Bombers crush WM in non-conference game

BONDURANT – A rough first inning put the Ballard baseball team in a hole it couldn’t dig its way out of in a 10-4 loss to Bondurant-Farrar Monday in Bondurant.

The Bombers gave up six runs in the first inning and Bondurant-Farrar plated two more runs in the second to build an 8-0 lead. Ballard fought back in the fifth with a four-run outburst, but Bondurant-Farrar countered with a run in the bottom of the inning and another in the sixth and the Bombers never answered, falling to 14-12 overall and 5-9 in the Raccoon River Conference.

Ballard picked up 10 hits in the loss. Jacob Bernholtz went 2-for-3 with a double, run and two RBI; Taylor Bridgewater finished 2-for-4 with a run and Ryan Vincent ended up 2-for-3 as the Bombers with multiple hits in the game.

Kenny Randolph singled and drove in a run, Mitchell Broer singled and scored and Chris Neville and Kordell Lettow each had one single for Ballard. Jacob Nethers also reached base via a walk.

Lane Volkman was the losing pitcher as he went the distance and allowed 10 runs – just four earned – on 13 hits with five strikeouts and two walks.

Josh Block finished 3-for-4 with a double, two runs and an RBI; Austin Cameron was 1-for-3 with a double, two runs, walk and RBI; Tucker Ksiazek went 2-for-3 with three RBI and Hunter McIntosh drove in two runs for Bondurant-Farrar. Tyler Ramus was the winning Bluejay pitcher after giving up four earned runs and picking up one strikeout and walk apiece in seven innings.

Bondurant-Farrar 10, Ballard 4

B 000 040 0 – 4 10 NA

B-F 620 011 X – 10 13 NA

B: Lane Volkman and Ryan Vincent

B-F: Tyler Ramus and Tucker Ksiazek

WP: Ramus

LP: Volkman

2B: B – Jacob Bernholtz; B-F – Josh Block, Austin Cameron, Travis Smith

BOONE – The bats weren’t connecting for Ballard against Boone Friday as the Bombers managed only five hits and were kept off the scoreboard in a 3-0 setback at Boone.

Boone scored one run in each of the first three innings. That proved to be enough to hold off the Bombers as they never strung together any rallies at the plate.

Taylor Bridgewater went 2-for-3 and Kordell Lettow, Kenny Randolph and Chris Neville each finished 1-for-3 for the Bombers. All five Bomber hits were singles.

Ballard also drew only two free passes as Neville and Jacob Nethers both walked once.

Coy Baker threw a strong game in a losing effort for the Bombers. Baker allowed just two earned runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts and one walk in six innings of work.

Ryan Sunstrom took the win for Boone as he struck out five and walked two in a complete-game triumph. Dusty Moran and Corey Fowler both went 2-for-3 with a run and Chris Kelly smacked a double to pace the Toreadors at the plate.

Boone 3, Ballard 0

Ba 000 000 0 – 0 5 NA

Bo 111 000 X – 3 7 NA

Ba: Coy Baker and Ryan Vincent

Bo: Ryan Sunstrom and Kendall Hilsabeck

WP: Sunstrom

LP: Baker

2B: Bo – Chris Kelly

SLATER – A huge first inning helped Ballard roll to a stunning 17-3 non-conference victory over West Marshall in five innings July 2 at Nite Hawk Field.

The Bombers erupted for 10 runs in the first inning to end the game almost as soon as it began. Ballard rubbed salt on the Trojans’ wounds with a five-run third and then coasted home to win in five innings due to the 10-run rule.

Ballard pounded out an incredible 21 hits during the game. Seven different Bombers tallied multiple hits, including four players with three hits.

Mitchell Broer went a perfect 2-for-2 with a home run and a walk and he finished with two runs and four RBI. Kordell Lettow was 3-for-4 with a double and two runs and RBI apiece, Kenny Randolph finished 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI, Jacob Nethers wound up 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI and Ryan Vincent ended up a perfect 3-for-3 with two RBI.

Taylor Bridgewater and Jacob Bernholtz both went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs. Bernholtz also knocked in two runs and Bridgewater added one RBI.

Marcus Johnson singled, scored and stole a base, Collin Fopma was 1-for-3 with an RBI and Chris Neville went 1-for-2 with two runs and a walk. Pinch runner Patrick Gray scored three times and Spencer Struve also crossed the plate once.

Nick Hartman earned the win for Ballard as he threw three scoreless innings with four strikeouts and he allowed three walks and one hit. Lane Volkman gave up three earned runs on four hits with two walks and one strikeout in two innings for the Bombers.

Garrett Goodwin surrendered eight runs on seven hits with one walk in 1/3 of an inning to take the loss for West Marshall. Matt Van Metre doubled, scored and drove in a run; Dylan Petermeier and Nolan Sinning both singled and drove in a run and Goodwin doubled and scored for the Trojans.

Ballard 17, West Marshall 3 (5)

WM 000 30 – 3 5 NA

B (10)15 1X – 17 21 NA

WM: Garrett Goodwin, Justin Weitzell (1) and Jared Johnson

B: Nick Hartman, Lane Volkman (4) and Ryan Vincent, Marcus Johnson (4)

WP: Hartman

LP: Goodwin

2B: WM – Goodwin, Matt Van Metre; B – Taylor Bridgewater, Jacob Bernholtz, Kordell Lettow

HR: B – Mitchell Broer

SLATER – A sixth-inning rally didn’t hold up for Ballard in a 5-4 loss to Adel-Desoto-Minburn in an 11-inning marathon July 1 at Nite Hawk Field.

The Bombers fell behind 4-0 through four innings as ADM put a run on the board in each of the first four innings. Ballard still trailed by four going into the bottom of the sixth.

In the sixth the Bombers broke out of their funk and plated four runs to even the score. Neither team scored in the seventh to force extra innings and the scoreless trend continued over the eighth, ninth and 10th frames.

In the top of the 11th, ADM broke the ice with a run. Ballard was unable to answer in the bottom of the inning, suffering a heartbreaking setback.

Taylor Bridgewater went 2-for-6 with a double and two RBI, Collin Fopma finished 2-for-5 with a run and Kordell Lettow was 3-for-5 at the plate in the loss. Jacob Bernholtz finished 2-for-5, Kenny Randolph walked, singled and scored; Jacob Nethers singled and walked; Ryan Vincent was 2-for-5 with an RBI; Lane Volkman walked and scored and Patrick Gray scored once for the Bombers.

Lettow was the losing pitcher as he allowed one unearned run on three hits with one walk in three innings. Coy Baker threw the first eight innings as the Bomber starter and he struck out 11 and allowed four runs – one earned – on six hits with two walks.

Grant Goeden picked up the win for ADM as he threw 4 1/3 shutout innings with six strikeouts. He also doubled twice and drove in a run and Jake Sloss finished 2-for-5 with a home run and two runs for the Tigers.

ADM 5, Ballard 4 (11)

ADM 111 100 000 01 – 5 9 NA

B 000 004 000 00 – 4 12 NA

ADM: Dylan Nelson, Grant Goeden (7), Sam Kornstad (11) and Logan Essy

B: Coy Baker, Kordell Lettow (9) and Ryan Vincent

WP: Goeden

LP: Lettow

SV: Kornstad

2B: ADM – Goeden 2, Chase Eddie; B – Taylor Bridgewater

HR: ADM – Jake Sloss