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summer sports previe.w June3,2015 Page5 i . i- i  , . -i The 2015 Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley baseball team front from left: Jacob Vander Wilt, JOnathan Luevano, Johah Fedders, Wyatt Canneigeter, Thomas Heitritter, Shane Solberg, Taylor Hanson, Jack Hoogaveen, Jackson Mulder. Back: Davis Van Egdom, Ryan Dolieslager, Jamison Te Slaa, Bradyn Van Voorst, Brady Moser, Bryce Van Beek, Dusty Woelberg, Brady Post, Brett Moser and Mitchell Diekevers. Photo/Nathan Broek Nighthawks primed to make ano'ther run in 2015 By Nathan Broek I Sports Editor nbroek@ncppub.com BOYDEN-The Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley softball team was one of the best teams in northwest Iowa, accumulating a 21-3 over- all record with their final defeat coming at the hands of Spirit Lake in the district tour- nament. Coach Sara Friedrichsen said last season was one for the memory books and likes her team's chances for 2015. "Last year went well and we competed the entire season. We did a lot of work in the off-season last year and we were able to keep that focus and executed when we had to the entire year" she said. "This year we have a lot of experience returning with a lot of newcomers that we hope can step in and find a role. The success last season is a great starting point for this season and will be a great confidence booster" One of those returning starters that will be on the rubber once again for the Night- hawks will be senior C.J. Van Der Zwaag who was all-conference with a 21-3 record in 159 innings pitched. She had a 1.19 earned run average with 180 strikeouts compared to only 35 walks. On offense senior Courtney Schafer will look to lead the charge after posting a .440 batting average with six doubles, four triples, a home run and 16 runs batted in. Sophomores Sammy Blum and Cassie Van Beek will also look to make an impact with the bats as Blum ended last season with 12 RBIs, while Van Beek had a .459 aver- age with four doubles, three triples, seven home runs and 37 RBIs as a freshman last season. Friedrichsen also noted that fresh- men Caitlyn Van Der Zwaag, Kaitlyn Kerr and Jo Luevano could also be key players this season. The strength of the squad will be in their legs, but Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley will continue to find out the best way to win games consistently. "Out overall speed is deep and we want to be able to use that in a variety of ways to score runs and go out and compete every night" Friedrichsen said. "Our weakness will be finding a new identity as a team. We always had to do that every season, because we always bring in new players and have new leaders with different per- sonalities. I feel our identity will change a lot early in the season as we continue to find the right lineup" The Siouxland Conference looks to be wide open this season with the Night- hawks being one of the teams fighting for the top spot as long as they focus on the fundamentals of the game. "There are a lot of competitive teams along with others that lost some key play- ers to graduation. I believe that we will be up there, but any other team could be up there with us as well," Friedrichsen said. "For us to be competitive we just need to do the little things well." Nighthawks hope mentality will By Jacob Tilstra I Writer After a disappointing end to last year's season, the Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley base- ball team looks to improve from last sea- son's 15-14 record. Of the 14 losses the Nighthawks had last season, 11 came in the second half. "We started off 12-3 and I was thinking 'Man we have a chance to be pretty good," said coach Josh Malenosky, "But then we just hit a slide.The mental part of the game got to us last season and that is something we have been working on this season, coming to the ball park everyday with the same mentality as opening day" The Nighthawks' pitching staff this year is one of the most experienced that Male- nosky has ever coached. "Our pitching will be our biggest strength" Malenosky said. "We don't have a solid number one, but we have five to six guys that can go out, throw strikes and get people out" The team has many pitchers return- ing to the mound from last season. Brady Moser, Bryce VanBeek, Bradyn Van Voorst, and Dustin Woelber will be coming back to pitch this season for the Nighthawks. Brady Moser led the team last season, throwing 56 strikeouts in just 40 innings. Moser finished the season with a 5-3 re- cord and 3.33 ERA. At the plate, the Nighthawks are set to a stronger help in 201 score runs. The Nighthawks have five re- turning players who batted over .300 last season. Senior Wyatt Cannegieter had a total 35 hits, 23 runs, and 27 RBIs during last season. Other notable batters include Brady Moser (.393 Avg., 35 Hits), Shane Sol- berg (.370 Avg., 34 Hits), and Dustin Woel- ber (.340 Avg., 32 hits). Malenosky plans on working with the team's mental toughness during the com- ing season. "We struggled with that (mental tough- ness) last season, so I want to teach them to have the same mentality when they go four-for-four or zero-for-four. We want to bring the same attitude to the park. If we make a mistake we don't want to worry about it and focus on making the next play" Malenosky said. For the conference, Malenosky pegs Sioux Center, Central Lyon, and Okoboji as possible contenders for the top spot. "The conference is always tough" said Malenosky, "But that will help us once we get into the Class 3A district". Members of the Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 2015 softball team are Alexis Mousel, Brianna Brandt, Loannne Lucuano, Emily De Ruyter. Midde: Sam Blum, Kaitlyn Kerr, Rachel Alex- ander, Kaitlyn Van Der Zwaag, C.J. Van Der Zwaag, Courtney Schafer, Cassie Van Beek, Sam Greene and Cassidy Polacek. Picture will be in next week's edition. 712-439-2081 www, autamatedwustesystems.com 24401( "SIOUX COUNTY .NDEX-REPORTEI00 1013 First St. Hull, IA i 712,439-1075 f:712-439'2001 H00IL00EG00GP Hull 439-2406 145765 De Kostor & De Koster Attornoys at Law 1102 Main Street P.O. Box 801 Hull, Iowa 51239-0801 j/ Phone: 712-439-2511 Pioneered by GE. Refined by GE. 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