Cambridge-Isanti softball won three of its first four games to get off to a great start to the 2014 spring season.
The Bluejackets opened April 8 on the Chisago Lakes turf where the Wildcats held for an 8-6 conference victory. Kayla Bowker’s two-run homer to left had C-I up 4-3, but some early-season mistakes allowed the ‘Cats to build up an 8-5 lead by the end of the sixth. Sydney Larkin blasted a solo home run to deep center for the Jackets’ last run. Kate Hanson struck out six batters while going the distance.
On April 10, the Bluejackets notched their first victory by holding down host Spring Lake Park 3-0. Bowker began things with a lead-off walk, then Abby Glotzbach launched a two-run homer to left-center for a quick 2-0 lead in the first.
The Jacket defense stepped up in the bottom of the inning when right fielder Maria Vavra hustled on a shot in the gap, and she pegged the Panther at second when she was trying to stretch the hit into a single.
Anesia King led off the C-I second with a double down the line and was moved up on Jenna Ramberg’s bunt. King then sprinted home on a wild pitch, scoring on a close play at the plate.
Starter Ramberg got out of trouble in both the second and third innings, inducing ground balls to end both innings. She went four innings, and Hanson relieved for the final three innings as the two combined to limit the Panthers to seven hits total.
• On Saturday, the Bluejackets hosted a double-header with two Duluth squads glad to get south out of their still snow-filled city. The early game had Cambridge-Isanti defeating Duluth East 10-0 in six innings behind a no-hitter from Hanson who gave up just three walks. Bowker, Larkin, Glotzbach, Lauryn Swanson, Vavra and Hanson each laced hits against the Greyhounds, with Bowker and Vavra plating two RBI.
The late game saw the Bluejackets rally from a 3-0 deficit to Duluth Denfeld to win 9-4. In the second, Ramberg and Bowker both supplied two-RBI hits to take the lead. Josie Potrament tripled in the fifth and scored on Bowker’s sacrifice fly.
Swanson created more space when she hit a long two-run homer to center in the sixth. Ramberg earned her second win with six-hit/three-K pitching over five innings. Hanson got the save with two innings in relief.