Le Mars baseball wins by run-rule over Sioux City North

Thursday, June 16, 2022
(Sentinel Photo By Allen Hamil) Ayden Hoag makes contact on a pitch as he went 3-for-4 with 3 RBI.

LE MARS — The Le Mars baseball team struck early and often in a 13-1 five inning win over Sioux City North in Missouri River Activities Conference play Wednesday.

The team scored four in the first, four more in the second and five in the third in the win. Le Mars Head Coach Trent Eckstaine was pleased with the offense in the game.

“If anything, I was probably most happy with the amount of two-out base hits that we got,” Eckstaine said. “That helps you win ballgames.”

The team got the scoring started with an RBI double from Ayden Hoag. Another run came home on a wild pitch. Brayden Dreckman then drove in a run with a single up the middle. Carter Baumgartner hit a double to left to cap off the first inning scoring.

Hoag went on to add RBIs in the next two innings, part of a 3-for-4 game at the plate with 3 RBI. His RBI base hit in the third extended the lead to 11-1.

Dreckman led the team with 4 RBI in the game. After his single in the first he had a double in the second. He later brought a run home with a bases-loaded walk in the third.

Cal Eckstaine added a 2 RBI game on a walk and double. Evan Pratt and Carter Baumgartner each drove in a run.

The team got a solid pitching performance from Dreckman on the mound. He went the full five innings and gave up just one hit, a double to Cael Walrod. He walked four and struck out six in the game. The run allowed was unearned as it scored on an error.

(Sentinel Photo By Allen Hamil) Brayden Dreckman throws a pitch for the Bulldogs. He gave up just one hit in the win.

“It was nice to see Dreck do what he did,” Eckstaine said. “He threw a lot of strikes. He had one inning where he walked a couple guys but then he settled in. He threw a lot of strikes and we played some decent defense behind him.”

After starting the season 1-7, Le Mars has gone 6-5 in their last 11 contests. Eckstaine said his team is taking steps in the right direction.

“I’d like to say we’re kind of learning a little bit as we go here this year,” Eckstaine said. “We’ll see what happens. If anything, consistency is another thing that we’ve got to do.”

Le Mars improved to 7-12 with the win and 7-10 in the conference. Sioux City North fell to 5-17 and 3-13 in the MRAC. Wednesday’s game was the makeup of the second half of a doubleheader which was rained out earlier in the season. The two teams were scheduled to face off again on Thursday.

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