ANAMOSA - As if they needed to provide any more evidence that they are indeed one of the best teams in the state, the class 3A eighth-ranked Anamosa girls went out and displayed all their dizzying skills once again Wednesday, June 26, rolling to a doubleheader sweep against visiting Springville.
“We jumped on them early and with the way Kalli was pitching, we knew we weren’t going to need much,” said Raider softball coach Brad Holub, as Anamosa scored six first inning runs keying an 8-0 victory in the first game.
“Kalli pitched her first career no hitter and had 11 strikeouts. She was completely dominant, though for a while it looked like it wasn’t going to have to go the full seven innings.”
Grace Lubben, Ellie Tallman, Jessie Frasher, Alexa Jess, Maggie McQuillen and Delaney Frater all crossed the plate in the huge first inning outburst, but from there things would become a little more difficult.
“We got to Springville’s first pitcher, but when they made a change in the first inning, we struggled against their No. 2 girl,” Holub said. “We only scored two more runs the rest of the way. I would have liked to have put this game away in less than seven innings, but we saved that for the second game.”
Emily Watters, Tallman, Frasher and Lexi Bright all ripped two hits each for the eight-hit Raider offense.
The nightcap saw more sensational Anamosa (26-3, 14-2) offense, pitching, defense and base running skills in what ended as an 11-1 final in five frames.
“Again, we jumped on them early and this time were able to get a few more to end it early,” Holub said. “And again, we got great pitching, too.”
Watters got the start in the circle and tossed a complete game one-hitter while she also helped herself going 2-for-3 at the plate with two runs scored and an RBI.
Watters, Lubben, Tallman, Frasher and Jess all crossed the plate in a five-run first before the hosts tacked on two more in the second before a four run third, that saw Watters, Lubben, Bright and McQuillen all score, blew the game wide open.
The good news got even better Friday, June 28, as the Raiders crushed host Alburnett under an avalanche of offense taking another 11-1 decision, this time over the Pirates.
“This might have just been the best hitting game we’ve had all season, and that’s really saying something with the way our offense has been this summer,” Holub said. “Alburnett is a solid team and we just hit laser beams all over the place and all game long, too.
“And it wasn’t just the power that we were hitting the softball with, it was the precision, too. When we played small ball and were bunting, we did that well. Our base running, defense and pitching was all there. The girls played an amazing game, and it was everyone, up and down the order.”
And it was McQuillen who got it started, providing the power with a two-run second-inning homer over the center field wall and the Raiders never looked back.
The visitors added three runs in the third before a six-run fourth ended the game early.
Anamosa bats tallied an impressive 16 hits in the five-inning game led by three from Tallman and Autumn Kirby
Minger tossed a two-hitter and fanned 11 Pirate batters.
Minger came back the very next day, and less than 24 hours later helped dominate visiting North Cedar in the first game of a River Valley Conference twinbill played in brutal heat Saturday, June 29.
“Kalli had a career-high in strikeouts (14) and just would not allow North Cedar’s offense to do much of anything,” said Holub, as his team cruised to a 10-1 victory over the Knights.
“Then our offense just gradually kept tacking on runs all game long, too. We never let up.”
Anamosa bats ripped 14 hits with Watters and Frasher coming through with three each as both also tallied two doubles in the game.
Raider bats scored in five different frames, keyed by a three-run fifth that saw pinch runner Maggie Wagner, Jess and Bright all cross the plate handing the hosts a 8-1 advantage.
The second game proved to be a little tighter early on until a mid-inning burst allowed the hosts to pull away for a 9-2 win and complete the league sweep.
“Emily kept us in the game early with some very good pitching until we were able to get our bats going in the third and fourth innings,” Holub said. “Then we took over.”
With the score tied at 1-1 in the third, Wagner, Lubben and Tallman all scored before the hosts came back and did it again in the fourth with Kylie Chapman, Wagner and Lubben all crossing the plate to break the game open.
Anamosa bats tallied 12 hits as Watters, Lubben, Tallman and Jess all ripped two each.
Watters worked the game’s first six frames in the circle and fanned seven while allowing just four hits and one run.
The busy week started with a bang Tuesday, June 25, hosting class 2A second-ranked Durant who handed the Raiders a rare loss taking a 5-1 final.
“After we gave up two runs to Durant in the very first inning, we seemed beat even before we stepped into the batters box,” Holub said. “It didn’t help that we seemed to be getting a bit squeezed with the strike zone, but there were times where we seemed just overwhelmed with the entire situation, and it cost us.”
Durant pitcher Kamryn Meyer held a potent Anamosa offense to just two hits (Minger and Jess with seventh inning singles) as the hosts did manage to get on the board in the fourth frame when Watters scored after reaching base after being hit by a pitch.
“Meyer is the best pitcher we’ve seen all season,” said Holub, as Meyer struck out 15 Raiders in the game.
“This was a tough loss to take. We had been looking forward to this opportunity for a long time and things didn’t exactly go the way we had planned. We will learn from this though, we’ve got a lot of big games ahead and we’ll be better prepared to bring the right mental and physical approach, because for the most part we didn’t have it in this game against one of the best teams in the state.”
Minger worked all seven frames in the pitcher’s circle for the hosts allowing seven hits while striking our four Wildcat batters.