Bombers lose at home to B-F

SLATER – The Ballard baseball team suffered a Raccoon River Conference loss at the hands of Bondurant-Farrar Monday as the Bombers struggled after the first inning in a 12-2 setback at Nite Hawk Field.

Ballard jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one inning. But Bondurant-Farrar tied the score up the next inning and the Bombers went flat on offense.

Bondurant-Farrar took the lead for good with four runs in the third inning. The Bluejays added two more in the fifth, three in the sixth and one in the seventh to seal the deal as the Bombers fell to 0-2 in the RRC and 5-2 overall.

Kordell Lettow was 1-for-3 with a run and RBI; Jacob Nethers walked, drove in a run and stole a base; Patrick Gray went 1-for-2 with a run and Collin Fopma, Matthew Poots and Jacob Bernholtz each singled once for the Bombers. Nick Hartman was the losing pitcher after giving up eight runs – six earned – on eight hits with six strikeouts and three walks in four innings.

Lettow threw the final three innings and he allowed four earned runs on five hits with three strikeouts and two walks.

Patrick Rooney was 3-for-5 with a double, home run, two runs and four RBI for Bondurant-Farrar at the plate. Tyler Ramus went 3-for-4 with two doubles, three runs and two RBI and Austin Cameron was 3-for-3 with a double, walk and RBI.

Cameron was the winning pitcher after giving up two unearned runs on five hits with eight strikeouts and one walk in seven innings.

Bondurant-Farrar 12, Ballard 2

B-F 024 023 1 – 12 13 NA

B 200 000 0 – 2 5 NA

B-F: Austin Cameron and Tucker Ksiazek

B: Nick Hartman, Kordell Lettow (5) and Coy Baker

WP: Cameron

LP: Hartman

2B: B-F – Tyler Ramus 2, Patrick Rooney, Travis Smith, Cameron

HR: B-F - Rooney

STORY CITY – Ballard had no trouble with South Hamilton at the Norseman Invitational Saturday as the Bombers hammered the Hawks, 15-5, in five innings at Story City.

Playing in its only game of the day, Ballard fell behind 5-4 after one inning. But the Bombers scored three times in the second and exploded for seven runs in the third, and they shut down the Hawk bats the rest of the way to earn the win.

Taylor Bridgewater, Kordell Lettow, Collin Fopma, Jacob Nethers, Chris Neville and Jacob Bernholtz all collected two hits apiece for Ballard in the win. Bridgewater had two runs, walks and steals plus an RBI; Lettow scored twice and stole a base; Fopma and Nethers walked once and tallied two runs and RBI apiece; Neville drove in three runs and also scored three times; and Bernholtz had two runs, three RBI and a steal.

Matthew Poots doubled, walked, stole a base, scored once and drove in two runs for the Bombers. Mitchell Broer and Coy Baker each added one single and Patrick Gray scored a run.

Landon Manfull was the winning pitcher after throwing 4 1/3 innings of scoreless and hitless ball with three strikeouts and walks apiece in relief. Drew Ward gave up four earned runs on three hits with two walks in 2/3 of an inning.

Josh Doering took the loss for South Hamilton as he surrendered 10 runs on 10 hits with two walks and one strikeout in 2 1/3 innings. Landon Quam was 1-for-2 with a run and two RBI and Doering, Nathan McSparrin and Trevor Ullestad each knocked in a run for South Hamilton.

Ballard 15, South Hamilton 5 (5)

SH 500 00 – 5 3 NA

B 437 01 – 15 15 NA

SH: Josh Doering, Justin Shepherd (3), John Hegland (4) and Rylan Harris

B: Drew Ward, Landon Manfull and Coy Baker

WP: Manfull

LP: Doering

2B: SH – Trevor Ullestad; B – Matthew Poots

CARLISLE – It was too little, too late for Ballard in its Raccoon River Conference opener Friday at Carlisle as the Bombers struggled offensively in a 3-1 loss to the Wildcats.

Ballard never got anything going until the seventh inning. By that time; Carlisle had built a 3-0 lead.

The Bombers put one run on the board in the seventh, but couldn’t do any more damage; finishing the game with just two hits off Carlisle pitcher Andrew Smith.

Jacob Bernholtz drove in Jacob Nethers for Ballard’s only run after Nethers reached on a walk in the seventh. Nethers ended up with two walks on the night.

Ryan Vincent doubled and Kordell Lettow had a single for Ballard’s only hits. Spencer Struve also drew a free pass for the Bombers.

Coy Baker turned in a strong game on the mound despite the loss. Like Smith, Baker also threw a two-hitter and the Bomber hurler gave up just one earned run and tallied six strikeouts and three walks in six innings.

Smith had six strikeouts and two walks in seven innings. Spencer Jones was 2-for-3 with a double, steal, run and RBI to lead Carlisle on offense.

Carlisle 3, Ballard 1

B 000 000 1 – 1 2 NA

C 012 000 X – 3 2 NA

B: Coy Baker and Ryan Vincent

C: Andrew Smith and Max McCay

WP: Smith

LP: Baker

2B: B – Vincent; C- Spencer Jones

SLATER – A furious rally gave Ballard a 7-6 non-conference victory over Pella Christian May 28 at Nite Hawk Field.

The Bombers looked dead in the water going into the bottom of the seventh inning as they faced a 6-2 deficit. Pella Christian scored three times in the third inning, once in the fifth and twice in the sixth and the Bombers only managed one run apiece in the fourth and fifth frames.

But in the bottom of the seventh, the Bombers busted out for five runs to score a dramatic victory over the Eagles.

Chris Neville was the hero for Ballard in the seventh as he crushed a grand-slam home run. Taylor Bridgewater finished 3-for-3 with a double, walk, steal and run, Jacob Bernholtz went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run and Collin Fopma was 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI.

Spencer Struve also had a pinch-hit single and RBI, Ryan Vincent went 1-for-3, Kordell Lettow walked and scored and Mitchell Broer also drew a free pass.

Coy Baker earned the win in relief as he gave up two runs on one hit with four strikeouts and two walks in two innings. Lane Volkman allowed three runs – one earned – on five hits with four strikeouts and three walks in four innings as the Bomber starter, and Bridgewater gave up one run on three hits and three walks in one inning of work.

Caleb Morgan took the loss in relief for Pella Christian. Morgan gave up five earned runs on three hits with two walks in the seventh.

Andrew VanderHart surrendered two earned runs with five strikeouts and two walks in six innings for the Eagles. Coltin Collins was 2-for-4 with a run, Morgan drove in two runs and Justin Stravers and VanderHart both singled and scored twice for Pella Christian.

Ballard 7, Pella Christian 6

PC 00 301 2 – 6 9 NA

B 000 011 5 – 7 11 NA

PC: Andrew VanderHart, Caleb Morgan (7) and Morgan, Spencer Fynaardt (7)

B: Lane Volkman, Taylor Bridgewater (5), Coy Baker (6) and Ryan Vincent

WP: Baker

LP: Morgan

2B: B – Bridgewater

HR: B – Chris Neville