Bombers go 2-0 at Eagle Invite
PELLA — The Ballard softball team went 2-0 at the Eagle Invitational Saturday as the Bombers defeated Albia and Grinnell at the Pella Sports Park.
Ballard beat Albia by a 9-3 margin. The Bombers also whipped Grinnell by a 7-2 score to even their season record at 15-15.
In the victory over Albia, the Bombers trailed 3-2 after two innings. The score remained that way until the fifth inning, when Ballard got hot and plated an impressive seven runs in the bottom of the inning to move in front for good.
The Bombers prevailed despite recording just five hits. Skylar Rigby was 1-for-4 with two runs and an RBI, Sydne Struve finished 1-for-4 with one run and RBI apiece and Karlee Ahrenholtz was 1-for-3 with one run and an RBI.
Kennedy Newell singled, walked twice and scored and Isabell Hobbs singled and drove in a run. Olivia Hall and Rachel Newell tallied one run and RBI apiece, Jenna Moody and Katie Sydnes each scored once and Kate Rietz drew a walk for the Bombers.
Hannah Elliott gave up three earned runs on nine hits with five strikeouts and no walks to get the win versus Albia.
It was a similar story in Ballard’s win over Grinnell later on Saturday. The Bombers were again outhit - 6-5 - but they still managed to find a way to win comfortably.
Ballard broke the game open early against Grinnell. The Bombers plated five runs in the first inning and they held a 5-0 cushion until the fifth inning, when Grinnell scored both of its runs.
Rigby doubled and drove in three runs versus Grinnell. Meredith Ossian was 1-for-2 with one run and RBI apiece, Kiersten McKinney went 1-for-1 with a steal and a run and Moody was 1-for-2 with a run and two RBI.
Struve went 1-for-3 with a run versus Grinnell. Rachel Newell, Ahrenholtz and Piper Johnson each walked and scored once for the Bombers.
Sydnes also drove in a run and Hobbs drew one walk for Ballard against the Tigers.
Hobbs was the winning pitcher versus Grinnell. She allowed two earned runs on six hits with seven strikeouts and just one walk, going the full seven innings.
Ballard 9, Albia 3
A 120 000 0 - 3 9 NA
B 200 070 X - 9 5 NA
A: Jena Lawrence and Alex Beard.
B: Hannah Elliott and Skylar Rigby.
Ballard 7, Grinnell 2
G 000 020 0 - 2 6 NA
B 500 011 X - 7 5 NA
B: Isabell Hobbs and Rigby.
2B: B - Rigby
HUXLEY — Ballard combined a 14-hit attack on offense with strong pitching to whip Carroll by a 9-1 score in Raccoon River Conference play Friday at Huxley.
The Bombers scored one run apiece in the second and third innings, then took full control of the game with a three-run fourth inning. Ballard slammed the door on the Tigers in the bottom of the sixth with a four-run outburst.
Jenna Moody was 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs and RBI apiece and Meredith Ossian doubled twice and tallied one walk, two runs and a pair of RBI for the Bombers. Four other Bombers ended up with with two hits on the night.
Kennedy Newell was 2-for-5 with two runs, Skylar Rigby went 2-for-4 with one run and two RBI, Rachel Newell wound up 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI and Karlee Ahrenholtz also finished 2-for-3.
Katie Sydnes was 1-for-2 with two walks, a run and an RBI and Sydne Struve went 1-for-4 with an RBI for the Bombers. Isabell Hobbs also walked and scored for the Bombers.
Danielle Mallas threw a great game to get the victory for Ballard. She tossed a two-hitter with four walks and three strikeouts - allowing just one unearned run in seven innings.
The win put Ballard at 4-5 in the RRC.
Julia LaRue walked six and struck out two in six innings to take the loss for Carroll. Rylee Ludwig was 1-for-4 with a run at the plate for the Tigers.
Ballard 9, Carroll 1
C 000 001 0 - 1 2 NA
B 011 304 X - 9 14 NA
C: Julia LaRue and Rylie Riesberg.
B: Danielle Mallas and Skylar Rigby.
2B: B - Meredith Ossian 2.
HR: B - Jenna Moody.
CARLISLE — Ballard didn’t have an solutions for a Carlisle team rated No. 2 in Class 4A June 22 at Carlisle as the Bombers were overpowered by a 9-0 score.
Ballard finished the game with just two hits and Carlisle pounded out 16. The Bombers gave up three runs in the first, two in the second, three more in the fourth and another in the sixth.
Meredith Ossian hit a double and Katie Sydnes singled for Ballard’s only hits off Carlisle pitcher Maren Judisch. Judisch ended up with eight strikeouts and no walks.
Makenna Randolph allowed five runs - three earned - on eight hits with three walks in 2 ? innings to take the loss for Ballard. Isabell Hobbs gave up four runs - two earned - on eight hits with three walks in 3 ? innings for the Bombers.
Gabby Schnathorst was 2-for-2 with a walk, double and two RBI; Alyssa Brown went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI and Mackenzie Lose walked twice, stole a base and tallied two runs and RBI apiece for the Wildcats.
Carlisle 9, Ballard 0
B 000 000 0 - 0 2 NA
C 320 301 X - 9 16 NA
B: Makenna Randolph, Isabell Hobbs (3) and Skylar Rigby.
C: Maren Judisch and Agatha Beier.
2B: B - Meredith Ossian. C - Gabby Schnathorst, Alyssa Brown, Alyvia Dubois, Natalie McCormick.
BOONE — Ballard hung tough early versus No. 13 Boone June 21 at Boone, but the Bombers hit a rough spot in the bottom of the third inning and never recovered, taking an 8-2 loss to the Toreadors.
Ballard fell behind 2-0 after one inning. But in the top of the third, Ballard plated two runs of its own to even the score.
Then Boone had its biggest outburst of the game in the bottom of the third. The Toreadors added an unanswered run in each of the next two innings to pull away.
Kennedy Newell was 2-for-3 with a walk; Jenna Moody went 1-for-3 with a double, walk, run and RBI and Meredith Ossian was 1-for-3 with a double and a run for Ballard on offense. Skylar Rigby singled and drove in a run and Olivia Hall and Katie Sydnes each added one single for the Bombers.
Danielle Mallas was the losing Bomber pitcher. Mallas allowed six runs - five earned - on seven hits with two walks in 3 ? innings.
Hannah Elliott gave up two runs on four hits with three walks and two strikeouts in 3 ? innings for the Bombers.
Laura Anderson and Ashley Furst each doubled and drove in two runs and Stefanie Davis was 1-for-4 with a run and two RBI for Boone on offense. Breanna Hunter was the winning Toreador pitcher as she went the distance and struck out three with two walks.
Boone 8, Ballard 2
B 002 000 0 - 2 7 NA
Bo 204 110 X - 8 11 NA
B: Danielle Mallas, Hannah Elliott (4) and Skylar Rigby.
Bo: Breanna Hunter and Laura Anderson.
2B: B - Jenna Moody, Meredith Ossian. Bo - Anderson, Dianna Slight, Lauren Calkins, Ashley Furst.