C-I Softball stays on roll in M-8

Cambridge-Isanti needed a rallying boost which came in the bottom of the seventh to defeat visiting Big Lake 4-3 May 3. The win enabled the Bluejackets to stay within one game of Buffalo in the Mississippi 8.

Taylor Bowker came through with a deep fly to center to score the game-winner against Big Lake May 3.

Down 3-0 entering the bottom of the fifth, Kendall Sandberg delivered a run-scoring single and Katie McCann dropped down a bunt to make it 3-2. The Jackets tied it in the sixth when Allie Hanson blasted a lead-off double to deep left center and was later driven in on a two-out single to left by Hannah Thiry.

C-I pitcher Bailey Bakken worked out of jam in the top of the seventh to hold the Hornets to set the stage for the game winner in the bottom of the seventh.
With one out Katie McCann reached on a Big Lake error and then stole second base.  Amanda Hanson reached on a fielder’s choice when the defense tried to get the speedy McCann on a ground ball hit to second.  Hanson then swiped second, and Taylor Bowker launched a deep fly ball to center to drive in the winner on a sacrifice fly.
“I’m really proud of this team. Hitless for four innings, the players kept battling and didn’t quit for a minute,” noted Coach Dave Hanson. “This team is a lot of fun.”

• Bailey Bakken scattered 6 hits and had 7 strikeouts when Cambridge-Isanti defeated visiting Rogers 8-2 April 28.  Bakken also delivered at the plate with a 2-for-3 performance and 3 RBI.

Picking up single hits for C-I were Amanda Hanson, Allie Hanson, Erica Epsen, and Grace Smethers, with Amanda Hanson and Smethers producing an RBI each.

The Jackets produced three runs in the first, another three in the third, and finished their scoring with two in the sixth.  Taylor Bowker and Amanda Hanson each scored twice, with Katie McCann, Allie Hanson, Jessica Golden, and Kendall Sandberg also crossing home plate for the home team.

East snaps Jackets’ streak

The Jackets’ four-game win streak was snapped by Duluth East in a down-to-the-last-out 6-5 loss on April 29.

C-I jumped to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the third. After loading the bases, Allie Hanson knocked in run No. 1 with a single to right. Erica Epsen then cleared the bases with a long bomb double to left.

The Greyhounds then countered with two of their own in the top of the fourth, but it was the fifth inning that proved costly as the visitors scored four times on three Bluejacket errors. C-I almost pulled out  the comeback in the last at bat, scoring once and leaving runners stranded at the corners as the game ended on a sky-high pop-up.

Katie McCann had a great night a the plate going 2-for-3 with 2 runs scored. Also collecting 2 hits were Amanda Hanson and Taylor Bowker.

M-8 Softball

Buffalo 8-0, 9-0; Cambridge-Isanti 7-1, 8-2; Monticello 6-3, 7-3; Big Lake 5-4, 6-4; St. Michael-Alb. 5-4, 5-5; Becker 4-4, 4-4; Rogers 2-6, 3-6; Princeton 1-8, 1-8; Zimmerman 0-9, 0-9.