Tri-County Times sports round-up: Ballard baseball team wins three straight

Joe Randleman
Ames Tribune
Ballard's Sam Vetter celebrates with pitcher Brooklyn Baumgardner after a score against Central Spring during the third inning at Ballard High School softball field Friday, Jun 3, 2022, in Huxley, Iowa.

The Ballard baseball team ran off three victories and the Bomber softball team struggled through a 1-4 stretch last week.

The fifth-ranked (Class 1A) Collins-Maxwell softball team went to 6-0 on the season and 4-0 in the Iowa Star Conference South with an 11-0 shutout of Baxter at Collins Friday. The Spartans also blanked North Tama by a 17-0 score in three innings May 31 at Traer and GMG by a 7-0 score June 1 at Collins and they scored a 5-3 victory over Hampton-Dumont-CAL June 2 at Collins.

The Spartan baseball team went to 3-6 on the season and 2-2 in the ISC South after defeating GMG by a 10-3 score June 1 and Baxter by a 12-2 Margin Friday. The Spartans lost at North Tama (7-3) May 31 and Ankeny Christian Academy (8-1) June 2.

Ballard baseball goes on a hot streak

The Ballard baseball team won a 1-0 pitcher's duel with Winterset Monday at Nite Hawk Field in Slater to improve to 4-6 on the season and 2-1 in the Raccoon River Conference.

The Bombers also defeated Adel-Desoto-Minburn by a 7-1 score June 2 at Slater and Independence by a 7-3 margin Friday at Independence. They dropped both games of a doubleheader at Norwalk May 31 with a pair of 3-2 losses.

Eli Rouse threw an amazing game in the victory over Winterset. He went the distance and fired a one-hitter with eight strikeouts and no walks.

Ballard gave Rouse the only support he needed with a run in the sixth inning. Jaden Peasley scored the run and Rouse singled and Jacob Ross doubled for the only Bomber hits of the game off Winterset pitcher Justin Hackett, who struck out six batters and walked three.

Bryce Haessig also threw a great game in Ballard's win over ADM. Haessig gave up a run in the first inning then threw six shutout frames, finishing with 11 strikeouts and one walk in tossing a two-hitter.

Rouse doubled, tripled and drove in two runs, Blake Stover picked up an RBI, Ross was 2-for-3 with a double and a run, Colby Calvert scored twice, Jaren Njos singled and scored Haessig singled and drove in a run against the Tigers.

The Bombers used a five-run fourth inning to take down Independence. Cole Heinen doubled and drove in two runs, Calvert and Haessig both singled once and scored twice, Stover was 1-for-4 with one run and RBI apiece, Ross was 1-for-2 with an RBI and Jayden Cattell finished 2-for-3.

Ross gave up two earned runs on four hits and six walks in 6 1/3 innings to get the win against Independence.

Ballard dropped one game to Norwalk in seven innings and the other went 10 frames.

All the scoring in the seven-inning game was done in the fifth inning. Rouse took the loss after surrendering three unearned runs on eight hits with two strikeouts and one walk in six innings.

Peasley doubled and drove in both Bomber runs and Ross and Rouse both singled and scored. Cattell went 2-for-4 and Calvert and Stover each had a hit.

In the extra-inning game Ballard rallied from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game in the sixth only to see Norwalk plate the winning run in the 10th. Ross took the loss after giving up one run on one hit and two walks with four strikeouts in three innings of relief.

Calvert went 2-for-3 with a double and scored both Bomber runs, Njos was 2-for-4 with an RBI, Haessig doubled and Ross drove in a run.

Ballard second baseman Ella Husak catches the ball for an out against Central Spring Friday, June 3, 2022, in Huxley, Iowa

Bomber softball team sputters 

The Ballard softball team ended last week on a four-game losing streak.

The Bombers fell at Center Point-Urbana by an 8-6 score June 1, dropped a 2-1 heartbreaker to second-ranked ADM June 2 in Huxley. They also dropped both games at the Ballard Festival tournament Saturday, losing to Ankeny Centennial by a 6-0 score and Central Springs by an 11-5 margin.

In the loss to CPU Sam Vetter was 3-for-3 with a double and two runs and RBIs apiece and Ella Husak finished 3-for-5 with three runs. Maggie Mortensen was 2-for-4 with a triple and a run, Jade Lande finished 2-for-4 with one run, Kasey Larson was 1-for-4 with two RBIs, Kora Johnson 1-for-3 with an RBI and Brooklyn Baumgardner added a hit.

Maggie McCrady took the loss against CPU after allowing five runs on four walks with two strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings.

Baumgardner fired a three-hitter with six strikeouts and five walks in the loss to ADM. The Bombers had five hits offensively against the Tigers.

Husak went 2-for-3 and scored the lone Bomber run. Sam Vetter doubled and picked up an RBI and Mortensen and Baumgardner each singled once.

Ballard only picked up three hits in the loss to Centennial. Vetter was 2-for-3 and Jocie Hobbs singled once off Jaguar pitcher Jadeyn Stahr.

McCrady took the loss against Centennial after surrendering five earned runs on 11 hits with one strikeout and two walks.

The Bombers were burned by an eight-run fifth inning by Central Springs in the loss to the Panthers.

McCrady finished 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs and Husak singled and scored twice against Central Springs. Baumgardner finished 1-for-4 with an RBI, Vetter doubled, scored and drove in a run, Hobbs singled once, Mortensen walked and scored a run and Noelle Boettger crossed the plate once.

Baumgardner took the loss against Central Springs after allowing six earned runs on 12 hits and two walks with four strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.

Ballard did pick up a non-conference victory over Indianola May 31 at Huxley. The Bombers pulled off a 3-1 win, giving up a run in the first then scoring twice in the second and once in the third.

Mortensen hit a solo home run and Baumgardner and Larson both doubled and drove in a run against Indianola. Vetter was 1-for-2 with a walk and a run, Hobbs tripled and scored and Husak picked up a single.

Baumgardner was the winning pitcher against the Indians. She allowed four hits and one walk and struck out four going all seven innings.

Bomber softball team sputters 

The Ballard softball team ended last week on a four-game losing streak.

The Bombers fell at Center Point-Urbana by an 8-6 score June 1, dropped a 2-1 heartbreaker to second-ranked ADM June 2 in Huxley. They also dropped both games at the Ballard Festival tournament Saturday, losing to Ankeny Centennial by a 6-0 score and Central Springs by an 11-5 margin.

In the loss to CPU Sam Vetter was 3-for-3 with a double and two runs and RBIs apiece and Ella Husak finished 3-for-5 with three runs. Maggie Mortensen was 2-for-4 with a triple and a run, Jade Lande finished 2-for-4 with one run, Kasey Larson was 1-for-4 with two RBIs, Kora Johnson 1-for-3 with an RBI and Brooklyn Baumgardner added a hit.

Maggie McCrady took the loss against CPU after allowing five runs on four walks with two strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings.

Baumgardner fired a three-hitter with six strikeouts and five walks in the loss to ADM. The Bombers had five hits offensively against the Tigers.

Husak went 2-for-3 and scored the lone Bomber run. Sam Vetter doubled and picked up an RBI and Mortensen and Baumgardner each singled once.

Ballard only picked up three hits in the loss to Centennial. Vetter was 2-for-3 and Jocie Hobbs singled once off Jaguar pitcher Jadeyn Stahr.

McCrady took the loss against Centennial after surrendering five earned runs on 11 hits with one strikeout and two walks.

The Bombers were burned by an eight-run fifth inning by Central Springs in the loss to the Panthers.

McCrady finished 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs and Husak singled and scored twice against Central Springs. Baumgardner finished 1-for-4 with an RBI, Vetter doubled, scored and drove in a run, Hobbs singled once, Mortensen walked and scored a run and Noelle Boettger crossed the plate once.

Baumgardner took the loss against Central Springs after allowing six earned runs on 12 hits and two walks with four strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.

Ballard did pick up a non-conference victory over Indianola May 31 at Huxley. The Bombers pulled off a 3-1 win, giving up a run in the first then scoring twice in the second and once in the third.

Mortensen hit a solo home run and Baumgardner and Larson both doubled and drove in a run against Indianola. Vetter was 1-for-2 with a walk and a run, Hobbs tripled and scored and Husak picked up a single.

Baumgardner was the winning pitcher against the Indians. She allowed four hits and one walk and struck out four going all seven innings.

Spartan softball team dominates ISC foes

The Collins-Maxwell softball team made short work of North Tama, GMG and Baxter.

In the victory over North Tama the Spartans scored 12 times in the third inning to break the game open. Kenzi Wierson finished 2-for-3 with a triple, two runs and an RBI, Alexis Houge was 1-for-2 with two runs and three RBIs and Vivian Kahler finished 2-for-2 with three runs and an RBI.

 Avery Fricke was 1-for-1 with two runs, steals and RBIs apiece, Erica Houge went 2-for-2 with two RBIs and Haylee Merryman was 1-for-1 with a run and two RBIs.

Erica Houge was the winning pitcher after throwing three perfect innings with seven strikeouts.

Erica Houge fired a one-hitter with eight strikeouts in the victory over GMG. She also hit for the cycle, going a perfect 4-for-4 with four RBIs.

Alexis Houge was 2-for-4 with two runs, two steals and an RBI, Avery Fricke 2-for-4 with one run, steal and RBI apiece, Wierson 2-for-4, Boege 1-for-3 and Sofie Wattonville 1-for-4 with a double.

Collins-Maxwell led 5-0 after two innings and coasted to victory versus Baxter. Erica Houge was 3-for-4 with a triple, home run and seven RBIs, Fricke 3-for-4 with three runs and steals apiece, Alexis Houge 2-for-2 with a homer, four runs and two steals and Wierson 2-for-3 with a triple and an RBI.

Erica Houge got the win after tossing a one-hitter with 12 strikeouts in five innings.

Collins-Maxwell also defeated Hampton-Dumont-CAL by a 5-3 score June 2 at Collins. The Spartans scored all five runs in the the fifth inning.

Alexis Houge was 2-for-3 with a run, walk and steal and Fricke 1-for-4 with one run, steal and RBI and Wierson 1-for-2 with an RBI. Eria Houge struck out 10 and gave up three hits and one walk as the winning pitcher.

Spartan baseball team thumps GMG, Baxter

The Collins-Maxwell baseball team was impressive in ISC South wins over GMG and Baxter.

Weston Kahler was 3-for-3 with a triple, three runs and an RBI and Austin Kepple gave up two runs on 10 hits with six strikeouts in six innings as the winning pitcher in the victory over GMG.

Caden Hasbrouck was 2-for-3 with a run and two RBIs and Cooper finished 2-for-4 with two runs and RBIs apiece and Jace Huntrods 1-for-3 with two RBIs against GMG. Josef finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and Caleb Dvorak 1-for-4 with one run and RBI apiece.

Collins-Maxwell scored six runs in the first inning and coasted to victory over Baxter in six innings.

Blake Huntrods was 3-for-4 with a run and three RBIs, Josef Dvorak 2-for-4 with a homer and two runs and RBIs apiece and Hasbrouck 2-for-3 with a double and two runs and RBIs apiece against the Bolts. Kepple was also 2-for-3 with an RBI, Luke Huntrods doubled twice, scored two times and drove in a run, Jace Huntrods finished 2-for-4 with a run and Kahler doubled, scored twice and picked up an RBI.

Kahler was the winning pitcher against the Bolts. He had a dominant performance, going all six innings and finishing with 13 strikeouts.

Collins-Maxwell gave up six unanswered runs over the third and fourth innings and couldn't recover in the loss to North Tama.

Wierson and Jace Huntrods both singled and drove in a run, Hasbrouck picked up an RBI, Josef Dvorak singled and scored and Caleb Dvorak went 2-for-3 with a triple and a run in the loss. Jace Huntrods was the losing pitcher after allowing four earned runs on six hits and two walks with four strikeouts in three innings.

The Spartans were held to five hits in the loss to ACA. Caleb Dvorak went 2-for-3 with a double and a run, Kahler, Hasbrouck and Blake Huntrods each singled and Luke Huntrods picked up an RBI.

Wierson surrendered four earned runs on six hits with five strikeouts and three walks in 4 1/3 innings as the losing pitcher versus ACA.