Bombers clobber Cadets at home

Joe RandlemanStaff Writer
Bombers clobber Cadets at home

CARLISLE - The Ballard baseball team couldn’t withstand a brutal sixth inning in a 10-3 Raccoon River Conference loss to Carlisle Friday in Carlisle.

The Bombers were in the game heading into the bottom of the sixth. Carlisle held a 3-1 lead after scoring twice in the first and once in the third, and Ballard scored its run in the top of the second.

But in the bottom of the sixth, everything fell apart for Ballard. The Bombers gave up seven runs in the inning and they only countered with two in the top of the seventh to fall to 14-6 overall and 6-3 in the RRC.

Clayton Poots was 3-for-3 with a double, run and RBI; Kobe Schulze finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and Gannon Manfull was 2-for-3 with a double and a run to lead Ballard on offense. Austin Edwards added a double and a walk, Marcus Chieves singled and walked and Taylor Roberts drew one free pass.

Edwards was the losing pitcher. He gave up nine runs - just two earned - on five hits with seven walks and three strikeouts in 5 ? innings.

Kai Reinertson allowed one unearned run on two hits in ? of an inning in relief for Ballard.

Tryston Durham stuck out four and walked three, going all seven innings to earn the win for Carlisle. He was helped by four Bomber errors in the field compared to none for the Wildcats.

Matt Rhodes homered, doubled, walked twice and drove in four runs for the Wildcats. Jordan Pierce was 2-for-3 with a double, walk and two runs and RBI apiece.

Carlisle 10, Ballard 3

B 010 000 2 - 3 9 4

C 201 007 X - 10 7 0

B: Austin Edwards, Kai Reinertson (6) and Clayton Poots.

C: Tryston Durham and Max McCay.

WP: Durham.

LP: Edwards.

2B: B - Edwards, Poots, Gannon Manfull. C - Jordan Pierce, Matt Rhodes.

HR: C - Rhodes.

SLATER - A walk-off home run by Marcus Chieves capped an explosive hitting display by Ballard versus Iowa Falls-Alden June 21 in Huxley as the Bomber blasted the Cadets by a 14-4 score in five innings.

Ballard jumped out to an 11-4 lead through three innings, then blanked the Cadets 3-0 over the next two frames to end the game early on account of the 10-run rule.

Chieves provided the fatal blow for the Bombers when he smacked a two-run shot over the fence in right-center field to end the game. Chieves followed up a one-out triple by Kobe Schulze to left field with his first long ball of the season.

“I just went up there with a good approach, thinking ‘hey, we’ve got a runner on third, let’s score him,’” Chieves said. “We just had to win the game.”

Chieves drove in two runs early on a single that traveled approximately seven feet. In the bottom of the third, Chieves hit a shallow pop up with runners on second and third, but Cadet catcher Kyle Arends lost the ball and it dropped safely to the ground.

Arends didn’t immediately pick up the ball after it landed and in the confusion, two runners crossed the plate for Ballard.

“I just put a bad swing on a good ball and somehow I got on base,” Chieves said. “It was a fun night.”

Chieves ended up 3-for-4 with three runs, two steals and four RBI. After the game, his season batting average moved to .396 with a .528 on-base average, five triples, four doubles, eight steals, 21 runs and 15 RBI.

“I’m setting high goals for myself,” Chieves said. “I want to lead the state in triples and just setting high goals for myself. We’re doing really well and I’m so happy with the way we’re performing.”

Ballard totaled 10 hits as a team. Jonny Luster was 2-for-3 with a triple, steal, two runs and two RBI; Schulze was 1-for-3 with two runs and Austin Edwards hit a two-run homer in the first inning and ended up 1-for-2 with a walk and two RBI.

Gannon Manfull was 1-for-3 with a double, run and two RBI and Brooks Fleischmann was 1-for-3 with a double, two runs and an RBI for the Bombers. Taylor Roberts singled and scored, Lane Shaeffer walked twice and singled and Noah Rosing scored one run.

“We had a long week last week, especially in the heat - seven games in five days,” Ballard head coach Nick Steenhagen said. “We made out pretty OK through that and after a couple days off — these guys really started feeling it tonight. They’re a spark team, that’s for sure. When they’re feeling it, they’re on.”

Freshman Jack Luster got the victory on the mound for Ballard. He gave up four runs - just two earned - on five hits with four strikeouts and two walks in four innings.

Kai Reinertson closed things out for Ballard by tossing a scoreless fifth inning and striking out the side.

Ben Scadden went the distance to take the loss for Iowa Falls-Alden. He gave up 10 earned runs with three strikeouts and walks apiece.

Scadden was also 2-for-3 with a run at the plate. Luke Norem was 1-for-3 with one run and RBI apiece and Jackson French doubled and drove in a run for the Cadets.

Ballard 14, Iowa Falls-Alden 4 (5)

IFA 112 00 - 4 5 4

B 425 12 - 14 10 2

IFA: Ben Scadden and Kyle Arends.

B: Jack Luster, Kai Reinertson (5) and Clayton Poots.

WP: Luster.

LP: Scadden.

2B: IFA - Jackson French. B - Gannon Manfull, Brooks Fleischmann.

3B: B - Kobe Schulze, Jonny Luster.

HR: B - Austin Edwards, Marcus Chieves.