CALAMUS — Visiting East Buchanan might have struck first, but the Calamus-Wheatland softball team took over from there.
The Buccaneers scored right away in the first inning of Tuesday’s Tri-Rivers Conference doubleheader.
The night’s next 18 runs, however, were put up by the Warriors, who rolled to the twin bill sweep with victories of 13-1 and 5-1.
A big two-out hit for senior Alyssa McElmeel erased East Buchanan’s lead in the opener as the Warrior’s bases-loaded double scored both Alison Boeckmann and Courtney Knoche in the bottom of the second.
That proved to be just the start of the Warriors’ offensive success as they added six runs in the third inning and five in the fourth to end things early.
After manufacturing some early runs in the third — Emily Boeckmann scored on a sacrifice fly, while Addy Widel added a second run on a passed ball — Cal-Wheat began to pour it on.
Junior Camryn Schnede provided the biggest hit with a two-run double, plating both Raven Knoche and Isabel Shockey, while Hannah Peña and E. Boeckmann, who led off the inning with a double, added RBI-hits of their own.
The Warriors added two more hits in the fourth — McElmeel socked her second double, while Peña singled — and invoked the mercy run when Boeckmann drove in Peña with a sacrifice fly.
Peña, E. Boeckmann and McElmeel all had two hits, who matched their nine hits by coaxing nine walks.
McElmeel drove in three runs, while Peña, E. Boeckmann and Schnede all had two RBIs. Shockey, Knoche, Schnede and McElmeel, meanwhile, both had two runs.
Peña allowed just a single hit to earn the victory, while striking out five Buccaneers.
The Warriors struck early in the opener.
Widel scored on a passed ball in the first inning and Cal-Wheat tacked on three more runs in the second on back-to-back-to-back hits by Elle Montega, Widel and A. Boeckmann — the latter two being doubles.
That was more than enough support for Warriors pitcher Delaney Engler, who surrendered just five hits and did not allow a run until the seventh. She struck out 10 East Buchanan batters, while walking just one.
Widel and E. Boeckmann both had three hits — all of the former’s were doubles — while Montega, A. Boeckmann and Engler each had two. Widel also scored three runs.
The Warriors closed their week with a pair of challenging foes: first heading to Lisbon for a doubleheader with the third-ranked Lions, then hosting 3A No. 6 for a non-conference meeting a day later.
Both ranked foes lived up to their accolades.
The Lions erased an early Cal-Wheat lead in the opener and rolled to a 15-5 victory before making it a sweep with a 12-3 win in game two.
The Blue Raiders, meanwhile, kept the Warriors off the scoreboard, shutting out their fourth opponent in the early season with a 6-0 win.
The Warriors struck first in the opener with Lisbon, as Peña scored right away in the first inning when Widel’s single was misplayed by a Lions outfielder then added a second run in the third on a double by E. Boeckmann.
The Lions, though, struck for four runs in the bottom of the inning then erupted for seven runs in the fourth to take control of the game.
The Warriors did briefly pull within 11-5 when A. Boeckmann belted a three-run home run in the fifth.
E. Boeckmann led the way with two hits, while A. Boeckmann drove in three runs and Peña scored twice.
Both teams started fast in the nightcap. The Warriors provided the opening salvo with A. Boeckmann driving in Montega and E. Boeckmann with a double, before scoring, herself, on an error.
The Lions, though, rebounded with four runs in the bottom of the inning and then tacked on three more in the second before putting things out of reach with a five-run fifth inning.
Both Boeckmanns, Emily and Alison, came up with two hits, while Schnede slugged a double.
The Warriors came up with hits in four of the seven innings it batted against Anamosa, Friday, but could not push across a run.
Cal-Wheat finished with five hits, picking up one apiece from E. Boeckmann, Widel, R. Knoche, Schnede and McElmeel.
The sweep of the Buccaneers had extended an early season winning streak to five for the Warriors.
It was a run that started in Monday’s season opener as Cal-Wheat rebounded from a 10-0 setback — Widel and A. Boeckmann had the Warriors’ hits — in game one of a doubleheader with Central City to trip up the Wildcats, 5-1, in the nightcap.
Four of the five runs came right away in the first inning as the Warriors loaded the bases on nothing but walks, then used RBI hits from C. Knoche and Shockey, an RBI groundout by McElmeel and a passed ball to build an early lead.
That was plenty of support for Engler, who teamed with R. Knoche to allow seven Central City hits and a single run. Engler struck out five Wildcats, while Knoche fanned one.
Widel, A. Boeckmann, C. Knoche and Shockey had the Cal-Wheat hits and the Warriors coaxed six walks.
The Cal-Wheat bats heated up three days later, erupting for a combined 29 runs in a doubleheader sweep of Easton Valley.
The Warriors set the tone right away in the very first inning of the opener as they piled up nine runs in an eventual 13-2 victory.
Thirteen Cal-Wheat batters came to the plate during the frame. The Warriors took advantage of early wildness — six of the first seven batters either walked or were hit by a pitch — and added four hits, all of them driving in runs.
A. Boeckmann had a team-high three hits — all of them doubles — while E. Boeckmann had a double and a triple; the duo combined for five RBIs.
McElmeel added two hits of her won, while Peña, Widel, A. Boeckmann, and C. Knoche each scored two runs.
Peña earned the victory on the mound, spreading out eight hits and allowing just the two runs with three strikeouts.
The two teams lit up the scoreboard in the nightcap.
In a contest that saw six lead changes, the Warriors erased three deficits and forced extra innings with a run in the seventh before pouncing for five runs in the eighth inning for a wild 16-11 victory.
The two teams combined for eight runs in the first inning alone — the hosting River Hawks accounting for six of them — and the action never slowed.
Cal-Wheat jumped back in front at 7-6 and 10-9 and pulled even at 11-11 in the seventh when McElmeel was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
The Warriors then seized control in the eighth, loading the bases and taking the lead on an A. Boeckmann single before E. Boeckmann provided the exclamation point with a three-run home run.
That capped a 5-for-5 day for Boeckmann, who also had three doubles. The freshman drove in five runs and scored three.
A. Boeckmann added three hits, three RBIs and at team-high five runs, while Engler helped her own cause on the mound with two hits and two RBIs. Widel joined E. Boeckmann with three runs, while Montega and C. Knoche both scored twice.