Ballard blanks Perry, 6-0

ADEL – Great pitching and defense wasn’t enough for the Ballard baseball team against Adel-Desoto-Minburn Monday as the Bombers suffered a 2-1 loss in eight innings at Adel.

Ballard pitcher Coy Baker was outstanding as he went the distance and gave up just five hits and one walk in 7 2/3 innings. Baker also struck out eight batters and only one of ADM’s runs was earned.

But Ballard never got anything going at the plate. The Bombers only mustered two hits and they also only picked up one walk on the night.

ADM jumped out to a 1-0 lead after one inning, but Baker shut the Tigers down over the next six innings to allow Ballard to tie the game and force extra innings. Taylor Bridgewater drove in Matthew Poots for Ballard’s only run in the top of the fifth inning.

In the bottom of the eighth Baker picked up two outs, but he couldn’t get the third before the Tigers scored the winning run to drop Ballard to 6-4 on the season and 1-4 in the Raccoon River Conference.

Kordell Lettow collected both Ballard hits as he finished 2-for-4. Jacob Nethers also drew a walk for Ballard.

Grant Goeden went 3-for-4 with a triple, run and RBI to lead ADM. Dylan Nelson threw two scoreless, hitless innings of relief with five strikeouts to earn the win and Sam Kornstad gave up one earned run with one walk and seven strikeouts in six innings for the Tigers.

ADM 2, Ballard 1 (8)

B 000 010 00 – 1 2 NA

ADM 100 000 01 – 2 5 NA

B: Coy Baker and Ryan Vincent

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

WP: Nelson

LP: Baker

2B: ADM – Kyle Herrick

3B: ADM – Grant Goeden

SLATER – Ballard used a big second inning and great pitching to cruise to a 6-0 victory over Perry June 6 at Nite Hawk Field.

The Bombers scored four times in the second inning and added two insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth. That was more than enough support for ace hurler Coy Baker as he tossed a three-hit shutout with eight strikeouts and two walks.

Collin Fopma went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored and Jacob Bernholtz was 2-for-3 with a steal and two RBI to pace Ballard’s nine-hit attack on offense. Matthew Poots went 1-for-2 with a steal, run and RBI, Jacob Nethers delivered a pinch-hit double and a run and Baker, Taylor Bridgewater and Kordell Lettow each added one single.

Chris Neville walked and scored and Spencer Struve scored and drove in a run to help the Bombers earn their first Raccoon River Conference victory.

Jeremiah Ellett took the loss for Perry as he threw all six innings and allowed two earned runs with three strikeouts and two walks.

Ballard 6, Perry 0

P 000 000 0 – 0 3 NA

B 040 002 X – 6 9 NA

P: Jeremiah Ellett and Zach Roberts

B: Coy Baker and Ryan Vincent

WP: Baker

LP: Ellett

2B: B – Collin Fopma, Nethers

WINTERSET – The inability to string together hits hurt Ballard in a 6-4 Raccoon River Conference loss to Winterset June 5 at Winterset.

The Bombers took advantage of seven walks to score twice in the third inning and two more times in the sixth. But they only had two hits all night and that wasn’t enough to get past the Huskies’ eight-hit attack.

Winterset plated one run in both the second and third frames and two in the fourth and sixth innings. Alex Forgy went 1-for-2 with two walks, three steals, a run and two RBI; Allen Shahan was 2-for-4 with a double, run, steal and two RBI and Brandon Herr finished 2-for-3 with a double and a run to pace Winterset on offense.

Tanner Porter was the winning pitcher after giving up four runs – none earned – on two hits with seven walks and five strikeouts in six innings.

Lane Volkman took the loss for Ballard. He allowed four earned runs on six hits with five strikeouts and two walks in five innings.

Matthew Poots gave up two runs on two hits with a pair of walks and a strikeout in one inning for the Bombers.

Collin Fopma and Jacob Nethers both singled, stole a base and scored, and Jacob Bernholtz walked, stole a base and drove in a run for Ballard on offense. Volkman picked up two walks and a run, Spencer Struve scored once and Marcus Johnson knocked in a run for the Bombers.

Winterset 6, Ballard 4

B 002 002 0 – 4 2 NA

W 011 202 X – 6 8 NA

B: Lane Volkman, Matthew Poots (6) and Marcus Johnson

W: Tanner Porter, Andy Lambert (7) and Alex Forgy

WP: Porter

LP: Volkman

SV: Lambert

2B: W – Allen Shahan, Zak Goodwin, Brandon Herr, Colby VanPelt