Bombers score thrilling comeback win over Boone
BOONE - A tremendous rally gave Ballard a 10-8 upset victory over Boone in a 12-inning marathon Friday at Boone.
The Bombers came back from a 6-1 deficit to hand Boone just its third loss of the season. The victory put Ballard at 8-6 overall and 3-2 in the Raccoon River Conference.
Ballard began its rally with a three-run fifth inning. The Bombers pulled even at 6-6 in the top of the seventh to force extra innings.
Neither team could get on the board for the next three frames. In the top of the 11th, Ballard kept up its momentum with two runs, but Boone answered right back with a pair of its own scores to send the game into the 12th inning.
In the top of the 12th, Ballard put two more runs on the board. This time, Bomber pitcher Cody Wolfe slammed the door on the the Toreadors, shutting them out to finish off the dramatic Bomber victory.
Wolfe gave up two earned runs on four hits and a walk with four strikeouts in six innings of iron-man relief work to get the victory. Jack Luster allowed five runs on seven hits with two strikeouts in 3 ⅓ innings as the Bomber starter.
Gannon Manfull gave up one run on two hits with a strikeout in ⅔ of an inning and Colin Anderson struck out two and surrendered one hit and walk apiece in two scoreless innings of work for Ballard.
Wolfe was also a star at the plate for Ballard. He went 6-for-7 with two RBIs and a steal.
Kade Reinertson also was 6-for-7 and he drove in two runs. Manfull finished 2-for-6 with a double and three RBIs, Reece Huen wound up 2-for-6 with two runs, Luster doubled and scored and Codey Erickson singled, walked and scored.
Evan Appenzeller took the loss in relief for Boone, giving up two earned runs on five hits with five strikeouts in 1 ⅔ innings. Appenzeller also homered and drove in two runs and Derek Rhinehart ended up 3-for-6 with a homer, double and three RBIs for the Toreadors.
Ballard 10, Boone 8 (12)
Ballard 100 030 200 022 - 10 18 3
Boone 101 400 000 020 - 8 14 2
Ballard: Jack Luster, Gannon Manfull (4), Colin Anderson (5), Cody Wolfe (7) and Kade Reinertson.
Boone: Spencer Turner, Brett Price (6), Evan Appenzeller (11) and Jackson Smith.
2B: Ballard - Luster, Manfull. Boone - Price, Dresden Wilson, Derek Rhinehart.
HR: Boone - Appenzeller, Rhinehart.
SLATER - Ballard jumped all over Carroll June 13 at Nite Hawk Field, scoring a 16-1 victory in four innings.
Ballard scored at least two runs in all four innings to end the game early on account of the 15-run rule put into place after four innings. The Bombers got stronger each inning, scoring twice in the first, three times, in the second and four times in the third before erupting for seven runs in the fourth.
Jack Luster was 3-for-4 with a double and five RBIs; Sam Petersen homered, scored three times and drove in two runs and Isaac Schafbuch went 2-for-2 with a walk, steal, three runs and an RBI to lead Ballard’s 11-hit attack on offense. Tanner Brock ended up 2-for-2 with a double, walk, three runs and an RBI; Reece Huen went 2-for-2 with a walk, run and RBI; Clay Estrem doubled, scored and knocked in two runs and Gannon Manfull walked and tallied two runs and RBIs apiece.
Nic Edwards picked up the win on the mound. Edwards gave up one unearned run on three hits with four strikeouts and three walks in four innings.
Ballard 16, Carroll 1 (4)
C 010 0 - 1 3 3
B 234 7 - 16 11 1
B: Nic Edwards and Kade Reinertson.
2B: Jack Luster, Clay Estrem, Tanner Brock.
HR: Sam Petersen.
NEVADA - Ballard overcame a lackluster stretch in the middle innings to down non-conference rival Nevada, 7-4, June 12 at Billy Sunday Field in Nevada.
The Bombers (6-6) saw a 3-1 lead evaporate after Nevada’s Jack Higgins hit a solo home run in the fourth and the Cubs followed with two more runs in the fifth on a two-run single by Trent Stahl. But Cody Wolfe came in to throw two strong innings in relief and Sam Petersen sparked a four-run rally with a run in the top of the sixth to turn the tide back in Ballard’s favor.
Wolfe didn’t allow a run and he had two strikeouts in two innings of work.
“Coming in, I knew I had to be fired up,” Wolfe said. “I knew they’d be hitting the ball, but I knew if I was the pitcher I know I can be, I was going to shut them down.”
Wolfe worked out of a big jam in the bottom of the sixth.
He gave up a leadoff double to Preston Cattanach, but Cattanach was thrown out at third. With two outs Wolfe walked the bases loaded, but he forced Stahl to ground into a force at second to leave the inning unscathed.
Petersen had just given Ballard the lead in the top of the sixth. Petersen lead off with an infield hit and went to second on an errant throw — then he scored on a bad pickoff throw to second.
“I knew going up to the plate I had to get a spark going,” Petersen said. “Got the single, advanced on the throw and really ignited the team.”
In the top of the seventh, Ballard picked up three big insurance runs. Wolfe provided the big hit with a two-run double.
“In the back of my mind I kept the fact that I need to get a base hit here,” Wolfe said. “A double should do it.”
Nevada still made Ballard sweat it out in the bottom of the seventh. The Cubs loaded the bases against Ballard closer Gannon Manfull with one out, but Manfull got Cam Shill to pop up to catcher Kade Reinertson in foul territory, then retired Kyle Bauman for the final out.
Nevada fell to 8-5 with the loss.
Cattanach was the losing pitcher. He allowed four runs — three earned — on four hits with four strikeouts and three walks in five innings.
Colin Anderson got the start for Ballard. He gave up three runs — two earned — on one hit with four strikeouts and one walk in four innings.
Ballard 7, Nevada 4
B 100 201 3 - 7 7 2
N 000 120 1- 4 4 5
B: Colin Anderson, Cody Wolfe (5), Gannon Manfull (7) and Kade Reinertson.
N: Preston Cattanach, James Carsrud (6), Brock Dutton (7) and Keaton Fry.
2B: B - Wolfe.
HR: N - Jack Higgins.