Le Mars baseball finishes regular season with win

Friday, July 8, 2022
(Sentinel Photo By Allen Hamil) Cal Eckstaine knocks out a ball into the field of play in Wednesday’s game against Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley. He finished with two hits in the contest.

LE MARS — The Le Mars Community baseball team finished the regular season on a high note on Wednesday as they beat Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley by a final score of 11-1 in five innings in a non-conference contest.

Noah Leusink drove in a run on a ground out in the top of the first inning for the Nighthawks, but it was all in favor of Le Mars after that.

The Bulldogs took the lead with three runs in the bottom of the inning and never trailed again. Teagen Kasel reached on an error and Ayden Hoag drew a walk. An infield single for Evan Jalas loaded the bases. Brayden Dreckman reached on an error which brought home two runs, part of a 3 RBI day which also included a single, double and hit-by-pitch. Trent Marienau helped his own cause by driving in a run with a ground out to make it 3-1 after an inning.

Marienau ended up pitching two innings and striking out four while giving up the lone run as the Bulldogs used the committee approach on the mound. Hoag, Dreckman and Evan Pratt each threw an inning of relief. Dreckman ended with three strikeouts and two walks allowed while Hoag and Pratt each struck out a pair and walked one.

Sam Remmerde and Colby Den Hartog had the only hits for the Nighthawks in the game.

Le Mars got their first six runs against Leusink who lasted 1 1/3 innings. The team scored two more against Colton Beyer in 2 2/3 innings while also getting three runs against Cooper Den Hartog in 1/3 of an inning.

Cal Eckstaine, Jalas and Dreckman led Le Mars with two hits apiece. Eckstaine, Hoag, Dreckman and Kole Carpenter all had doubles for the team in the win.

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley dropped to 8-13 with the loss. Le Mars improved to 13-21 with the win.

The teams are the No. 6 and No. 7 seeds in the Class 3A Substate 1 bracket. The Nighthawks open at second-seeded Bishop Heelan (26-13) while Le Mars opens at third-seeded Sergeant Bluff-Luton (27-11) in Friday’s substate quarterfinal round. The winners of those two games will meet at Lewis & Clark Park in Sioux City for Monday’s semifinal round game.

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