It was a frustrating start for the Pella Christian Eagles when they took on Little Hawkeye Conference rival Norwalk Friday night at the PC Baseball Complex.
Four unearned runs in the first two innings became a hill that the Eagles could not get over.
A 1-2-3 first inning by PC hurler Matthew Bokhoven was spoiled by two mishandled pop ups and a dropped third strike. Instead of being out of the inning, the Warriors used a double by Jacob Joss and a single by Jake Fees to score twice.
In the second inning Bokhoven notched the first two outs and then he hit a batter. The next batter was safe on an error that put runners on second and third and Joss drove them both in with a single.
Will Dembski came on with two out in the third and silenced the Warriors for the rest of the way. But the offense was unable to put enough runs on the board to overcome the deficit.
PC got one run back in the bottom of the third when Eric Mulder reached on an error, moved up on a two out base hit by Dembski and scored on a single by Devin Haveman.
The Eagles would score one more run in the bottom of the sixth when Bokhoven led off with a single to right and Luke Mulder drew a base on balls. Dan Jungling sacrificed the runners over and pinch runner, Ty Vander Molen scored on a ground ball to the right side by Kyle Branderhorst.
Dembski was the big stick for the Eagles with a double and a single while Haveman chipped in with a double.
Joss was the leader for the Warriors with a double and two singles.
“We are very close to being a good team,” Eagle Coach Jeff Bruxvoort said. “But we are giving the other team too many opportunities with the freebies we give them. The game is supposed to be seven innings, but tonight we played about nine innings with the extra outs we gave up. We know we are better than we have shown and we have the abilities to make plays. But they didn’t give up and kept battling all seven innings.
“We are looking for more offense from the top and bottom of our order. The middle has been the most productive for us. If we get all three units of our lineup producing, we can be dangerous.”
Pella Christian Battery: Matthew Bokhoven (LP), 2.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 3 BB 1 HB, 2K; Will Dembski 4.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K and Eric Mulder.
Pella Christian hitting: Dembski 2-for-2, Devin Haveman 1-for-4, Bokhoven 1-for-3, Luke Mulder 1-for-2, E. Mulder 1-for-3.
2B – Dembski 1
Pella Christian RBI: Haveman 1, Kyle Branderhorst 1.