Nighthawks come up short to second-ranked Wildcats

Carson Schubert l Writer

Cade Moser of Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley hustles back to the first base bag before George-Little Rock can attempt to pick him off during Siouxland Conference baseball Friday, July 6. The Nighthawks defeated the Mustangs 2-0. (Photo/Nathan Broek)

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 0-0-0-0-0-0-1  1

West Lyon 0-0-0-1-1-1-X  3

LARCHWOOD-Despite a late rally in the seventh inning, Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley came up short to Class 2A second-ranked West Lyon 3-1 in a Siouxland Conference baseball game in Larchwood Monday, July 2.

The Nighthawks scored their only run on an RBI double by Cade Moser that scored Josh Hash. Overall on offense, Zach Noble, Cade Van Zee and Cody Moser each had a single.

“We had a couple errors, but nobody is going to blame themselves because we missed some opportunities. We had the bases loaded and in two other innings had guys in scoring position. So we need to take advantage of those early and put some more pressure on them,” said Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley coach Doug Bundy.

Noble was on the mound. He pitched five and one-third innings, allowed three hits, two runs of which one was earned and had nine strikeouts. Dylan Harman pitched the final two-thirds of an inning. He allowed one unearned run.

“Zach’s probably going to have a little more pitching to do after high school so we keep him down (pitch count) on Mondays a little bit. He pitched great, kept them off balance. Couple mistakes on defense cost us, but Dylan came in and did fine too. The run he allowed wasn’t earned either so he pitched well,” coach Bundy said.

Bundy said the Nighthawks needed to play these types of games.

“These are the games that are good for us. In district play we’ll probably have to play in close games. We just need to learn how to capitalize offensively and we’ll be fine,” Bundy said.

B-H/RV falls due to pitching infraction

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 0-0-0-0-0-0-0  0

Central Lyon 1-2-0-2-2-0-X  7

ROCK RAPIDS-Bizarre might not even begin to explain this baseball game. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley lost to Central Lyon 7-0 due to a pitching violation by the Nighthawks Tuesday, July 3, in Rock Rapids.

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley “won” the game 10-6 but, because of the violation, ended up forfeiting the game. Nighthawks’ pitcher Eric Salazar threw 110 pitches Friday, June 29, in a win over Sioux Center. According to the Iowa High School Athletic Association rules, pitchers are required to have at least four days of rest before making their next appearance. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley used Salazar as a relief pitcher only three days after the start on Friday. Therefore, this was a violation of the rules which forced the Nighthawks to forfeit the game to the Lions. In a forfeited game the team who didn’t forfeit wins the game 7-0, per National Federation of State High School Association rules.

“Not a good situation that’s for sure. I’m disappointed in myself for letting that happen. Just an oversight. We didn’t do it on purpose. We just kind of got numbers mixed up with Zach (Noble) and Eric. Didn’t catch it until the top of the seventh and Eric had already pitched. I told the umpire and their coach (Ben Docker) what happened and told them we’ll probably have to forfeit. We finished the game and that was fine. We did the right thing I think,” said Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley coach Doug Bundy.

The stats for the game do count for both teams. Cade Moser led the Nighthawks on offense with four hits, drew a walk, three runs scored, one RBI and he stole four bases. Brett Van Der Wilt had a stolen base and scored a run. Salazar had a hit, a run scored and two RBIs. Noble had a hit, a run scored, an RBI and a stolen base. Cade Van Zee had a hit, a run scored and two RBIs. Dylan Harman and Cody Moser each had a hit. Josh Hash scored twice and Alex Diekevers scored once.

Harman was the starting pitcher. He pitched four innings, allowed nine hits, six runs of which five were earned, three walks and had five strikeouts. Salazar came in for relief. He pitched two innings, allowed one hit, no runs, one walk and had four strikeouts. Andrew Frick pitched the final inning and allowed no hits, no runs and had one strikeout.

Salazar and Godfredson key 1-0 win

Hinton 0-0-0-0-0-0-0  0

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 0-0-0-1-0-0-X  1

ROCK VALLEY-Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley found itself in a pitchers’ duel and they came out on top with a 1-0 victory over Hinton on Alex Godfredson’s RBI single and Eric Salazar’s four-hit shutout in a non-conference baseball game Thursday, July 5, in Rock Valley.

The Nighthawks and Black Hawks were tied at 0 heading into the fourth inning. Then Godfredson delivered his RBI single that scored Cade Van Zee, the only run of the game.

Overall on offense, Brett Van Der Wilt had a hit and drew a walk. Josh Hash had two hits. Van Zee had a hit and a run scored. Godfredson had a hit and an RBI. Cade Moser had a hit and a stolen base. Salazar had the final hit.

“This was Alex’s first start this year for us. Dylan Harman is down with an injury so Godfredson stepped in and started and he had the big hit for us,” said Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley coach Doug Bundy.

The Nighthawks are hoping that Harman’s injury isn’t too serious.

“He blew out his knee in football, tore some ligaments. He tweaked it a little bit against Central Lyon. They’re not real sure, but they don’t think it’s anything real serious. We’re just taking precaution. He’s not going to play the rest of this week. Monday he’s going to go up and see our trainer and reevaluate. He may be able to play Monday, but we’re hoping to have him back for sure next Friday when we start districts,” coach Bundy said.

Salazar pitched all seven innings, allowed four hits, no runs, no walks and had eight strikeouts.

“Both pitchers pitched really well. Eric pitched a great game. That’s probably his best game he’s pitched for us so far this year. Last year as a freshman he had control issues. None this year, which is awesome. He’s been very limited in his walks this year overall,” Bundy said.

Noble pitches well on Senior Night

Nathan Broek | Sports Editor

George-Little Rock 0-0-0-0-0-0  0

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 0-0-2-0-0-0-X  2

ROCK VALLEY – Senior Zach Noble took the pitching mound for the final time on his home field and he ended up throwing a complete game shutout as Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley defeated George-Little Rock 2-0 in Siouxland Conference baseball on Senior Night Friday, July 6.

Noble’s final line on the mound was seven innings of work with five hits, no runs, four walks and 14 strikeouts.

“I honestly don’t think he had his best stuff tonight, but he battled through it and he did more than enough to win it. He hit his spots,” said Nighthawks’ coach Doug Bundy. “They did hit him a couple times in between and they scattered some hits, but he bucked up when he needed to.”

Offensively, Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley did not have a hard time getting runners on base. However, they had a hard time scoring them. Both runs came in the bottom of the third inning as Noble helped his own cause with a one-run triple and later scored on a fielder’s choice to first base. The final overall hitting numbers had Cade Moser with two hits and a steal. Noble had two hits with one hit being his one-run triple. Noble also scored once. Eric Salazar had one RBI. Josh Hash walked once. Alex Godfredson had one hit. Cody Noble walked once. Alex Frick walked once and stole a base. Cody Moser walked twice.

“First inning we had second and third with nobody out, but we didn’t get anybody in. Second inning we had second and third, but didn’t get anybody in. Then we had the bases loaded in the fifth or sixth and didn’t get anybody in,” Bundy noted. “I didn’t say anything to them after the game because I think they’re sick of hearing me, but we leave guys on base all the time. Maybe there is too much pressure on them. They just need to relax, get up there and hit the ball.”

The Nighthawks had one more regular-season game Monday, July 9 against LeMars before the Class 3A District 1 Substate 1 tournament game in Storm Lake Friday, July 13.

“Hopefully the hitting does change. When we get into the postseason and we get those opportunities we’ve got to take advantage, because if we don’t it’s going to come back and bite us,” Bundy said.

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