Nathan Broek | Sports Editor
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Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 0-0-2-0-1-1-0 4
BOYDEN-Class 3A sixth-ranked Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley had its usual defense and pitching from Kaitlyn Van Der Zwaag and the Nighthawks got just enough offense to slip past West Lyon 4-1 in Siouxland Conference softball Monday, June 11.
After two scoreless frames, Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley got on the board with two runs in the bottom of the third with a two-run single by Erika Pottebaum. The Nighthawks added to the lead with a solo home run by Van Der Zwaag in the bottom of the fifth, before taking a 4-0 advantage in the bottom of the sixth as Brooke Zylstra came home on a defensive error by the Wildcats. West Lyon scored one run in the top of the seventh on an error by Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley to account for the final score.
The final offensive numbers had Van Der Zwaag with two hits, one run and one RBI. Pottebaum had one hit and two RBIs. In the pitcher’s circle, Van Der Zwaag went seven innings with five hits, one run that was unearned, one walk and five strikeouts.
“Defensively, we had some big plays behind Kaitlyn’s pitching,” said Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley coach Sara Friedrichsen. “We had key hits at crucial times in the game and kept pressure on West Lyon’s defense.”
B-H/RV claims two at Woodbury Central tourney
Carson Schubert l Writer
Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 0-0-0-1-0-0-1-8 10
Woodbury Central 1-0-0-0-1-0-0-2 4
Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 1-3-1-0-0-0-0 5
Sioux City Heelan 2-0-0-0-0-0-0 2
MOVILLE-The Class 3A sixth-ranked Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley softball team played in two games Tuesday, June 12, at the Woodbury Central softball tournament and won them both, getting some late offense in game one and coming out on top in a pitchers’ duel for game two.
In the first game with Woodbury Central, the Nighthawks were down 2-1 going into the top of the seventh. Keely Swanson singled in Erika Pottebaum to tie the game. In the eighth inning, Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley scored eight runs. Lizzy Blum singled and scored Joanne Luevano, Charli Bomgaars scored on a fielder’s choice, Kaitlyn Van Der Zwaag hit a double that scored both Blum and Kaylee Vande Hoef. Luevano came up again in the inning and delivered with a two-run single that scored Abby Heemstra and Emma Zoet. The Nighthawks only allowed two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to claim the 10-4 win.
“We had a slow start offensively and left a lot of runners on base,” said Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley coach Sara Friedrichsen. “We didn’t have a lot of energy during the first half of the game, but were able to find a spark (in the eighth inning) that carried all the way through our line-up.”
Overall on offense, Taylor Richter had a hit, one run scored and had one RBI. Brianna Kleinwolterink had a hit. Van Der Zwaag was 1-for-3, including a double with two RBIs. Pottebaum went 2-for-4. Swanson went 1-for-3 with one RBI. Brooke Zylstra had a hit with one RBI. Luevano was 3-for-4, two runs scored and had three RBIs. Bomgaars had a hit with one run scored, and an RBI. Blum had a hit, scored a run and had an RBI. Heemstra scored three runs. Zoet and Vande Hoef each scored a run.
Van Der Zwaag was in the pitcher’s circle. She pitched all eight innings, allowing 10 hits, four runs of which three were earned and had seven strikeouts.
In the second game, the Nighthawks were down 2-1 to the Sioux City Heelan Crusaders going into the second inning, but Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley scored three times in the frame to take the lead. Zoet and Zylstra scored on an error and Blum had an RBI groundout that scored Luevano. The Nighthawks’ run in the first inning was scored on a solo home run by Van Der Zwaag . The run in the third inning was scored on a double by Blum to allow Luevano to come home.
Overall on offense, Richter, Kleinwolterink, Pottebaum and Bomgaars each had a single. Van Der Zwaag was 1-for-2, with the home run, one run scored and one RBI. Luevano was 1-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Blum had a double with two RBIs. Zylstra and Zoet each scored a run.
Blum was in the pitcher’s circle to start the game. She only pitched two-thirds of an inning, allowed two earned runs and walked five batters. Van Der Zwaag pitched the final six and one-third innings, allowed one hit, no runs.
“We did a good job of getting ourselves back in the game after falling behind early,” said coach Friedrichsen. “Kaitlyn pitched great and had excellent movement with her pitches. Offensively, we kept the ball on the ground which put pressure on Heelan’s defense.”
Two long balls aid Nighthawks in win
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Sheldon 0-0-0-X-X-X-X 0
SHELDON-Kaitlyn Van Der Zwaag and Brooke Zylstra both homered as the Class 3A sixth-ranked Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley Nighthawks destroyed Sheldon 13-0 in three innings in a Siouxland Conference softball game in Sheldon Thursday, June 14.
Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley scored two runs in the first inning with Taylor Richter scoring on the home run by Van Der Zwaag. The Nighthawks added two more runs in the second inning and then scored nine runs in the third. In the third inning, scoring started on an RBI single by Joanne Luevano that scored Emma Zoet. Luevano scored on a fielder’s choice. Richter had an RBI groundout that scored Morgan Halbur. Lizzy Blum scored on an error. Abby Heemstra scored on an error. Then Zylstra hit a three-run home run that scored Charli Bomgaars, Keely Swanson and herself.
“Offensively, we put the ball in play and kept it on the ground. Keeping the ball on the ground helped us advance base runners and kept pressure on Sheldon’s defense. We had some solid contact and we went with pitches tonight,” said Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley coach Sara Friedrichsen.
Overall on offense, Richter was 2-for-3, including a double, two runs scored and one RBI. Brianna Kleinwolterink had a hit, two runs scored and two RBIs. Van Der Zwaag was 2-for-3, including a double, the home run and three RBIs. Swanson scored a run and had one RBI. Zylstra had the three-run home run, one run scored and three RBIs. Luevano and Halbur each had a hit, one run scored and one RBI. Halbur’s hit was a double. Heemstra scored two runs while Zoet and Bomgaars each scored one run.
Van Der Zwaag pitched all three innings for the Nighthawks. She allowed one hit, no runs, no walks and had seven strikeouts.
B-H/RV falls short in final game of West Sioux tourney
Nathan Broek | Sports Editor
Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 2-1-1-2-2-2-0 10
South O’Brien 0-0-0-0-0-0-0 0
Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 2-3-0-2-0-0-0 7
St. Mary’s-Remsen 0-0-0-0-0-0-0 0
Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 0-0-0-0-0-0-0 0
West Sioux 2-0-0-0-4-0-0 6
IRETON-Class 3A seventh-ranked Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley had its usual offense and defense in the first two games of the West Sioux softball tournament Friday, June 15, and for the first half of the tournament Saturday, June 16, but the Nighthawks could not find their offense in the championship game and finished 2-1 for the weekend.
The first game was against South O’Brien Friday night and Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley defeated the Wolverines 10-0 in six innings. The Nighthawks tallied two runs in the first, one run in the second, one run in the third off a solo home run by Kaitlyn Van Der Zwaag, two in the fourth, two in the fifth and two in the sixth to enforce the mercy rule. In that sixth frame, Brianna Kleinwolterink scored on an error and courtesy runner, Charli Bomgaars, scored the game-winning run on another South O’Brien error.
The final offensive numbers had Taylor Richter with one hit, two runs and one RBI. Van Der Zwaag hit her home run. Erika Pottebaum had on hit and one RBI. Keely Swanson had one hit and two RBIs. Brooke Zylstra had one RBI. Morgan Halbur had one hit, two runs and two RBIs. Lizzy Blum had one hit, one run and two RBIs.
In the pitcher’s circle, Van Der Zwaag threw six innings with no runs, one hit, no walks and eight strikeouts.
“We were able to have runners reach base and score in each inning. We kept the ball on the ground and executed offensively, allowing runners to advance and keep pressure on their defense,” said Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley coach Sara Friedrichsen.
The Nighthawks kept it going in game two, defeating St. Mary’s-Remsen 7-0 to advance into the championship game. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley scored twice in the top of the first and then tallied three times in the top of the second off a solo home run by Kleinwolterink and then off a two-run shot by Van Der Zwaag. The Nighthawks then scored their final two runs in the top of the fourth. The final offensive numbers for game two had Richter with two hits, one run and one RBI. Kleinwolteirnk had two hits and two runs. Van Der Zwaag had three hits with one hit being a double and the other her home run, one run and two RBIs. Pottebaum had two hits. Swanson had one hit and one RBI. Zylstra had one hit and two RBIs. Jo Luevano had one hit. Bomgaars scored twice as a courtesy runner and Abby Heemstra scored once as a courtesy runner.
In the pitcher’s circle, Van Der Zwaag threw seven innings with three hits, no runs, one walk and had a season high so far of 15 strikeouts.
“We executed extremely well offensively and were able to have runners reach base in every inning. Kaitlyn pitched a fantastic game for us, striking out 15 batters,” Friedrichsen said.
Then came the championship game with Class 2A 10th-ranked West Sioux. Unfortunately, the Nighthawks were only able to get four hits while the Falcons got plenty of hits to defeat Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 6-0.
West Sioux scored two runs in the bottom of the first and scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth to account for the final score. The lone hits for the Nighthawks came from Pottebaum, Zylstra, Halbur and Lizzy Blum. The final line for Van Der Zwaag in the pitcher’s circle was five and two-thirds innings due to a time limit with eight hits, six runs that were all earned, two walks and seven strikeouts.
Coach Friedrichsen said the lack of offense was what hurt Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley the most in this game.
“We had scoring threats at times during the game. We left the bases loaded twice and struggled hitting runners in. We fell behind early and couldn’t gain any momentum offensively,” the coach said. “West Sioux showed up to play and performed at a high level. We were unable to match that today.”