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Area softball roundup: Colfax-Mingo, CMB split doubleheader

Published: Thursday, July 3, 2014 10:15 a.m. CDT

Heart of Iowa conference foes Collins-Maxwell/Baxter and Colfax-Mingo split a doubleheader Wednesday night. CMB won the opener, 8-3, before Colfax-Mingo took the night cap, 12-5.

The Tigerhawks jumped out to a 3-0, third-inning lead in the first game. Colfax-Mingo scored twice in the first thanks in part to four walks and a sacrifice fly. Rylee Thompson drove in the team’s third run in the third with a single to center field.

CMB roared back in the fourth by scoring five runs in the inning. Mikayla Eslinger tied the game at 3-all with a bases-loaded double. Three batters later, Avery Hlavacek singled home two more runs to give the Raiders a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

CMB added one run in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings — Payge Jurgens led off hte seventh with a solo home run, her first of two on the night — for the final score. The Raiders totaled 14 hits in the opener, including five doubles.

The Tigerhawks avoided a sweep in the night cap by erasing a 5-2 lead in the final innings. Colfax-Mingo scored seven times in the top of the seventh to earn a 12-5 win.

The Tigerhawks scored five runs in the seventh and led 10-5 before CMB recorded its first out in the inning. Senior Jade Lewis broke a 5-all tie with an RBI double that scored Brooke Nicholson to start Colfax-Mingo’s scoring in the inning. The next three Tigerhawks all reached base, capped by a run-producing double from Amy Russell.

Russell had four hits, including three doubles, in the win. Nicholson added three hits as Colfax-Mingo totaled 16 as a team.

Mackenzie Garrett earned the win in the circle for the Tigerhawks. Garrett pitched three innings in relief of starter Ries Wilson and gave up only one hit, a single to Hlavacek in the fifth.

PCM wins fifth in a row

MONROE — Katie VandeWall’s three-run home run in the fifth inning gave Prairie City-Monroe an 11-0, run-rule shortened victory Wednesday night.

PCM’s Kayla Jennings went 3-for-3 with two RBI and Jayci Vos finished 2-for-4 with one run driven in and two stolen bases in the win.

Racheal Freland pitched five innings, allowing only one hit and striking out three.

The Mustangs play twice today. They host Collins-Maxwell/Baxter at 5:30 in a make-up game from Monday and then play North Polk at 7:30 p.m.

L-S downs

English Valley

SULLY — Lysandra James drove in three runs and 10 different Hawks had a hit as Lynnville-Sully wasted no time disposing of English Valleys Wednesday night, 15-0 in three innings.

Kasiah Ehresman led Lynnville-Sully as she was the only player with two. Jade Van Rees, Shaylin Lukehart and James all connected for doubles.

James has provided solid production from the nine-hole in the batting order each of the last two nights. Her RBI total for the season has increased from 11 to 17 in that span. Prior to Tuesday’s game, it had taken the junior 15 games to accumulate her previous six RBI.

The Hawks scored 10 runs in the first inning and five more in the second against English Valley (4-19). Lynnville-Sully (31-1) benefitted from nine stolen bases and six walks issued by Bears pitcher Claire Kingland.

Madison Rusmusson earned the win in the circle by pitching all three innings while giving up one hit and striking out five.

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