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Colfax-Mingo softball sweeps doubleheader

Published: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 12:28 p.m. CDT

DES MOINES — Colfax-Mingo swept a doubleheader against Grandview Park Baptist Tuesday night, and did so by winning the games in different fashions.

Freshman Amy Russell pitched her second-straight, complete-game two hitter in the opener for a 10-0 win in six innings.

The Tigerhawks led 2-0 before blowing the game open with eight runs in the top of the sixth. Colfax-Mingo had seven hits in the sixth inning, including RBI doubles from Brooke Nicholson and Erin Earles.

Rhiannon Haley went 3-for-4 in the victory and Jena Teed finished 2-for-3 with a RBI.

Russell was the only Tigerhawk who didn’t have a hit, but she more than made up for it in the circle. The right-hander struckout six, walked none and recorded three 1-2-3 innings.

Russell also threw a complete-game shutout against Grandview Park Baptist on May 29 at home. In 14 innings pitched against the Defenders this year, Russell has given up only three hits and struckout 16.

The nightcap of the doubleheader saw Colfax-Mingo erase a four-run deficit in the final two innings for a 10-9 win.

The Tigerhawks used a two-out rally in the sixth to tie the game at 9 and then scored the winning run in the seventh on a double from Russell. Ries Wilson, who scored the winning run, led off the seventh and reached base via an error.

Colfax-Mingo totaled 13 hits and four Tigerhawks had at least two hits each in the finale, led by Earles’ three-hit game. Teed and Jade Lewis both had two RBIs.

The teams were tied at 4-all after both teams scored in each of the first three innings. Grandview Park Baptist took the largest lead of the night in the fifth when it scored five runs for a 9-5 lead.

Wilson started the game in the circle for Colfax-Mingo (12-6) and pitched six innings. She gave up 11 hits, including a two-run home run to Grandview Park Baptist’s Emily Pinegar in the third inning that gave the Defenders a 4-3 advantage.