COLLINS — Brady Kemp’s two hits on June 30 covered about 680 feet, and the deep fly balls gave the Raiders a three-run lead, and the Collins-Maxwell/Baxter’s baseball team held on against Class 2A No. 4 Woodward-Granger.
Kemp hit a 330-foot RBI single to center field in his first at-bat, and then blasted a 350-foot grand slam in the third inning to power CMB to a 7-5 win over the Hawks during a non-conference game on Senior Night.
The five seniors all played a part in leading the Raiders to a win in the program’s final home game. And it came against a Woodward-Granger team that started the season 25-0.
The Hawks, who have lost three of their last four games, took a 3-1 lead with a three-run second innings.
Senior Creighton Caple was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to begin CMB’s five-run third inning. With three of his senior classmates on the bases, Kemp made it 6-3 with his third homer of the season and the first grand slam of his career.
Kemp kept the lead at three in the top of the fourth when he moved to his left to snag a hard hit ground ball at third base. The Hawks’ stranded a runner on second in the frame.
The Raiders added an insurance run in the fourth. Woodward-Granger plated two runs in the sixth to close the gap, but junior Travis Lindemoen was summoned to the mound to get a five-out save.
Lindemoen got two outs in two pitches to end W-G’s threat in the sixth and then ended the game with back-to-back strikeouts after the visiting team put two runners on with no outs in the seventh.
Freshman Carter Nelsen gave the Raiders a chance at the upset with a quality start on the mound. Nelsen earned the win after allowing three earned runs on six hits. He walked four.
Caple struck out two to end the fifth and got one out in the sixth before CMB coach Max Seeman went to Lindemoen. It was Lindemoen’s first save of the season.
Kemp finished 2-for-3 with five RBIs in the win. Senior Brady Ross had two hits, scored two runs and walked twice.
Caple had one hit, one run, one RBI and was hit by a pitch. Seniors Tucker Maxwell and Adam Smith and freshman Cole Damman had the other hits for CMB, which snapped a six-game losing streak. Damman also walked once.
Brady Aunspach had three hits and two RBIs for the co-champions of the West Central Activities Conference.
The Raiders played another West Central Activities Conference foe when they played at Madrid on July 5. They play South Hamilton at 7 p.m. on July 6 in Jewell.
The Class 2A postseason begins at 5 p.m. on July 8. CMB takes on Ogden in Story City.
Saydel 16, CMB 6
DES MOINES — CMB had Class 3A No. 7 on the ropes for the first three innings of a Heart of Iowa Conference game on June 29.
The Raiders led 4-1 after three innings and went up 6-1 with a two-run fourth frame, but the Eagles plated 15 runs in the fourth and fifth innings to win 16-6.
Devin Porter hit his state-leading ninth home run of the season for Saydel, and the Eagles’ 3-4-5-6 hitters combined for nine hits, seven RBIs and 10 runs.
CMB (4-18 overall, 2-13 in the HOIC) scored two runs in the first, two in the third and two in the fourth, but Saydel (23-4, 12-2) stayed in first place in the HOIC after a big rally.
The Raiders scored six runs on six hits, committed two errors and left eight on base. Saydel had 16 runs on 14 hits, committed four errors and stranded four on base.
Kemp had two hits, an RBI and three runs for the Raiders. Lindemoen had two hits and one RBI, sophomore Derrick Klemme walked twice and stole a base and Damman was hit by two pitches and had one RBI.
Maxwell had one hit, one run and one walk, Caple collected one hit and scored two runs and Nelsen walked once and had one RBI.
Kemp started on the mound and allowed six earned runs on seven hits with one strikeout and one hit batter in 3 2/3 innings.
Caple took the loss, allowing four earned runs on two hits with one walk and two hit batters in one-third of an inning.
Lindemoen threw the final two-thirds of the game, allowing five runs — no earned — on five hits with one walk.
North Polk 12, CMB 0
COLLINS — CMB had just two hits in a 12-0, six-inning loss to North Polk on June 26 during HOIC play.
The Comets remained in the hunt for the conference title after piling up three runs in each of the first two innings and then ending the game early with a four-run sixth.
Kemp and Damman each had a hit for the Raiders. Maxwell walked twice and Ross and junior Bryce Bacon also drew walks.
Ben Rupe (3-0) struck out seven and walked four in six innings for the Comets.
Lindemoen took the loss for CMB, allowing six earned runs on seven hits in two innings. Caple, Bacon and Damman all pitched in relief.