Nighthawks topple Generals 16-0 in conference play

Carson Schubert l Writer

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley courtesy runner Jewel Bergstrom slides into home plate safely ahead of a tag attempt by West Sioux during the final game of the Spencer softball tournament Saturday, June 23. The Nighthawks won all four games of this tournament. (Photo/Nathan Broek)

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley  1-4-0-3-8-X-X  16

Sibley-Ocheyedan                 0-0-0-0-0-X-X  0

SIBLEY-The Class 3A sixth-ranked Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley softball team scored eight runs in the fifth inning to cap off another strong offensive performance in a 16-0 victory over Sibley-Ocheyedan in a Siouxland Conference matchup Monday, June 18.

In that eight-run fifth inning, the Nighthawks started scoring on a two-run single by Brooke Zylstra. Jewel Bergstrom and Abby Heemstra scored on the play. Emma Zoet scored on an error. Zylstra scored on an RBI groundout by Morgan Halbur. Taylor Richter had an RBI single that scored Charli Bomgaars. Richter scored on an error. Lizzy Blum singled and Katey Pick scored on the play.

“We were able to string a lot of hits together and our hitters adjusted well after the first time through the lineup,” said Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley coach Sara Friedrichsen.

Overall on offense, Richter had a hit, two runs scored and one RBI. Blum had a hit, two runs scored and one RBI. Kaitlyn Van Der Zwaag was 2-for-2, including a double and an RBI. Erika Pottebaum had a single. Keely Swanson was 2-for-3, including a double and one RBI. Zylstra had a hit, one run scored and three RBIs. Bomgaars had a hit, three runs scored and two RBIs. Halbur had an RBI and a run scored. Brianna Kleinwolterink was 2-for-2 with two runs scored. Heemstra and Zoet each scored two runs. Bergstrom scored one run.

Van Der Zwaag was in the pitcher’s circle for the Nighthawks. She pitched all five innings, allowed three hits, no runs, no walks and had 11 strikeouts.

B-H/RV claims all four games at Spencer tourney

Nathan Broek | Sports Editor

Game 1

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley  3-0-0-1-0-0-0  4

LeMars  0-0-1-0-0-0-0  1

Game 2

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley  0-0-0-1-2-1-0  4

Newell-Fonda  0-1-1-0-0-0-0  2

Game 3

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley   5-2-2-0-2-0-0  11

Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto  0-1-0-2-0-3-0  6

Game 4

West Sioux  0-0-0-0-0-0-2  2

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley  0-2-0-0-1-0-X  3

SPENCER-Class 3A eighth-ranked Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley took its efforts to the Spencer softball tournament Friday, June 22, and Saturday, June 23, and the Nighthawks won all four games of the round-robin tournament.

The first game was played Friday against LeMars. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley went right to the offense in the top of the first inning, scoring three runs. Taylor Richter scored the first run off a Bulldogs’ error, Lizzy Blum scored on a fielder’s choice and Keely Swanson hit a one-run single. LeMars scored one run in the bottom of the third, but the Nighthawks got that run back with a single tally in the top of the fourth to account for the final score.

The final offensive numbers for game one had Richter with two hits, one run and one RBI with one of her hits being a double. Blum had one hit and one run. Kaitlyn Van Der Zwaag had one RBI. Erika Pottebaum had one hit. Swanson had three hits in three plate appearances with one RBI. Morgan Halbur hit a double and a single with one run. Charli Bomgaars had one hit and one run.

In the pitcher’s circle, Van Der Zwaag went all seven innings with four hits, one run that was unearned, two walks and struck out 13 LeMars batters.

“We had runners reach base in every inning, keeping pressure on the LeMars defense,” said Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley coach Sara Friedrichsen. “We executed and moved runners, limiting how many we left in scoring position. Kaitlyn pitched well, mixing up her pitches and striking out 13.”

The final game Friday afternoon was against Newell-Fonda and the Nighthawks came away with a 4-2 victory. Newell-Fonda got on the board first with single runs in the bottom of the second and the bottom of the third. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley scored one run in the top of the fourth and two runs in the top of the fifth. In that five-run fifth, Blum hit a one-run single and Van Der Zwaag hit a one-run single. The Nighthawks added another run in the top of the sixth to account for the final score.

The final offensive numbers had Richter with one hit and one run. Blum had two hits and one RBI. Van Der Zwaag had two hits and one RBI. Swanson had one hit and one RBI. Bomgaars had one hit and one run. Halbur had one hit which was a double and one RBI. Brianna Kleinwolterink scored once and Abby Heemstra scored once as a courtesy runner. In the pitcher’s circle, Van Der Zwaag went all seven innings with six hits, two runs of which one was earned, no walks and nine strikeouts.

“We executed well offensively all the way through our lineup. We, again, had runners reach base in every inning. We fell behind early and the girls did a great job adjusting offensively the second time through the lineup. The adjustments led to better quality at-bats,” Friedrichsen said. “Defensively, we played well behind Kaitlyn’s pitching against an aggressive Newell-Fonda squad.”

Game three was played Saturday morning against Maple Valley-Anton-Oto and the Nighthawks came out on top 11-6 in an offensive affair. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley scored five of its 11 runs in the top of the first. Blum hit a one-run double and later scored on a wild pitch. Swanson hit a one-run single and Brooke Zylstra ripped a two-run double. The Nighthawks scored two more in the top of the second before Maple Valley-Anton-Oto scored its first run in the bottom half of the frame. The Nighthawks scored two more in the top of the third, with Maple Valley-Anton-Oto countering with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley scored two more in the top of the fifth with Maple Valley-Anton-Oto tallying three in the bottom of the sixth before the game was called due to a time limit.

The final offensive numbers for Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley had Richter with a double and one run. Blum had two hits, two runs and two RBIs with one of her hits being a double. Van Der Zwaag scored twice. Swanson had three hits and three RBIs. Zylstra had one hit, one run and two RBIs with her hit being a double. Bomgaars had one hit and one RBI. Halbur had two hits and one RBI. Kleinwolterink had one hit and a run.

Blum was in the pitcher’s circle and went all six innings with nine hits, six runs of which five were earned, six walks and five strikeouts.

“Lizzy did a good job pitching for us and working through some tough situations. Defensively, we did a good job behind her work in the circle,” Friedrichsen said.

The final game of the tournament was against Class 2A 10th-ranked West Sioux and Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley held on for a 3-2 victory. The Nighthawks got on the board right away with two runs in the bottom of the second. Richter hit a one-run single and Kleinwolterink also hit a one-run single. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley added a run in the bottom of the fifth. The Falcons rallied in the top of the seventh, but the Nighthawks kept West Sioux to scoring only two runs to claim the win.

The final offensive numbers in this contest had Richter with two hits and two RBIs. Van Der Zwaag had one hit. Zylstra had one hit. Joanne Luevano scored once. Kleinwolterink had one hit and one run. Jewel Bergstrom scored once as a courtesy runner. Van Der Zwaag was in the pitcher’s circle and threw all seven innings with six hits, two runs that were both earned, no walks and nine strikeouts.

“We came out with a lot of energy and enthusiasm in this game and it started with the girls in our dugout. The game had a postseason feel to it and it was a great challenge for us at this point in the season,” coach Friedrichsen explained. “We almost kept West Sioux from scoring with tremendous effort from Morgan Halbur on a shallow pop fly in the top of the seventh. The ball just dropped out of her glove. Kaitlyn pitched a tremendous game for us and was hitting spots extremely well.”

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