Nathan Broek | Sports Editor
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GEORGE-Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley did not have much trouble with the bats and Kaitlyn Van Der Zwaag remained consistent in the pitcher’s circle as the Nighthawks defeated George-Little Rock/Central Lyon 15-1 in five innings of Siouxland Conference softball Wednesday, May 30.
Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley got on the board right away with five runs in the first inning. Erika Pottabaum, Keely Swanson and Brooke Zylstra each had RBI singles. Charli Bomgaars scored on a wild pitch as a courtesy runner for Pottebaum. In the second inning, the Nighthawks scored two runs, all coming off a two-run home run by Van Der Zwaag. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley scored two more in the top of the third, three in the top of the fourth and three in the top of the fifth. The Mustangs scored their run in the bottom of the second, enforcing the mercy rule after five innings.
Brooke Zylstra led the offense with two hits, one of those hits was a double, and four RBIs. Pottebaum had two hits with one hit being a double and one RBI. Swanson had two hits and one RBI. Jo Luevano had one hit and one RBI. Morgan Halbur had two hits in two at-bats with two runs and one RBI. Lizzy Blum had two hits and one RBI.
In the circle, Van Der Zwaag went all five innings with five hits, one run that was earned, no walks and 10 strikeouts.
“Kailtyn pitched well. We hit the ball well throughout our entire lineup and had good offensive execution,” said Nighthawks’ coach Sara Friedrichsen. “Our girls adjusted to the two different pitchers that we saw.”
B-H/RV claims three at Sheldon tourney
SHELDON-Class 3A eighth-ranked Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley did a lot of things right at the Sheldon softball tournament Saturday, June 2 to come away with three victories but coach Sara Friedrichsen still felt her team has things to work on moving forward.
In the first game of the afternoon, the Nighthawks took on Sergeant Bluff-Luton and Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley downed the Warriors 2-0. The Nighthawks scored their first run in the top of the third off a sacrifice fly ball by Erika Pottebaum. The second run came in the fourth frame as Brooke Zylstra came across the plate on a fielding error by Sergeant Bluff-Luton. The final offensive numbers had Taylor Richter with a hit and a run. Pottebaum had one RBI. Charli Bomgaars had one RBI. Zylstra scored once. Brianna Kleinwolterink and Morgan Halbur had the final hits.
In the pitcher’s circle, Kaitlyn Van Der Zwaag threw seven innings with three hits, one walk, no runs and nine strikeouts. Coach Friedrichsen not only praised Van Der Zwaag’s efforts, but also the efforts of the defense in this game.
“Defensviely, we played solid behind Kaitlyn’s pitching and had tremendous defensive efforts,” the coach said. “Offensively we were a bit sluggish, but were able to keep pressure on S-BL’s defense and produce runs.”
In game two, Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley took on Class 3A fourth-ranked Spirit Lake and the Nighthawks outlasted the Indians 6-5 in six innings due to the time limit. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley scored two runs in the top of the first off a two-run bomb by Van Der Zwaag. Spirit Lake countered with two runs in the bottom of the second, before the Nighthawks got back on the board with three runs in the top of the fifth. Bomgaars scored on a fielder’s choice, Pottebaum hit a one-run single and Abby Heemstra, as a courtesy runner, scored on a squeeze play. Spirit Lake retied the game with three in the bottom half, but Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley got the game-winning run in the top of the sixth off a one-run single by Taylor Richter.
Overall, Richter had a hit, two runs and one RBI. Kleinwolterink had a hit and one RBI. Van Der Zwaag had two hits, a run and two RBIs. Pottebaum had one hit and an RBI. Keely Swanson had one hit and an RBI. Lizzy Blum had one hit and one run. Heemstra and Bomgaars each scored as courtesy runners.
Blum took the pitcher’s circle to start for the first time in her varsity career and threw 5-1/3 innings with four hits, six runs of which five were earned, eight walks, one hit batter and two strikeouts. Van Der Zwaag tossed the final 2/3 inning with no runs, no hits, one walk and one strikeout.
“Lizzy pitched extremely well and kept the ball low in the zone against a very aggressive offensive team,” Friedrichsen said. “We had two big defensive plays that helped our young pitcher in the circle when Halbur threw out a runner trying to advance from first to third after a base hit in the first inning, and Bomgaars having a diving catch in left field at the start of the fifth inning.”
The final game of the tournament was pegged against Class 2A sixth-ranked West Sioux and Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley defeated the Falcons 6-3. The Nighthawks scored two runs in the top of the second with Richter hitting a one-run single and Blum scoring on a fielder’s choice. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley scored three more in the top of the fourth. Bomgaars had a one-run single, Blum scored on a wild pitch and Bomgaars scored the final run on a fielder’s choice play. The Nighthawks scored their final run on a one-run single in the fifth frame off the bat of Bomgaars. West Sioux then attempted a comeback with two runs in the fifth and one run in the sixth, but Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley did enough on defense to secure the win.
Overall Richter had two hits and two RBIs with one of her hits being a double. Brianna Kleinwolterink had one RBI. Van Der Zwaag had two hits. Pottebaum had one hit. Swanson had two hits and one run. Zylstra had one hit and one run. Blum scored twice. Bomgaars went a perfect 4-for-4 with one run and two RBIs. Emma Zoet scored once.
In the pitcher’s circle, Van Der Zwaag tossed all seven innings with seven hits, six runs of which three were earned, no walks and nine strikeouts.
“We had runners reach base in every inning, except one which was a positive. We left 10 runners on base and six of those were in scoring position, so we need to do a better job of producing runs and executing offensively,” Friedrichsen said. “Kaitlyn pitched really well in situations where West Sioux was threatening to score. Defensively, we need to have more confidence and better consistency.”