COLLINS – A rough first four innings did in the Collins-Maxwell-Baxter baseball team versus Greene County June 25 at Collins as the Raiders were handed a 9-3 loss by the Rams.
CMB gave up four runs in the first inning and by the end of three innings, the Raiders trailed 6-1. They fell in a 9-1 hole after the fourth inning and despite outplaying the Rams over the final three innings, the deficit proved far too big to overcome.
CMB finished with five hits in the loss. Seth Balke doubled and scored, Zach Samson was 1-for-2 with a walk, steal and run and Creighton Caple singled and scored for the Raiders.
Brady Stover and Jacob Stratton picked up one single apiece to account for CMB’s other hits. Aric Broderick drove in a run and Nate Bishop and Tucker Maxwell both walked once for the Raiders.
Bishop was the losing pitcher as he allowed all nine Ram runs – five earned – on eight hits with five walks and three strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings. Samson threw 3 1/3 scoreless innings of relief, allowing one hit and walk apiece with two strikeouts.
The loss put CMB at 5-12 overall and 4-11 in the Heart of Iowa Conference.
Colton Fitzpatrick struck out 13 batters and walked three, going the full seven innings to get the win for Greene County. Jordan Challen was 3-for-4 with two runs and RBI apiece; J.C. Weitl finished 2-for-3 with two runs and one double, steal and RBI apiece and Dylan McConnell went 2-for-4 with a triple to lead the Rams on offense.
Greene County 9, CMB 3
GC 411 300 0 – 9 9 NA
CMB 001 002 0 – 3 5 NA
GC: Colton Fitzpatrick and Jordan Challen
CMB: Nate Bishop, Zach Samson (4) and Hunter McWhirter
2B: GC – J.C. Weitl; CMB – Seth Balke
3B: GC – Dylan McConnell
ALLEMAN – Great pitching from Brady Stover combined with strong defense to keep Collins-Maxwell-Baxter in the game against No. 1 North Polk June 24 at Alleman.
But struggles at the plate ultimately cost the Raiders in a 3-1 loss to the Comets.
Stover – CMB’s ace hurler – gave up just one earned run on seven hits with nine strikeouts and two walks going all seven innings. The Raider defense was solid behind him for most of the game, recording only one error.
But CMB only mustered four hits off North Polk pitchers Zach Brecht and Cole Jackson. The Raiders also drew only one walk as a team.
North Polk took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Wyatt Johnson was hit by a pitch, stole second and scored on a single by Austin Hillebo. In the fourth inning, the Comets went up 2-0 when Brecht hit a sacrifice fly scoring pinch runner Brett Haun, who ran for Grant Lang after Lang hit a leadoff single.
The Comets scored their final run in the fifth when Grant Schiltz reached on a leadoff walk and eventually scored on CMB’s lone error.
CMB’s run came in the top of the sixth. Samson singled in Stover after Stover singled to start the inning.
Stover ended up 2-for-3 and Samson and Brad Ritter each had one single. Aric Broderick drew the only CMB walk on offense.
Jackson was 2-for-3 with a triple; Schiltz went 1-for-2 with a double, run and walk; Hillebo was 1-for-3 with an RBI and Lang also ended up 1-for-3 for North Polk on offense. Brecht was the winning pitcher after giving up one earned run on four hits with eight strikeouts and no walks in 5 2/3 innings; Jackson threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings with one walk and four strikeouts.
North Polk 3, CMB 1
CMB 000 001 0 – 1 4 1
NP 010 110 X – 3 7 0
CMB: Brady Stover and Hunter McWhirter
NP: Zach Brecht, Cole Jackson (6) and Grant Lang
2B: NP – Grant Schiltz
3B: NP – Jackson