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Tigerhawk softball crushes Keota

COLFAX — Coming off a weekend where players faced Class 3A and 4A pitching, the Colfax-Mingo offense got off to a slow start against 1A Keota on Monday night.

But when the offense got rolling, it was tough for the Eagles to slow them down.

Colfax-Mingo went up three up, three down in the first inning but still dominated Keota 18-0 in three innings during a South Iowa Cedar League game.

In the second inning, the Tigerhawks sent 24 batters to the plate and scored all 18 of their runs.

“I don’t want to pile on somebody, but we just came off three games where we got piled on,” Colfax-Mingo coach Bryan Poulter said. “Our girls deserve a chance to hit the ball hard and feel good about themselves, too.”

Junior Colbee Cunningham got another win in the circle and tossed her first no-hitter of the season. She had a perfect game through two innings before a pair of errors in the third gave Keota (0-10 overall, 0-9 in SICL play) its only two base runners of the game.

Cunningham improved to 6-4 in the circle. She fanned seven and walked zero in the victory.

In the 18-run second inning, Colfax-Mingo (8-9, 5-3) recorded 10 hits and were handed five walks and were hit by three pitches.

“I haven’t seen anything like that before,” Poulter said of the 18-run inning. “I give our kids some credit. They made good contact, and hit spots where the defense wasn’t.”

Poulter said he expected a slow start offensively after facing top-notch talent and three ranked teams this weekend.

The Tigerhawks were out in front of pitches in the first inning and even some in the second, but the offense eventually got going.

“Our most aggressive hitters came up to the plate right away and coming off a weekend where we saw 4A pitching, it was night and day.,” Poulter said. “It’s really hard to make an adjustment with the variance of pitching speeds.”

Junior Chelsea Russell, freshman Madison Gilkison, eighth-grader Kylie Doty and junior Braedynn Rawlins all batted three times in the second inning.

Russell singled and walked twice and her courtesy runner, freshman Chelsey Temple, scored three times.

Gilkison reached on a fielder’s choice, walked and was hit by a pitch. She scored three times.

Doty walked and doubled twice. She scored two runs and her second double drove in a pair of runs.

Rawlins had an RBI single, reached on an error and was hit by a pitch. She also scored twice.

The top of the order was retired in order in the first inning, but all three batters reached base on their other two at-bats.

Senior Ries Wilson had an RBI double and an RBI single in the second, and she scored twice. Senior Rhiannon Haley walked, was hit by a pitch and scored twice.

Cunningham smoked a two-run double and then hit an RBI single. Her courtesy runner, freshman Brennan Rhone, scored twice.

“It was an improvement when it comes to off-the-bench base running,” Poulter said. “I thought Chelsey Temple and Brennan Rhone ran the bases well. It’s been something we are trying to improve on, and I was happy with all the girls who came into the game in those situations.”

Aside from the base running improvements, there wasn’t a lot to gain from the win.

“There isn’t a lot of balls in play to challenge our defense, and Colbee overpowered most of the hitters,” Poulter said. “There’s not a bunch to gain from it, but that’s why we play the schedule we play.”

Freshman Kira Warrick had on hit and two RBIs from the No. 9 spot in the batting order. She was filling in at second base for junior Delaney Underwood, who will be in Minnesota for a golf event through Wednesday.

Sophomore AJ Wilson and eighth-grader Mariah Webster shared batting duties in the No. 8 spot in the lineup.

AJ Wilson had a fielder’s choice RBI in her only plate appearance. Webster, who was the flex player in the game, recorded an RBI double and an RBI walk in her two at-bats. She scored once.

Colfax-Mingo hosts !A No. 14 Grand View Christian at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Colfax.

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