Nighthawks down Wildcats 10-0 in five innings

West Lyon0-0-0-0-0-X-X0

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley5-3-0-0-210

BOYDEN-Class 3A third-ranked Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley got a good showing from its bats, and pitcher, Kaitlyn Van Der Zwaag, continued to hurl like an ace, resulting in a 10-0 Siouxland Conference softball victory in five innings over West Lyon Tuesday, May 30.

The Nighthawks took quick control, scoring five runs in the bottom of the first inning. Key hits came from Van Der Zwaag with an RBI single, Keely Swanson with an RBI single and Alexis Mousel with a three-run double. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley tallied three more in the second and enforced the mercy rule with two in the bottom of the fifth.

Van Der Zwaag threw all five innings with two hits, one walk, eight strikeouts and one hit batter.

“Kaitlyn mixed up her pitches well tonight against a solid offensive ball club. Defensively, we played solid behind Kaitlyn’s pitching,” said Nighthawks’ coach Sara Friedrichsen.

On offense, Sammy Blum went 1-for-3 with one run scored and one RBI. Cassie Van Beek went 1-for-2 with three runs and two RBIs. Her hit was a two-run home run in the second inning. Van Der Zwaag went 2-for-3 with one RBI. Jo Luevano was 2-for-3 with one run scored and one RBI. Mousel was 2-for-3 with four RBIs and one of her hits being a double. Charli Bomgaars scored two times as a courtesy runner.

“Offensively, we were able to get runners on base in early-inning situations and we had timely hitting,” Friedrichsen said.

Offense continues to back up solid pitching

George-Little Rock/Central Lyon0-0-0-0-11

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley1-0-2-3-511

BOYDEN-The offense for Class 3A third-ranked Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley took its time to get into a groove during a Siouxland Conference game with George-Little Rock/Central Lyon last Wednesday, May 31 but the Nighthawks broke the game open with a five-run fifth for an 11-1 victory in five innings.

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley scored once in the first inning, two times in the third inning and three times in the fourth inning for a 6-0 lead. The Mustangs’ lone run came in the top of the fifth off a solo home run, before the game was put to rest by the Nighthawks in the bottom half. Key hits came from Sammy Blum with a one-run single, Cassie Van Beek with a one-run double, Jo Luevano with a two-run single and Erika Pottebaum with a bases-loaded walk.

In the end, the bats were led by Keely Swanson who went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, Van Beek who went a perfect 3-for-3 with two doubles, three runs and two RBIs, Blum who went 2-for-2 with three runs and one RBI and Luevano who went 2-for-3 with one run and four RBIs.

In the pitcher’s circle, Kaitlyn Van Der Zwaag went all five innings with one hit, one earned run and nine strikeouts.

“Kaitlyn threw and good game and we did a good job piecing together scoring innings,” said Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley coach Sara Friedrichsen. “We made adjustments offensively after the first time through the lineup and we were able to put together hits that led to bigger-scoring innings.”

Nighthawks go 3-0 at Sheldon tournament

Game 1

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley4-0-0-0-2-1-07

Sergeant Bluff-Luton0-0-0-1-0-0-12

SHELDON-The Class 3A second-ranked Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley softball team took its talents to the Sheldon softball tournament Saturday and the Nighthawks came away with a perfect 3-0 record for the day and a tournament title.

The first game was against Sergeant Bluff-Luton and Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley came away with a 7-2 victory. The Nighthawks scored four runs in the top of the first inning with all four runs coming with two outs. Keely Swanson had a one-run single, with the final three runs scored on a Warriors’ error.

Sergeant Bluff-Luton scored one run in the bottom of the fourth before Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley put the game away with two in the top of the fifth and one in the top of the sixth. The Warriors’ final run came in the bottom of the seventh.

Taylor Richter led the bats with a 2-for-4 performance at the plate with one RBI. Sammy Blum had one hit and one run scored. Cassie Van Beek had one hit and two runs scored. Swanson had one hit, one run and three RBIs. Morgan Halbur also had three RBIs tallied off the error in the first inning.

Kaitlyn Van Der Zwaag threw seven innings in the pitcher’s circle with seven hits, two runs of which one was earned, one walk and nine strikeouts.

“We played well defensively behind Kaitlyn’s pitching and executed well offensively,” said Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley coach Sara Friedrichsen. “We ran the bases well and moved runners when we were in scoring position.”

Game 2

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley7-0-1-0-2-X-X  10

Spirit Lake4-1-0-2-0-X-X  7

The second contest of the afternoon proved to be one of the marquee matchups between Class 3A second-ranked Nighthawks and Class 3A 14th-ranked Spirit Lake Indians. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley took a quick lead with seven runs in the first inning. Three of those runs came in on a three-run home run by Van Der Zwaag. Spirit Lake countered with four runs in the bottom of the first and one in the bottom of the second for a 7-5 score.

The Nighthawks increased the lead to 8-5 with a single tally in the top of the third, but the Indians stayed within reach with two runs in the bottom of the fourth for an 8-7 score. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley countered again, however, with two runs in the top of the fifth before the game was called due to time.

Blum finished the game going 2-for-4 at the plate with one run and two RBIs. Van Der Zwaag went 2-for-4 with one run and four RBIs, three coming on the previously-mentioned three-run home run. Joanne Luevano went 2-for-4 with one run and two RBIs. Halbur went 2-for-4 with one hit being a double and one RBI. Erika Potteabuam went 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI. Brianna Kleinwolterink scored twice as a courtesy runner.

Van Beek took the pitcher’s circle to start the game and threw one inning with one hit, four runs of which only one was earned and two walks. Van Der Zwaag finished out the game with five hits, three runs that were all earned and three strikeouts.

“We had a great start to the game offensively, but were not able to make routine plays on defense and put unnecessary pressure on ourselves,” Friedrichsen said. “We came through with some timely hits in the third and fifth innings that allowed us to score three more runs in a close ball game.”

Game 3

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley0-1-2-2-1-2-X  8

West Sioux0-4-0-0-0-0-X 4

The final game of the day was pegged against another ranked opponent — Class 1A sixth-ranked West Sioux. The Nighthawks scored one run in the top of the second inning, before the Falcons scored four in the bottom half for a 4-1 advantage. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley clawed back with two runs in the third and fourth frames for a 5-4 lead, before putting the game away with one in the fifth and two in the sixth.

Blum went 2-for-4 with three runs at the plate in this game. Van Beek went 2-for-3 with one run and two RBis. Van Der Zwaag went 1-for-4 with one RBI. Swanson had one hit and one run. Luevano went 2-for-3 with one run and two RBIs. Pottebaum had one hit and one run. Brianna Brandt drove in one run.

Lizzy Blum took the pitcher’s circle to start, throwing an inning and two-thirds with three hits, four runs of which three were earned, one walk and one strikeout. Van Der Zwaag shut the door by throwing the final three and one-third innings with one hit and 10 strikeouts.

“The girls showed some mental toughness after falling behind early in the game. We never had a big scoring inning, but we were able to put runs on the board when we needed them,” Friedrichsen said.

She was pleased with Lizzy Blum’s first varsity outing in the pitcher’s circle and was pleased to get some of the younger players playing time.

“Lizzy pitched well for her first varsity start and Kaitlyn threw well to finish the game. Some of our younger players gained some valuable experience today, but we still need to learn to play with a high level of confidence defensively, regardless of what our defensive lineup looks like,” the coach said.

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