Sheldon, Iowa — Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley advances to the state tournament after a 2-0 win over Spirit Lake in the Class 3A Region 1 Softball Championship.
It was all about the defense and the pitching until the bottom of the 6th inning. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley’s CJ Van Der Zwaag reached on an error after a hit to right field. Kaitlyn Van Der Zwaag would get on base with a hit to left. Sam Greene would load the bases with another hit to left field. Two batters later, Sam Blum would hit one off the shin of Spirit Lake pitcher Bailee Newman, and CJ Van Der Zwaag would come into score to break the stalemate 1-0. Cassie Van Beek would rip one up the middle and Kaitlyn Van Der Zwaag would get home for the 2-0 lead, and the Nighthawks would go on to the win.
Bailee Newman would take the loss. She went 6 innings, allowing 8 hits, walking 2, striking out 3, and had 1 earned run.
CJ Van Der Zwaag got the win with the complete game shutout. She let up 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 7.
Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley improves to 31-3 on the season and advances to Class 3A State Softball in Fort Dodge. The Nighthawks will open State Tournament play on Tuesday July 21st at Mittera Field in Fort Dodge. First up for the Nighthawks will be a 3:30 quarterfinal game against Center Point Urbana who comes in with a record of 29-13.
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.