Van Der Wilt delivers in walk-off win against Okoboji

Carson Schubert l Writer

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley pinch runner Alex Godfredson slides into third base safely ahead of a Sioux Center tag during Siouxland Conference baseball Friday, June 29. Godfredson would end up scoring the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning in a 1-0 victory. (Photo/Nathan Broek)

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ROCK VALLEY-It took extra innings, but Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley defeated Okoboji 7-6 in nine innings on a walk-off RBI single by Brett Vander Wilt Tuesday, June 26, in a Siouxland Conference baseball game in Rock Valley.

The Nighthawks found themselves in a tough one. They scored their first run in the second inning. The Pioneers responded in the top of the third with one run to tie the game. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley took the lead back with a run in the bottom of the third. Okoboji then took the lead in the fourth by scoring two runs in the top of the inning. The Nighthawks battled back to take the lead in the bottom of the inning by scoring two runs of their own. They also added two runs in the fifth and then led 6-3 going into the sixth inning. The Pioneers then tied the game with three runs in the sixth and forced extra innings. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning. Andrew Frick started the inning with a single. Cody Moser then bunted him over to second base. Two batters later, Van Der Wilt delivered the game-winning RBI single that scored Frick.

“It’s good to play a close game. We gritted it out and got the win. Those close ones are important to learn how to win in those situations,” said Nighthawks’ coach Doug Bundy.

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley was led on offense by Cade Moser and Cade Van Zee. Moser had three hits, including a double, two runs scored, stole three bases and drew a walk. Van Zee had two hits, including a double and two runs scored. Eric Salazar had a two-run homerun in the game. Van Der Wilt had a hit, one RBI, a stolen base and a walk. Zach Noble and Dylan Harman each had a single. Josh Hash and Andrew Frick each had a hit, a run scored and an RBI. Frick also added a steal and a walk.

“Cade (Moser) did a good job for us. He got on base four out of five times. We just have to take advantage of our opportunities. He was on third base with nobody out and we couldn’t get him in in the first inning. We didn’t string any hits together but we did enough,” coach Bundy said.

Frick was on the mound. He pitched five and two-thirds innings, allowed six hits, six runs of which three were earned, three walks and had five strikeouts. Harman came in for relief and pitched the final three and one-third innings of the game. He allowed one hit, no runs, had one walk and one strikeout.

B-H/RV gets offensive execution in the seventh

Nathan Broek | Sports Editor

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ORANGE CITY-It was a bit of a struggle for the Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley offense early on in a Siouxland Conference baseball game against MOC-Floyd Valley Wednesday, June 27, but the Nighthawks executed when they needed to in the top of the seventh to down the Dutch 9-1.

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley scored one run in the top of the second, one run in the top of the third, two runs in the top of the fourth and one run in the top of the sixth before breaking the game open with four runs in the top of the seventh. In that four-run seventh, Zach Noble led off with a triple and scored on a single by Cade Van Zee. Following a hit-by-pitch and a bunt single by Josh Hash, Alex Diekevers hit a one-run single. The final run of the inning came off a bases-loaded walk.

“We had Zach pitching and we had a five-run lead, but we were hoping to get a few more runs, so I had Josh bunt. It was a good bunt and the first baseman missed first base. We executed well,” said Nighthawks’ coach Doug Bundy.

The final offensive numbers had Eric Salazar with two hits and one run. Noble had two hits with one being the previously-mentioned triple and the other hit being a double. He also had one run and a stolen base. Van Zee had one hit, one run, two RBIs and a steal. Dylan Harman had one run and a walk. Hash had two hits and two runs. Diekevers had one hit, one run and one RBI. Alex Godfredson walked once, stole a base and had one RBI.

“We struggled early, but we put guys on base the entire game. We only struck out four times, which for us is pretty good. But we put the ball in play, made them play it and we didn’t have any easy outs, which was good to see. It was a good game for us last night,” Bundy said.

The final line for Noble on the mound was seven innings of work with six hits, one run that was earned by the Generals in the bottom of the seventh, two walks and 12 strikeouts.

“He pitched well. I don’t think he was as sharp as he normally is, but he pitched really well,” Bundy said. “It was nice to see. The kids just have confidence in Zach. When Zach’s on the mound, we know we’re going to be in the game. We just have to score some runs.”

Van Der Wilt the hero once again

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ROCK VALLEY-Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley went toe-to-toe on the pitcher’s mound with Sioux Center in a Siouxland Conference baseball game Friday, June 29, but Brett Van Der Wilt once again got the walk-off hit in the bottom of the eighth inning for the Nighthawks to claim a 1-0 victory.

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley got two on base to start the eighth inning off a double and  a walk. Van Der Wilt then made his way to the plate and hit a soft single over the head of the Warriors’ short stop. Alex Godfredson, who came into the contest as a pinch runner, raced around third and scored the game-winning run.

This game was indeed a pitchers’ duel as the final offense numbers had Cade Moser with two hits. Zach Noble had a hit, which was a double. Alex Hash hit a single. Cody Moser walked twice, Eric Salazar was hit by a pitch and Godfredson scored the previously-mentioned run.

“It was a pitchers’ duel, but you know what? We hit the ball hard. They made some good plays, but we just kept battling,” said Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley coach Doug Bundy. “We hit it hard, we didn’t get frustrated and finally we got the break and we scored. If you keep playing the game, good things happen.”

Salazar was the starting pitcher for Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley and he went six and one-third innings with no hits, no runs, three walks and eight strikeouts. Dylan Harman tossed the final inning and two-thirds with no hits, no runs, no walks and one strikeout.

“Eric pitched a great game. Like I told him, if I can have him throw an off-speed pitch 2-2 or 3-2 you know he’s pitching well. He’s doing what we need him to do. He’s pitching. He’s not just throwing, which is good for him,” Bundy said.

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