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No. 6 Bombers finish 10-4 in RRC

Kenzie Ihle
Kenzie Ihle
Brooke Mallon
Brooke Mallon
Annie Stolte
Annie Stolte
Olivia Hall
Olivia Hall

ADEL – Playing its second game in one day cooled down a hot Ballard softball team in a 1-0 loss to Adel-Desoto-Minburn Monday in Adel.

Ballard, ranked No. 6 in Class 4A, whipped Bondurant-Farrar by a 12-3 score at home in a makeup game earlier Monday afternoon.

But Ballard’s bats went silent against a tough ADM squad. Kenzie Ihle pitched a strong game against the Tigers, but the Bombers only tallied four hits, falling to 25-6 overall and finishing up 10-4 in the Raccoon River Conference.

ADM scored the game’s only run in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Gabbie Scherle, Annie Stolte, Ellen Huxford and Ellie Godwin each singled once for Ballard’s only hits. Brooke Mallon and Olivia Hall each walked once and Scherle and pinch runner Kennedy Newell each stole a base.

Ihle gave up one earned run on four hits in six innings. She struck out nine and walked two.

ADM 1, Ballard 0

B 000 000 0 – 0 4 NA

ADM 000 001 X – 1 4 NA

B: Kenzie Ihle and Brooke Mallon

LP: Ihle

HUXLEY – The hits kept on coming for Ballard against Bondurant-Farrar early Monday afternoon in Huxley as the Bombers pounded out 17 in a 12-3 victory over the Bluejays.

Ballard scored at least two runs in four different innings, rolling to its 10th-consecutive victory. It also marked the sixth game in a row the Bombers scored at least 12 runs.

The game was tied at 3-3 going into the bottom of the third as Ballard scored three times in the bottom of the second and Bondurant-Farrar answered with three runs of its own in the top of the third. But the Bombers came back with three more runs in the bottom of the third, and after shutting out the Bluejays in the top of the fourth, they tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the inning to take charge.

A four-run Bomber sixth inning put the final nail in Bondurant-Farrar’s coffin as Ballard – rated sixth in Class 4A – completed a season sweep of the No. 9 team in 3A.

Ballard smacked three home runs in the win. Olivia Hall went 3-for-3 with a homer, two runs and RBI apiece; Kenzie Ihle was 3-for-4 with a double, home run, and two RBI and Annie Stolte belted her first long ball of the season, finishing 1-for-3 with two RBI.

Ellie Godwin went 2-for-2 with a double, walk, steal and two runs and Brooke Mallon was 2-for-4. Kennedy Newell finished 1-for-1 with two runs and an RBI, Alex Petersen went 1-for-4 with a steal and one run and RBI apiece, Ellen Huxford and Sydne Struve both singled and drove in a run, Gabbie Scherle singled and walked and Sam McInroy picked up one hit for the Bombers.

Ihle gave up three unearned runs on four hits with 10 strikeouts and three walks in seven innings to earn the victory on the mound for Ballard.

Ballard 12, Bondurant-Farrar 3

B-F 003 000 0 – 3 4 NA

B 033 204 X – 12 17 NA

B: Kenzie Ihle and Brooke Mallon

WP: Ihle

2B: Ihle, Ellie Godwin

HR: Ihle, Annie Stolte, Olivia Hall

PERRY – The Bombers lived up to their name on July 3 at Perry.

Ballard rocketed balls off the bat all game long, scoring twelve runs in four innings and resulting in a 12-0 victory.

The Bombers had two long bombs land over the fence as senior catcher Brooke Mallon and senior pitcher Kenzie Ihle hit back-to-back home runs in an eight-run second inning that put the game away early.

“Kenzie has a tradition of hitting home runs right after I do,” Mallon said. “It’s kind of fun to joke around with her.”

The game was another notch in an impressive stretch of dominance for Ballard. In their previous five games, the Bombers had outscored their opponents, 71-9.

“We did a nice job of continuing the momentum we’ve been on,” Ballard head coach Staci Sniezek said. “I thought we did a good job of keeping the focus even if we didn’t keep that going in the first inning. We did a nice job second, third and fourth.”

In the first inning of the game the Bombers went three up, three down. Ihle and the defense closed out Perry in the bottom of the inning with the same result.

As the second inning began the bats came alive for Ballard. Seven hits, two home runs and two errors helped the Bombers rack up eight runs.

Sophomore designated hitter Olivia Hall batted in the first run on an error to third base.

“I felt like I did really well,” Hall said. “I did what I needed to do for my team.”

Five batters later, senior shortstop Annie Stolte drove in two runs on a double. Mallon and Ihle’s home runs closed out the scoring for the inning.

The bottom of the second saw Perry receive it only hit on the evening before being retired.

“I felt really good about my pitching and it helps when you have runs on the board,” Ihle said. “It really makes you feel relaxed out there and play your game.”

Ihle ended up with three strikeouts and two walks.

Three singles in the top of the third were enough to give the Bombers another run. They followed it up by once again shutting out the Bluejays in the bottom of the inning.

With the bases loaded in the top of the fourth inning, sophomore first baseman Sydne Struve hit the ball past outfielders, scoring in three runs for the Bombers before being thrown out at third. Unable to produce any runs in the bottom of the inning, Perry had to settle for defeat.

“This was a trap game after coming off a big win last night,” Sniezek said referring to a 13-1 revenge win over Winterset. “(It was) a nice power hitting night. We made the plays we had to make and then we went beyond and made some nice plays that will take away some hits.”

The win was the eighth shutout for the Bombers on the season.

Ballard has been given a first round bye to start off Class 4A regional play.

“I think that it really helps coming into the postseason that we are peaking at the right time,” Mallon said. “I think if we just keep up our practice, we can make it wherever we want to.”

Emma Olejniczack struck out four and walked one in four innings to take the loss for Perry. Rachel Kinney singled for the only Bluejay hit. – Story by Jonathan Krueger

Ballard 12, Perry 0 (4)

B 081 3 – 12 14 NA

P 000 0 – 0 1 NA

B: Kenzie Ihle and Brooke Mallon

P: Emma Olejniczak and Kylie Brandt

WP: Ihle

LP: Olejniczak

2B: B – Ihle, Annie Stolte, Olivia Hall, Sydne Struve

HR: B – Ihle, Mallon

WINTERSET – A pair of big innings helped Ballard roll past Winterset, 13-1, in five innings July 2 at Winterset.

After taking a 2-0 lead through two innings, the Bombers broke loose for five runs in the third. Winterset pulled within 7-1 after four innings, but Ballard exploded again in the fifth – this time scoring six times.

Winterset was unable to score in the bottom of the inning to give Ballard the win due to the 10-run rule. The victory decisively avenged a 3-1 loss to Winterset earlier in the season.

Gabbie Scherle was 3-for-3 with a walk, two runs and an RBI to pace Ballard’s 13-hit attack. Annie Stolte went 2-for-3 with a double, walk, run and two RBI; Ellie Godwin ended up 2-for-3 with two runs and RBI apiece and Olivia Hall was 2-for-4 with a pair of runs and RBI.

Brooke Mallon hit a solo home run, Ellen Huxford was 1-for-3 with two runs, Alex Petersen went 1-for-2 with two walks and one run and RBI apiece, Sydne Struve was 1-for-4 with two runs and an RBI and Kenzie Ihle knocked in one run for the Bombers.

Ihle picked up the win. She allowed one unearned run on six hits with one strikeout and two walks in five innings.

Regan Thompson took the loss for Winterset as she allowed seven runs – five earned – with three walks and no strikeouts in three innings. Ericka Shahan gave up five runs – four earned – with two walks and one strikeout in two innings for the Huskies.

Alexis Clouse doubled and scored Winterset’s only run. Macayla Criswell was 2-for-2 with an RBI for the Huskies.

Ballard 13, Winterset 1 (5)

B 115 06 – 13 13 NA

W 000 10 – 1 6 NA

B: Kenzie Ihle and Brooke Mallon

W: Regan Thompson, Ericka Shahan (4) and Kylie McDonald

WP: Ihle

LP: Thompson

2B: B – Annie Stolte; W – Alexis Clouse

HR: B – Mallon

HUXLEY – Back-to-back six-run innings propelled Ballard to a convincing 13-1 victory over Roland-Story in three innings July 1 at Huxley.

The Bombers broke a 1-1 tie with six runs in the second. They plated six more runs in the third to end the game on account of the 12-run rule put in place after three innings.

Ballard totaled nine hits and stole six bases as a team. Pitcher Kenzie Ihle tossed a no-hitter with four strikeouts and two walks in three innings to get the victory.

Gabbie Scherle and Brooke Mallon led Ballard offensively. Scherle went 2-for-2 with three steals, one walk, three runs and two RBI and Mallon was 1-for-2 with a home run, walk, steal, two runs and three RBI.

Alex Petersen went 2-for-2 with two runs and Annie Stolte was 1-for-1 with a double, walk and two steals, runs and RBI apiece for the Bombers. Olivia Hall and Ellen Huxford were both 1-for-1 with a run and Ihle finished 1-for-3 with two RBI.

Erin Nuetzman gave up seven runs – just one earned – on four hits with two strikeouts and walks apiece in two innings, taking the loss for Roland-Story. Sydney Mathis allowed six runs – three earned – on five hits with one walk in 2/3 of an inning.

Cassie Shadlow scored Roland-Story’s only run.

Ballard 13, Roland-Story 1

R-S 100 – 1 0 NA

B 166 – 13 9 NA

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

B: Kenzie Ihle and Brooke Mallon

WP: Ihle

LP: Nuetzman

2B: B – Annie Stolte

HR: B – Mallon

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