Western Christian outlasts MOC-Floyd Valley 2-0

Carson Schubert l Writer

Alyssa Buren of Western Christian tosses in a pitch as the starting pitcher during non-conference softball with MOC-Floyd Valley Tuesday, June 19. Buren tossed a shutout as the Wolfpack defeated the Dutch 2-0. (Photo/Nathan Broek)

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HULL-In a very quick game, Western Christian scored two late runs and defeated MOC-Floyd Valley 2-0 in a non-conference softball game Tuesday, June 19, in Hull.

The Wolfpack scored their first run with two outs in the fifth inning. The threat started with a two-out double by Kailey Heemskerk. She scored on an RBI single by Sydney Stiemsma. They added an insurance run in the sixth inning when Tori Wynja scored on an RBI double by Madison Byl.

“Fun game to be a part of. Both teams played well. It was a very fast and efficient game by both teams. Pitchers threw a lot of strikes and the defense made the plays,” said Western Christian coach Mike De Jong.

Overall on offense, Chandler Schemper had a hit and a stolen base. Wynja had a hit and a run scored. Byl had a double and an RBI. Heemskerk had a double and a run scored. Stiemsma had a hit and an RBI.

“We’re happy to walk away with a win. Thought it was maybe one of our better overall games of the year. (Kylie) Beltman (the MOC-Floyd Valley pitcher) threw a really nice game. She mixed speeds well, hit her spots and we could never get anything going offensively until late in the game,” coach De Jong said.

Alyssa Buren was in the pitcher’s circle for the Wolfpack. She went all seven innings, allowed four hits, no runs, two walks and had one strikeout.

“Alyssa threw one of her best games of the year. She seemed relaxed and didn’t try to overthrow. She threw strikes and the defense made the plays,” De Jong said.

 Three late runs key a 5-3 victory

Nathan Broek | Sports Editor

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Storm Lake               1-0-2-0-0-0-0  3

STORM LAKE-Western Christian struggled on offense most of the night against Storm Lake in a Lakes Conference softball game Friday, June 22, but the Wolfpack got the bats going just in time in the top of the seventh to claim a 5-3 victory.

Western Christian got one run on the board in the top of the first inning off a one-run single by Brooklyn Van Oort Monday, June 18, before the game was suspended to Friday due to rain. The game picked up in the bottom of the first and the Indians got one runner home to tie the score at 1. Following a scoreless second stanza, Storm Lake scored two in the bottom of the third to take a 3-1 advantage.

Western Christian then tallied another run in the top of the fifth as Kailey Heemskerk scored on a passed ball, but coach Michael De Jong said his team struggled with the bats most of the night.

“We weren’t putting good swings on the ball. Their pitcher throws really well. She hits her spots and mixes her speeds well. We just never got comfortable at the plate as we had eight total strikeouts,” De Jong said.

But after a scoreless sixth inning, the Wolfpack used a little small ball to get three runs across and come away with a win. Madison Vis led off the stanza with a bunt single and raced around the bases to score the tying run on a single by Heemskerk. Heemskerk then scored the go-ahead run off an error by the Storm Lake third baseman and Tori Wynja drove home what was the final run of this contest on a single.

“We just finally got a runner on base so we could put a little pressure on them. We made them make the play and we capitalized when they didn’t,” De Jong said.

The final offensive numbers had Chandler Schemper with one run. Wynja had two hits and one RBI. Van Oort had one hit and one RBI. Vis had one run. Heemskerk had three hits, two runs and one RBI. Sydney Stiemsma had one hit and Gracie Dykstra scored once as a courtesy runner.

Alyssa Buren was in the pitcher’s circle and threw all seven innings with nine hits, three runs that were all earned, two walks and struck out eight Indians’ batters.

“She threw well, at least stat-wise. Her control wasn’t as sharp as it has been, but she still battled and a lot of that has to do with Storm Lake. They battled and battled,” De Jong said. “They fouled off a ton of pitches and they just make you work. We were lucky to walk away from Storm Lake with a victory.”

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