Inexperienced Tigerhawks can’t overcome mistakes in SICL losses – Newton Daily News

COLFAX – A slow start and some defensive errors put the Colfax-Mingo softball team behind by several runs early in its Southern Iowa Cedar League contest against Belle Plaine on Monday.

The Tigerhawks committed two errors in the game and the Lady Plainsmen took the lead with three runs in the first and two more in the second during a 7-2 road victory.

“My perception and disappointment today was that we didn’t come here ready to play,” Colfax-Mingo head softball coach Bryan Poulter said. “We fell behind early and our offense has had a hard time getting many runs off of the Baxter game.”

The Tigerhawks (2-10, 1-8 conference) were outhit 8-5 in the loss. Emma Cook singled and Lily Webster reached on an error in the second, but a double play before that hampered the scoring threat.

In the fourth, Dakota Allen was hit by a pitch before Macie Porter made an error.

Brianna Freerksen

Cook and Kaylee Collins were hit by pitches between Webster’s single, but the inning ended with a fielder’s choice. Allen scored on a wild pitch, but Porter was ejected trying to score on a pass.

Brianna Freerksen walked and scored on Porter’s RBI single in the fifth, but that was all the Tigerhawks could muster offensively.

Olivia Rausch doubled, Victoria Woods had the other hit and Katelyn Steenhoek received a ticket in the contest.

Brooklyn Yanske took the loss for the pitcher after allowing five runs, none earned, on five hits with four strikeouts in three innings.

Freerksen pitched the final four innings and allowed two runs, none earned, on three hits and two hit batters. She struck out six.

“Defense is a work in progress,” Poulter said. “We start tonight by giving you three runs on the things we help with. We dropped a third strike and we couldn’t get it out with two outs and that runner ended up scoring too.”

Ava Grieder led Belle Plaine (5-5, 5-2) with three hits, two runs and four RBIs. Denisyn Adams had three hits and two RBIs and Ellie Hosek contributed two hits and two runs.

Keota 13, Colfax-Mingo 10

KEOTA – Freerksen had four hits and the Tigerhawks outscored Keota in the game, but Colfax-Mingo couldn’t overcome four errors and a seven-run fifth frame by the Eagles during a 13-10 road loss on Wednesday.

The Tigerhawks led 4-3 after one and 6-4 after four, but the Eagles scored seven in the fifth and two in the sixth to pull away. CM scored three in the seventh, but it wasn’t enough.

Colfax-Mingo outscored the Eagles 14-8 and took advantage of three Keota errors.

Freerksen added a run, an RBI and two steals to his four hits. He leads the Tigerhawks with a .419 batting average and has a team-best 15 total bases.

Porter, Rausch and Woods had two hits, while Allen, Webster, Collins and Sydney Veasman had the other hits.

Rausch added two runs, an RBI and a steal, Porter doubled, had a run and an RBI and Woods contributed two runs, a walk and a steal. Rausch leads the team with 11 runs scored.

Allen doubled, scored a run, had two RBIs and was hit by a pitch, Veasman finished with two runs, one RBI and a walk, Collins had a hit and a run and Cook delivered an RBI.

Allen and Freerksen lead the team with eight RBI each.

The Tigerhawks used three pitchers to go six innings. Freerksen (1-4) pitched two innings and took the loss after allowing nine runs, two earned, five hits, two walks and two hits. He struck out four.

Yanske pitched 3 1/3 innings and allowed one unearned run, three hits, one walk and struck out two. Allen got one out and allowed three earned runs with two walks, one hit and struck out one.

Keota (1-7, 1-7) scored 13 runs on just eight hits because he walked five and was hit by three pitches.

English Valleys 11, Colfax-Mingo 0

COLFAX – The Tigerhawks were held to one hit and committed six errors during a five-inning 11-0 loss to English Valleys on Friday.

Colfax-Mingo trailed 2-0 after the first, but allowed six runs in the second and three in the fifth.

Rausch had the only hit and Allen walked. The Tigerhawks struck out nine times.

Yanske took the loss in the circle after allowing eight runs, two earned, four hits, two walks and one hit. He struck out three in two innings.

Freerksen pitched three innings and allowed three runs, two earned, three hits and two walks, while fanning two.

Ada Mews led English Valleys (8-2, 6-2) with two hits and three RBIs and Kennedy Axmear added two hits and earned the pitcher’s win after striking out nine and allowing one hit and one walk in five tickets.

The Tigerhawks lose twice in the Madrid tournament

MADRID – Colfax-Mingo was limited to 10 hits and eight errors in his two games at the Madrid tournament on Saturday.

The Tigerhawks fell behind the host Tigers early and never recovered during a 10-0 loss and then couldn’t overcome another slow start in a 16-3 loss to Nevada.

Porter, Rausch, Woods and Yanske each had a hit. Freerksen took the loss for the pitcher after allowing 10 runs, six earned, on 12 hits, six walks and one hit. He also fanned six in five innings.

Claire Knudsen led Madrid (7-9) with a home run, two hits, two runs and two RBIs. Brooklyn Murry earned the victory as a pitcher.

Nevada scored 13 runs in the first and never looked back in the other game. Colfax-Mingo’s run came in the third, but the game ended after the inning thanks to the mercy rule.

Freerksen led the Tigerhawks with two hits and a run, Allen and Rausch had a hit and a run each and Woods finished with a hit and an RBI and she was hit by a pitch. Katelyn Steenhoek added a hit and two RBIs.

Yanske (1-6) took the loss after getting just one out in the circle. He allowed 10 runs, four earned, six hits, one walk and one hit. He struck out one and the Tigerhawks suffered four errors.

Allen pitched two innings and allowed six runs, four earned, four hits, one walk and one hit. She struck out three.

Nevada (4-10) hit three home runs in the win. Megan McGaffin scored her seventh, while Jadyn Melohn homered and had three hits, three runs and four RBIs.