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Sioux County Index-Rep0rter Page 8 Wednesday, July Summertime stunners Got a tip or story idea? Please contact us Jordan Harmelink i Sports Editor, jharmelink@ncppub.c0m 712.472.2525 or 800.621.0801 Western Christian and BH/RV fall in walk-0ff heartbreakers Western Christian's Summer Jansen takes a hack at a pitch during a regional quarterfinal Tues- day at home against Sibley-Ocheyedan. Western Christian fell in the regional semifinals to South O'Brien, losing a 6-1 lead to fall 7-6, ending its season. (Photo/Jeff Bylsma). Class 2A Regional Softball | Jordan Harmehnk I Sports Editor straight singles led to two Wolverine runs, Wolverines strike late and score come- cutting the Wolfpack lead down to 6-5. A back win over Wolfpack sacrifice squeeze play pushed the tying run Western Christian 100-410-0 6 across from third base before sophomore South 0'Brien 001-002-4 7 Shay Lund drove in the game-winning run _ .... PAULLINA--South O'Brien waited for with a single, capping offthe comeback. ........ g righttime to get its bats hot, collecting As hot as the bats South O'Brien was seven of its 12 hits in the last two innings carrying in the last two innings, Western as part of a 7-6 comeback win over West- Christian swung the hotter bat through ern Christian in the Class 2A regional semi- the first four innings. final round Friday in Paullina. "This was a tough game to swallow" said Western Chris- tian coach Travis Kooima. "We were in control the en- tire game we just couldn't finish them off in the last This was a inning. Credit goes to South O'Brien; they did a great job tough game to fighting to the end. They are swallow. a well-coached team and TravisKooima, Western Christian coach they found a way to get hits in the seventh inning and get runs on the board:' 5-1 Western Christian. Trailing 6-1 in the bottom of the sixth South O'Brien's first run came in the inning, South O'Brien rattled off back-to- fourth inning, but Western Christian got back singles to start the frame, scoring one that run back with one swing of the bat run and adding another run on a sacrifice when Bousema led offthe fifth inning with fly. Western Christian ended the threat a solo home run. with a double play, but South O'Brien was "Offensively, we did a great job putting far from done. In the bottom of the seventh, four Class 2A on Page 10 Kenzie Bousema got an RBI groundout scor- ing Jamie Gesink in the first inning. In the fourth, Summer Jansen blasted a two-run home run to cen- terfield after Bousema led off with a single. Two bat- ters later, Brittany Buren went yard for a solo shot to center. Gesink later had an RBI single that scored Kylie Van't Hul to make it The Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley Nighthawks sit in disbelief following a 3-2 loss to Spirit Lake Friday in the Class 3A regional semifinal. The Nighthawks led 2-1 heading into the bottom of the sev- enth, before coughing up the lead. (Photo/Jordan Harmelink). Class 3A Regional Softball I Jordan Harmelink  Sports Editor Indians surprise Nighthawks BH/RV 100-001-0 2 Spirit Lake 100-000-2 3 BOYDEN--Spirit Lake connected for a pair of timely hits in the bottom of the seventh inning to spark an upset 3-2 walk- off win over Boyden-HulllRock Valley in a Class 3A regional semifinal matchup Friday in Boyden. With Boyden-HulllRock Valley leading 2-I in the bottom of the seventh, Kelsey Deplerdang of Spirit Lake reached on an infield single, moving to third on an errant throw to lead offthe frame. After a sacrifice bunt pushed Deplerdang to third, Spirit Lake's Bailee Newman came to the plate and stroked a double to bring home the tying run. Newman then moved to third on a passed ball that set up Caitlyn Roberts' game-winning RBI single that dropped over a drawn in Nighthawk infield. "Hero or heartbreak, you knew it was go- ing to come out one way or the other and we just came out on the wrong end of it," said Boyden-HulllRock Valley coach Sara Friedrichsen. "They did what they had to do in the bottom of the seventh. We were going to intentionally walk Newman and she just stuck her bat out there on a pitch a little too close to the zone, and credit to her for scoring that tying run. "They had to play their best game to beat us and, after the heartache sinks away, I think the girls will realize that we didn't give them anything"added Friedrichsen. Boyden-HulllRock Valley started off the game strong, getting one run off an RBI double from CJ Van Der Zwaag that brought in Kensey Vande Hoef after Vande Hoef led offwith a single. Spirit Lake's Newman tied it all up with a solo home run to deep centerfield in the bottom half of the first, tying the game at I-I. Carly Ites later doubled in the inning but was thrown out by the Nighthawks' Sam Blum making a dash for home. Neither team found much offense until the fifth inning when Boyden-HulllRock Valley's Katie Greene lined a double offthe Spirit Lake's Bailee Newman (left) celebrates with Caitlyn Roberts (right) after Roberts lined the game-winning RBI single for the Indians. (Photo/Jordan Harmelink). wall in centerfield. BailyTen Haken came in to pinch run and moved to third on a sacri- fice bunt by Alexis Mousel. Kaitlyn Van Der Zwaag came in as a pinch hitter and drove Class 3A on Page 10 Nighthawks get back to their usual ways on the diamond Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley's Dustin Woelber makes a throw to first base in front of Jerod Hansen during a Siouxland Con- ference game with West Lyon. The Nighthawks broke a five- game losing streak with a 7-3 win over the Wildcats. (Photo/ Jordan Harmelink). Jordan Harmelink I Sports Editor to pound the zone a little more and that's something we Nighthawks break through slump West Lyon 001-000-2 3 BH/RV 011-320-0 7 ROCK VALLEY--Boyden-HulllRock Valley broke free of its recent skid and ended a five-game losing streak by putting up I0 hits in a 7-3 Siouxland Conference win over West Lyon Thursday night. Jerod Hansen went 4-for-5 with a double, three runs scored and two stolen bags. "Baseball is a game of streaks" said Boyden-HulllRock. Valley coach Josh Malenosky. "When things go bad, they go bad. It's a mental grind all season and that's why it's good to let them get out of that mental state with a fun practice and let them be kids for a bit. "We had practice the night before and we played a game of kickball and if during the season our bats kind of go cold, I tell the kids to bring a fruit or vegetable to practice and they get to smash it so that's what we did for practice"added Malenosky."It helps lighten the mood and let the kids have fun and then we came in and hit the ball like we have been all year finally:' The Nighthawks came out and scored one run each in the second and third innings and added four in the fourth, two offa Bradyn Van Voorst double. West Lyon got one run in the third when Dylan Whalen raced home on a passed ball, but didn't get anything else until the seventh with two runs, getting RBIs from Kacey Myrlie and Kaleb Heyer. Brady Moser picked up the win from the mound for Boy- den-HulllRockValley, striking out I0 and allowing just two hits in six innings of work. Bryce Van Beek threw an inning in relief and struck out two. "Brady threw a good game" Malenosky said. "We need need to get on top of before districts come:' Kacey Myrlie and Jordan Van Beek each turned in two of the Wildcats' six hits on the night. Van Beek's hit was a double in the first inning. Chase Grotewold went three innings in just his second varsity start, giving up six walks and seven hits. Van Beek threw three innings and gave up two earned runs. West Lyon closes the book on its regular season with a record of 14-7 overall and 10-6 in the conference. The Wildcats played West Sioux in the quarterfinal round of the Class I A district tournament Tuesday in Larchwood. Brown's double sparks win for Wildcats on senior night BH/RV I00-000-0 1 West Lyon 001-600-0 7 LARCHWOOD--A bases-clearing double by Dominic Brown sparked a six-run inning for West Lyon that gave senior pitcher Kacey Myrlie plenty of breathing room in West Lyon defeating Boyden-HulllRockValley 7-I Monday in Siouxland Conference baseball action. Myrlie struck out seven and walked just one through seven innings in picking up his seventh win on the year and moving his ERA to 0.91 on West Lyon's senior night. Boyden-HulllRock Valley struck first in the opening frame, getting an RBI from Brady Moser scoring Shane Solberg, but that was about all the room the Nighthawks could find on offense against Myrlie. "After that inning, we let him control the game," said Boyden-HulllRock Valley coach Josh Malenosky of the six-run fourth inning from West Lyon."He's a good pitcher and he threw well, but we need to be better about being Nighthawks on Page 9