Carson Schubert | Writer
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Okoboji 0-0-0-0-0-X-X 0
MILFORD-The Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley baseball team scored eight runs in the fourth inning and blew past Okoboji 17-0 in five innings Monday, June 4, in Milford.
The eight-run fourth inning for the Nighthawks started with a two-run single by Brett Vander Wilt that scored Cade Van Zee and Josh Hash. Hash and Van Zee each had bases-loaded walks that scored runs later in the inning. Eric Salazar then had a double that scored Vander Wilt. Salazar then scored on a bases-loaded walk by Seth Rozeboom. Rozeboom scored later in the inning. Dylan Harman had an RBI walk and later scored. Trey Huyser and Cade Moser also scored in the inning.
“We definitely took a step forward with our hitting,” said Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley coach Doug Bundy. “It was good to see a lot of kids hit the ball well. Brett Vander Wilt really stepped up. He had been struggling a little bit, but he really got us going.”
On offense, Salazar, Moser and Vander Wilt each had three hits in the game. One of Salazar’s hits was a double. He also scored a run and had three RBIs. Moser scored three runs, had two RBIs and stole two bases. Of Vander Wilt’s three hits one was a triple. He also scored two runs, had three RBIs and drew a walk. Huyser had a double and scored twice. Rozeboom had a hit, one RBI and two runs scored. Harman had a hit, drew two walks and scored twice.
Zach Noble was on the mound. He pitched four innings, allowed only two hits, no runs, no walks and had nine strikeouts. Rozeboom pitched the fifth inning. He had a one-two-three inning, which included a strikeout.
“He’s (Noble) been spot-on this year,” said coach Bundy. “Last year he struggled a little bit with his control. But this year maybe one or two walks all year long so far. He finds his spots and is just a real smart pitcher and kids have a tough time catching up to him. Seth needs to give us an inning or two when we need him at the end of games. He throws real hard and kids can’t catch up to him. Looking forward to watching him pitch the rest of the year.”
Late runs by Dutch down Nighthawks
MOC-Floyd Valley 0-0-0-0-3-3-0 6
Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 0-0-4-0-0-0-0 4
ROCK VALLEY-The Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley baseball team squandered an early lead and lost its first game of the 2018 season 6-4 to MOC-Floyd Valley Wednesday, June 6, in Rock Valley.
The Nighthawks scored all four of their runs in the third inning. Cade Moser had an RBI single that scored Brett Vander Wilt. Trey Huyser was hit by a pitch that scored Eric Salazar. Seth Rozeboom hit a deep fly ball for a sacrifice fly that scored Moser. Huyser scored on an RBI single by Zach Noble.
“We did open it up in the third inning,” said Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley coach Doug Bundy. “I was hoping to get a couple more runs that we left in scoring position. We played well but we didn’t have good at-bats throughout the night. We chased some pitches that we normally don’t chase. We just weren’t as disciplined as we needed to be.”
That proved to be costly as MOC-Floyd Valley came back to score three runs in the fifth and three more in the sixth.
Andrew Frick was on the mound for the Nighthawks. He went five and one-third innings, allowed seven hits, three runs all earned, three walks and had four strikeouts. Rozeboom came in for relief. He went one and two-thirds innings, allowed one hit, three runs of which two were earned, three walks and had four strikeouts.
“Andrew got in trouble in the fifth and they scored three,” coach Bundy said. “They hit the ball hard on him in the fifth. I let him go one batter in the sixth and then I put Seth in. Seth struggled last night. His control was off and things just came unraveled in the sixth inning. He only gave up one hit but we have to throw strikes.”
Overall on offense, Salazar scored a run. Moser had a hit, drew two walks, scored a run and had an RBI. Huyser had a double, a run scored and an RBI. Rozeboom had an RBI. Noble had two hits, including a double and an RBI. Vander Wilt had a hit, a run scored and drew a walk. Cade Van Zee also had a hit.
Pitching and defense aids 3-1 win
Nathan Broek | Sports Editor
Sibley-Ocheyedan 0-0-0-0-0-1-0 1
Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 1-0-0-2-0-0-0 3
ROCK VALLEY-It was not a perfect night at the plate for Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley in a Siouxland Conference baseball game with Sibley-Ocheyedan Thursday, June 7, but the Nighthawks had the pitching and defense working to come away with a 3-1 win.
Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley scored one run in the bottom of the first and then two runs in the bottom of the fourth. In that fourth frame, Zach Noble had a one-run single and Brett Van Der Wilt had a one-run single.
In the bottom of the fifth, however, the Nighthawks had the bases loaded but were unable to score.
“In the fifth inning we had the bases loaded, but we had two guys get thrown out at the plate. One was kind of a mistake on the bases. The other was a line drive shot to the third baseman and we kind of got caught in no-man’s land, and got thrown out at home,” Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley coach Douglas Bundy explained. “Two opportunities there that kind of went to the wayside, and two opportunities we wish we could have back, but that happens in baseball.”
Overall on offense Cade Moser had two hits in three plate appearances with one run and two stolen bases. Trey Huyser had two hits, one run and one RBI. Noble had two hits and one RBI. Van Der Wilt had one RBI.
“We hit the ball hard, but it was right at them (Sibley-Ocheyedan fielders) and they made some good defensive plays. But we won a close one and it was good for us to win a close one,” Bundy said. “There were a couple at-bats that weren’t the best we’ve ever had, but we did squeeze across three runs and that was enough to win. So that’s what we’re looking for.”
Bundy did note, however, he was pleased to see the pitching and defense step up in this game. Huyser took the hill to start and went four innings with one hit, no runs, no walks and two strikeouts. Eric Salazar went the final three frames and had no hits, one run that was earned, three walks and six strikeouts.
“Trey started for us, but he’s been having troubles with his back a little bit. It got kind of tight on him there and he was pitching real well. Thirty-six pitches in four innings and he only faced one more than the minimum: 14 batters in four innings. So he was pitching real well. But we had to take him out because his back was really getting tight on him,” Bundy said.
“Then Eric, who probably wasn’t expecting to pitch last night, came in a tough spot in a close game and did a real good job,” Bundy continued. “He had a little control issue for a little bit there, but he struck out six kids and didn’t allow a hit, so he did a real good job for us.”
The defense was also able to make the plays. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley had no errors in this contest.
“We made some nice plays. I don’t think we had an error, so we played errorless defense. But that’s what we need to do,” Bundy said. “Like I said, we are still young hitting the ball and we’re going to have peaks and valleys, and last night was one of our valleys. That’s where our defense and pitching needs to keep us in games and they did that. It was nice to see.”
Six errors cost Nighthawks a 10-0 defeat
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Sioux Center 0-6-0-4-X-X-X 10
SIOUX CENTER-Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley committed six errors on defense and it did not take long for Sioux Center to take advantage of those miscues as the Nighthawks fell 10-0 in five innings of Siouxland Conference baseball Friday, June 8.
After a scoreless first inning, the Warriors scored six runs in the bottom of the second thanks to two Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley errors. Sioux Center was held scoreless in the third, but four more errors in the bottom of the fourth allowed the Warriors to score four more runs. The Nighthawks were unable to score a run in the top of the fifth to enforce the mercy rule.
Zach Noble was on the mound for Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley and he threw three innings with five hits, 10 runs but only one was earned, no walks, four strikeouts and one hit batter. Dylan Harman tossed one inning in relief with two hits, no runs, no walks, two strikeouts and no hit batters.
“If you can’t field the ball, you can’t make plays right? Zach pitched fine, but I don’t know if we made a play on the infield. We maybe had one all night long,” said Nighthawks’ coach Doug Bundy. “The inning where they scored six, there were four easy ground balls that we just booted.”
Bundy added those miscues in the second inning just mounted, especially in the bottom of the fourth.
“I told the kids to flush it and move on. We’ve got to make those plays,” he said. “It comes down to what I’ve said all year long, ‘Make the plays you’re supposed to make, don’t walk people and we’ll be in the game.’ But we didn’t do that tonight. So forget about it and move on, because we have to. There is a lot of season left and we’ll get better.”
The final offensive numbers had Cade Moser with two hits and a stolen base. Alex Frick and Brett Van Der Wilt had the final two hits.