Ballard baseball team suffers 9-5 setback to Benton Community in substate quarterfinals

Joe Randleman
Ames Tribune
Sam Petersen

The Ballard baseball team couldn't rebound from a shaky top half of the fifth inning against Benton Community in the Class 3A substate quarterfinals Friday at Nite Hawk Field in Slater.

The Bombers gave up five runs in the top of the fifth to dig themselves in an 8-1 hole and it turned out to be too deep to dig out of in suffering a 9-5 setback.

Ballard responded to Benton's big fifth frame with three runs of its own in the bottom of the inning. But the Bombers could only muster one more run over the final two innings in finishing the season with a 15-11 record.

Senior shortstop Sam Petersen went out like a champ for Ballard. The Iowa signee homered twice and drove in four runs.

Jayden Cattell finished 2-for-3 with a double and a run, Jaden Peasley was 2-for-4 with a run and Jaren Njos singled and scored for the Bombers. Connor Finch went 3-for-4 and Bryce Haessig was 2-for-3.

Peasley took the loss on the mound. He gave up two earned runs on four hits with three strikeouts in three innings.

Haessig allowed one run on three hits with three strikeouts and a walk in 2 2/3 innings and Eli Rouse threw 1 1/3 innings.

Ballard ended the regular season with an 11-5 loss at No. 2 Grinnell July 13. Grinnell broke up a 5-5 with six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.

 Peasley and Mason Askelsen both drove in two runs and Reese Broer was 2-for-3 with an RBI against the Tigers. Finch went 2-for-4 with a run, Petersen scored once and stole two bases, Njos singled once and Kyler Watson picked up two steals.

Finch took the loss after giving up three runs on one hit and two walks in 1 1/3 innings.

Ballard blanked Dallas Center-Grimes by a 10-0 score in five innings July 12 at Grimes. The Bombers erupted for six runs in the first inning and coasted to victory.

Peasley allowed one hit with three strikeouts and one walk in three innings as the winning pitcher against DC-G. Haessig struck out four and surrendered three walks and one hit in two innings for the Bombers.

Askelsen went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs and Petersen was 1-for-1 with three steals, two walks, two runs and an RBI against the Mustangs. Njos went 2-for-2, Watson singled, stole a base and scored, Peasley went 1-for-3 with one run and RBI apiece and Haessig walked three times and picked up one run, steal and RBI apiece.