Van Der Zwaag tosses another no-hitter in 12-0 win

Nathan Broek | Sports Editor

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley ace pitcher Kaitlyn Van Der Zwaag prepares to deliver a pitch during a Siouxland Conference softball game with George-Little Rock/Central Lyon Thursday, June 28. The Nighthawks defeated the Mustangs 10-0 in six innings in Boyden. (Photo/Carson Schubert)

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 7-0-5-X-X-X-X  12

Okoboji 0-0-0-X-X-X-X 0

MILFORD-Class 3A seventh-ranked Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley ace pitcher Kaitlyn Van Der Zwaag tossed another no-hitter and the Nighthawks got plenty of offensive support behind her in a 12-0 victory over Okoboji Tuesday, June 26.

The final line for Van Der Zwaag was three innings of work with no hits, no runs, no walks and seven strikeouts. One runner for the Pioneers reached base on a Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley error.

On offense, the Nighthawks got on the board with seven runs in the first inning. With two outs, Keely Swanson hit a two-run single, Emma Zoet scored on an Okoboji error, Jo Luevano hit a one-run double, Brianna Kleinwolterink a one-run single, Luevano and Morgan Halbur scored on another Pioneers’ error with the final run being scored on a one-run double by Taylor Richter.

The final offensive stats had Richter with three hits in three plate appearances with two runs and one RBI. Lizzy Blum had one hit, one run and one RBI. Van Der Zwaag had one RBI. Erika Pottebaum had two hits. Swanson had two hits, one run and two RBIs. Brooke Zylstra had one hit, two runs and three RBIs. Luevano had one hit which was a double, one run and one RBI. Kleinwolterink had a hit, two runs and two RBIs. Halbur scored once. Emma Zoet and Jewel Bergstrom each scored as courtesy runners.

“We hit the ball well throughout our entire lineup and kept pressure on the defense,” said Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley coach Sara Friedrichsen. “Kaitlyn pitched a great three innings, allowing only one base runner.”

Nighthawks top Dutch 5-2

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 1-0-3-0-0-0-1  5

MOC-Floyd Valley 0-1-0-0-0-0-1  2

ORANGE CITY-The first time Class 3A seventh-ranked Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley faced MOC-Floyd Valley June 6 it won 2-0. The two teams met again for the final time in the regular season Wednesday, June 27, and the Nighthawks tallied five runs to claim a 5-2 Siouxland Conference softball victory.

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley scored one run in the top of the first. MOC-Floyd Valley came back to tie the game with one run in the bottom of the second, but the Nighthawks punched back with three runs in the top of the third. Lizzy Blum hit a one-run double and later scored on a Dutch error. Courtesy runner, Jewel Bergstrom, scored the third and final run of the stanza on a squeeze bunt. Both teams then scored one run in the seventh inning to account for the final score.

The final offensive numbers for Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley had Taylor Richter with one hit and one run. Blum had two hits, two runs and one RBI with one of her hits being a double. Kailtlyn Van Der Zwaag had two hits with one hit being a double. Erika Pottebaum had one hit and two RBIs. Keely Swanson had one hit. Brianna Kleinwolterink had two hits. Bergstrom scored twice as a courtesy runner.

“We made better contact in this contest than our first outing with MOC-Floyd Valley. Our execution was there offensively and we did a good job of scoring runners when they were in scoring position,” said Nighthawks’ coach Sara Friedrichsen.

Van Der Zwaag was in the pitcher’s circle and she went all seven innings with four hits, two runs that were both earned, two walks and nine strikeouts.

Nighthawks down Mustangs 10-0 in six frames

Carson Schubert l Writer

George-Little Rock/Central Lyon 0-0-0-0-0-0-X  0

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 0-4-1-0-2-3-X  10

BOYDEN-Class 3A eighth-ranked Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley won its eighth consecutive game by defeating George-Little Rock/Central Lyon 10-0 in six innings in a Siouxland Conference softball game Thursday, June 28, in Boyden.

The Nighthawks started scoring in the second inning. Joanne Luevano had a single that scored Emma Zoet. Taylor Richter had an RBI single that scored Morgan Halbur. Lizzy Blum also had an RBI single that scored Brianna Kleinwolterink. Richter scored the fourth run on a wild pitch.

“The bottom half of our lineup sparked us offensively tonight. We moved base runners and came up with timely hitting,” said Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley coach Sara Friedrichsen.

Kaitlyn Van Der Zwaag was in the pitcher’s circle. She pitched six innings, allowed two hits, no runs, no walks and had seven strikeouts.

“Defensively we played solid and Kaitlyn hit her spots well,” coach Friedrichsen said.

No official hitting stats were available by press deadline.

B-H/RV tops Sioux Center 3-1

Nathan Broek | Sports Editor

Sioux Center 0-0-0-0-0-1-0  1

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 0-0-2-0-1-0-X  3

BOYDEN-As a whole, Class 3A eighth-ranked Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley’s bats were limited in a Siouxland Conference softball game with Sioux Center Friday, June 29, but the Nighthawks executed when they needed to in order to earn a 3-1 victory.

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley scored two runs in the bottom of the third with Erika Pottebaum hitting a one-run single and Keely Swanson driving in the final run of the stanza on a sacrifice fly ball. The Nighthawks then added one insurance run in the top of the fifth as Kaitlyn Van Der Zwaag ripped a solo home run. The Warriors scored one run in the bottom of the sixth to account for the final score.

The final offensive numbers had Taylor Richter with one hit and one run. Van Der Zwaag had her solo home run. Abby Heemstra scored once as a courtesy runner. Erika Pottebaum had two hits, with one hit being a double and one RBI. Swanson had four hits, one run that was earned, no walks and 10 strikeouts.

“We had timely hitting and played solid defense. Kaitlyn hit her spots and mixed up pitches,” said Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley coach Sara Friedrichsen. “A lot of our hits were right at their defense, but we were making solid contact. It was a great atmosphere to play in as we prepare for postseason play.”

Nighthawks explode on offense over Wildcats

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 2-1-7-0-6-X-X  16

West Lyon 2-0-0-0-0-X-X  2

LARCHWOOD-Class 3A eighth-ranked Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley hit the ball hard and with reckless abandon and it did not take long for the Nighthawks to defeat the Wildcats 16-2 in five innings of Siouxland Conference softball Saturday, June 30.

This game was a makeup game due to a rainout the previous week. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley scored two runs in the first inning. West Lyon came back with two runs in the bottom half, but the Nighthawks came back with one run in the second and seven in the top of the third. Joanne Luevano hit a one-run double, Brianna Kleinwolterink hit a one-run single and later scored on an error. Taylor Richter hit a one-run single on a bunt and Kaitlyn Van Der Zwaag brought the final three runs home on a three-run home run.

The final offensive numbers had Richter with two hits, three runs and one RBI. Lizzy Blum had three hits, two runs and two RBIs. Van Der Zwaag had two hits and four RBIs with one of her hits being the previously-mentioned home run. Charli Bomgaars scored two runs as a courtesy runner. Erika Pottebaum had one hit. Abby Heemstra scored two runs as a courtesy runner. Keely Swanson had one hit, one run and two RBIs. Emma Zoet scored once as a pinch runner. Brooke Zylstra had two hits and two RBIs. Luevano had two hits and one RBI with one of her hits being a double. Morgan Halbur had one hit, two runs and one RBI. Kleinwolterink had two hits, two runs and one RBI. Van Der Zwaag was also in the pitcher’s circle and threw all five innings with six hits, two runs that were both earned, two walks and no strikeouts.

“We hit the ball well through our entire lineup and improved from the first time we played West Lyon. Kaitlyn settled in and adjusted after the first inning,” said Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley coach Sara Friedrichsen. “Defensively, we played well.”

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