GRANGER - The Ballard baseball team split games against Woodward-Granger and Johnston at the Woodward-Granger Invitational Saturday in Granger.
The Bombers defeated Woodward-Granger by a 4-2 score and suffered a 7-1 setback at the hands of Johnston. The split put Ballard at 2-6 on the season.
The game was knotted at 1-1 going into the top of the seventh. Ballard scored three times in the top of the inning to easily withstand a Woodward-Granger run in the bottom of the inning to pull off the win
Kade Reinertson was 3-for-4 with a run, Cody Wolfe went 1-for-4 with two RBIs; Brooks Fleischmann singled, walked and scored and Sam Petersen and Tanner Brock each singled and scored for the Bombers on offense. Will Stalder singled and walked, Reece Huen and Clay Estrem each singled once and Jack Luster drove in a run for the Bombers.
Ballard finished with 10 hits to just four for Woodward-Granger. That helped the Bombers overcome three errors on defense.
Nic Edwards gave up two runs — one earned — on three hits and two walks with eight strikeouts in six innings as the winning Ballard pitcher. Gannon Manfull allowed one hit and walk apiece and struck out one batter in a scoreless inning of relief to pick up the save.
Cole Theisen allowed four earned runs on 10 hits with two walks and one strikeout in 6 ⅔ innings as the losing pitcher for Woodward-Granger. Reese Jamison singled and drove in two runs for the Hawks.
Ballard was hurt by a rough start and a lack of punch at the plate against Johnston.
Johnston plated four runs in the top of the first inning. The Dragons added two more runs in the fifth and went up 7-0 after six innings.
Ballard’s only run versus Johnston came in the bottom of the seventh. The Bombers only had four hits in the loss.
Petersen doubled and scored, Stalder singled and knocked Petersen home and Luster was 2-for-3 for the Bombers. Wolfe was the losing pitcher after giving up six runs — two earned — on five hits and three walks with five strikeouts in 4 ⅔ innings.
Manfull surrendered just one run on two hits with two strikeouts and no walks in 2 ⅓ innings versus the Dragons.
Keaton Duckett struck out nine and only allowed three hits and one walk in six innings as the winning Johnston pitcher. Peyton Williams went 3-for-4 with one run and RBI apiece and Hayden Sinnett doubled and knocked in two runs for the Dragons.
Ballard 4, Woodward-Granger 2
B 000 010 3 - 4 10 3
WG 100 000 1 - 2 4 0
B: Nic Edwards, Gannon Manfull (7) and Kade Reinertson.
WG: Cole Theisen, Alex Bice (7) and Matt Buch.
Johnston 7, Ballard 1
J 400 021 0 - 7 7 0
B 000 000 1- 1 4 1
J: Keaton Duckett, Zach Heisterkamp (7) and Cade Moss.
B: Cody Wolfe, Manfull (5) and Reinertson.
2B: J - Hayden Sinnett. B - Sam Petersen.
SLATER - Ballard couldn’t find enough offense against Carlisle in a 3-1 loss to the Wildcats during its Raccoon River Conference opener Friday at Nite Hawk Field in Slater.
The Bombers only connected for three hits off Carlisle pitcher Darek Tingle. Tingle finished with two strikeouts and no walks, going all seven innings to get the win.
Jack Luster threw a strong game for Ballard in defeat. He allowed one run apiece in the second, third and sixth frames, giving up seven hits and striking out five with no walks in seven innings.
Ballard’s only run came in the bottom of the sixth. Reece Huen scored the run and Luster, Cody Wolfe and Tanner Brock each singled once for the Bombers.
Ben Rowary was 3-for-3 with two runs and Nate Mortimer hit a solo home run for Carlisle.
Carlisle 3, Ballard 1
C 011 001 0 - 3 7 4
B 000 001 0 - 1 3 1
C: Darek Tingle and Jack Wilson.
B: Jack Luster and Kade Reinertson.
HR: Nate Mortimer.
URBANDALE - A rough night at the plate hurt Ballard in a 4-0 loss to Urbandale May 31 at Urbandale.
Colin Anderson, Hersch Maxey and Gannon Manfull combined to keep Urbandale’s offense in check for most of the game. But the Bombers only managed one hit on offense.
Anderson took the loss. He gave up four runs — three earned — on six hits with two strikeouts and no walks in 4 ⅓ innings. Maxey didn’t give up a hit or walk in ⅔ of an inning and Manfull allowed one hit and one walk apiece in one scoreless inning of work.
Jack Luster singled for Ballard’s only hit. Tanner Brock walked once and Isaac Schafbuch stole a base for the Bombers.
Luke Patzner threw six innings and had nine strikeouts and just one walk to earn the victory for Urbandale. Carter Troncin threw a hitless seventh with one strikeout for the Jayhawks.
Brook Heinen was 3-for-3 with a double and a run and Lucas Strain drove in two runs for Urbandale.
Urbandale 4, Ballard 0
B 000 000 0 - 0 1 NA
U 000 310 X - 4 7 NA
B: Colin Anderson, Hersch Maxey (5), Gannon Manfull (6) and Kade Reinertson.
U: Luke Patzner, Carter Troncin (7) and Noah Cook.
2B: U - Cook, Brook Heinen.