BOYDEN-Western Christian made it a game for a majority of the contest against Class 3A second-ranked Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley, but the Nighthawks took advantage of the opportunities given them and came away with an 8-0 non-conference softball victory Thursday, June 1.
After a scoreless first inning, Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley got on the board with two runs in the bottom of the second. Charli Bomgaars scored the first run on a wild pitch and Jo Luevano scored on a sacrifice fly ball to right field by Alexis Mousel.
Following a scoreless third frame, the Nighthawks scored two more times in the bottom of the fourth. Mousel drew a bases-loaded walk to score Keely Swanson and Erika Pottebaum hit a sacrifice fly ball to score Luevano.
Following a scoreless top-of-the-fifth for the Wolfpack, Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley put the game to rest with a four-run bottom half. The Nighthawks loaded the bases with two bunt singles and a fielder’s choice play to third base as the runner at third was forced to retreat back to the base. Swanson then hit a sacrifice fly ball to score the inning’s first run before Luevano launched a high-arching fly ball to left field that cleared the fence for a three-run homer.
“The bottom of our lineup got us started in a lot of key innings in this game. We made solid contact and were patient at the plate,” said Nighthawks’ coach Sara Friedrichsen.
Luevano finished the night going a perfect 3-for-3 at the dish with a double and her home run, three runs and three RBIs. Sammy Blum had one hit and one run. Cassie Van Beek had one hit and one run.
Kaitlyn Van Der Zwaag took the pitcher’s circle and threw a complete game with three hits, no runs, no walks and 12 strikeouts. Those three hits for Western Christian came from Tori Wynja, Kailey Heemskerk and Madison Byl.
“We just couldn’t get the bats going again. Credit to Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley pitcher Kaitlyn Van Der Zwaag. Excellent pitcher who throws hard, but also very good control and mixes her pitches well. She kept our girls off-balance all night,” said Wolfpack coach Michael De Jong.
That said, De Jong felt his team gave its best effort and had Alyssa Buren to thank. Buren was in the pitcher’s circle for the Wolfpack and threw six innings with five hits, eight runs all earned, six walks and one strikeout.
“I thought Alyssa Buren threw really well. The score is not indicative of how she threw, only giving up five hits. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley takes advantage of every opportunity you give them and they did that tonight as well,” De Jong said. “I thought our girls battled all night. They never gave up, which is good. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley proved why they are one of the best teams in the area.”