Carson Schubert | Writer
Western Christian 0-0-0-0-0-X-X 0
Spirit Lake 2-5-1-2-X-X-X 10
SPIRIT LAKE-Lack of preparation led to no hits on offense for the Western Christian baseball team in a 10-0 loss to Spirit Lake in five innings Monday, June 4, in Spirit Lake.
Mason Stetson was the only one to get on base as he drew a walk.
“Their pitcher did a really nice job,” said Western Christian coach Pat Sinnema. “He threw a ton of strikes and kept our hitters at a disadvantage all game.”
Tyson Boer was on the mound for the Wolfpack. He went four innings, allowed 11 hits, 10 runs of which five were earned, one walk and he had one strikeout.
“Our team was not very well prepared to play tonight from the time we warmed up, so that will need to change going forward. Our lack of focus showed up early with a few mental mistakes: not covering bases, backing up throws, (among other things),” said coach Sinnema. “We have quite a few games coming up, so our guys will need to rebound quickly and be ready to compete every pitch for the rest of the week.”
Western falls 16-0 to Spencer
Spencer 3-6-7-0-X-X-X 16
Western Christian 0-0-0-0-X-X-X 0
HULL-The Western Christian baseball team was held hitless in a 16-0 loss to Spencer Wednesday, June 6, in Hull.
The Wolfpack did draw two walks in the game, one by Zach Van Essen and the other by Isaac Kredit.
“Another tough game for our guys at the plate,” said Western Christian coach Pat Sinnema. “We weren’t able to get much going offensively, but I thought, as a whole, our lineup had a better approach in their at-bats.”
Kredit was on the mound for the Wolfpack. He pitched three innings, allowed 12 hits, 16 runs of which eight were earned, three walks and had one strikeout. Mason Stetson pitched an inning in relief. He allowed one hit, no runs, two walks and had one strikeout. The defense didn’t do the pitchers any favors as the Wolfpack committed four errors.
“Isaac got hit around a little bit, but we had some opportunities to limit their runs by giving them extra bases by not being fundamentally sound behind our pitchers,” coach Sinnema said. “Mason had a better outing as a pitcher tonight, which was good to see as we’ll rely on him as a bullpen arm this year.”
Rally falls one-run short to Warriors
Western Christian 0-0-2-1-0-0-2 5
Sioux Center 1-2-2-1-0-0-X 6
SIOUX CENTER-Despite a rally in the seventh inning, the Western Christian baseball team could not overcome a three-run deficit and the Wolfpack lost 6-5 to Sioux Center in a non-conference baseball game Thursday, June 7, in Sioux Center.
The Warriors scored one run in the first and two in the second to take an early 3-0 lead. Western Christian countered with two runs in the top of the second, but Sioux Center got both runs back in the bottom half. Both teams also tallied runs in the fourth. The Wolfpack then scored two more times in the top of the seventh, but the Warriors had enough defense to hand Western Christian a one-run defeat.
“I was happy to see our team compete with a good Sioux Center ball club,” said Western Christian coach Pat Sinnema. “Close games like this allow our guys to learn how to handle late-game situations, which will be important for us in our development.”
Dawson Feenstra was on the bump for the Wolfpack. He pitched six innings, allowed five hits, six runs of which one was earned and had two strikeouts. Western Christian did have four errors defensively.
“Overall, our defense and pitching were better,” coach Sinnema said. “I thought we gave away three of their runs, and we would have liked to make them earn those. Dawson did a good job once again of throwing a lot of strikes and mixing his pitches and spots. He’s not the hardest throwing guy, and he’ll develop more velocity, but right now his strike-throwing ability is a weapon for him.”
Offensively, Ty Van Essen drew three walks and scored twice. Zach Van Essen had a hit, a run scored and drew two walks. Evan Wibben and Mason Stetson each drew a walk and had a RBI. Trevor Anderson had a hit, a run scored, drew a walk and stole a base. Levi Vanden Bos also drew a walk and scored a run.
“We took advantage of the free bases they gave us and were able to push some runs across to stay in the game,” Sinnema said.
Western drops two at West Lyon tourney
Nathan Broek | Sports Editor
Western Christian 0-0-0-0-X-X-X 0
West Lyon 6-2-3-4-X-X-X 15
Western Christian 2-2-2-0-0-4-1 11
Westwood 0-1-5-0-5-1-X 12
LARCHWOOD-Western Christian had a tough draw going up against the hosts in game one of the West Lyon baseball tournament Saturday, June 9, but had a better performance in game two despite coming up short and going 0-2 on the day.
The first game was pegged against the Class 2A sixth-ranked Wildcats and Western Christian fell 15-0 in four innings. The Wildcats scored six in the first, two in the second, three in the third and four in the fourth. The Wolfpack managed two hits in this contest, one each from Trevor Anderson and Matthew Van Otterloo.
Ty Van Essen was on the hill and went three innings with seven hits, six runs that were all earned, no walks and three strikeouts. Mason Stetson threw four pitches before the mercy rule was enforced, He had one earned run, one walk and no strikeouts.
Game two was a better performance for Western Christian, at least with the bats, as they fell short to Westwood 12-11. The Wolfpack got on the board first with two runs in the first inning and increased its lead to 4-0 with two more in the second. Westwood countered with a single run in the bottom of the second. Western Christian extended its lead to 6-1 with two more in the top of the third, but Westwood came back to tie the score at 6-6 with five runs in the bottom of the third.
After a scoreless fourth frame, Westwood scored five in the bottom of the fifth. The Wolfpack came back with four in the sixth, but Westwood scored one in the bottom half to maintain its two-run lead. Western Christian scored one in the top of the seventh, but could not get another run across before the third out was recorded.
The final offensive numbers for game two had Ty Van Essen with one hit and a run. Zach Van Essen had two runs. Dawson Feenstra had three hits, two runs and one RBI. Anderson had two hits, one run and one RBI. Stetson had one hit, one run and two RBIs. Levi Vanden Bos had one run and one RBI. Van Otterloo had one run and one RBI. Tyson Boer had two hits, two runs and one RBI.
“Definitely happy with an improved game offensively and our guys were really able to feed off one another’s hits to create some long innings,” said Wolfpack coach Patrick Sinnema. “Unfortunately, when you score 11 runs, you didn’t wish you regret that we left 10 on base, but that’s how this game turned out.”
On the pitcher’s mound Zach Van Essesn was the starter and threw two innings with six hits, six runs of which five were earned, two walks and no strikeouts. Boer threw three and one-third innings with seven hits, six runs of which five where earned, two walks and three strikeouts. Stetson threw one-third of an inning with no hits, no runs, two walks and no strikeouts.
“Westwood-Sloan found some holes and where able to execute most of their runs on stolen bases and bunt situations,” Sinnema said “We need to continue scoring runs and I hope we take some confidence into next week.”