BOONE - The Ballard baseball team avenged its only Raccoon River Conference loss with a vengeance Friday.
The Bombers traveled to Boone and pounded the Toreadors by a 12-3 score.
The victory atoned for a 5-3 home loss to Boone June 14. Ballard, ranked 10th in Class 34A, finished 12-1 in the RRC and improved to 22-6 overall.
The Bombers took control of the game in the fourth inning. They broke a 3-3 tie with two runs in the top of the fourth, then added two more scores in each of the next two frames to build a 9-3 advantage.
Ballard plated three more runs in the seventh inning and Cody Wolfe closed things out on the mound.
Nic Edwards was the winning pitcher. He allowed two earned runs on three hits with two strikeouts and six walks in five innings. Wolfe tossed two shutout innings in relief, striking out five and walking one with no hits allowed.
Ballard had 11 hits on offense. Sam Petersen provided the biggest bat by going 3-for-5 with a home run, two runs and four RBIs.
Jack Luster was 2-for-3 with a double and two runs; Wolfe doubled, scored and drove in two runs; Kyler Watson was 1-for-2 with a walk, steal and two RBIs; and Reece Huen finished 1-for-3 with a walk, two runs and an RBI. Kade Reinertson was 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI, Brooks Fleischmann singled and scored and Edwards singled and walked.
Derek Rhinehart homered and drove in two runs, Spencer Turner doubled and scored and Brett Price singled and scored for Boone. Cole Burge was the losing pitcher, surrendering nine runs — seven earned — on 10 hits with three strikeouts and walks apiece in five innings of relief.
Ballard 12, Boone 3
Ballard 120 222 3 - 12 11 2
Boone 003 000 0 - 3 3 2
Ballard: Nic Edwards, Cody Wolfe (6) and Kade Reinertson.
Boone: Spencer Turner, Cole Burge (3) and Dylan Bangs.
2B: Ballard - Wolfe, Jack Luster, Kyler Watson. Boone - Turner.
HR: Ballard - Sam Petersen. Boone - Derek Rhinehart.
SLATER - A big fifth inning helped Ballard coast to an 11-3 home win over Carroll in a makeup game July 11 at Nite Hawk Field.
The Bombers went for seven runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 10-2 lead. They coasted the rest of the way, improving to 22-6 on the season and 11-1 in the Raccoon River Conference.
Connor Finch was the winning pitcher after giving up two earned runs on three hits and four walks with three strikeouts in five innings. Jacob Ross surrendered one unearned run on one hit with four strikeouts and walks apiece in one inning.
Ballard had 10 hits and only one error.
Cody Wolfe was a perfect 3-for-3 with two steals, three runs, two RBIs, one double and a walk and Nic Edwards went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs for the Bombers offensively. Kyler Watson doubled, walked, stole a base, drove in two runs and scored and Reece Huen doubled, walked, stole two bases and scored twice.
Sam Petersen was 1-for-4 with one run and RBI apiece; Jack Luster singled and scored; Kade Reinertson doubled once; Spencer Catus walked, scored and drove in a run; and Reese Broer scored twice.
Connor Petersen allowed seven runs on nine hits and one walk with five strikeouts in 4 ⅔ innings as the losing Carroll pitcher. Cade Schable was 1-for-2 with one walk, run and RBI each for the Tigers on offense.
Ballard 11, Carroll 3
C 100 101 0 - 3 4 0
B 020 171 X - 11 10 1
C: Connor Petersen, Cade Schable (5) and Kayd Nissen.
B: Connor Finch, Jacob Ross (6) and Kade Reinertson.
2B: Reinertson, Nic Edwards, Cody Wolfe, Reece Huen, Kyler Watson.
SLATER - Ballard celebrated senior night at Nite Hawk Field with a dramatic 9-8 victory over Pella July 10.
The Bombers broke a 5-5 tie with four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. They held off a late Pella comeback attempt, improving to 21-6.
Ballard overcame three errors to get the win. The Bombers finished with 10 hits offensively, including four doubles.
Seniors Reece Huen, Cody Wolfe and Brooks Fleischmann each had two hits for Ballard. Huen doubled, stole a base and put up two runs and RBIs apiece; Wolfe doubled, scored and drove in two runs and Fleischmann added one run and RBI apiece.
Sam Petersen doubled, scored and drove in a run; Jack Luster was 1-for-3 with two RBIs and Nic Edwards was 1-for-2 with a run and a steal. Peyton Culp was clutch on senior night by going 1-for-3 with an RBI and a steal, Cael Estrem scored a run and Reese Broer stole a base for the Bombers.
Edwards was the winning pitcher. He allowed one run on two hits with one strikeout in two innings of relief.
Logan Volkmann gave up five runs — just one earned — on four hits with two strikeouts and a walk in three innings as the Bomber starter. Connor Finch and Fleischmann each threw one inning with Finch allowing one run on one hit with a walk and Fleischmann one run on two hits.
Ryan Mace took the loss for Pella after giving up seven runs on eight hits with three strikeouts and one walk in four innings. Mace also doubled twice and Nick DeJong was 2-for-3 with two RBIs for the Little Dutch at the plate.
Ballard 9, Pella 8
P 041 002 1 - 8 9 1
B 104 040 X - 9 10 3
P: Ryan Mace, Jason Knox (5) and Drew Hillman.
B: Logan Volkmann, Nic Edwards (4), Connor Finch (6), Brooks Fleischmann (7) and Kade Reinertson.
2B: P - Mace 2. B - Sam Petersen, Jack Luster, Reece Huen, Cody Wolfe.
JOHNSTON - Ballard had no answers for a Johnston team ranked No. 1 in Class 4A July 9, falling to the Dragons by a 10-0 score in five innings.
The Bombers hung tough into the second inning. But Johnston scored five runs in the second, highlighted by a three-run homer by Iowa recruit Peyton Williams, and Ballard never recovered, falling to 20-6.
Despite the loss, Ballard head coach Nick Steenhagen was happy with the fight his team showed. In addition to a solid first inning, the Bombers blanked the Dragons in the third and fourth innings.
“I would say that we competed,” Steenhagen said. “The scoreboard says otherwise, but there were a lot of really good innings there where it was even baseball. This is better than us playing a 3A team or 2A team. Our guys are going to learn from this.”
Ballard catcher Kade Reinertson, a Valparaiso recruit, said playing against teams like Johnston and Urbandale — a team the Bombers faced three days earlier in a doubleheader — will only make the Bombers stronger.
“It’s a big opportunity,” Reinertson said. “Big stadium. Lots of glamour. You have nothing to lose. We’re supposed to lose, but if you go in and you beat them — it makes a statement.”
Kyler Watson hit a double in the top of the fourth inning for Ballard’s only hit. Jack Luster took the loss on the mound, giving up six runs — four earned — on eight hits and one walk with four strikeouts in three innings.
Luster walked twice on offense. Watson, Cody Wolfe and Spencer Catus each drew one free pass, Reece Broer stole three bases and Wolfe chipped in one steal.
Jacob Draeger struck out four and walked four in 4 ⅔ innings as the winning pitcher. Williams was 2-for-4 with a double to go along with his deep ball and he also drove in four runs, and Andrew Nord finished 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs for Johnston.
Johnston 10, Ballard 0 (5)
B 000 00 - 0 1 2
J 150 03 - 10 15 1
B: Jack Luster, Jacob Ross (4), Nolan Schonhorst (5) and Kade Reinertson.
J: Jacob Draeger, Zach Heisterkamp (5) and Cade Moss.
2B: B - Kyler Watson. J - Peyton Williams, Andrew Nord.
HR: J - Williams.
ADEL - Ballard clinched its first Raccoon River Conference title since 2007 with a 6-3 victory over Adel-Desoto-Minburn in eight innings July 8.
The Bombers scored three runs in the top of the eighth, then Jack Luster and Brooks Fleischmann kept ADM off the board in the bottom of the inning to secure the win. Ballard, ranked 10th in Class 3A, improved to 10-1 in the conference and 20-5 overall.
Luster was the winning pitcher after throwing two scoreless innings and allowing just one one hit with three strikeouts. Fleischmann picked up one strikeout to get the only out he needed.
Cody Wolfe was Ballard’s starting pitcher. Wolfe surrendered two earned runs on 11 hits with four strikeouts and no walks.
Ballard totaled 10 hits on offense. The Bombers also took advantage of four ADM errors.
Spencer Catus was 2-for-4 with a run and three RBIs, Kyler Watson 2-for-4 with a triple and one run and RBI apiece and Reece Huen 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI to lead Ballard at the plate. Brooks Fleischmann went 2-for-3 with a run; Kade Reinertson singled and walked; Nic Edwards was 1-for-4 with an RBI; Sam Petersen walked twice, stole three bases and scored once; Reese Broer scored twice and Wolfe drew a walk.
Joe Finnegan gave up three runs with one walk in 1 ⅓ innings as the losing ADM pitcher. Tate Stine-Smith was 3-for-4 with a double, Chase Anderson went 2-for-4 with a double, run and RBI and Spencer Collins finished 2-for-4 with an RBI for the Tigers with the bat.
Ballard 6, ADM 3 (8)
B 000 012 03 - 6 10 2
ADM 100 002 00 - 3 12 4
B: Cody Wolfe, Jack Luster (6), Brooks Fleischmann (8) and Kade Reinertson.
ADM: Logan Crannell, Zach Fuller (6), Joe Finnegan (7), Jake Larson (8), Cole Williamson (8) and Jaxson Millsap.
2B; B - Reece Huen. ADM - Tate Stine-Smith, Chase Anderson.
3B: B - Kyler Watson.