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Raiders knock off Cubs in eight innings

Collins-Maxwell-Baxter’s Taylor Ross gets ready to corral a fly ball in center field during the Raiders’ 6-5 eight-inning victory over Nevada June 23 at Collins.
Collins-Maxwell-Baxter’s Taylor Ross gets ready to corral a fly ball in center field during the Raiders’ 6-5 eight-inning victory over Nevada June 23 at Collins.
CMB left fielder Megan Ritter runs down a deep fly ball during the Raiders’ win over Nevada June 23.
CMB left fielder Megan Ritter runs down a deep fly ball during the Raiders’ win over Nevada June 23.

COLLINS – It took extra innings for Collins-Maxwell-Baxter to take down Nevada on Monday.

A career game by senior first baseman Abbie Haupert helped the Raiders to a 6-5 victory in the eight innings.

Haupert batted in the winning run in the bottom of the eighth.

“I always love being in those types of situations,” Haupert said, “because at the end of it you make yourself feel so good, and then you feel good about the team win too.”

In Haupert’s five at-bats on the evening, she connected with four hits, including two doubles and a triple. In total on the night she batted in three runs.

“I just started to go with the pitch as much as I could,” Haupert said. “I practiced that in our hitting a little today.”

The Raiders started down early after the second inning. In the top of the second, Nevada had a 3-1 lead, with runs batted in by Abby Stephenson and Kelsey Haley.

CMB pitcher Heather Jessen caught her groove in the third inning.

“After we gave up those three early runs she really pitched great,” CMB head coach Troy Houge said. “You’re going to give up hits once in a while.”

A double in the third inning by Haupert led to her scoring on a hit by catcher Abbey Appelgate. Jessen pitched two more scoreless innings while giving up two hits.

“(I) go out and do my best,” Jessen said. “I try to get them to swing at pitches.”

A triple by Haupert in the fourth drove in senior center fielder Taylor Ross.

“I have struggled a little this season,” Haupert said. “Tonight I really focused with that and it obviously showed real well for me today.”

An error on a hit by freshman second baseman Mikayla Eslinger knocked Haupert in. At the next at bat, freshman center fielder Megan Ritter scored Eslinger after an error got her to third, giving the Raiders a 5-3 lead by the end of the fifth inning.

In the sixth inning the Raiders gave up a run on three hits by the Cubs. In the top of the seventh inning, Jessen gave up a home run to sophomore designated hitter Madi Highland.

“That home run seems more than it is, but it’s the seventh inning and ties it up,” Houge said.

The Raiders did not get a hit in the bottom of the inning, sending the game into extra innings.

Jessen only allowed one hit in the top of the eighth, giving the Raiders a chance to take the win.

“I think she settled down and did really well when we needed her late in the game,” Houge said. “In that eighth inning, she shut them down and gave us a chance to win the game.”

In the bottom of the eighth, eighth-grade pinch hitter Avery Hlavacek singled and junior shortstop Mackenzie Schmitz sacrifice bunted, which led to an error and the runners advancing an extra base.

“Just doing little things like that,” Houge said. “That’s what we try to do all the way every game, and that’s just playing solid defense.”

After Ross was walked, Haupert came to the plate with the bases loaded and hit a grounder up the middle past second base, scoring a run and winning the game.

“Wasn’t where we wanted to be, but we did enough to win and made the plays when we had to,” Hogue said.

The win put the Raiders 11-10 on the season.

CMB 6, Nevada 5 (8)

N 120 001 10 – 5 12 4

CMB 101 030 01 – 6 12 5

N: Alex Van Dam and Tanner Messerli

CMB: Heather Jessen and Abbey Applegate

WP: Jessen

LP: Van Dam

2B: N: Skye Borton, Erica Helton. CMB: Abbie Haupert 2, Mackenzie Schmitz, Megan Ritter.

3B: CMB: Haupert.

HR: N: Madi Highland.

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