SPRING SPORTS UPDATES: Improving to 1-2 in the Mississippi 8 (3-4 all), Cambridge-Isanti fastpitch blanked visiting Monticello 10-0 April 17. Jessica Golden surrendered only 1 single in the complete game shutout, recording 2 strikeouts and no walks. Leading the Bluejackets at the plate were Taylor Bowker and Golden, both going 3-for-3 (double and 2 singles each). DH Kate Hammero added 2 hits and 2 RBI.
• In their second M-8 game on April 12, the Bluejackets fell to visiting Big Lake 11-6. Golden pitched 4 innings and took the loss, giving up 4 runs. C-I jumped out to an early 3-0 lead on singles by Katie McCann and Leah Ponting. Amanda Hanson laced an RBI double off the fence, but Ponting was thrown out at the plate. Bowker followed with a long home run over the fence to plate 2 runs. Bowker added another HR in the fifth for a 4-RBI day. McCann and Hanson each had 3 hits.
• On Saturday, the Jackets dropped a make-shift double-header to Duluth East (12-4) and Duluth Central (4-3).
CCS Baseball notches two wins
Cambridge Christian baseball opened the season with two victories, starting with a clean 10-0 home win in six innings over Northlakes April 10. Anthony Lecceardone tossed five shutout innings, and Alex Moses finished off by pitching the sixth.
On April 17, the Warriors held off Liberty Classical 9-7 with another home win. Lecceardone limited LC to 4 runs over six innings, and Moses finished up again. He was aided by a great catch by Peter Maring in centerfield to end the game.
CCS Softball rolls to two wins
Warrior softball opened the season with a 22-8 win over Nothlakes April 10. Annie KinCannon pitched 5 innings with 5 strikeouts and allowed only 5 hits. KinCannon hit a triple, with Mikayla Lecceardone, Kellie Pedersen and Kim Walburg each adding a hit in the game where the NL pitcher struggled with control. CCS fielded well and ran the bases aggressively.
On April 17, the Warriors posted a 27-3 win over an inexperienced Liberty Classical team, with KinCannon picking up another win on the rubber.
Bomber Baseball opens defense of GRC with win
The Bombers opened their defense of the Great River baseball title by shutting out the host Lions 3-0 April 13. Nick Hammond struck out 8 and allowed just 2 hits over 7 innings, plus he drove in a run.
Casey Grell reached on an error to start the game. Sam Stigen followed with a double down the line. Two batters later, Nick Hammond grounded out to short to drive in Grell. In the seventh, the Bombers added insurance when Kevin Strelow singled and scored on a passed ball, then Tyler Vaughan reached and scored on another passed ball.
• On April 17, the Bombers suffered a 5-1 setback at Hinckley.
Braham Softball falls to Lions, Jaguars
The Bombers opened the season with a 23-13 loss at Ogilvie April 13. Dani Braund was 5-for-5 and scored 4 runs with 2 RBI for Braham. In her first start, Natalie Bacon was 3-for-4 with a walk, adding 4 RBI. Getting 2 hits each were Becca Cuda, Laura Parson and Bella Williams.
• April 17, host Hinckley-Finlayson defeated Braham 7-3 behind their tough pitcher. Sara Tomlinson pitched well for the Bombers and stroked a 2-run double.
Braham Track 4th, 5th at Ogilvie Speed
The Braham girls were 4th and the boys 5th at the April 12 Ogilvie Speed Meet which was swept by the Hinckley-Finlayson squads. Austyn Eng in the 300 hurdles and Jaclyn Hollenkamp in the 200 posted 1st places for the Bomber girls.
Eng and Hollenkamp teamed with Julia Lindgren and Kayla Nickles to win the 4×200 (1:57.7). More Bomber girls highlights: Rachel Eskuri 2nd in the 1600 (6:01), Hollenkamp 2nd in the 100 (13.7) and Jenna Winter 2nd in the pole vault (7-06).
Jacob Rajkowksi had two 2nd-places for the Bomber boys in the 400 (51.9) and 200 (23.8). Luke Whitehead added a 2nd in the 100 (11.4), and Zach Dahlman took 2nd in the pole vaut (9-06).
C-I Bowling drops series
Taking on Inver Grove Heights/Simley April 13, the Cambridge-Isanti adapted bowling squad was swept by the Spartans. IGH/S took the PI team score 1593-1470, then they racked up a 1950-1879 win in the CI division.
Leading scorers for the Bluejackets over the two games in the PI division were: Victoria Koukol (387), Dominic Slattery (387), Chrissy Schermerhorn (353), and Cody Beardslee (343).
Pacing the Jackets in the CI games were: Jon Furlong (411), Cory Hoover (375), Joshua Cook (366) and Austin Sprandal (352).
Jacket boys track wins triangular
The Bluejacket boys scored 100 points to defeat Annandale (51) and Rogers (35) at an April 12 home triangular rescheduled from April 10.
Patrick Jones had a personal-best 13-0 to win the pole vault, and Clinton Treichel won the shot put with a 45-03 toss. Aaron Kordiak in the 200 and James Edstrom in the 3200 added wins in the running events.
Coach Kent Viesselmann was also pleased with the 4×400 relay of Travis Holt, Dan Kropidlowski, Matt Seafolk and Kordial which posted a 3:34 time for 2nd place. The 4×800 of Jones, Seafolk, Reegan Lane and Trevor Galligan also knocked down their time to 8:50.4 while winning that race.
Skye Hunt-Schuft had an excellent triple jump by reaching 37-11. Jordan Kalk was 2nd in the long jump (19-02) and 3rd in the triple (37-07).
• The C-I girls finished 2nd to Annandale by an 83-68 score at the triangular, with Rogers back at 32 points. Erica Young ( 13.6 in the 100) and Thessa Daniels (29.8 in the 200) posted two sprint wins. Young joined Carlynn Galeazzi, Paige Muehlhauser and Lily Porta on the 1st-place 4×400 relay (4:16.4). Adding running highlights were Kiely Fredlund (20.3) and Emma Schoenecker (20.4) placing 2nd & 3rd in the 100 hurdles.
Adelle Nelson continued her strong pole vault season by clearing 9-06 for a win. Young added a win in the long jump (15-06), and Emily Baker was 2nd in the triple (30-02).
• The Bluejackets host their annual Norm Ayen Invite April 19 with eight other schools competing.