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No. 9 Bombers go 4-0 at Adel

Ballard’s Gabbie Scherle lays down a perfect bunt for a single during the first inning of the No. 9 Bombers’ 8-1 victory over Perry June 12 in Huxley.
Ballard’s Gabbie Scherle lays down a perfect bunt for a single during the first inning of the No. 9 Bombers’ 8-1 victory over Perry June 12 in Huxley.
Ellen Huxford successfully steals second base during Ballard’s win over Perry June 12.
Ellen Huxford successfully steals second base during Ballard’s win over Perry June 12.

ADEL – The Ballard softball team had a tremendous weekend at the Tiger Invitational in Adel Friday and Saturday.

The Bombers, ranked ninth in Class 4A, were a perfect 4-0 over the two days. They shut out all four of their opponents – whipping Roland-Story, Colfax-Mingo, Van Meter and Sergeant Bluff-Luton to improve to 13-3 on the season.

On Friday Ballard took care of Roland-Story by a 5-0 score and Colfax-Mingo by an 8-0 margin.

In the victory over Roland-Story, the Bombers scored a run in the third and four in the fourth. They finished with seven hits on offense.

Annie Stolte went 2-for-4 with a run, Gabbie Scherle was 1-for-3 with a walk and a run, Brooke Mallon singled and drove in a run, Olivia Hall went 1-for-3 with a run and a steal and Ellie Godwin ended up 1-for-2 with a run. Kenzie Ihle also hit a single and Alex Petersen drew a walk.

Ihle was the winning pitcher as she tossed a four-hitter with 10 strikeouts and two walks in seven innings.

Ballard took a 4-0 lead after three innings versus Colfax-Mingo. The Bombers added two runs in both the fourth and sixth frames to coast to victory behind another strong pitching performance from Ihle.

Ihle tossed a two-hitter with four strikeouts and one walk to earn the win. She also went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI at the plate.

As a team Ballard racked up 10 hits against Colfax-Mingo. Hall went 2-for-3, Scherle was 1-for-3 with three steals and runs apiece, Mallon finished with a single, Petersen went 1-for-2 with a run, Sheridan Gealow was 1-for-2 with a pair of RBI and Godwin and Jenna Moody both connected for a single.

On Saturday Ballard trounced Van Meter by a 13-0 score in six innings. The Bombers built an 8-0 lead through five innings, then put the final nail in the Bulldogs’ coffin with a five-run sixth inning.

Ballard pounded out an impressive 18 hits versus Van Meter. Six different players picked up multiple hits in the game.

Scherle went 3-for-4 with a walk, two runs and four RBI. Gealow went 2-for-2 with a double, two walks and two runs; Mallon was 2-for-3 with a walk and two RBI; Sydne Struve finished 2-for-3 with a walk and three runs and Godwin ended up 2-for-3 with a double, two runs and an RBI.

Kennedy Newell picked up a single and a walk, Ellen Huxford singled and drove in two runs, Moody was 1-for-1 with a run and an RBI and Mikayla Jones and Abbey Kahler both had a pinch-hit RBI single.

Ihle was again the victorious pitcher. She threw all six innings and gave up just two hits and one walk with seven strikeouts.

Ballard’s biggest victory came against a Sergeant Bluff-Luton team rated No. 4 in Class 3A. The Bombers crushed the Warriors by a 9-0 score.

Ihle was again fantastic on the mound, picking up her fourth shutout of the tournament. She tossed a one-hitter with five strikeouts and two walks.

The Bomber offense delivered eight hits. The third and sixth innings were their most successful stretches at the plate as they pasted Warrior pitcher Abby Nissen for five runs in the third and added three scores in the sixth.

Ihle was 2-for-2 with a solo home run and a walk and Petersen finished 2-for-3 with a run and two RBI for Ballard in the win. Newell was 1-for-4 with a run and RBI; Mallon hit one single; Huxford went 1-for-4 with a run; Struve singled and scored; Godwin walked, scored and drove in a run; Struve was 1-for-2 with a walk and a run and Hall walked twice.

Abby Kolar doubled once for the only Sergeant Bluff-Luton hit. Nissen took the loss as she allowed five earned runs with six walks and four strikeouts in six innings.

Ballard 5, Roland-Story 0

B 001 400 0 – 5 7 NA

R-S 000 000 0 – 0 4 NA

B: Kenzie Ihle and Brooke Mallon

WP: Ihle

Ballard 8, Colfax-Mingo 0

C-M 000 000 0 – 0 2 NA

B 103 202 X – 8 10 NA

B: Ihle and Mallon

WP: Ihle

2B: Ihle

Ballard 13, Van Meter 0 (6)

VM 000 000 – 0 2 NA

B 022 135 – 13 18 NA

VM: Hannah Mason and Bailey Richards

B: Ihle and Mallon

WP: Ihle

LP: Mason

2B: VM – Ali Flaherty; B – Ihle, Sheridan Gealow, Ellie Godwin

Ballard 9, Sergeant Bluff-Luton 0

SBL 000 000 0 – 0 1 NA

B 015 003 X – 9 8 NA

SBL: Abby Nissen and Britton Klemish

B: Ihle and Mallon

2B: SBL – Abby Kolar

HR: B – Ihle

HUXLEY – The long ball helped Ballard put away Perry early in a Raccoon River Conference matchup June 12 in Huxley.

The Bombers picked up two home runs with runners on base en route to an 8-1 victory.

Ballard scored three runs in each of the first two innings and added two more runs in the fourth. The pitching of Kenzie Ihle, backed by strong Bomber defense, was more than enough to keep the Bluejays at bay over the final three innings to secure the victory as Ballard improved to 3-2 in the RRC.

Brooke Mallon ignited things for Ballard when the Bomber catcher ripped a three-run home run over the fence in left field in the bottom of the first inning.

“I wasn’t going out looking for a home run,” Mallon said. “But I’ve been working in the cage a lot on line drives and not popping up. It seemed to work out.”

In the second inning Mallon drove in her fourth run of the game. Olivia Hall and Annie Stolte both singled and Gabbie Scherle reached on a bunt single to load the bases and Mallon hit a bloop single over Perry shortstop Katelyn Whelchel to drive in Ellie Godwin.

Ihle then ripped a two-run single to give Ballard a 6-0 lead.

Perry got on the board in the fourth inning when Alyssa Kruger doubled in Rachel Kinney with two outs.

But Ihle put a quick end to any momentum the Bluejays gained from their half of the inning when she smacked a two-run homer over the fence in center field. She then blanked Perry over the final three innings to wrap up the victory.

Ihle limited Perry to five hits and she struck out seven with two walks in seven innings to earn the victory.

“The defense was good tonight and we hit the ball really well,” Ihle said. “That’s less pressure on me.”

Both Ihle and Mallon finished with two hits and four RBI. Scherle went 2-for-4 with a steal and two runs, Hall was 2-for-3, Stolte finished 1-for-2 with a walk and two runs and Ellen Huxford went 1-for-2 with a walk and a steal.

The victory was a nice lift for Ballard in what has been a roller-coaster start to RRC play. The Bombers lost their conference opener to Carlisle, came back with big wins over a rated Bondurant-Farrar team and solid Boone club, and then lost to Winterset the night before the Perry game.

“Our conference is really good,” Ihle said. “You’ve got to come ready to play every night and forget about the past. We just forgot about last night and came back and played like we should’ve played.”

Kruger and Rose DeLateur both finished 2-for-3 and Kinney was 1-for-3 at the plate for Perry. Emma Olejniczak was the losing pitcher as she struck out three and walked two in six innings.

Ballard 8, Perry 1

P 000 100 0 – 1 5 1

B 330 200 X – 8 10 1

P: Emma Olejniczak and Kylie Brandt

B: Kenzie Ihle and Brooke Mallon

WP: Ihle

LP: Olejniczak

2B: P – Alyssa Kruger

HR: B – Ihle, Mallon

HUXLEY – After two big wins the previous two nights, Ballard had a bit of a letdown against Winterset in a 3-1 loss to the Huskies June 11 at Huxley.

Coming off victories over Bondurant-Farrar and Boone, Ballard outhit Winterset 9-8. But the Bombers couldn’t string anything together, scoring just one run in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Winterset plated three runs in the second on a Sammie Nicholson home run, then held on behind the pitching of Regan Thompson.

Gabbie Scherle was 3-for-4 with a run, Kenzie Ihle went 2-for-3 and Annie Stolte was 2-for-4 on offense for Ballard. Brooke Mallon singled and drove in a run, Ellie Godwin smacked a double and Sheridan Gealow drew one walk for the Bombers.

Ihle was the losing pitcher, despite not allowing an earned run. She gave up eight hits and struck out and walked one batter apiece.

Thompson finished with four strikeouts and one walk. Nicholson ended up 1-for-4 with three RBI, Macayla Criswell and Ellie McDonald were both 1-for-3 with a run and Macy Johnson finished 3-for-4 for the Huskies.

Winterset 3, Ballard 1

W 030 000 0 – 3 8 NA

B 000 001 0 – 1 9 NA

W: Regan Thompson and Kylie McDonald

B: Kenzie Ihle and Brooke Mallon

WP: Thompson

LP: Ihle

2B: B – Ellie Godwin

HR: W – Sammie Nicholson

HUXLEY – A big response in the sixth inning enabled Ballard to take down Boone, 6-3, in a Raccoon River Conference matchup June 10 at Huxley.

The Bombers fell behind 3-1 in the top of the sixth after Boone’s Kennedy Vinchattle ripped a three-run home run as one of only two Toreador hits all game. But instead of getting down, Ballard rose to the occasion by plating five runs in the bottom of the sixth to instantly regain control.

Ballard pitcher Kenzie Ihle then blanked Boone in the top of the seventh to wrap up the Bombers’ second big RRC win in as many nights. Ballard defeated a Bondurant-Farrar team ranked No. 2 in Class 3A by a 6-4 score in Bondurant the night before.

Ihle struck out three and walked two and she only allowed one earned run in seven innings to earn the win. She was backed up by an eight-hit Bomber attack on offense.

Annie Stolte went 2-for-4 with a double, steal and two RBI as the top Bomber hitter. Ellen Huxford and Ellie Godwin were both 1-for-2 with a run and an RBI apiece, Alex Petersen singled and drove in a run, Gabbie Scherle finished 1-for-4 with a steal and Ihle and Brooke Mallon each picked up one hit.

Sheridan Gealow drew three walks and scored once. Madison McInroy, Jenna Moody and Kennedy Newell each scored once for the Bombers.

Sam Mcllwain walked four and struck out three in six innings to take the loss for Boone. Carrie Overland singled and scored and Vinchattle added two walks to her home run for the Toreadors.

Ballard 6, Boone 3

Bo 000 003 0 – 3 2 NA

Ba 000 105 X – 6 8 NA

Bo: Sam Mcllwain and Laura Anderson

Ba: Kenzie Ihle and Brooke Mallon

WP: Ihle

LP: Mcllwain

2B: Ba – Annie Stolte

HR: Bo – Kennedy Vinchattle

BONDURANT – A big finish resulted in the biggest win of the season for Ballard when the Bombers took on Bondurant-Farrar June 9 in Bondurant.

Ballard trailed 4-2 through five innings, but rallied for a 6-4 victory over the No. 2 team in Class 3A.

Both teams plated two runs in the first inning, but Bondurant-Farrar came back with two more runs in the second and Ballard went through a four-inning dry spell. The Bombers pulled within 4-3 after five innings.

Then Ellie Godwin came up huge in the sixth to completely turn the tide. Godwin doubled and drove in three runs to put Ballard on top.

Ballard pitcher Kenzie Ihle kept Bondurant-Farrar off the board in the bottom of the sixth. The Bombers didn’t score in their half of the seventh, but it didn’t matter as Ihle turned in another shutout inning in the seventh to end the game.

The Bombers finished the night with 12 hits. Gabbie Scherle was 3-for-4 with a run, Ellen Huxford finished 2-for-3 with two runs and Annie Stolte picked up two singles.

Sheridan Gealow singled and scored; Ihle was 1-for-3 with walk; Brooke Mallon finished 1-for-3; Alex Petersen singled, walked and scored; Madison McInroy scored a run and Kennedy Newell stole a base for the Bombers.

Ihle gave up two earned runs on seven hits with two strikeouts and she worked around five walks over seven innings to pull off the victory.

Keely Bycroft took the loss for Bondurant-Farrar. She yielded two earned runs with eight strikeouts and four walks. Emily Wilson and Annika Ekstam both drove in two runs and Ashley Burrows was 1-for-2 with a walk and two runs for the Bluejays.

Ballard 6, Bondurant-Farrar 4

B 200 001 3 – 6 12 NA

B-F 220 000 0 – 4 7 NA

B: Kenzie Ihle and Brooke Mallon

B-F: Keely Bycroft and Annika Ekstam

WP: Ihle

LP: Bycroft

2B: B – Ellie Godwin

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