Nathan Broek | Sports Editor
Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 0-0-0-0-0-0-0 0
LeMars 0-1-0-2-3-0-X 6
LEMARS-Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley did commit a couple mistakes on defense, but the biggest issue was the lack of offense in a 6-0 non-conference baseball defeat to LeMars Monday, July 9.
The Nighthawks only got three hits in the contest from Cade Moser, Dylan Harman and Cody Moser. Cody Van Zee also reached base with a walk and Cade Moser also added a steal to his stats.
“Offensively, we’ve been struggling lately. I think a couple kids are just putting too much pressure on themselves. They just have to relax and play because we’re capable,” said Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley coach Doug Bundy. “We’ve shown throughout the year that we are capable of scoring some runs against some pretty good pitchers. It’s not that we’re not capable, we’re just putting too much pressure on ourselves.”
Defensively, Eric Salazar was on the pitcher’s mound to start and went three innings with one hit, one run that was earned, two walks and six strikeouts. Andrew Frick tossed two innings in relief with five hits, five runs of which four were earned, one walk and two strikeouts. Harman tossed the final inning in relief with no hits, no runs, no walks and one strikeout.
LeMars scored one run in the bottom of the second without the benefit of a hit, two in the bottom of the fourth, and the final three runs of the contest in the bottom of the fifth.
“Eric pitched the first three innings and that was kind of the game plan to get him a little bit of work. But he didn’t give up a hit and struck out six. They got a run in the second inning without getting a hit. We walked a kid, he stole second, got to third on a passed ball and then scored on a passed ball. Unfortunately that happened, but Eric pitched more than well enough,” Bundy said.
“Then Andrew Frick came in and he did OK,” Bundy continued. “They hit him pretty good with five hits and four earned runs, but I thought we did OK both defensively and offensively. We’re just having a hard time hitting the ball right now.”
B-H/RV executes all phases of the game in victory
Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 0-0-0-2-0-1-0 3
Storm Lake 0-0-0-0-0-0-0 0
STORM LAKE-Zach Noble pitched another gem on the mound and Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley executed a suicide squeeze bunt in the top of the fourth to top Storm Lake 3-0 in a Class 3A District 2 baseball tournament game in Storm Lake Saturday, July 14.
This game was postponed from Friday, July 13, due to lightning and the threat of thunderstorms. The game was scoreless through the first three innings with Noble throwing a one-hitter and Tornadoes’ freshman pitcher Mark Eddie tossing a no-hitter.
But that storyline soon changed in the top of the fourth. Cade Moser got the sign from head coach Doug Bundy to lay down a bunt to lead off the inning. Moser put the bunt down the third base line and beat the play at first base for a leadoff single. Then coach Bundy gave the sign for a hit-and-run with Brett Van Der Wilt at the dish and Van Der Wilt laced a single into right field to put runners on the corners with none out. Van Der Wilt then stole second base, before Eric Salazar laid down another bunt on a suicide squeeze play. Storm Lake’s only play was to first base, but the throw was wide of the mark, allowing Moser and Van Der Wilt to come across the plate for a 2-0 lead.
“Early on the offense was a struggle. First time through the order I think we struck out six times. After that not so much,” Bundy said. “We put the ball in play. Cade Moser had a perfect bunt, Eric Salazar laid down that squeeze and Brett Van Der Wilt had great base running. So we did what we needed in order to win,” Bundy said.
That proved to be the case as the Nighthawks scratched across a run in the top of the sixth to account for the final score. The final offensive numbers had Moser with one hit. Van Der Wilt with one hit, one walk, one run and two stolen bases. Salazar had one hit, two steals and two RBIs.
On the mound, Noble went six and two-thirds innings with two hits, no runs, two walks, no hit batters and five strikeouts. Dylan Harman came in for the final out and got the save. He had no hits, no walks, no runs, no strikeouts and no hit batters.
“He (Noble) is just so competitive. He’s great to have on our team and I’m glad he’s not on the other team. When you put the ball in his hands you know he’s going to do a good job for us,” Bundy said. “We backed him up also defensively. We didn’t have an error and they put the ball in play a lot. All around a good baseball game for us.”
Noble only threw 90 pitches, so he is available to pitch in a possible sub-state game Wednesday, July 18. But Bundy noted Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley has to get through Sergeant Bluff-Luton first in the district final that was played Monday, July 16.
“We’ll take care of Sergeant Bluff-Luton first and they’re a really good ball club. We’ve got to come ready to play no doubt,” Bundy said.