Raiders lose 3-1 battle
EDDYVILLE - The Collins-Maxwell-Baxter softball team gave No. 5 Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont all it could handle in the Class 2A regional semifinals Friday at Eddyville.
The Raiders went toe-to-toe with the Rockets for five innings, but they fell behind in the sixth inning and couldn’t recover in a 3-1 loss.
Neither team was able to get on the board over the first four innings. CMB struck first blood when Mikayla Eslinger belted a solo home run in the top of the fifth, but EBF answered with a run in the bottom of the inning.
CMB couldn’t score in the top of the sixth and EBF tacked on two runs in their half of the inning to take charge with just one inning left in regulation. The Raiders failed to get on the board in the seventh to end up short in a hard-fought battle.
“We played well enough to win,” CMB head coach Troy Houge said. “Heather (Jessen) pitched one of her best games, throwing only 51 pitches and giving up four hits. A couple of errors allowed Eddyville to score two of their three runs.
The girls fought hard the whole game and I am proud of every one of them because they had a chance to win against a great team.”
Jessen finished with one strikeout and walk apiece and she only allowed one earned run.
As a team, CBM had four hits on offense. Along with Eslinger’s home run, the Raiders received singles from Mackenzie Schmitz, Abbie Haupert and Megan Ritter.
CMB finished the season with a 15-15 record.
EBF went on to defeat BCLUW by a 10-2 score in the regional finals to advance to state with a 24-5 record. Nataliah Hopkins got the win for the Rockets against CMB as she struck out six and didn’t walk any in seven innings.
Tasha Alexander went 2-for-3 with a triple and a run for EBF against CMB. Claire Jager doubled and drove in a run , Randie Richmond singled and scored and Rachel Maloy also drove in a run for the Raiders on offense.
EBF 3, CMB 1
CMB 000 010 0 - 1 4 NA
EBF 000 012 X - 3 4 NA
CMB: Heather Jessen and Veronica Condon
EBF: Nataliah Hopkins and Claire Jager
2B: EBF - Jager
3B: EBF - Tasha Alexander
HR: CMB - Mikayla Eslinger
COLFAX - Collins-Maxwell-Baxter was up and down against Colfax-Mingo in the Class 2A regional quarterfinals July 9 at Colfax.
But through the uneven play, the Raiders made the plays when they needed them most to pull off a 7-6 victory.
CMB scored the game’s first run in the bottom of the first inning, only to see Colfax-Mingo put up four runs in the top of the fifth. Then the Raiders quickly responded with five runs of their own to move back in front.
CMB took a 6-4 lead into the seventh inning. In the top of the seventh, the Raiders hit a little rough patch as the Tigerhawks put up two runs to tie the score.
But instead of folding in the bottom of the inning to allow the game to go to extra innings CMB found a way to get the winning run on the board in the bottom of the seventh.
Mikayla Eslinger started a two-out rally for CMB in the seventh with a double to the gap in right-center field. Megan Ritter followed by hitting a ball over to third base.
Colfax-Mingo dropped the ball on Ritter’s hit and Eslinger made her way to home with the winning run.
“That one play was what we were about all year,” CMB head coach Troy Houge said. “The girls hustled all the time and made things happen. There was no giving up.”
Ritter ended up 2-for-4 with a run and three RBI and Eslinger was 1-for-3 with one run and RBI apiece as part of CMB’s 14-hit attack on offense.
Veronica Condon had a big game as she went 3-for-3 with two doubles and a pair of RBI. Mackenzie Schmitz was 3-for-4 with a run, Avery Hlavacek went 2-for-3 with an RBI, Taylor Ross was 2-for-4 with a run and Abbie Haupert hit a double for the Raiders.
Heather Jessen was the winning pitcher for CMB. She gave up three earned runs on nine hits with five strikeouts and four walks in seven innings.
Ries Wilson gave up the winning run in the seventh to take the loss for Colfax-Mingo. Amy Russell threw the first six innings for the Tigerhawks and she allowed six unearned runs with one strikeout and no walks.
Wilson was 2-for-4 with a double, two runs and two RBI; Rhiannon Haley went 2-for-3 with an RBI and Alivia Haley was 2-for-3 with two runs to pace Colfax-Mingo on offense.
CMB 7, Colfax-Mingo 6
C-M 000 040 2 - 6 9 NA
CMB 000 150 1 - 7 14 NA
C-M: Amy Russell, Ries Wilson (7) and Rhiannon Haley
CMB: Heather Jessen and Abbey Appelgate
2B: C-M - Wilson, Erin Earles; CMB - Veronica Condon 2, Abbie Haupert, Mikayla Eslinger