Carson Schubert | Writer
GEORGE-The Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley baseball team took care of business as Zach Noble allowed only one hit in the Nighthawks’ 10-0 victory in five innings over George-Little Rock Wednesday, May 30, in George.
Noble pitched all five innings in the game. He allowed only one hit, no runs, no walks, and had 13 strikeouts.
“We just have more confidence when he pitches,” said Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley coach Doug Bundy. “When Zach’s on the mound, we have confidence. He brings competitiveness and he pitched a great game tonight. He kept them off-balance and pitched really well.”
The Nighthawks scored seven runs in the first inning. Many of the runs scored in the first inning were via a bases-loaded walk or wild pitches. In that inning, Seth Rozeboom had a base hit that scored a run. Trey Huyser drew walks with the bases loaded that scored runs. Brett Van Der Wilt also drew a walk with the bases loaded that scored a run.
“Our guys were patient at the plate. Their pitcher was a little wild,” said coach Bundy. “We recognized that and took some pitches. We got some base runners and then Seth Rozeboom got a big hit for us. He also had a big hit later in the game that drove in a couple of runs. He had a good night at the plate.”
Overall, Eric Salazar had one hit, scored two runs, drew a walk and stole a base. Cade Moser also had a hit, scored twice, drew a walk and stole a base. Noble and Cade Van Zee each drew a walk and scored a run. Huyser and Dylan Harman each drew two walks, scored a run and had an RBI. Rozeboom had two hits, scored a run and had three RBIs. Van Der Wilt drew a walk, scored a run and had an RBI. Andrew Frick had a single and an RBI.
Big first inning keys 11-2 victory
ROCK VALLEY-The Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley baseball team exploded for nine first-inning runs en route to defeating LeMars 11-2 in Rock Valley Thursday, May 31.
In the first inning, scoring started for the Nighthawks on a two-run single by Seth Rozeboom. Eric Salazar and Cade Moser scored. Zach Noble drove in Trey Huyser with a single. Cade Van Zee drove in Rozeboom with a single. Moser drove in Harman and Noble with a single. Van Zee, Alex Diekevers and Salazar also scored in the inning.
“It was really good to see,” said Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley coach Doug Bundy. “We like to rely on our pitching, but it was really nice to see our bats pick up. I told them after the game that it was a big step forward offensively.”
The offense was led by Moser who went 4-for-4 with two runs, two RBIs and three stolen bases. Salazar had a hit, two runs scored, a stolen base and drew a walk. Huyser had a hit, two runs scored, two RBIs and a stolen base. Rozeboom had a hit, a run scored, two RBIs, a stolen base and drew a walk. Harman had a hit, a run scored and two RBIs. Noble had a hit, a run scored, an RBI and a stolen base. Van Zee had a hit, a run scored and an RBI. Diekevers drew two walks and scored a run.
Huyser started the game on the bump for the Nighthawks. He pitched five innings, allowed five hits, two earned runs, four walks and had 10 strikeouts. Rozeboom came in for relief. He pitched the final two innings, allowed no hits, no runs, one walk and had three strikeouts.
“Trey pitched a good game. He really did,” coach Bundy said. “He got into a couple of jams, but hit his spots. Real happy with the way he pitched. Seth came in and it was his first time pitching this year and all we needed him to do was come in and throw strikes. He’s going to overpower a lot of kids and that’s exactly what he did. He pitched extremely well.”