Bomber Baseball strings together eight wins
Braham extended its win streak to eight games with two more Great River victories last week, both starring the pitching staff who combined for shutouts.
On May 10, the Bombers downed visiting East Central 12-0 on a combined no-hitter from Nick Hammond (2 innings, 5 K), Cory Ambrose (2 inn., 5 K) and Shaun Hollenkamp (1 inn., 2 K). Hammond, Hollenkamp and Tyler Vaughan all had 2 hits, with Hollenkamp and Vaughan driving in 3 runs each.
Braham kept rolling with an 8-0 blanking of Onamia May 14 where Ambrose went the distance, allowing just 4 hits and striking out 7. He helped his cause with a 4-for-5 day, scoring 2 runs. Casey Grell added 3 hits and 2 runs, and Sam Stigen had 2 RBI.
• The Bombers’ win streak was snapped May 15 in a 3-2 loss at Pine City. The day before, Aitkin made a big move to clinch the GRC title with a 12-2 win over Pine City.
GRC Baseball: Aitkin 11-0, 17-2; Braham 7-3, 10-4; Hinckley-Fin. 7-3, 9-7; Isle 8-4, 9-6; Ogilvie 7-5, 7-7; Pine City 6-5, 6-10; Onamia 2-8, 3-12; Rush City 2-10, 2-12; East Central 0-12, 0-14.
C-I Softball posts two victories
Cambridge-Isanti pitchers Kate Hammero, Jessica Golden, and Ronni Risch combined efforts for an 11-4 Bluejacket win over Chisago Lakes May 11. Hammero started and gave up one run over two innings as did Golden. Risch worked the final three innings, surrendering a two-run homer in the seventh.
The Jackets tied the game at one in the bottom on the first as seniors Katie McCann and Taylor Bowker hustled out some infield plays and ran the bases aggressively. C-I took the lead for good in the third on an RBI single by McCann and a long triple for Bowker. Three more runs were tacked on in the fourth with hits coming from Kendall Sandberg, Casey Johnshoy, Leah Ponting, and Erica Epsen. On the day, Bowker, McCann, Epsen and Ponting all had two hits each.
• On May 15, McCann was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh to sacrificially send the Bluejackets to a 9-8 win over visiting Rogers. Erica Epsen went 4-for-4 for C-I in the M-8 victory.
• The Section 7AAA playoffs open May 22. With four games to play in the regular season, the Bluejackets are currently in the No. 9 position which would have them traveling to Duluth East for the opener. Seeding takes place Saturday.
Mississippi 8 Softball: Big Lake 8-3, 9-5; Becker 7-3, 11-6; Rogers 6-6, 11-8; Buffalo 5-5, 7-9; Monticello 4-6, 9-7; Cambridge-Isanti 3-6, 6-10; St. Michael-Alb. 2-6, 6-10.
C-I Baseball hammers Rogers
Matt Ziebarth delivered 3 RBI, and Ryan Epsen led with 3 hits and 2 RBI when Cambridge-Isanti Baseball popped visiting Rogers 16-3 in five innings May 15. Jake Johnson added 3 RBI, and he got the win by striking out 5 and allowing just 4 hits over his 5 innings.
On May 11, St. Michael-Albertville took a step closer to winning the Mississippi 8 crown by defeating C-I 7-1.
Mississippi 8 Baseball: St. Michael-Alb. 9-1, 11-4; Monticello 7-3, 9-8; Cambridge-Isanti 6-4, 10-4; Big Lake 5-6, 7-9; Buffalo 4-7, 5-12; Rogers 4-8, 6-11; Becker 2-8, 3-12.
BR Softball opens playoffs May 18
Braham (4-15) will open the Section 5A Softball playoffs May 18, more than likely on the road. The Bombers split their May 12 Webster Tourney games, beating Washburn, WI and falling to Webster-Siren.
On May 15, the Bombers were defeated by host Pine City 12-2.
GRC Softball: Isle 10-0, 15-0; Hinckley-Fin. 11-1, 13-5; Rush City 8-5, 9-6; Pine City 7-4, 10-9; Ogilvie 3-8, 4-13; Aitkin 2-7, 2-10; Braham 2-9, 4-15; East Central 1-10, 2-14.