C-M baseball can’t hold lead against BGM, edges HLV – Newton Daily News

COLFAX — The Colfax-Mingo baseball team got off to a hot start against BGM on Friday during a South Iowa Cedar League contest.

But the offense fell silent in the last six innings and the Bears eventually rallied for a 4-3 away win.

All three Tigerhawk runs and four of their six hits came in the opening frame. BGM overshot two runs on top of the first, leveled the game in the third and finally went on top of the seventh.

“We had good bats and hit the balls we were supposed to hit,” Colfax-Mingo baseball coach Drew Otto said of the quick start. “And later in the game, we just weren’t. I’m not sure where we were. I don’t think our heads were straight because we usually swing and chop on this stuff.”

Colfax-Mingo (3-2 overall, 2-2 SICL) was helped by three BGM errors in the first inning. The Bears played clean the rest of the way.

Cole Bracewell and Joe Earles each had RBI hits in the first to tie the game at 2-all. A Bears error gave the Tigerhawks the lead. Eight batsmen strolled to the plate in the frame.

After the first inning, the five walks the Tigerhawks drew were the offense’s biggest asset. They stranded a third-place runner in second, left bases loaded in fifth, and stranded first- and second-place runners in sixth.

BGM’s starting pitcher – Jacob Maurer – hit 10 on the mound. He finished the first inning and started the second frame with a punchout, had strikeouts each in the third and fourth innings, and then fanned out two in the fifth, three in the sixth, and finished the game with a strikeout look.

“We had good bats. The catcher has a good arm so he kept us honest and the pitcher had a quick clearance to the plate,” Otto said. “So today it was harder to steal bases than other days. That was a big factor in the game.”

The Bracewell brothers largely thwarted BGM’s offensive.

Cole Bracewell got the start and pitched the first three innings. He allowed three runs — one earned — on four hits with a strikeout and a walk.

Cael Bracewell pitched the remaining four innings and gave up a earned run on one hit, knocking out six while walking two. He took the loss.

Otto said a few things helped pull Cole Bracewell after three innings.

“He had a lot of pitches earlier in the week and I don’t think he was as strong tonight as he was this year,” Otto said. “We’ve got a big week next week so his injury from keeping him in there too long is the last thing on our radar.”

BGM scored the winning run in the seventh without a hit. Cael Bracewell went with the No. 9 batsman and then he advanced to second on a wild pitch and finished third with a pass ball.

After a strikeout, BGM (2-7, 2-3) took an RBI ground for the 2nd to lead 4-3.

The Tigerhawks committed three errors in the game. A mistake in the first played into one of the Bears’ runs, and two mistakes in the third helped BGM on his third run.

“That wasn’t a big problem this year,” said Otto. “But in a 3-3 game, every mistake is emphasized.”

Earles ended with two hits, a run, an RBI and a walk to lead the CM offense. The other hits came from Nathan Sloan, Cole Bracewell, Shane Aikin and Will Zook.

Cael Bracewell walked twice and scored a run, Sloan and Colton Lind walked once each, and Cole Bracewell finished with a run and an RBI.

Dominic Coleman and Jake Moel led the BGM offense with two goals each. Coleman had two runs and Moel had two RBIs.

Colfax-Mingo 3, HLV 2

COLFAX — Colfax-Mingo held off an early run in a 3-2 home win over HLV in the SICL game on May 31.

The Tigerhawks scored in the first inning and then extended the lead to 3-0 with a two-run fourth.

There were a total of five goals in the game and each team made two mistakes.

Cael Bracewell led the Tigerhawks with a double, a run, an RBI, two walks and two steals, and Colton Lind had a hit and two RBIs.

Colton Edwards and Joe Earles each had a walk and a run, and Nathan Sloan, Michael Camp and Diego Hernandez all walked once. The Tigerhawks pulled a total of seven walks off the plate.

Cole Bracewell and Cael Bracewell shared the hill for the night.

The older brother earned the win after conceding a deserved run to two with eight strikeouts. Cael Bracewell conceded one goal and batted four.

HLV (2-3, 2-3) was limited to two hits.

Lynnville-Sully 17, Colfax-Mingo 2, 4 innings

SULLY — The Tigerhawks struck 10 times and were limited to three hits during a 17-2 away loss to Lynnville-Sully on June 1.

The Hawks hit 15 runs in the second inning and ended the game after four due to the 15-run mercy rule.

Hawks starting pitcher Conner Maston allowed two earned runs on three hits with 10 strikeouts and two walks in four innings. Maston also had two doubles and four RBIs on the dish.

Lynnville-Sully, who leads the SICL 5-0 and leads 7-1 overall, had eight hits and drew nine walks in the win.

Statistics for Colfax-Mingo were not available at press time.

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