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No. 8 Ballard starts off 5-1

Kenzie Ihle
Kenzie Ihle

HUXLEY – The Ballard softball team went 3-0 at the Ballard Invitational Friday and Saturday in Huxley.

The Bombers, ranked No. 8 in Class 4A to start the season, whipped West Marshall on Friday, then downed North Polk and Lynnville-Sully on Saturday to improve to 5-1 on the season.

In the victory over West Marshall, Ballard scored twice in the second and fourth frames and four times in the sixth en route to an 8-1 victory

Ballard totaled 12 hits against the Trojans, including five doubles and one home run.

Annie Stolte was 3-for-3 with a double, two steals and one run, Ellen Huxford and Ellie Godwin each went 2-for-3 with a double and a run to lead Ballard at the plate. Godwin also had two RBI and one steal and Huxford knocked in one run.

Olivia Hall smacked a solo home run and scored twice, Kenzie Ihle doubled and drove in three runs, Sheridan Gealow doubled and picked up one run and RBI apiece for the Bombers. Gabbie Scherle went 1-for-2 with a run, walk and steal apiece, Brooke Mallon singled and Kennedy Newell scored once.

Ihle was the winning pitcher after throwing six scoreless innings with nine strikeouts and one walk. Abby Carlin threw the final inning and allowed one run on one hit with one strikeout.

On Saturday, Ballard crushed North Polk by a 12-2 score in five innings. The Bombers jumped out to a 5-0 lead after one inning and added another five-run outburst in the fourth inning to end the game early on account of the 10-run rule.

The Bombers pounded out 14 hits against the Comets. Stolte, Scherle, Gealow, Ihle and Godwin each collected two hits and Huxford, Carlin, Sydne Struve and Kennedy Newell picked up one apiece.

Stolte doubled, scored and drove in two runs; Scherle stole a base and scored twice; Gealow homered, walked, stole a base and drove in four runs; Ihle walked once and knocked in a run and Godwin delivered one run and RBI apiece. Huxford also had one run and one RBI, Struve homered and knocked in two runs, Carlin was 1-for 1 with a run and an RBI and Newell stole a base and scored once.

Ihle was the winning pitcher after giving up two runs on one hit with three walks and strikeouts apiece in four innings. Jones threw one hitless inning of relief with one strikeout and walk apiece.

Ballard ousted a Lynnville-Sully team rated third in 1A by a 6-2 margin on Saturday.

The Bombers built a 3-0 lead over Lynnville-Sully through three innings. The Hawks pulled within 3-2 going into the sixth, but Ballard plated three runs in the inning to reestablish a comfortable lead and coast to victory.

Ballard finished with 16 hits against Lynnville-Sully. Scherle went 3-for-4 with two steals one run and one RBI to lead the way for the Bombers at the plate.

Stolte, Gealow, Ihle, Struve and Godwin collected two hits apiece. Stolte doubled and scored twice; Gealow doubled, drove in two runs and scored once; Ihle knocked in a pair of runs and Godwin picked up one run and steal apiece.

Mallon, Hall and Alex Petersen each added one hit for Ballard. Petersen also drove in a run and Hall picked up one walk.

Ihle was the winning pitcher as she allowed one earned run on three hits with no strikeouts or walks going the full seven innings. Madison Rasmusson took the loss for Lynnville-Sully as she finished with two walks and one strikeout in seven innings.

Shelby Davis hit a solo home run for Lynnville-Sully and pinch runner Haley James scored the other Hawk run. Jade Van Rees and Shaylin Lukehart each singled once to account for the other Lynnville-Sully hits.

Ballard 8, West Marshall 1

B 020 204 0 – 8 12 NA

WM 000 000 0 – 0 3 NA

B: Kenzie Ihle, Abby Carlin (7) and Brooke Mallon

WP: Ihle

2B: Ihle, Annie Stolte, Sheridan Gealow, Ellen Huxford, Ellie Godwin

HR: Olivia Hall

Ballard 12, North Polk 2 (5)

B 511 50 – 12 14 NA

NP 001 10 – 2 1 NA

B: Ihle, Mikayla Jones (5) and Mallon

WP: Ihle

2B: Stolte

HR: Sheridan Gealow, Sydne Struve

Ballard 6, Lynnville-Sully 2

B 201 003 0 – 6 16 NA

LS 000 110 0 – 2 3 NA

B: Ihle and Mallon

EM: Madison Rasmusson and Becca Vos

WP: Ihle

LP: Rasmusson

2B: B – Stolte, Gealow

HR: LS – Shelby Davis

GRIMES – Ballard went up against the No. 1 team in 4A May 29 when the Bombers traveled to Grimes to take on Dallas Center-Grimes.

Ballard received quality pitching from Kenzie Ihle and she was supported by strong defensive play in the field. But the Bombers couldn’t get anything going at the plate against Filly ace Paige Lowary, suffering a 3-1 setback for their first loss of the season.

The game was a scoreless tie through four innings. But DCG plated a run in the bottom of the fifth and two more in the sixth and by the time Ballard got something going on offense it was too little, too late.

Ballard mustered just one hit against Lowary. Gabbie Scherle singled, stole a base and scored Ballard’s only run in the top of the seventh inning.

Sheridan Gealow drew a walk and pinch runner Madison McInroy stole a base for the Bombers.

Ihle gave up three runs – just one earned – on five hits with five walks and no strikeouts, going all six innings for Ballard. Lowary struck out 11 in seven innings to pick up the victory for DCG.

Jackie Peyton doubled in two runs, Brooke Kramer singled and scored and Madison Carpenter and Dani Heritage each crossed the plate once for DCG. Lowary, Allison O-Brien and Rachel Lowary each picked up one single for the Fillies.

DCG 3, Ballard 1

B 000 000 1 – 1 1 NA

DCG 000 012 X – 3 5 NA

Ballard: Kenzie Ihle and Brooke Mallon

DCG: Paige Lowary and Paige Shanno

WP: Lowary

LP: Ihle

2B: DCG – Jackie Peyton

CONRAD – Ballard opened the season by going 2-0 at the BCLUW Invitational May 26 as the Bombers knocked off South Hamilton and East Marshall at Conrad.

Ballard crushed South Hamilton by a 12-0 score in four innings. The Bombers broke the game open with a seven-run second inning.

Olivia Hall was 3-for-3 with a double, two runs and three RBI and Kenzie Ihle went 3-for-3 with two doubles and three RBI to pace Ballard’s 15-hit attack against the Hawks. Gabbie Scherle went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI, Ellen Huxford was 2-for-2 with two runs and RBI apiece, Sheridan Gealow doubled and scored, Brooke Mallon doubled in a run, Mikayla Jones had a pinch-hit RBI single and Sydne Struve singled and scored for the Bombers.

Ihle threw an abbreviated no-hitter with nine strikeouts and one walk in four innings. Carly Swenson walked once as the only South Hamilton base runner and Leandra Diersen was the losing Hawk pitcher after allowing nine runs with two strikeouts and walks apiece in two innings.

In a much more competitive affair, Ballard downed an East Marshall team rated No. 3 in Class 3A by a 4-3 score in a shortened five-inning affair.

The Bombers plated three runs in the third inning and another in the fourth to build a 4-1 lead. The Mustangs came back with two runs in the fifth to put a scare into the Bombers, but they couldn’t get over the hump.

Ihle gave up three runs – two earned – on three hits with seven strikeouts and two walks in 4 2/3 innings to pick up the victory. Abby Carlin gave up two hits and didn’t allow a walk or a run in 1/3 inning to close out East Marshall.

Ihle homered and drove in three runs and Ellie Godwin was 2-for-2 with a solo home run and two runs for Ballard in the victory. Scherle singled and scored, Mallon and Alex Petersen both singled and walked once and Struve and Annie Stolte each walked once against East Marshall.

Taylor Fricke went 3-for-3 with a solo home run and Mariah Fritz was 2-for-3 with a run for East Marshall in a losing effort. Haley Long was the losing Mustang pitcher after giving up four earned runs with six walks and three strikeouts in four innings of work.

Ballard 12, South Hamilton 0 (4)

SH 000 0 – 0 0 NA

B 270 3 – 12 15 NA

SH: Leandra Diersen, Ady Wintermote (3) and Alyssa Hegland

B: Kenzie Ihle and Brooke Mallon

WP: Ihle

LP: Diersen

2B: B – Ihle 2, Mallon, Sheridan Gealow, Olivia Hall

Ballard 4, East Marshall 3 (5)

B 003 10 – 4 6 NA

EM 010 02 – 3 5 NA

B: Kenzie Ihle, Abby Carlin (5) and Brooke Mallon

EM: Haley Long, Mariah Fritz (5) and Ashley Allen

WP: Ihle

LP: Long

SV: Carlin

HR: B – Ihle, Ellie Godwin; EM – Taylor Fricke

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