Carson Schubert l Writer
Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 1-1-0-2-2-2-1 9
Sibley-Ocheyedan 0-0-0-0-0-0-0 0
SIBLEY-Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley tallied 17 hits as a team and shut out Sibley-Ocheyedan on defense in a 9-0 Siouxland Conference baseball game Monday, June 18, in Sibley.
The Nighthawks scored one run in the first inning and added one run in the second. They then proceeded to add two runs each in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. They also notched their ninth run of the game in the seventh inning. Cade Moser was the top hitter with four hits and scored three runs.
“Cade sets the table for us. We moved him to leadoff. We had seven guys with at least two hits last night, so that was good to see. Josh Hash is hitting the ball well. Zach Noble hit the ball hard. Up and down the lineup we’ve been hitting the ball pretty well, which is good to see,” said Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley coach Doug Bundy.
Overall on offense, Trey Huyser and Hash each had two hits, one run scored and one RBI. Noble had two hits, including a double and had two RBIs. Eric Salazar had two hits and an RBI. Cade Van Zee had two hits, two runs scored and an RBI. Dylan Harman had a hit and an RBI. Andrew Frick scored a run. Brett Vander Wilt had two hits and a run scored.
Noble was on the mound to start the game for the Nighthawks. He went four and two-thirds innings, allowed one hit, no runs, three walks and had 11 strikeouts. Frick came in for relief, since Noble was at 90 pitches, and pitched the final two and one-third innings. He allowed two hits and had three strikeouts.
“Zach was his normal self. He did have a little control problems, but overall he did a very good job. He overpowers a lot of kids,” Bundy said. “Andrew came in and finished it up for us and pitched very well too. Good to see going forward both of those guys pitching well.”
Lack of offense leads to two defeats in Granville
Nathan Broek | Sports Editor
St. Mary’s-Remsen 0-0-0-0-0-2-1 3
Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 0-0-0-1-0-0-0 1
Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 0-0-0-0-0-2-0 2
Cherokee 1-0-5-0-0-0-X 6
GRANVILLE-Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley is usually a good hitting team, but the Nighthawks had unusual problems in that category Friday, June 22, and Saturday, June 23, as part of the Spalding Catholic baseball tournament.
Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley had a bit of a tough draw right away, having to face Class 1A fourth-ranked St. Mary’s-Remsen in game one of the tournament Friday, but the Nighthawks gave the fourth-ranked team a run. The game was scoreless through three innings with both pitchers throwing no-hitters. Eric Salazar quickly changed that, however, ripping a solo home run that hit the scoreboard in left field.
That lead stood until the top of the sixth inning as the Eagles hit a home run to left field, but unfortunately it was a two-run home run to give St. Mary’s the lead. The Eagles then added one more run in the top of the seventh on a suicide squeeze to account for the final score.
Zach Noble was on the mound for the Nighthawks and he threw all seven innings with three hits, three runs that were all earned, one walk and 11 strikeouts. On offense, Salazar had his home run along with a walk with Noble getting the other hit for Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley. The Nighthawks, however, struck out 14 times.
“Definitely a pitchers’ duel. I think if Zach could have a pitch back I think he’d take it back and do it all over, but that’s baseball,” said Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley coach Doug Bundy. “He pitched a (heck) of a ballgame though. Their pitcher threw well and our pitcher threw well. Not disappointed. We battled and that’s all you can ask for.”
Unfortunately Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley’s struggles continued in game two of the tournament Saturday against Cherokee. The Braves scored once in the bottom of the first and got a fair amount of insurance with five runs in the bottom of the third. The Nighthawks got two in the top of the second but without the benefit of a hit as Dylan Harman drove in both runs after reaching base on a Cherokee error. As a whole, Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley failed to get a hit in this game.
“We just struggled at the plate all day long. We couldn’t string anything together,” Bundy said. “The kid didn’t throw hard. He just threw a lot of curve balls. We weren’t patient and just didn’t have a good day at the plate.”
Trey Huyser took the mound to start and went two and one-third innings with five runs that were all earned, five hits, two walks, one hit batter and no strikeouts. Dylan Harman tossed the final three and two-thirds innings in relief with one hit, one run, one walk and four strikeouts.
“Just don’t know what to tell you. Maybe it was because it was an early Saturday morning game (first pitch was at 10 a.m.), but we didn’t come ready to play like we should have,” Bundy said. “However, we haven’t been playing bad at all, so one bad game is not going to make our season. We’ll be fine and we’ll bounce back.”