Nathan Broek | Sports Editor
Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 0-3-3-1-0-2-3 12
Western Christian 0-0-0-0-0-0-0 0
HULL-It was not always pretty for the Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley offense, but the Nighthawks executed well enough with the bats and got a good start from Andrew Frick on the mound to earn a 12-0 non-conference baseball victory Wednesday, May 23, over cross-town rival Western Christian.
After a scoreless first inning, the Nighthawks got on the board with three runs in the top of the second and three in the top of the third, but coach Doug Bundy said Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley could and should have scored more in the frame.
“We had bases loaded. We got three runs in that inning, but we had the bases loaded with no outs and the top of the order up. We never got another run in. That’s the inning we need to take advantage of, get those runs across, extend that lead and not leave them on base there.”
The Nighthawks continued to score, however, with one run in the fourth, two in the sixth and three in the seventh to account for the final score. Overall Cade Moser had one hit, one run and one RBI. Eric Salazar had three hits, two runs and one RBI. Zach Noble had two hits, one run and one RBI. Seth Rozeboom had two hits, one run and one RBI. Trey Huyser had three hits with one of those hits being a double, two runs and two RBIs. Alex Diekevers had one hit, one run and one RBI. Brett Van Der Wilt had the final hit. Angel Rangel, Cody Moser and Alex Godfredson each scored once as pinch runners.
On the mound, Frick pitched six innings with one hit, no runs, two walks and 15 strikeouts. Dylan Harman threw one inning in relief with no hits, no runs, one walk and one strikeout.
“For Andrew Frick, he threw a couple spot starts for us last year and tonight he pitched really well with double-digit strikeouts. Granted, Western Christian is a young and up-and-coming team, but it was a good game to throw, get some confidence and I was happy with the way he pitched,” Bundy said.
But the coach added his team still has work to do.
“We were pretty good with the bats. There were some situations where I thought we could have executed a little bit better with guys on base. We left too many guys on base. We’re going to have to do a better job with that because we can’t be leaving base runners out there like that,” Bundy said.
The Wolfpack had one hit each from Trevor Anderson and Ty Van Essen. Evan Wibben and Matthew Van Otterloo had one steal each.
“The guys are still trying to find their groove at the plate. For us and for our young guys, that’s going to be the growing pains for them. None of these guys have seen quality pitching in games that we are seeing right now,” said Western Christian coach Pat Sinnema.
On the rubber, Tyson Boer was the starting pitcher with 5- 1/3 innings pitched with 12 hits, nine runs of which six were earned, two walks and five strikeouts. Ty Van Essen threw the final 1- 2/3 frames with three hits, three runs of which two were earned, two walks and three strikeouts.
“It’s a tough game and a tough opponent in Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley. They’ve got a good squad. Going forward we’re just trying to develop and learn as we go. I thought they did that for the most part tonight and we’ll hope to do it again Friday,” Sinnema said.