STORY CITY — Junior Travis Lindemoen pitched into the seventh inning and had two hits at the plate to lead the Collins-Maxwell/Baxter baseball team to another postseason win over Ogden.
Lindemoen struck out and allowed just one earned run over six innings, and the Raiders kept their CMB brand alive for at least one more game following a 3-2 victory in the Class 2A District 14 quarterfinals on July 8.
It was the third straight season CMB (5-20) has knocked Ogden (14-15) out of the postseason. The Raiders defeated the Bulldogs in the substate final last year and knocked them out in the district semifinals two seasons ago.
This was the first time CMB did so without Brady Stover on the mound, and Lindemoen (3-4) was up to the task, holding Ogden to four hits in six innings. He walked two.
CMB broke a scoreless tie with a two-run fourth inning and then went up 3-0 with another run in the fifth. Ogden made things interesting in the seventh when it scored its two runs.
Senior Creighton Caple was summoned to the mound with no outs and runners on second and third. He allowed one hit but struck out one and limited the damage to earn his third save of the season.
Before the save, Caple made two diving catches in foul territory while playing first base to keep Ogden off the scoreboard. He also had one hit at the plate.
In the fourth, freshman Cole Damman put CMB on the board with an RBI bloop single and then senior Brady Ross walked with the bases loaded to make it 2-0. An RBI single by senior Adam Smith put CMB up 3-0 in the fifth.
The Raiders left the bases loaded in the top of the seventh to give Ogden some momentum in the bottom of the seventh.
Lindemoen put two runners on after a walk and a catcher’s interference in the seventh. Both runners advanced on a balk. That’s when Caple entered to put out the fire.
Ross walked twice and had an RBI for the Raiders. Smith added a walk to his RBI single, senior Brady Kemp walked. stole a base and scored a run and sophomore Ian Thomson had one hit and one walk.
CMB’s athletic program will split after the baseball team is done playing. The Raiders played at 2A No. 8 Van Meter (27-4) on July 11 with hopes of delaying the change.
South Hamilton 4, CMB 0
JEWELL — CMB ended its regular season with a 4-0 loss to South Hamilton on July 6.
The Hawks plated two runs in the first and two in the fourth. Four different pitchers — CJ Hewitt, Zeke Balderas, Cole Berg and DJ Klonglan — combined to allow four hits against the Raiders.
Senior Tucker Maxwell (0-4) started on the mound and allowed all four runs in taking the loss. He surrendered five hits while walking four and striking out four.
Kemp and Caple each threw an inning of relief. Caple didn’t allow a hit or a run and struck out one, while Kemp surrendered one hit and struck out three.
Caple had two of the team’s six hits. He doubled, stole a base and walked once. Kemp had one hit and walked once and the other hits came from Ross, Thomson and freshman Carter Nelsen. Maxwell walked and stole base.
The win by the Hawks (8-18 overall, 3-13 in the HOIC) gives them a season split of CMB. The Raiders (5-20, 2-14) defeated South Hamilton 3-2 earlier this season.
Madrid 11, CMB 5
MADRID — Madrid took advantage of a mistake-prone CMB during a non-conference contest on July 5.
The Tigers plated six unearned runs in the second inning, and the Raiders never recovered during an 11-5 road loss.
CMB scored all five of its runs in the final two innings.
Caple, Lindemoen and Damman all had two hits. Caple scored two runs, Damman had two walks and two steals and Lindemoen collected one RBI. Kemp finished with one hit and two RBIs.
Nelsen took the loss on the mound, but all six runs that he allowed were unearned. He surrendered three hits and three walks and struck out one in 1 2/3 innings.
Damman, junior Bryce Bacon and sophomore Derrick Klemme all pitched in relief, combining to allow five earned runs, six hits and five walks.