Le Mars baseball finds first wins of the season
LE MARS — After dropping their first three games of the season, the Le Mars Community boys baseball team responded for a pair of wins Thursday and Friday for their first of the season.
Le Mars rallied to beat Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley in non-conference action Thursday. The team managed a pair of runs against Eric Salazar, but left a runner stranded at third in the third inning and struck out 11 times against the Nighthawk starter. The Bulldogs found their groove beginning in the fifth when the team scored three runs and then added two more in the following inning against relief pitchers Alex Godfredson and Brett Van Der Wilt.
Braiden Hurd drove in a pair of runs on a hit and Alex Irwin added another RBI as he ended with a double. The Bulldogs found the most success at the plate from Josh Pratt as he went 2-for-2 with a pair of walks in the game. It was Pratt who also earned the win on the mound. He took over in the fourth inning for Ethan Kuiken who allowed three runs in the first three frames. Pratt stopped the Nighthawks in their tracks as he recorded 10 strikeouts in his four innings on the mound. He didn’t allow any hits or walks in his stint.
The Le Mars bats picked up right where they left off the night before in Friday’s 16-6 win over Spirit Lake in five innings. The Bulldogs scored in four of their times at the plate with two innings seeing six runs come home.
Le Mars knocked out 12 hits and drew 10 walks in the game as the Indians went through five different pitchers who found little success in slowing down the Bulldogs’ offense.
Alec Dreckman went 4-for-4 with 4 RBI to pace the team at the plate. It wasn’t his best night on the mound as he walked six and gave up the same number of runs, but he was still able to claim the win. Hurd got the final four outs for the team which included a pair of strikeouts.
Hurd was one of three players who ended with 2 RBI along with Jakob Bixenmann and Carter Arens. Bixenman scored four times after reaching on a pair of hits and two more walks.
Everyone in the Le Mars lineup reached base at least once via walk or hit. The 16 runs is easily more than the nine combined runs the team had in their first four games of the season. The last time the team scored that many runs was on June 15, 2016 when they beat Storm Lake 16-3.
The Tornadoes are up next on the schedule for the Bulldogs (2-3) as they hit the road for that game Monday.
|BH/RV||0 1 2 0 0 0 0 3|
|Le Mars||0 1 0 1 3 2 x 7|
Le Mars: Hits- 7; Walks- 7; 2B- Irwin; 3B- None; HR- None; RBI- Hurd 2, Irwin 1; Pitching: Ethan Kuiken- 3 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 Ks; Josh Pratt (W)- 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 10 Ks.
|Spirit Lake||0 1 3 2 0 6|
|Le Mars||2 6 2 0 6 16|
Le Mars: Hits- 12; Walks- 10; 2B- Hurd, Ouradnik, Dreckman, Bixenman; 3B- None; HR- None; RBI- Dreckman 4, Bixenman 2, Hurd 2, Arens 2, Parrott 1; Pitching: Alec Dreckman (W)- 3 2/3 IP, 3 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 6 BB, 4 Ks; Braiden Hurd- 1 1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 Ks.