Two hits from Western not enough to down Spirit Lake Indians

Nathan Broek | Sports Editor

Western Christian baseball coach Patrick Sinnema chats with his team on the mound during a timeout in Lakes Conference baseball Thursday, June 28 in Spencer. The Wolfpack fell to the Tigers 6-1. (Photo/Nathan Broek)

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SPIRIT LAKE-Western Christian could only muster two hits in a Lakes Conference baseball game Wednesday afternoon, June 27, while the Indians scored in every inning in a 10-0 defeat.

Spirit Lake scored one run in the first, three in the second, one in the third, one in the fourth, two in the fifth and two in the sixth to enforce the mercy rule. The two lone hits for the Wolfpack came off the bat of Ty Van Essen. Coach Patrick Sinnema said the amount of rain and cancellation of games may have had an affect on Western Christian’s bats.

“I think the week off since our last game had us out of sorts offensively at the start of the game and we can’t afford to give away at-bats,” the coach said.

But the coach also did not want to make excuses for his team.

“Our guys need to start understanding how putting quality at-bats together in the early innings helps the team and how that makes opposing pitchers work a little bit. Today, we made it too easy on their pitcher,” Sinnema said.

On the mound, Zach Van Essen went four innings with 10 hits, eight runs of which seven were earned, two walks and one strikeout. Ty Van Essen tossed the final two innings with three hits, two runs of which one was earned, one walk and one strikeout.

Western finds positives despite 6-1 defeat

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SPENCER-Western Christian suffered its 18th defeat in a 6-1 loss to Spencer in Lakes Conference baseball Thursday, June 28, but the Wolfpack continued to see improvements in their play.

The Tigers scored two runs in the first, three runs in the second and one run in the fourth with a couple runs coming off two home run balls. Western Christian got its lone run of the game in the top of the seventh as Evan Wibben came around to score on a defensive error by Spencer.

The final offensive numbers for the Wolfpack had Ty Van Essen with one hit, Trevor Anderson had one hit, Wibben had one hit and a run and Isaac Kredit had the final hit.

“We finally put some quality at-bats together in the sixth and seventh innings, but by then it was pretty late,” said Western Christian coach Patrick Sinnema.

But he said his team’s best performances were on the mound and with the gloves. The final line for starting pitcher Tyson Boer was four innings of work with seven hits, six runs of which four were earned, one walk and two strikeouts with two hits being home runs. Kredit tossed the final two innings with two hits, no runs, no walks and one strikeout.

“However, I thought this was one of our best overall games from a pitching and defense standpoint. Tyson and Isaac both threw strikes and I think Tyson would just want three pitches back from his outing,” Sinnema said. “Overall, it was nice to see our pitchers throw up some scoreless innings against a good-hitting Spencer team.”

Wolfpack fails to stall Bulldogs’ offensive attack

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HULL-Western Christian pitchers did their job of throwing strikes, but LeMars hit just about everything they saw and the Wolfpack fell to the Bulldogs 12-0 in five innings of Lakes Conference baseball Friday, June 29.

LeMars scored three in the first, one in the second, four in the fourth and four in the fifth to enforce the mercy rule. Dawson Feenstra was the starting pitcher for Western Christian and he went four innings with nine hits, eight runs that were all earned, one walk and two strikeouts with one of the hits given up being a home run. Ty Van Essen tossed the final inning in relief with five hits, four runs all earned, no walks and no strikeouts. On offense Zach Van Essen, Van Essen and Evan Wibben had the lone hits.

“Give credit to LeMars for coming up with timely hits to the gaps and taking what our pitchers were giving them. Offensively, I thought they did a nice job. On our side we played better defensively, but we weren’t able to keep them off-balance from a pitching standpoint and couldn’t get much going with the bats,” said Wolfpack coach Patrick Sinnema.

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