Mikayla Houge singled and scored, Jurgens and Kaitlynn Kelly each singled once and Kahler drew a walk.

Kahler struck out seven batters and gave up six hits and just one walk in seven innings to earn the victory. Bailey Harding took the loss for Van Meter after giving up three runs - two earned - with four walks and no strikeouts in seven innings.

Haley Forret doubled in both Bulldog runs and Bailey Richards was 2-for-3 with a run for Van Meter at the plate.

CMB 3, Van Meter 2

CMB 010 100 1 - 3 6 NA

VM 000 002 0 - 2 6 NA

CMB: Abbey Kahler and Holly Jessen.

VM: Bailey Harding and Abby Archer.

WP: Kahler.

LP: Harding.

2B: CMB - Jordynn Wesselink. VM - Haley Forret.

NEVADA — A little sore throat couldn’t slow down Collins-Maxwell-Baxter’s Abbey Kahler versus Nevada in Heart of Iowa Conference softball match-up June 15 in Nevada.

Despite feeling under the weather, Kahler fired her first complete perfect game of the season to lead the Raiders to an 8-0 victory over the Cubs.

“Maybe I should get sick more often,” Kahler said. “It was a pretty big deal for me. I just wanted to make sure I was hitting my spots because I haven’t pitched in awhile. My slider - they couldn’t hit that - and for lefties I had a screwball.”

Nevada’s best chance to get on base against Kahler came in the bottom of the seventh inning. Leadoff Cub hitter Megan Anderson hit a ball to center field and Raider centerfielder Megan Ritter just hung onto the ball after a quick bobble to secure the out.

“I think she was just showing off,” Kahler joked. “She hadn’t gotten one all night, so she was probably just trying to make the game interesting.”

Kahler also did a great deal to help her own cause with a big night on offense. She went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI.

“Our bats were on tonight,” Kahler said.

CMB totaled 11 hits as a team.

Ritter and Mikayla Eslinger also had multiple hits. Ritter went 2-for-3 with two runs and steals apiece and Eslinger was 2-for-4 with two steals and a pair of RBI.

Heather Jessen was 1-for-3 with two steals and two runs and Katie Camp ended up 1-for-3 with a steal and a run. Mikayla Houge and Holly Jessen each singled once, Payge Jurgens drove in a run, Gracie Cheville scored twice and Emma Husak crossed the plate once.

Mackenzie Garrett took the loss for Nevada. Garrett allowed six earned runs and she had two strikeouts with no walks in seven innings.

CMB 8, Nevada 0

CMB 201 032 0 - 8 11 0

N 000 000 0 - 0 0 2

CMB: Abbey Kahler and Holly Jessen.

N: Mackenize Garrett and Madi Highland.

WP: Kahler.

LP: Garrett.

2B: CMB - Kahler.