COLFAX — One night after struggling against Class 4A No. 13 Newton, the Colfax-Mingo softball team returned to its home field and bounced back in a big way.
The Tigerhawks cranked out 14 hits, played better defense and junior Colbee Cunningham continued her success in the circle during an 11-1, five-inning victory over Lynnville-Sully in a South Iowa Cedar League game.
Colfax-Mingo lost 17-1 to Newton and was held to four hits on May 31. The Tigerhawks (4-5 overall, 3-2 in the SICL) were better in all three facets on June 1, and it brought them closer to .500.
Cunningham held the Hawks (5-4, 4-1) to three hits and the run she allowed was unearned. She fanned five and walked two.
C-M senior Rhiannon Haley had three hits, scored two runs and had one RBI. Senior Ries Wilson, Cunningham, juniors Chelsea Russell and Delaney Underwood and freshman Madison Gilkison all had two hits.
Wilson, Haley and Russell all scored twice and Russell and Gilkison each had three RBIs. Eighth-grader Kylie Doty had one hit, one walk and one run.
The Tigerhawks scored all 11 runs in three innings. They plated five in the third, two in the fourth and four in the fifth.
Colfax-Mingo played at Sigourney on June 4, hosted Pella Christian on June 5 and hosted English Valleys on June 6.
The Tigerhawks play Tri-County at 6 p.m. on June 7 in Thornburg.
North Mahaska 3,
NEW SHARON — Cunningham struck out 11 batters in the circle on May 30, but the Tigerhawks couldn’t take full advantage of its 10 hits during a 3-2, 10-inning road loss to North Mahaska during SICL play.
Cunningham allowed three earned runs on six hits and walked five to add to her 11 strikeouts.
The Tigerhawks left eight runners on base.
Haley was 3-for-5 at the plate with two doubles, one run and one RBI, and Wilson had a pair of hits, including a triple.
Sophomore AJ Wilson collected two hits, and Gilkison walked twice.
Colfax-Mingo scored first with a single run in the third. Wilson hit a one-out triple and then scored on Haley’s RBI single.
North Mahaska tied the game in the sixth. Both teams plated a run in the eighth to keep the game going.
The Tigerhawk run was scored after back-to-back doubles by Haley and Cunningham.
Two of North Mahaska’s six hits came in the bottom of the 10th inning.
The Warhawks loaded the bases with one out, and the game ended on a sacrifice fly by Emma Duecore.
COLFAX — An impressive start to the 2018 season by the Newton softball team is being noticed by folks outside of Jasper County.
So much so that the Cardinals moved into the Class 4A rankings this week.
In their first game since being ranked, 4A No. 13 Newton didn’t miss a beat. The Cardinals’ torrid offensive start continued as they pounded out 12 hits and took advantage of several Colfax-Mingo miscues during a 17-1, three-inning win on May 31.
The Cardinals improved to 4-0 on the season.
They have scored at least 10 runs in each of those wins and have outscored their opponents 56-9 during that stretch.
For Colfax-Mingo, it was a night of too many mistakes. The Tigerhawks committed five errors in the field, and half of those came in Newton’s 12-run second inning.
“The mistakes hurt us. We should have been out of those innings. It shouldn’t have gotten that out of hand,” Colfax-Mingo coach Bryan Poulter said.
“(Ries Wilson) is going to make pitches they will hit. We have to make plays. And most of those were routine plays.”
Newton was up 4-1 after one inning.
The Cardinals got their first two runs off a Tigerhawk error on a fly ball to the outfield.
Then, former Tigerhawk Mackensie Brown laced a two-run double to the gap in left-center field.
Colfax-Mingo put two runners on with one out in the bottom of the first.
Haley reached on an error and then Cunningham singled. Haley then was thrown out at third after a ball hit by Gilkison landed in the infield.
Russell then drove in Cunningham to make it 4-1.
Newton sent 17 batters to the plate in the second inning, and Colfax-Mingo committed four errors.
While the defense wasn’t great and the pitching wasn’t perfect, the hitting also continues to be an issue for Colfax-Mingo. One night after scoring just two runs in a loss to North Mahaska, the Tigerhawks managed four hits against Coyle.
Haley, Cunningham, Russell and Underwood recorded the hits.
Wilson took the loss for Colfax-Mingo but only four of the 16 runs she allowed were earned. She surrendered 10 hits and walked four.
PELLA — Colfax-Mingo couldn’t overcome a slow start to 4A Pella, and the Dutch sent the Tigerhawks home with a 12-2, six-inning non-conference loss on May 29.
The Tigerhawks were held to just two hits by Pella starter Maddie Parks, who also struck out seven and walked three in the circle.
Pella led 5-0 after two innings, and then it went up 8-0 after five.
Colfax-Mingo plated two runs on a two-run double by Cunningham in the top of the sixth inning, but the Dutch ended the game early with a four-run bottom of the sixth.
Pella scattered 13 hits against Wilson, who took the loss in the circle after allowing nine earned runs. She walked four and struck out.
The Tigerhawk defense committed five errors.
Cunningham was 1-for-3 at the plate for the Tigerhawks. Doty tripled for C-M’s other hit.
Russell and Wilson both walked and Haley and Russell both scored runs.