After two games against a pair of teams who are receiving votes in the first high school baseball poll of the season, the Little Dutch are searching high and low for some offense.
Pella had just four hits in the season opener a 7-4 setback to the Carlisle Wildcats Monday, May 20 at home.
That was followed up two days later with a 4-0 blanking by the Bondurant-Farrar Bluejays in Bondurant. A game where the bats were still silent with only two hits obtained.
In the Carlisle game the split up the pitching between five players with starter Ben Akers taking the pitching defeat. He worked two innings and gave up four hits and five runs, two of which were earned.
Collecting one hit each for the Dutch were Nick DeJong, Akers, Ryan Mace and Noah Van Vark.
Mace had two RBI and Gabe Thomas had one RBI for Pella. The Dutch scored all four runs in the first inning as they batted around, but that was all the offense for the evening.
“Our relief pitchers were fantastic,” stated Dutch Coach Jesse Jablonski. “We loaded the bases in the seventh and gave ourselves a chance to come back but we feel a bit short.”
The Bluejays scored two runs in he first inning and two more in the fifth and they stood up for a 4-0 non-conference win over Pella Wednesday.
Tanner Dunsbergen took the loss on the hill as he opposed B-F’s Nathan Anderson who worked five innings for the win.
Pitching in relief for the Dutch was Kaden Lyle.
Jordan Collins had three of the four RBI for the Bluejays.
Pella’s two hits were obtained by DeJong, a sophomore, and Nick Grandia both in the third inning of play.
Odds and Ends
The Dutch will play host to the Chariton Chargers Thursday, May 30 in a JV-Varsity affair starting at 5:30 p.m.
Class 3A Baseball Rank
1.Davenport Assumption; 2. Central DeWitt; 3. Xavier, Cedar Rapids; 4. Sergeant Bluff-Luton; 5. Bishop Heelan, Sioux City; 6. Harlan; 7. Solon; 8. Marion; 9. Waverly-Shell Rock; 10. Grinnell.