Bombers knock off No. 2 Boone, 6-3
SLATER - The Ballard baseball team closed out Raccoon River Conference play with a bang Friday, upsetting No. 2 Boone, 6-3, at Nite Hawk Field in Slater.
The Bombers used a big second inning on offense and strong pitching from Colin Anderson to avenge an earlier 10-0 loss to the Toreadors.
Ballard led 1-0 after one inning. Boone tied the score in the top of the second, but Ballard exploded for five runs in the bottom of the inning.
Boone pitcher Dresden Wilson shut down Ballard the rest of the way. But Bomber hurler Colin Anderson only gave up two runs over the final five innings to maintain the lead as Ballard finished 9-5 in the RRC and improved to 18-10 overall.
Anderson gave up two earned runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts and two walks in an outstanding performance. The Bomber offense backed him up with seven hits and they also took advantage of three costly errors by Boone.
Lane Shaeffer was 2-for-3 with a run and Kobe Schulze, Taylor Roberts and Jonny Luster each tallied one hit, run and RBI apiece for the Bombers. Marcus Chieves was 1-for-3 with an RBI, Brooks Fleischmann singled and scored and Gannon Manfull also crossed the plate once for Ballard.
Wilson ended up with five strikeouts and no walks in six innings to take the loss. He only gave up one earned run.
Alex Carey went 3-for-3 with one run and RBI apiece for Boone on offense.
Ballard 6, Boone 3
Bo 010 010 1 - 3 7 3
B 150 000 X - 6 7 1
Bo: Dresden Wilson and Alex Carey.
B: Colin Anderson and Clayton Poots.
CARROLL - A no-hitter by Kai Reinertson and a huge fifth inning on offense enabled Ballard to roll past Carroll, 11-0, in five innings July 7 at Carroll.
Reinertson was nearly flawless on the mound and he received ample support on offense as Ballard totaled 12 hits.
The Bombers scored three runs in the second inning and upped their lead to 4-0 in the fourth. In the top of the fifth, Ballard took complete control with a seven-run surge.
That was more than enough support for Reinertson. The Bomber hurler was masterful, recording 10 strikeouts against just two walks.
Isaac Schafbuch was 2-for-3 with a double and four RBI, Austin Edwards went 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI and Marcus Chieves was 2-for-3 with two runs and a triple for Ballard on offense. Jack Luster ended up 2-for-2 with two RBI and a walk, Kobe Schulze was 2-for-4 with one run and RBI apiece, Jonny Luster was 1-for-2 with a run and Gannon Manfull also picked up a base hit.
Brooks Fleischmann chipped in two runs and an RBI, Lane Shaeffer delivered a walk, run and two RBI and Noah Rosing scored once for the Bombers.
Joe Eberle allowed 10 earned runs on 12 hits with two walks and one strikeout in 4 ? innings to take the loss for the winless Tigers.
Ballard 11, Carroll 0 (5)
B 030 17 - 11 12 0
C 000 00 - 0 0 1
B: Kai Reinertson and Jack Luster.
C: Joe Eberle, Kayd Nissen (5) and Cavan Eberle.
2B: B - Kobe Schulze, Isaac Schafbuch.
3B: B - Marcus Chieves.
PELLA - Great pitching wasn’t enough for Ballard versus No. 5 Pella in a non-conference game at Pella July 6.
Austin Edwards tossed a four-hitter and Ballard only had one error in the field. But the Bombers failed to get a hit off Pella’s Grant Judkins to suffer a 2-0 setback.
Pella scored a run in each of the first two innings to account for the only offense in the game. Tyler Hillman went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI, Caleb Piersma was 1-for-3 with an RBI, Judkins went 1-for-3 with a run and Lucas Hileman scored a run for the Little Dutch.
Both Pella runs were earned. Edwards ended up with seven strikeouts and four walks in six innings to take the loss.
Judkins was simply overpowering on the night to get the victory. He struck out 13 Bomber batters and only walked one.
Pella 2, Ballard 0
B 000 000 0 - 0 0 1
P 110 000 X - 2 4 0
B: Austin Edwards and Clayton Poots.
P: Grant Judkins and Jaden Rolffs.
2B: P - Tyler Hillman.