Nighthawks unable to upset Class 2A fifth-ranked Wildcats

Nathan Broek | Sports Editor

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley infielder Trey Huyser stretches out for a high bouncing ball as a West Lyon runner runs past him during Siouxland Conference baseball with the Wildcats Monday, June 11. The Nighthawks came up short to Class 2A fifth-ranked West Lyon 11-2. (Photo/Nathan Broek)

West Lyon                            2-4-1-0-3-0-1  11

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

ROCK VALLEY-Class 2A fifth-ranked West Lyon hit the ball hard against Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley, but the Nighthawks also gave the Wildcats a few too many free bases in an 11-2 Siouxland Conference baseball game Monday, June 11.

West Lyon scored two runs in the top of the first and four runs in the top of the second, but only two of those runs were earned due to an error at shortstop. The Wildcats scored once more in the top of the third, but that run was also unearned.

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley then got on the board in the bottom of the fourth with a one-run double by Cade Moser. Moser later scored on a sacrifice fly ball by Seth Rozeboom.

But West Lyon countered with three runs in the top of the fifth and one in the top of the seventh to account for the final score, but only three of those runs were earned. Eric Salazar was the starting pitcher and threw four innings with five hits, seven runs of which four were earned, five walks and five strikeouts. Andrew Frick tossed the final three innings with six hits, four runs of which three were earned, one walk and five strikeouts.

“If we play clean baseball it’s a different ballgame; however, I was not disappointed. Our middle infielders definitely need to get better, but I was happy with how Andrew and Eric both pitched for us. I think they both took a step forward,” said Nighthawks’ coach Doug Bundy.

The final offensive numbers had Salazar with two hits, with one of those hits being a double and one run. Moser had two hits with a double, one run and one RBI. Zach Noble had one hit and a walk. Dylan Harman had one hit and one walk. Cody Moser had a walk and Rozeboom had one RBI.

Bundy felt his team did well against West Lyon’s starting pitcher, but also noted his team had trouble finding the key hit.

“Overall, we hit him well after seeing him through the order one time,” Bundy said. “I was happy with that. We could have rolled over, but we didn’t. We responded and we competed with them those last four innings.”

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley tops Central Lyon  6-2

Carson Schubert l Writer

Central Lyon                              0-0-0-1-0-1-0  2

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 1-0-2-1-0-2-X  6

ROCK VALLEY-After losing back-to-back games, the Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley baseball team got back in the win column with a 6-2 victory over Central Lyon in a Siouxland Conference matchup in Rock Valley Wednesday, June 13.

The Nighthawks, offensively, where led by both Cade Moser and Cade Van Zee. Moser had two hits, one run scored, one RBI and drew a walk. Van Zee also had two hits with one hit being a double, scored a run, had two RBIs and drew a walk. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley scored once in the first, twice in the third, once in the fourth and added two more insurance runs in the sixth inning. The Lions scored one run in each the fourth and sixth innings.

“Cade (Moser) does a good job in the number two spot of getting on base and steals some bases. Cade Van Zee had a good night last night. He’s swinging the bat well and so is Cade Moser,” said Nighthawks’ coach Doug Bundy.

Overall on offense, Eric Salazar had one hit and two runs scored. Brett Vander Wilt had a hit, a run scored and drew two walks. Seth Rozeboom had a single and an RBI. Dylan Harman had a single. Kody Noble also added a double, an RBI and a run scored.

“Offensively, we did enough to win. We sure could have done a lot more. Every inning we left runners in scoring position. What we’re lacking right now is that big hit to open things up. It was good to see that many base runners but we could’ve scored more. We just need that one person to step up and get that hit, but it looks promising,” said coach Bundy.

Zach Noble was on the mound. He pitched all seven innings, allowed six hits, two earned runs, no walks and had 10 strikeouts.

“Zach pitched pretty well. They did get some hits off of him. They had some good at-bats against him, but Zach battled. I don’t think he had his best stuff last night but he worked through it and got us the win,” Bundy said.

Nighthawks shutout Sheldon Orabs 11-0

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 0-0-4-0-7-X-X  11

Sheldon                                 0-0-0-0-0-X-X  0

SHELDON-Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley scored seven runs in the fifth inning to help shutout Sheldon 11-0 in five innings in a Siouxland Conference baseball game Thursday, June 14, in Sheldon.

In that fifth inning, Josh Hash had two RBI singles and scored a run. Cade Van Zee had an RBI single and scored a run. Andrew Frick scored a run. Zach Noble had a two-run single and scored. Cade Moser, Brett Vander Wilt and Eric Salazar each scored a run.

“It was good to see. Last night we didn’t leave very many people on base. When they were on base, we got them in. It was really good to watch. They were focused and had good at-bats,” said Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley coach Doug Bundy.

Overall on offense, Dylan Harman, Frick and Hash each had two hits. Frick and Hash each scored twice, Harman scored once and Hash had two RBIs. Van Zee and Salazar each had a hit, a run scored, an RBI and stole a base. Noble had a hit, a run scored, two RBIs and a stolen base. Vander Wilt scored and had an RBI. Moser had a hit, two runs scored and stole three bases. Trey Huyser also singled.

Harman was on the mound. He pitched all five innings, allowed two hits, no runs, three walks and had three strikeouts. However, Harman didn’t expect to pitch in this game.

“He (Harman) pitched outstanding. He didn’t know he was going to pitch until he showed up. Trey Huyser was scheduled to start, but his back had been bothering him so we went with Dylan and he stepped up like a senior should. I was proud of the way he pitched. It was a clean game for him,” said Bundy.

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