Earning two more victories this past week, Cambridge-Isanti softball set the stage for a huge series with Mississippi 8 leader Buffalo this week. The Bluejackets travel to Buffalo May 13 then host the Bison on May 17.
“The Bison are on top of the conference and have a very good sophomore pitcher who has dominated most of their games this season, holding many opponents to one run or less. Buffalo is really disciplined and coached extremely well. They’ve always played very solid defense at every position, and every batter knows how to handle the bat,” scouted C-I Coach Dave Hanson. “Hopefully, we can be in position to give them a battle in these next games. Like most games, the outcome will be decided on defense and clutch hitting.”
Hanson’s Bluejackets had their bats heated up in a 15-2, five-inning win at Princeton May 5, racking up 13 hits. Katie McCann and Bailey Bakken both had 2 hits, and the rest of the lineup contributed either a hit or RBI. Kate Hammero, Taylor Bowker and Grace Smethers all smoked doubles in the win.
Bakken tossed three innings for C-I, with Hammero going the final two.
C-I 8, Zimmerman 1
The Bluejackets stayed within a half-game of Buffalo by keeping the Thunder winless May 10, opening up the game with three runs in the fifth. Bakken went 3-for-4, with both McCann and Amanda Hanson garnering 2 hits.
Bakken picked up her 10th win on the season, allowing only 3 hits and striking out 6.
“I was happy with our defensive play, but we’ll need to hit better in the clutch down the stretch of our season,” said Coach Hanson who saw his team strand 14 runners on base.
Buffalo 10-1, 11-1; Cambridge-Isanti 9-1, 10-2; St. Michael-Alb. 7-4, 7-5; Becker 7-5, 7-5; Monticello 6-6, 7-6; Big Lake 6-4, 7-4; Rogers 3-7, 4-7; Princeton 1-10, 1-10; Zimmerman 0-11, 0-11.
Isle 9, Braham 2
The host Huskies remained undefeated and in control of Great River softball with a home victory over the Bombers May 9. Braham pitchers struggled with 15 walks, and the defense lapsed with 4 errors.
“Isle is a quality team. They have a good pitcher, not dominating. Their fielding is excellent, and they’re hitting enough to win,” said Bomber Coach Becky Swanson. “This game should have been more like 3-2 or 4-2.”
Kelsey Sorenson-Giffrow went 2-for-3 to lead the Bombers, and Liz Anderson singled home both runs. Dani Braund drew 2 walks and was a wall behind the plate.
• On May 10, Braham fell to Hinckley-Finlayson 7-2.
Isle 9-0, 12-0; Hinckley-Fin. 7-2, 9-4; Pine City 5-2, 6-7; Ogilvie 4-4, 7-5; Braham 3-5, 4-6; East Central 2-6, 4-9; Rush City 1-7, 1-8; Aitkin 1-6, 2-7.