(Sentinel Photo By Allen Hamil)
Above, Le Mars Community’s Trevor Renken throws a pitch to an MOC-Floyd Valley batter on Tuesday. Renken got the win while allowing just one hit.
ORANGE CITY — The Le Mars Community baseball team has reached the .500 mark this season with a 6-6 record after starting the season with four consecutive losses. The Bulldogs were able to hit the mark thanks to a 6-0 win over MOC-Floyd Valley on Tuesday.
Le Mars has won five of their last six, but Head Coach Trent Eckstaine said his team still has a lot to prove in the next two weeks.
“We got to play a little bit better and a little bit longer to kind of say that we’re a team that’s going to be hard to beat,” Eckstaine said. “We’ve got a lot more ballgames before we can start saying this is coming around. Our biggest thing has been consistency for us and being consistent every night. We just haven’t proved that a whole lot this year. We’ve been up and down. The next two weeks are going to be crucial for us because we play a lot of games in these two weeks.”
The Bulldogs were able to score twice in the second inning and then built on their lead in the third. A three-run third saw Jakob Bixenman send a hit to left field to drive in a run. Ote Albrecht came through with a hit to the right fielder which ended up scoring two.
The team pushed across the final run on a groundout from Chris Deiterman in the sixth.
“I thought we swung it halfway decent,” Eckstaine said. “We hit a lot of balls really hard where they would make good plays or hit it right at them. That was one of our better games. This was probably one of the softer throwers we’ve seen this year. It’s kind of hard to sit back. I think it took us one time around the order to adjust, but once we did, I felt that we made good solid contact.”
Trevor Renken threw a solid game on the mound for his first win of the season. He gave up just one hit, a single to Jacob Kramer, in the shutout.
“Trevor threw a good game,” Eckstaine said. “His curveball was right around the plate a lot and he got a lot of swings and misses with that. He threw all three pitches. He threw a changeup, threw a fastball tonight. I thought he kept them relatively off balance.”
The Bulldogs will host Western Christian on Wednesday.
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