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CMB tops Norse for sixth HOIC win

Collins-Maxwell-Baxter pitcher Heather Jessen starts her delivery in the first inning of the Raiders’ Heart of Iowa Conference game with Roland-Story Monday in Collins. CMB prevailed by a 6-4 score.
Collins-Maxwell-Baxter pitcher Heather Jessen starts her delivery in the first inning of the Raiders’ Heart of Iowa Conference game with Roland-Story Monday in Collins. CMB prevailed by a 6-4 score.
CMB’s Mackenzie Schmitz slides home safely to score the Raiders’ first run in a 6-4 win over Roland-Story Monday.
CMB’s Mackenzie Schmitz slides home safely to score the Raiders’ first run in a 6-4 win over Roland-Story Monday.
CMB center fielder Taylor Ross snares a fly ball during the Raiders’ victory over Roland-Story Monday.
CMB center fielder Taylor Ross snares a fly ball during the Raiders’ victory over Roland-Story Monday.

COLLINS – The Collins-Maxwell-Baxter softball team bounced back from a rough weekend to get past Roland-Story, 6-4, for a Heart of Iowa Conference victory Monday in Collins.

The Raiders saw an early 4-1 lead evaporate in the top of the sixth inning, but they came back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning and then withstood one Roland-Story base hit in the seventh to complete a season sweep of the Norse.

Small ball turned the tide for CMB in the bottom half of the sixth.

Leadoff batter Mackenzie Schmitz started things off with a slap single and Taylor Ross followed with an infield hit. Abbie Haupert sacrificed them over a base and the Payge Jurgens laid down a perfect-executed squeeze bunt to score Schmitz with the go-ahead run.

With runners on the corners and one out, Raider catcher Abbey Appelgate stepped to the plate. Appelgate then grounded out, but drove in a critical run to give CMB a two-run cushion.

“I helped my team and got us in a winning position,” Appelgate said. “It felt really good getting that one.”

Appelgate’s RBI was a big difference maker.

In the top of the seventh, CMB pitcher Heather Jessen forced back-to-back groundouts to Schmitz at shortstop to start the inning. But with two outs, Roland-Story’s Brooke Staker ripped a double that would have made her the potential tying run had it not been for Appelgate’s RBI.

But because Roland-Story needed two runs, Jessen was able to relax and focus on the next Norseman hitter – Cassie Shadlow. Staker stole third, but Jessen just brushed it off as she struck out Shadlow to end the game.

It was a victory CMB sorely needed after losing to Lynnville-Sully and Melcher Dallas on Saturday.

“I hope it gives the team confidence that we can do this,” Appelgate said. “We can fight back, hold off the other team and win a game.”

Appelgate had the hit of the game in the third inning.

With the score tied at 1-1, the Raider catcher stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs. Appelgate has been struggling with changeups this season, but this time she showed great discipline by waiting on an Erin Nuetzman pitch and belting a long ball to left field.

The ball bounced safely on the ground and rolled to the fence for a bases-clearing double.

“I’ve been kind of in a slump and this pitcher has got me on her changeup quite a bit,” Appelgate said. “With two outs and two strikes on me I was a little nervous. But I thought about it and said I have to do this for my team – I’m a better hitter than I have been and I can do it. I just waited for it and let it go.”

CMB’s first run came when Schmitz led off the bottom of the first with a walk, stole second, took third on a wild pitch and scored on a grounder by Ross.

As a team the Raiders totaled seven hits. Schmitz picked up two singles and Ross, Jessen, Payge Jurgens and Mikayla Eslinger each singled once.

Jessen allowed seven hits, but she had plenty of help in the field as CMB played error-free ball. Jessen tallied three strikeouts and allowed two walks in seven innings to pick up the victory.

The win put CMB at 7-8 overall and 6-4 in the HOIC.

Roland-Story dropped to 5-7 and 4-5 respectively. Sydney Mathis took the loss after allowing two runs in 3 1/3 innings of relief.

CMB 6, Roland-Story 4

R-S 010 012 0 – 4 7 2

CMB 103 002 X – 6 7 0

R-S: Erin Nuetzman, Sydney Mathis (3) and Brooke Staker

CMB: Heather Jessen and Abbey Appelgate

WP: Jessen

LP: Mathis

2B: R-S – Staker, Schyler Polaski; CMB – Appelgate

SULLY – Collins-Maxwell-Baxter had a difficult time at the Lynnville-Sully Invitational Saturday as the Raiders dropped a slugfest with Melcher-Dallas and were overpowered by a strong Lynnville-Sully team in Sully.

CMB fell by a 10-6 score against Melcher-Dallas in six innings. The two teams were tied going into the sixth, but CMB only put up one run and Melcher-Dallas plated five to pull away.

The Raiders piled up 10 hits in the loss. Abbie Haupert and Avery Hlavacek both ripped a pair of doubles and Taylor Ross and Megan Ritter each singled twice.

Haupert also had one run, steal and RBI; Hlavacek drove in two runs and scored once; Ross swiped one base and Ritter scored two times and drove in a run.

Mackenzie Schmitz added a single, walk and steal; Heather Jessen singled and drove in a run; Mikayla Eslinger stole a base and scored and Katie Camp also scored once for CMB.

Jessen was the losing pitcher as she gave up six earned runs on 13 hits with three strikeouts and one walk in six innings. Anastasia Dennison struck out nine and walked two in six innings to get the win for Melcher-Dallas.

Kaylee Houston and Megan Roush both homered and drove in two runs for the Saints. Roush went 4-for-4 with three runs and one steal and MacKenzie Sutton was also 4-for-4 with two runs, one steal and an RBI.

Lynnville-Sully – the No. 2 team in Class 1A – dealt CMB an 11-0 setback in five innings. The Hawks put up three runs in the first, one in the third, two in the fourth and five in the fifth as they tallied eight hits.

Schmitz took the loss as she threw all five innings and gave up five earned runs with seven walks and one strikeout. The Raiders compiled four hits on offense as Payge Jurgens doubled, walked and stole a base and Schmitz, Taylor Ross and Megan Ritter each singled once.

Kasiah Ehresman went 3-for-4 with a double, one run, three steals and two RBI and Madison Rasmusson was 2-for-4 with a double, steal, RBI and two runs for Lynnville-Sully. Rasmusson earned the win as she struck out five and walked one in five innings.

Melcher-Dallas 10, CMB 6

M-D 200 125 – 10 13 NA

CMB 020 121 – 6 10 NA

M-D: Anastasia Dennison and Elaina Avila

CMB: Heather Jessen and Veronica Condon

WP: Dennison

LP: Jessen

2B: M-D – Avila; CMB – Abbie Haupert, 2, Avery Hlavacek 2

HR: M-D – Kaylee Houston, Megan Roush

Lynnville-Sully 11, CMB 0 (5)

CMB 000 00 – 0 4 NA

L-S 301 25 – 11 8 NA

CMB: Mackenzie Schmitz and Kaitlynn Kelly

L-S: Madison Rasmusson and Becca Vos

WP: Rasmusson

LP: Schmitz

2B: CMB – Payge Jurgens; L-S – Rasmusson, Kasiah Ehresman

GILBERT – Collins-Maxwell-Baxter used a big start to roll past Gilbert by a 9-2 score June 12 in Gilbert.

The Raiders plated four runs in the first inning, two in the second and another in the third to build a 7-1 lead. They coasted the rest of the way for their fifth Heart of Iowa Conference victory.

CMB totaled nine hits on offense. Abbie Haupert led the way by going 3-for-4 with three runs and one RBI.

Mackenzie Schmitz and Mikayla Eslinger both doubled for CMB. Schmitz also walked and scored twice and Eslinger finished with one walk, run and RBI apiece.

Payge Jurgens went 1-for-3 with two runs, one walk and an RBI; Megan Ritter singled, walked, stole a base and drove in a run; Heather Jessen finished 1-for-3 with an RBI; Taylor Ross picked up a single and Katie Camp stole a base and scored once.

Jessen was the winning pitcher after giving up one earned run on seven hits with two strikeouts and walks apiece in seven innings.

Clare Isenhart took the loss for Gilbert after allowing five earned runs with four strikeouts and walks apiece in seven innings. Cali Koeneke and Molly Laws both drove in a run for the Tigers.

CMB 9, Gilbert 2

CMB 421 000 2 – 9 9 NA

G 001 001 0 – 2 7 NA

CMB: Heather Jessen and Abbey Appelgate

G: Clare Isenhart and Elise Powers

WP: Jessen

LP: Isenhart

2B: CMB – Mackenzie Schmitz, Mikayla Eslinger

JEWELL – Collins-Maxwell-Baxter fell apart late in a 10-2 loss to South Hamilton June 11 in Jewell.

The Raiders led 2-1 through three innings. But South Hamilton plated three runs in the fourth, another in the fifth and five in the sixth, and an anemic offense prevented CMB from keeping pace.

The Raiders only had two hits all game. Megan Ritter doubled and scored and Abbey Appelgate came up with a single. Mackenzie Schmitz drove in a run and Veronica Condon scored once for CMB.

Heather Jessen was the losing pitcher. She gave up five earned runs on 12 hits with two walks and one strikeout in six innings.

Ady Wintermote earned the win for South Hamilton. She struck out two and didn’t walk any, going the full seven innings.

Kali Lucas went 3-for-4 with one run, two steals and three RBI and Alyssa Hegland doubled twice and tallied two runs and RBI apiece to pace the Hawks on offense. Wintermote also went 3-for-4 with one run, steal and RBI apiece.

South Hamilton 10, CMB 2

CMB 002 000 0 – 2 2 NA

SH 001 315 X – 10 12 NA

CMB: Heather Jessen and Abbey Appelgate

SH: Ady Wintermote and Alyssa Hegland

WP: Wintermote

LP: Jessen

2B: CMB – Megan Ritter; SH – Hegland 2, Carly Swenson, Kayla Carlson

3B: SH – Kayla Lucas, Tiffany Jacobson

COLLINS – A gutsy comeback attempt came up short for Collins-Maxwell-Baxter against Prairie City-Monroe June 9 in Collins as the Raiders were handed a 10-5 Heart of Iowa Conference loss.

CMB gave up five runs in both the second and third innings to fall behind 10-2. But instead of rolling over, the Raiders outplayed the Mustangs over the final four innings.

Pitcher Heather Jessen shut out PCM over the final four innings with the help of solid play by the CMB defense. The Raider offense put two runs on the board in the fourth and another in the fifth, but they ran out of steam over the final two innings.

Payge Jurgens went 3-for-3 with a home run and two runs and RBI apiece for CMB in a losing effort. Mackenzie Schmitz was 2-for-4 with one run and Abbey Appelgate doubled in four at-bats.

As a team CMB totaled seven hits. Heather Jessen added a single and a walk, Avery Hlavacek scored once, Megan Ritter picked up a steal and a run, Mikayla Eslinger walked and drove in a run and Veronica Condon also picked up a free pass.

Jessen took the loss after allowing eight earned runs on 11 hits with three walks and one strikeout in seven innings.

Katie VandeWall went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI to pace PCM offensively. Krystal Pendroy singled and drove in three runs and Jennafer Uitermarkt went 2-for-4 with two runs for the Mustangs.

Racheal Freland picked up the win for PCM. She struck out six in seven innings of work.

PCM 10, CMB 5

PCM 055 000 0 – 10 11 NA

CMB 101 210 0 – 5 7 NA

PCM: Racheal Freland and Abi Gilson

CMB: Heather Jessen and Abbey Appelgate

WP: Freland

LP: Jessen

2B: PCM – Gilson; CMB – Appelgate

HR: PCM – Katie VandeWall; CMB – Payge Jurgens

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