SLATER - The Ballard baseball team earned a hard-fought 5-4 Raccoon River Conference victory over Perry June 29 at Nite Hawk Field in Slater.
The Bombers took a 4-2 lead after four innings. They scored once in the first, twice in the third and one more time in the fourth, and Perry put up two runs in the second.
The Bluejays tied the score after six innings. They plated one run apiece in the fifth and sixth frames and kept Ballard off the board.
But Bomber pitcher Jack Luster blanked Perry in the top of the seventh and Ballard posted the winning run in the bottom of the inning to improve to 13-14 overall and 6-5 in the RRC.
Luster allowed four runs — just one earned — on eight hits with six strikeouts and only two walks, going all seven innings to get the win. He managed to overcome four Bomber errors on the night.
The Ballard offense produced seven hits. Gannon Manfull was 2-for-3 with three RBI and Luster helped his own cause by going 2-for-3 with one RBI.
Isaac Schafbuch doubled and Kade Reinertson and Clayton Poots each singled once for the Bombers. Tanner Brock walked twice and scored, Will Stalder walked and scored and Codey Erickson, Clay Estrem and Taylor Roberts each scored one run.
Janier Puente was the losing Perry pitcher. He gave up two earned runs on seven hits with five strikeouts and four walks.
Kyle Nevitt was 3-for-4 with an RBI; Gavin Boyer doubled, scored and drove in a run and Austin Carpenter was 1-for-4 with one run and RBI apiece for the Bluejays.
Ballard 5, Perry 4
P 020 011 0 - 4 8 2
B 102 100 1 - 5 7 4
P: Janier Puente.
B: Jack Luster and Kade Reinertson.
2B: P - Gavin Boyer. B - Isaac Schafbuch.
SLATER - Outstanding pitching from Austin Edwards carried Ballard to a 6-0 Raccoon River Conference victory over Winterset June 28 at Night Hawk Field in Slater.
Edwards tossed a two-hitter, with six strikeouts and four walks, to give Ballard its fourth shutout victory of the season. The win put the Bombers at 5-5 in the RRC and 12-14 overall.
Ballard gave Edwards the only offensive support he needed in the first inning by putting two runs on the board. The Bombers added one run in the fourth and took firm control in the fifth with a three-run surge.
Jack Luster went 2-for-2 with a double, steal, two runs and an RBI and Reece Huen was 2-for-3 with two RBI for Ballard on offense. Edwards tripled and drove in a run and Gannon Manfull tripled and scored.
Clay Estrem and Will Stalder each drove in one run for Ballard. Tanner Brock, Codey Erickson and Taylor Roberts each scored once and Kade Reinertson drew one walk.
Cole Witt went all six innings and gave up four earned runs on six hits and one walk with three strikeouts for Winterset. Witt and Casey Young each singled once and Tanner Marquardt walked twice for the Huskies at the plate.
Ballard 6, Winterset 0
W 000 000 0 - 0 2 1
B 200 130 0 - 6 6 1
W: Cole Witt and Easton Holder.
B: Austin Edwards and Kade Reinertson.
2B: B - Jack Luster.
3B: B - Edwards and Gannon Manfull.
BONDURANT - Offensive woes and a bad sixth inning on defense doomed Ballard in a 10-0 loss to Bondurant-Farrar in six innings June 26 at Bondurant.
The Bombers only had one hit all game. Bondurant-Farrar built a 3-0 lead through four innings, then hammered out seven runs in the sixth to end the game early.
Colin Anderson gave up six earned runs on 10 hits and four walks with three strikeouts in five innings as the losing pitcher. Gannon Manfull gave up one run on one hit and one strikeout in ⅓ of an inning and Taylor Roberts allowed three runs — two earned — on on three hits with two walks.
Kade Reinertson singled for Ballard’s only hit off Bondurant-Farrar pitcher Hogan McIntosh. McIntosh had seven strikeouts and no walks in seven innings.
Tyler Flannery was 4-for-4 with a double, home run, two runs and four RBI for Bondurant-Farrar on offense.
Bondurant-Farrar 10, Ballard 0 (6)
B 000 000 - 0 1 2
BF 100 207 - 10 14 0
B: Colin Anderson, Gannon Manfull (6), Taylor Roberts (6) and Jack Luster.
BF: Hogan McIntosh and Casey Zarr.
2B: BF - McIntosh, Tyler Flannery, Nyanti Gehrke.
HR: BF - Flannery.