Ballard outlasts Pella to snap two-game skid: Bombers earn 4-2 victory over Little Dutch

Joe Randleman
Ames Tribune
Ballard second baseman Connor Finch starts to make a throw to first after fielding a grounder during the Bombers' 7-0 loss to North Polk July 5 at Nite Hawk Field in Slater. The Bombers finished 12-6 in the Raccoon River Conference.

The Ballard baseball team snapped a two-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over Pella July 7 at Nite Hawk Field in Slater. 

The Bombers broke a 1-1 tie with a run in the third and added another in the fifth. Both teams scored once in the sixth and Ballard kept Pella off the board in the top of the seventh to improve to 17-11. 

Mason Askelsen went 3-for-3 with a double and Sam Petersen 2-for-2 with a double and two walks, steals and runs apiece for Ballard in the win. Reese Broer went 1-for-2 with a steal, Jaden Peasley 1-for-3 with a run and Bryce Haessig 1-for-4 with an RBI. 

Eli Rouse allowed one run on four hits with two strikeouts and four walks in five innings as the victorious pitcher against the Little Dutch. Connor Finch surrendered one unearned run on one hit with five strikeouts and one walk in two innings of work. 

Ballard fell to Indianola by a 5-3 score July 6 at Indianola. The Bombers gave up three runs in the first inning, caught up to the Indians in the top of the fifth and then gave up two runs in the bottom of the inning to come up on the short end of the stick. 

Petersen went 1-for-4 with two runs and steals apiece, Finch 1-for-3 with an RBI, Haessig 1-for-2 and Askelsen and Jayden Cattell 1-for-3 for Ballard in the loss. Peasley picked up one run and RBI apiece and Broer drove in one run. 

Haessig, Finch, Broer and Cattell each chipped in one steal. Haessig took the loss after allowing five earned runs on eight hits and four walks with three strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings and Petersen threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings and finished with three strikeouts and two walks. 

Ballard wrapped up Raccoon River Conference play July 5 with a 7-0 loss to North Polk at Nite Hawk Field. The Bombers finished 12-6 in the conference to tie North Polk for third in the standings behind Gilbert (16-2) and Boone (13-5). 

 Kyler Watson, Finch and Broer each singled once for Ballard’s only hits. Broer also drew a walk off North Polk pitcher Joe Husak, who had eight strikeouts and one walk. 

Ballard shortstop Sam Petersen catches a shallow fly ball in left field during the Bombers' 7-0 loss to North Polk July 5 at Slater.

"We put the ball in play, but we need to execute with runners in scoring position and push runs across," Petersen said. "The energy is always better when you're scoring runs. The defense will follow and the pitching will follow."   

Peasley was the losing pitcher, surrendering two earned runs on six hits with five strikeouts and one walk in five innings. Broer allowed three runs on three hits and one walk with four strikeouts in two innings.