Nighthawks use the long ball to down Pioneers in three


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BOYDEN-Class 3A second-ranked Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley went right to the bats in the first inning and went on a 13-run explosion in the second to down Siouxland Conference opponent Okoboji 16-0 in three innings Monday, June 5.

That three-run first inning included key hits from Kaitlyn Van Der Zwaag and Keely Swanson. Van Der Zwaag ripped a one-run single down the left field line and Swanson had a two-run single.

After Okoboji went scoreless in the top of the second, the Nighthawks went on a tear for 13 runs in the second frame. Key hits came from Cassie Van Beek with a two-run double, Van Der Zwaag with a two-run single, Jo Luevano with a three-run home run, Kaylee Vande Hoef scored on a passed ball as a pinch runner, Van Beek with a grand slam home run and Van Der Zwaag followed with a solo shot. Van Der Zwaag came back to throw a scoreless top-of-the-third inning and force the 15-plus run mercy rule.

“Offensively, we hit the ball well throughout our entire lineup. We made adjustments and had better at-bats during the second inning,” said Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley coach Sara Friedrichsen.

Van Der Zwaag ended the night going a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with her home run, one run scored and four runs driven in. Van Beek went 2-for-3 with two runs, her home run on top of a double and a season-high six RBIs. Luevano’s lone hit was her three-run home run. Swanson went 2-for-2 with one run and two RBIs. Charli Bomgaars scored two times as a courtesy runner and had one steal. Lizzy Blum had one run as a courtesy runner and stole one base. Vande Hoef scored once as a pinch runner. Taylor Richter scored twice and drew one walk.

Van Der Zwaag threw all three innings in the pitcher’s circle with no runs, one hit, no walks and five strikeouts.

Nighthawks stay undefeated in Orange City

Carson Schubert I Writer

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ORANGE CITY-The Class 3A second-ranked Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley softball team continued to stay undefeated with a 5-0 win over MOC-Floyd Valley Wednesday, June 7, in Orange City.

Kaitlyn Van Der Zwaag was in the pitcher’s circle and went all seven innings with two hits, no runs, one walk and 11 strikeouts.

In the first inning, Taylor Richter singled and Sammy Blum followed with a bunt single that moved Richter to third. Richter would score on a first-and-third situation when MOC-Floyd Valley attempted to throw out Blum stealing second. Both runners were ruled safe on the play.

In the fourth inning, Erika Pottebaum singled and Richter singled. A single by Blum scored courtesy runner Brianna Brandt. In the seventh inning, Van Der Zwaag hit a solo home run; Swanson followed with a single; Kaylee Vande Hoef, courtesy runner, scored on a fielder’s choice.

Overall, Richter was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a steal. Blum was 2-for-4 with an RBI and two steals. Cassie Van Beek had an RBI. Van Der Zwaag was 2-for-3, including a solo home run, one run, one RBI and drew a walk. Keely Swanson was 2-for-4, while Brandt and Vande Hoef each scored a run.

“We had some outs that were hard-hit balls,” said Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley coach Sara Friedrichsen. “Our hits were scattered throughout the game, which didn’t allow us to have a big-scoring inning. We left a lot of runners on base and a lot of those were in scoring position. Kaitlyn (Van Der Zwaag) pitched a good game for us.”

Seven-run inning carries Nighthawks to victory

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SIBLEY-The Class 3A second-ranked Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley softball team kept rolling as it beat down Sibley-Ocheyedan 14-0 in four innings, Thursday, June 8.

Offensively, Taylor Richter was 1-for-1 with two runs scored and five RBIs. Her hit was a three-run home run. Sammy Blum was 2-for-3 with one run scored, three RBIs and a steal. Joanne Luevano, Charli Bomgaars, and Kaylee Vande Hoef each scored a run. Bomgaars also stole a base. Lizzy Blum scored twice as a courtesy runner. Morgan Halbur had a hit, two runs scored and drew two walks. Brianna Kleinwolterink was 1-for-2 with three runs scored, two steals and a walk. Alexis Mousel went 2-for-2 with a double and two RBIs.

The third inning was the big inning for the Nighthawks as they put seven runs on the board. Keely Swanson started the frame by reaching on an error. Vande Hoef came in to pinch run, before Luevano drew a walk and Halbur hit a single to load the bases. Mousel also singled to score Vande Hoef and Luevano. Richter hit a sacrifice fly to score a run, Sammy Blum hit a sacrifice bunt that drove in another run. Cassie Van Beek and Kaitlyn Van Der Zwaag each walked. Bomgaars then came in to courtesy run for Van Der Zwaag before both she and Van Beek scored on a wild pitch and a passed ball. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley led 10-0 at that point and would go on to add four more runs in the fourth inning.

Van Der Zwaag was in the pitcher’s circle and went all four innings. She allowed three hits, no runs and had seven strikeouts.

“We adjusted well after the first time through our batting line-up,” said Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley coach Sara Friedrichsen. “We had patient at-bats and didn’t chase pitches. Our base runners were aggressive. Kaitlyn mixed up her pitches and hit her spots well.”

B-H/RV falls to Sioux Center 4-1

Nathan Broek | Sports Editor

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BOYDEN-Three defensive errors haunted the Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley softball team in a 4-1 loss to Class 3A ninth-ranked Sioux Center in Boyden Friday, June 9, in a game that had the sole possession of first place in the Siouxland Conference on the line.

Kaitlyn Van Der Zwaag was in the pitcher’s circle for the Nighthawks. She went the distance, allowing four hits, four runs of which two were earned, one walk and 14 strikeouts.

Offensively, Taylor Richter mustered one hit in four at-bats. Sammy Blum had a 3-for-3 night at the plate. However, Joanne Luevano did the most damage. She had a solo home run that came in the fourth inning and a double in three at-bats.

Sioux Center did its scoring in the first and third innings when the Warriors got two runs in each inning.

Boyden-Hull Rock Valley coach Sara Friedrichsen felt her team did not execute well in any stage of the game

“Kaitlyn threw an amazing game, but defensively we didn’t play well behind her. We gave up two unearned runs on three defensive errors early in the game and couldn’t recover from the early deficit,” Friedrichsen said. “Kaitlyn gave up four hits and we had six hits for the game. We left six runners on base and they left three on base. We didn’t execute very well offensively or defensively. This is a great learning experience for us as this loss doesn’t make or break our season.”

With the win, the Warriors stay undefeated in the Siouxland Conference and have captured the first-place lead in the league.

Nighthawks go 3-0 at the Spirit Lake tournament

SPIRIT LAKE-After a disappointing finish in the Sioux Center game Friday, June 9, the Class 3A second-ranked Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley softball team wanted to put that game behind them and did that with three victories at the Spirit Lake tournament Saturday, June 10.

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The first game of the day for the Nighthawks was against North Union and, despite not scoring double-digit runs, Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley was pleased to come away with a 2-1 victory.

After the first two innings went scoreless, the Nighthawks got on the board with one run in the third frame off a one-run single by Cassie Van Beek. North Union countered with a single run in the bottom half off a Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley error to retie the game at 1. Following a scoreless fourth stanza, the Nighthawks got what proved to be the game-winning run off a one-run double by Kaitlyn Van Der Zwaag. The game was then called due to a time limit after six innings.

The final offensive numbers for Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley had Taylor Richter with one hit and one run scored. Van Beek had her one-run double, Van Der Zwaag had two hits in two plate appearances with one double and one RBI. Brianna Kleinwolterink had one hit and one run with Morgan Halbur having the final hit.

Van Der Zwaag was in the pitcher’s circle, throwing six innings with four hits, one run that was unearned, no walks and 11 strikeouts.

“We have a challenging game schedule of both conference and non-conference games this year. This was a great way for us to regain confidence and momentum after not playing very solid on Friday night,” said Nighthawks’ coach Sara Friedrichsen. “Kaitlyn pitched well and, defensively, we played pretty well behind her.”

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The second game of the day was against Mason City and the bats came alive for the Nighthawks in an 11-0 victory in five innings.

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley scored one in the top of the first inning before breaking the game open with nine in the third frame. Key hits came from Van Der Zwaag with a two-run double, Keely Swanson with a one-run single, Joanne Luevano with a two-run home run, Kleinwolterink with a one-run single, Richter with a one-run single and later scoring on an error with Kleinwolterink coming around to score the final run on a fielder’s choice. The Nighthawks’ final run of the contest was scored in the top of the fifth to enforce the mercy rule.

Richter was one of the offensive leaders going 2-for-4 with two runs and one RBI. One of her two hits was a double Van Der Zwaag went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Luevano had two hits, two runs and two RBIs. One of her hits was the previously mentioned two-run home run. Sammy Blum had one hit, one run and one RBI. Van Beek had one hit, one run and two RBIs. Swanson had one hit, one run and one RBI. Alexis Mousel went 3-for-3 with one RBI. Kleinwolterink went 3-for-3 with one run and one RBI. Halbur scored once. Charli Bomgaars and Kaylee Vande Hoef each scored once as courtesy runners.

Van Der Zwaag was in the pitcher’s circle and threw all five innings with four hits, one walk, no runs and four strikeouts.

“We hit the ball well throughout our lineup. We executed well offensively, scoring runs with extra base hits and our short game,” Friedrichsen said.

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The final game of the afternoon was a back-and-forth contest with Westwood, but the second-ranked Nighthawks got the job done in a 10-6 victory to go undefeated for the tournament.

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley scored three runs in the first inning before Westwood countered with two runs in the bottom half. The Nighthawks then increased their lead to 6-2 with another three-run inning in the top of the second. Blum hit a one-run single before coming around to score on a home run by Van Der Zwaag.

Westwood tallied a single run in the bottom half to make the score 6-3, but Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley gave itself some breathing room with one in the top of the third and three more runs in the top of the fourth. Westwood then tallied three runs in the bottom half for the 10-6 final. Neither team was able to score in the fifth before the time limit was called.

Richter finished the final game going 3-for-3 with one run and two RBIs. Blum went 2-for-2 with two runs and one RBI. Van Beek scored once. Van Der Zwaag went 2-for-2 with a double and the previously-mentioned home run. Swanson had one hit and three RBIs. Luevano went 2-for-3 with one run. Halbur had one RBI. Erika Pottebaum had one hit, that being a double, and one run. Mousel had one hit with Kerr and Kleinwolterink scoring one run each as courtesy runners. Bomgaars scored twice as a courtesy runner.

Cassie Van Beek took the pitcher’s circle to start, going three and two-thirds innings with five hits, six runs of which only four were earned, six walks and two strikeouts. Van Der Zwaag recorded the final out in relief with one hit, no walks, no runs and no strikeouts.

“We made defensive plays when we needed to and hit the ball well throughout the entire lineup,” Friedrichsen said. “Cassie Van Beek threw well for her first pitching win of the season.”

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