Nathan Broek | Sports Editor
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HULL-The Western Christian baseball team committed seven errors on defense and that proved costly in the seventh inning as the Wolfpack fell 13-2 to arch-rival Unity Christian Tuesday, June 12.
The Knights scored two runs in the top of the first, but Western Christian came right back with two runs in the bottom half. Ty Van Essen and Trevor Anderson both came across home plate on an error by Unity Christian.
Following a scoreless second stanza, the Knights tacked on another run in the top of the third and three more in the top of the fifth to claim a 6-2 lead, before breaking the game open with seven in the top of the seventh.
Dawson Feenstra tossed six and one-third innings with eight hits, 11 runs of which only three were earned, three walks and four strikeouts. Zach Van Essen got the final two outs in the top of the seventh frame with two hits, two runs of which none were earned, no walks and no strikeouts.
“The defense was the killer for us in tonight’s game. There were a lot of plays that I think we’ve made this year at numerous times that we just simply didn’t execute tonight and that’s frustrating,” said Western Christian coach Patrick Sinnema.
“I don’t think most of the errors tonight were as much mental as they were just physical and you’re OK with that as long as your guys are making adjustments to go and make the next play,” Sinnema said. “We weathered some errors early to stay within striking distance but the seventh inning they really caught up with us.”
The final offensive numbers for the Wolfpack had Zach Van Essen with one hit. Ty Van Essen had one hit and one run. Evan Wibben had one hit and Anderson had the final run.
Late rally falls short to LeMars
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LEMARS-Western Christian played competitive baseball with Lakes Conference opponent LeMars, but the Wolfpack’s final comeback attempt fell short in a 9-7 defeat Wednesday, June 13.
The Wolfpack made two comeback efforts in the game, once when they scored two runs in the fifth inning to make the score 6-4 and again in the seventh when they scored three runs when they trailed 9-4, but the rally fell two runs short.
“Glad to see our team battle back when it was 6-2 and get two runs across to keep us within striking distance,” said Western Christian coach Pat Sinnema.
The Wolfpack got on the board first with a run in the top of the first, but the Bulldogs answered back with two runs in the bottom half. LeMars then extended its lead with one in the second and two in the third. After Western Christian answered in the previously-mentioned third frame, the Bulldogs scored one in the bottom of the fourth, one in the bottom of the fifth and two in the bottom of the sixth.
Overall, the offense totaled seven hits and were led by Trevor Anderson who had three hits, one run scored, two RBIs and a stolen base. Zach Van Essen scored two runs and had a steal. Evan Wibben had a double and a run scored. Levi Vanden Bos had two hits and scored a run. Dawson Feenstra added a single. Tyson Boer drew a walk, had an RBI and scored a run. Matthew Van Otterloo drew a walk and had an RBI. Treyton Sandbulte also scored a run.
“We ran the bases well and were able to take some free bases that were given to us, which we haven’t done a great job of this year up until this point. So that was a positive,” coach Sinnema said. “(Also), Trevor in the middle of our lineup, stung the ball a few times.”
Isaac Kredit started the game on the mound for the Wolfpack. He pitched two innings, allowed eight hits, five earned runs, two walks and had two strikeouts. Boer came in for relief. He went four innings, allowed five hits, four runs of which two were earned, three walks and had two strikeouts.
“We played fairly clean baseball throughout, but missed an opportunity on a double-play ball to third with one out in the fifth that would have helped Tyson get out of a jam, and from there they tacked on a few more. It’s a game where we had chances and we’re still working on getting our pitchers to a point to keep us in those ballgames,” Sinnema said.
Western falls short to fourth-ranked ELC
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HULL-The Western Christian baseball team ran into the Class 2A fourth-ranked Estherville Lincoln Central Midgets Friday, June 15, and lost 18-2 in four innings in a Lakes Conference matchup in Hull.
The Wolfpack just couldn’t match the offense of Estherville Lincoln Central.
“Definitely ran into a good hitting ball club tonight. They took every inch that we gave them and did a good job of moving runners and scoring them at every chance they had,” said Western Christian coach Pat Sinnema.
The Wolfpack had three hits in the game. Evan Wibben and Mason Vande Hoef each had a single. Mason Stetson added a double. Zach Van Essen and Treyton Sandbulte each scored runs.
Zach Van Essen started the game on the mound for Western Christian. He pitched two-thirds of an inning, allowed seven hits, 11 runs of which five were earned, two walks and no strikeouts. Ty Van Essen came in for relief. He pitched three and one-third innings, allowed seven hits, seven earned runs, four walks and had two strikeouts.
“Zach was a little banged up pitching for us and I think that affected him a little bit, but Ty did a good job coming in and adjusting to the game and making some competitive pitches. Both those guys are learning and, as a team, we have to use games against really good teams like this as a measuring stick.”