Des Moines Iowa — The final 2015 IHSBCA Baseball Rankings are out for Class 3A and 4A. A pair of teams from the KIWA listening area earned spots in the 3A poll. Spirit Lake ended up in the eight spot with Spencer ranked number nine.
3. Cedar Rapids Jefferson
4. Dowling Catholic, West Des Moines
5. Cedar Rapids Prairie
6. Cedar Rapids Kennedy
7. Sioux City North
8. Iowa City West
9. West Des Moines Valley
10. Sioux City East
Others: Southeast Polk; Fort Dodge; Lewis Central; Linn-Mar, Marion
2. Waverly-Shell Rock
4. West Delaware, Manchester
6. Davenport Assumption
7. Harlan 8. Spirit Lake
Northwest Iowa — The Lakes Conference All-Conference Softball Teams have been released and Western Christian landed three players on the first team. They include Catcher Kelsie Van’t Hul, infielder Jamie Gesink and outfielder Kylie Van’t Hul. This years coach of the year is Rachel Gerking of conference champ Spirit Lake.
Hull, Iowa — The West Lyon Wildcats shutout the Sibley-Ocheyedan Generals 10-0 in Hull on Saturday night in Class 2A District 2 Quarterfinal baseball.
West Lyon got on the scoreboard in the 2nd inning after Mitch Te Slaa walked, advanced to second on the sacrifice bunt by Isaac Heyer, and was ultimately driven in 2 batters later by Tanner Oleson’s hit to left field. Dylan Whalen would reach on a walk, then Jordan Van Beek would drive in both Oleson and Whalen to push to the score to 3-0. The 2nd inning would end with West Lyon ahead 4-0. The Wildcats would add four more in the bottom of the 3rd, another run in the fourth, and finish things off in the sixth with a walk off error on a ball put in play by Whalen as Oleson came into score for the 10-0 final.
Dylan Whalen took the win with a complete game shut out, with 8 strikeouts, only walking 2, and giving up 2 hits.
Trent Kruger took the loss going 2 innings, giving up 4 hits, walked 5, struck-out 3, and gave up 3 earned runs. Jameson Cosgrove came on in relief in the 3rd inning. In 2 innings of work Cosgrove gave up 4 hits, walked 3 batters, while striking out 2, adding 4 runs to his name. In the 5th inning Brady Meinders came into the game to pitch, he went 1 2/3 innings. He walked 3 and struck out 2.
The West Lyon Wildcats improve to 10-10 on the season, and will face Western Christian in Hull on Tuesday, July 14th.
Hull, Iowa — The Sheldon Orabs advance to the Class 2A District 2 Semi-finals after an 11-1 win over the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Hawks on Saturday afternoon.
The Orabs got the bats going early in the first with Matt Buenger hit a double to left field. Colby Kleinhesselink would then hit one hard down the right field line for the 2-run home run. Sheldon would add three more in the 1st and end the inning leading 5-0. Buenger would once again lead off in the 2nd inning, this time with a triple into deep center field. Kleinhesselink would hit one deep to right at the base of the fence for the RBI double. After a Travis Buyert walk, Cody Van Meeteren would add 2 more runs with a single to left field for the 8-0 lead after 2 innings of play. In the 3rd, Kleinhesselink would single to center and complete the cycle with a triple in the 5th. The Orabs would go on to win 11-1 in 6 innings.
Kleinhesselink would get the win, going the first 3 innings, allowing just one hit, 2 walks, and struck out 3. Ross Van Kley would come in for relief in the 4th inning, and gave up 4 hits, walked 1 and struck out 2, giving up just one run.
Jordan Japenga would take the loss for Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn, going 5 innings, giving up 14 hits, walking 2, striking out 3, and giving up 10 runs.
Sheldon improves to 8-17 on the season, and head back to Hull to play against the Okoboji Pioneers on Tuesday, July 14th.
Boyden, Iowa — The Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley Nighthawks would play small ball in the first inning for a quick score, and never looked back while CJ Van Der Zwaag shut out the Warriors of Sergeant Bluff-Luton 6-0 at Centennial Park Friday night.
Cassie Van Beek started the bottom of the first inning with a lead off bunt. Van Beek would steal 2nd, advance to 3rd on Kaitlyn Kerr’s sacrifice bunt, and ultimately come into score on the Courtney Schafer sacrifice bunt. In the 2nd inning Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley would add 4 more runs. Kaitlyn Van Der Zwaag would double down the 3rd base line, Taylor Richter would bunt, reach first base after a Warrior error, while aggressive running by pinch-runner Emily De Ruyter came in to score from 2nd. Four batters later with 2 runners on, Cassie Van Beek would lift one deep to left for the 3-run homer making it 5-0 after 2. The Nighthawks would add one more run in the 5th inning and go on to win 6-0 over Sergeant Bluff-Luton.
Sergeant Bluff-Luton’s Terri Deitloff would take the loss in 6 innings of work, giving up 8 hits, walking 2, with 2 strikeouts and earning 3 runs.
Nighthawk pitcher CJ Van Der Zwaag would get the win with the complete game shut-out, giving up just 3 hits in the contest.
Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley improves to 30-3 on the season and will play Spirit Lake Monday night in the Region Final in Sheldon. Spirit Lake advanced with a 6-2 win over Cherokee in the upper bracket semi final.