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CMB starts off 3-0 in the HOIC

Heather Jessen
Heather Jessen
Taylor Ross
Taylor Ross

COLLINS – The Collins-Maxwell-Baxter softball team used a great start on offense and strong pitching to easily dispose of Gilbert, 10-0, in six innings Friday in Collins.

The Raiders built a 9-0 lead after three innings and pitcher Heather Jessen held the Tigers to just one hit to help her team improve to 3-2 overall and 3-0 in the Heart of Iowa Conference.

Jessen struck out five batters and didn’t allow a walk in six innings to earn the victory. She was backed up by a CMB offense that totaled eight hits and drew seven walks as a team.

Center fielder Taylor Ross went 4-for-4 with a run and two RBI as the big sparkplug for CMB at the plate. Abbie Haupert doubled, walked and drove in two runs; Mackenzie Schmitz singled, walked, stole a base and scored twice; Megan Ritter tallied a single, steal and two runs and Jessen went 1-for-3.

Veronica Condon and Abbey Appelgate each drove in a run and Payge Jurgens scored and picked up an RBI for CMB. Mikayla Eslinger walked twice and scored two times and pinch runner Avery Hlavacek added one run for the Raiders.

Hannah Williams singled for Gilbert’s only hit. Lizzy Johnson gave up five runs in one inning to take the loss for the Tigers.

CMB 10, Gilbert 0 (6)

G 000 000 – 0 1 NA

CMB 324 001 – 10 8 NA

G: Lizzy Johnson, Kamryn Miller (2) and Elise Powers

CMB: Heather Jessen and Abbey Appelgate

WP: Jessen

LP: Johnson

2B: CMB – Abbie Haupert

OSKALOOSA – A lack of production at the plate spelled trouble for Collins-Maxwell-Baxter in a doubleheader versus a strong Oskaloosa team May 29 in Oskaloosa.

The Raiders only combined for five hits in the two games as they were shut out both times, 4-0 and 12-0.

In the 4-0 loss, CMB picked up three hits. The Raiders gave up one run in the first, two in the third and one in the fourth.

Steady pitching from Heather Jessen and solid play in the field kept the Raiders in the game. Jessen gave up three earned runs on eight hits with one walk and no strikeouts in six innings of work.

Abbie Haupert went 2-for-3 and Mikayla Eslinger singled once for CMB’s only hits. Megan Ritter, Abbey Appelgate and Veronica Condon each drew one walk for the Raiders.

Kylee Silliman went 3-for-4 with a run and Kelsie Tomlin finished 2-for-4 with two runs and a steal for Oskaloosa. Alexis Groet was the winning Indian pitcher as she tossed a two-hitter with 13 strikeouts and three walks.

In the 12-0 setback, CMB gave up seven runs in the second inning and never recovered. The game ended in the fourth due to the 12-run rule put in place after three innings.

Eslinger and Payge Jurgens both singled once to account for CMB’s only hits. Mackenzie Schmitz took the loss on the mound after giving up seven earned runs on eight hits with 10 walks in three innings.

Aubrey Miller went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI and Callie Arnold and Alexis Westercamp each drove in three runs for Oskaloosa. Kylee Silliman picked up the victory as she threw all four innings for the Indians and tallied six strikeouts against no walks.

Oskaloosa 4, CMB 0

CMB 000 000 0 – 0 3 NA

O 102 100 X – 4 8 NA

CMB: Heather Jessen and Abbey Appelgate

O: Alexis Groet and Alexis Westercamp

WP: Groet

LP: Jessen

Oskaloosa 12, CMB 0 (4)

O 272 1 – 12 8 NA

CMB 000 0 – 0 2 NA

Oskaloosa: Kylee Silliman and Alexis Vroegh

CMB: Mackenzie Schmitz and Appelgate

WP: Silliman

LP: Schmitz

2B: O – Aubrey Miller

COLLINS – Collins-Maxwell-Baxter won its home opener May 28 with a 7-2 victory over Heart of Iowa Conference rival Saydel in Collins.

Great pitching and defense enabled CMB to keep Saydel off the board until the seventh inning. By then the Raiders had built a 7-0 lead and they were able to cruise to their second HOIC victory in as many tries.

CMB scored twice in the first and fourth innings and three times in the fifth frame to build a commanding lead. The Raiders prevailed, despite tallying just three hits, as Heather Jessen threw a three-hitter of her own with four strikeouts and two walks in a full seven innings of work.

Payge Jurgens, Mikayla Eslinger and Jessen each singled once for CMB. The Raiders took advantage of six Saydel walks as Abbey Appelgate drew two free passes and Mackenzie Schmitz, Megan Ritter, Abbie Haupert and Jurgens picked up one apiece.

Schmitz scored twice, stole two bases and drove in a run and Ritter, Eslinger, Taylor Ross, Veronica Condon and Avery Hlavacek each crossed the plate once. Haupert drove in two runs, Schmitz Appelgate, Eslinger and Jessen each knocked in one run and pinch runners Hlavacek and Katie Camp swiped two bases apiece.

CMB 7, Saydel 2

S 000 000 2 – 2 3 NA

CMB 200 230 X – 7 3 NA

CMB: Heather Jessen and Abbey Appelgate

WP: Jessen

ROLAND – A great final push earned Collins-Maxwell-Baxter a season-opening 4-3 victory over Roland-Story May 27 in Roland.

The two teams exchanged blows at an even rate heading into the top of the seventh inning. Both teams scored a run in the first and fourth innings, CMB added another score in the fifth and Roland-Story knotted things up at 3-3 with a run in the bottom of the sixth.

In the top of the seventh CMB loaded the bases as Heather Jessen and Mackenzie Schmitz hit back-to-back singles and Megan Ritter drew a walk to load the bases. Roland-Story got Jessen on a force play at home, but Schmitz scored the winning run off a fielder’s choice by Payge Jurgens.

Jessen then stepped up on the mound to blank Roland-Story in the bottom of the seventh to get CMB off to a 1-0 start in the Heart of Iowa Conference.

“We got off to a good start with a win over Roland-Story,” CMB head coach Troy Houge said. “Heather pitched a good game.”

Jessen gave up just two earned runs on seven hits, going the full seven innings. She struck out and walked one batter apiece.

On offense Schmitz went 2-for-4 with two runs and steals apiece and Jessen was 2-for-3 to pace the six-hit Raider attack. Ritter and Taylor Ross added one single apiece and Ritter also walked twice and stole a base.

Jurgens ended up with two RBI and one steal and Avery Hlavacek delivered one run and steal apiece.

CMB 4, Roland-Story 3

CMB 100 110 1 – 4 6 NA

R-S 100 101 0 – 3 7 NA

CMB: Heather Jessen and Abbey Appelgate

WP: Jessen

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