GRIMES - The Ballard baseball team had an off night offensively against Dallas Center-Grimes in a 5-0 loss to the Mustangs Monday in Grimes.
The Bombers were unable to score after collecting six hits. DCG came up with 10 base raps and Ballard was also hurt by three errors defensively.
DCG scored one run in the first inning, then upped its lead to 4-0 after a three-run third. The Mustangs tacked on an insurance run in the sixth, improving to 10-20.
Ballard dropped to 14-17. Clayton Poots suffered his first loss on the mound for the Bombers after allowing four runs — three earned — on seven hits with no walks in three innings.
Colin Anderson surrendered one run on three hits with three strikeouts in three innings of relief for Ballard. Cody Ihle was 2-for-2, and Austin Edwards and Reece Huen each singled and walked once to lead the Bombers at the plate.
Clay Estrem and Tanner Brock each added one single for the Bombers.
Logan Smith threw four scoreless innings, giving up two hits and walks apiece and striking out five as the winning DCG pitcher. Cade Bertrand was 3-for-4 with a double, run, steal and RBI and Justin Biegger went 3-for-3 with one run and RBI apiece for the Mustangs offensively.
DCG 5, Ballard 0
B 000 000 0 - 0 6 3
DCG 103 001 X - 5 10 1
B: Clayton Poots, Colin Anderson (4) and Kade Reinertson.
DCG: Logan Smith, Justin Biegger (5) and Brandon Risius.
2B: DCG - Cade Bertrand.
BOONE - A lack of punch at the plate prevented Ballard from taking advantage of Boone errors in a 6-2 loss to the Toreadors Friday at Boone.
The Bombers only finished with two hits off Boone hurlers Spencer Turner and Evan Appenzeller. That prevented them from capitalizing on four Toreador miscues to finish up 7-7 in the Raccoon River Conference.
Ballard took a 2-0 lead after scoring once in the third and adding another run in the top of the fourth. Boone tied the game in the bottom of the fourth, then raced in front with four runs in the fifth.
Isaac Schafbuch singled and scored and Gannon Manfull also came up with a single for Ballard in the loss. Jack Luster walked three times, Austin Edwards picked up two free passes, Kade Reinertson and Cody Ihle each drew one walk and Codey Erickson scored once for the Bombers.
Luster took the loss on the mound after allowing six runs — three earned — on five hits and three walks with three strikeouts in 4 ⅓ innings. Colin Anderson gave up one hit and walk apiece with four strikeouts in 1 ⅔ scoreless innings of work.
Spencer Turner struck out six and walked six in five innings as the victorious Boone pitcher. Evan Appenzeller was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI, Derek Rhinehart doubled and drove in two runs and Jackson Smith also drove two runners home for the Toreadors.
Boone 6, Ballard 2
B 001 100 0 - 2 2 2
Bo 000 240 X - 6 6 4
B: Jack Luster, Colin Anderson (5) and Kade Reinertson.
Bo: Spencer Turner, Evan Appenzeller (6) and Jackson Smith.
2B: Bo - Appenzeller, Derek Rhinehart.
SLATER - Reece Huen celebrated his birthday by reaching base every time on offense to help spark Ballard to a decisive 11-1 victory over Carroll in five innings July 6 at Carroll.
Huen walked twice and also had the big hit of the game with a triple to lead off the bottom of the fourth inning. He scored all three times he got on base and also stole one base on his 17th birthday.
“It feels good,” Huen said. “We’ve had close (losses) the last couple games, so it feels good to get a win.”
Huen had a big smile on his face sliding into third after hitting the big triple to the gap in right-center field in the fourth.
“I got walked the first two times, so I was eager to see a strike. Then he gave me a good one so I just took advantage of it. It hurt a little bit, but it felt good afterwards.”
Carroll took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. But Ballard quickly responded with five runs in the bottom of the inning.
Kade Reinertson kicked off the Bomber rally with a leadoff single. Reinertson said he relishes getting the bats going for Ballard from the leadoff spot.
“It’s a good role to have,” Reinertson said. “I used to be batting second, now I’m leading off. You’ve got to get things started and hopefully get the game started on the right foot.”
Ballard added three more runs in the second, then scored one run apiece in the third, fourth and fifth frames to end the game early. The Bombers finished with 10 hits and they also took advantage of six walks and five Carroll errors.
Gannon Manfull went 2-for-3 with two runs, Jack Luster was 2-for-2 with two runs and a walk and Austin Edwards finished 1-for-3 with two RBI for Ballard on offense. Isaac Schafbuch ended up 1-for-2 with a run, walk and an RBI; Clayton Poots had a 1-for-2 day with a walk and an RBI; Cody Ihle singled and walked and Tanner Brock and Clay Estrem each scored one run.
Poots continued his Cinderella season on the mound for Ballard. After not pitching prior to the second half of this season, he is now 3-0 after limiting Carroll to one unearned run on four hits with six strikeouts and no walks.
“Clayton is surprisingly doing very well this year,” Ballard head baseball coach Nick Steenhagen said. “That’s probably because he doesn’t throw very fast. A lot of people are a little off balance.”
Kayd Nissen allowed 11 runs — five earned — on nine hits with six walks and one strikeout in 4 ⅓ innings as the losing Carroll pitcher. Draven Williamson was 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI for the Tigers on offense.
Ballard 11, Carroll 1 (5)
C 100 00 - 1 4 5
B 531 11 - 11 10 3
C: Kayd Nissen, Ty Nissen (5) and Noah Schulte.
B: Clayton Poots and Kade Reinertson.
LP: K. Nissen.
2B: C - Draven Williamson.
3B: B - Reece Huen.
SLATER - Ballard was unable to shake a slow start in an 8-2 loss to Pella on senior night July 5 at Nite Hawk Field in Slater.
The Bombers trailed 3-0 after 1 ½ innings and 6-1 through four frames. Ballard added a second run in the fifth, but could do no more damage to suffer the non-conference loss.
Reece Huen was 2-for-4 with an RBI; Isaac Schafbuch doubled, walked and drove in a run and Gannon Manfull doubled, walked and scored for the Bombers in defeat. Clay Estrem scored one run, Austin Edwards singled and walked and Jack Luster and Cody Ihle each singled once.
Edwards gave up six runs — five earned — on 11 hits and two walks with nine strikeouts in four innings as the losing Bomber pitcher. Taylor Roberts allowed three walks and one hit with one strikeout in 1 ⅔ scoreless innings of relief and Jack Luster surrendered two runs on two hits and one walk with one strikeout in 1 ⅓ innings.
Caleb Piersma struck out four and walked three, going all seven innings as the victorious Pella pitcher. Jaden Rolffs was 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI and Landon Vander Leest hit a solo home run to lead the Little Dutch at the plate.
Pella 8, Ballard 2
P 122 100 2 - 8 14 2
B 010 010 0 - 2 7 1
P: Caleb Piersma and Jaden Rolffs.
B: Austin Edwards, Taylor Roberts (5), Jack Luster (6) and Kade Reinertson.
2B: P - Rolffs 2. B - Gannon Manfull, Isaac Schafbuch, Cody Ihle.
HR: P - Landon Vander Leest.
ADEL - Strong pitching wasn’t quite able to get the job done for Ballard against Adel-Desoto-Minburn July 3 at Adel.
The Bombers led 1-0 through 6 ½ innings, only to see ADM score twice in the bottom of the seventh to hand them a tough 2-1 Raccoon River Conference setback.
Both teams finished the game with four hits. Ballard had two errors and the Bombers were unable to take advantage of five Tiger miscues.
Ballard’s only run came in the second inning. Reece Huen singled and scored for the Bombers.
Kade Reinertson, Gannon Manfull and Clayton Poots each added one single. Clay Estrem drew one walk for the Bombers.
Manfull was the losing pitcher in relief. He allowed two unearned runs on three hits with two strikeouts and one walk in 2 ⅔ innings.
Colin Anderson got the start for Ballard. In four shutout innings, Anderson only surrendered one hit and he struck out five with three walks.
Nick Dufoe gave up one hit in a scoreless inning of relief as the winning ADM pitcher. Dalton Hews allowed one unearned run on four hits with five strikeouts and one walk in six innings for the Tigers.
Kinnick Sutton singled, scored and drove in a run, Nick Lindgren knocked in a run and Trey Volz stole a base and scored for ADM.
ADM 2, Ballard 1
B 010 000 0 - 1 4 2
ADM 000 000 2 - 2 4 5
B: Colin Anderson, Gannon Manfull (5) and Kade Reinertson.
ADM: Dalton Hews, Nick Dufoe (7) and Gage Fuller.