It wasn’t pretty, but it was a win and the Pella Christian Eagles were very happy to escape the Newton Cardinal diamond Monday night with a “W”.
The Eagles came into the game with an 11–11 record while the Cardinals were buried deep in the Little Hawkeye Conference cellar with only two wins.
When Pella Christian scored six unearned runs in the top of the first inning, it appeared that the game would be a blow out. Those runs came by way of three Cardinal errors, a hit batsman and base hits by Matthew Bokhoven, Dan Jungling, Blake Veenstra and Lawson Bruxvoort.
Bruxvoort’s hit drove in two runs and Jungling sent another run home with his hit.
But Newton had their ace, Ryan Barr, on the mound and he settled in. After the first inning, runs became hard to find. Adding to the problem was the fact that the Eagles gave up six walks, two hit batsmen and committed four errors.
Once the Eagles got into the walk and error problems, The Cardinals became like sharks smelling blood in the water. They began to peck away at the Eagle lead with a run in the first and three in the second to cut the deficit to 6-4.
In the top of the fourth, Will Dembski got a run back for PC with a massive home run to dead centerfield. But the Cardinals answered with an unearned run in the bottom of the inning to set the score at 7-5.
Pella Christian got the all important eighth run in the sixth inning when Jungling ripped a shot to left, moved up on a wild pitch and he scored on a base hit to right by Bruxvoort.
Newton made a final gasp in the bottom of the seventh but came up short 8-7.
Bokhoven started on the hill for the Eagles and Cole Webster came on in the second. Anderson came on in the third inning and pitched the final five innings to gain the win.
“It was fun to score a bunch of runs early,” PC Coach Jeff Bruxvoort said. “But sometimes when you score big early in the game, it is hard to stay focused.
“We knew that we would have to battle. They had their ace on the mound and the way our schedule is, we were forced to go with number four, five and six. But they fought hard and tried to keep us in it.”
Bruxvoort, Dembski, Jungling and Veenstra each had a pair of hits to lead the Eagles. Bruxvoort drove in three runs while Dembski, Jungling and Veenstra each drove in a run.