Pella 10, Saydel 0
PELLA — The red-hot Dutch stayed hot on Thursday with a run-rule win in five innings over Saydel for their seventh win in a row.
Pella scored four runs in the first and another four runs in the fifth to cap off the win.
Ryan Mace, Jason Knox and Mason Wittmer all had two hits in the contest while Pella had 12 hits as a team, all singles. Mace was a big run producer with three RBIs on the night while Cole Hillman, Nick DeJong, Josh Miller and Keagan Miedema also all had a RBI.
Pella’s pitching staff continued to impress as Keegan Hansen pitched five shutout innings to get the win after allowing five hits with two strikeouts.
“Hansen was very efficient on the mound, and our offense kept producing all game long,” Pella head coach Jesse Jablonski said. “Very good game for our team heading into a big doubleheader with Grinnell on Friday night.”
Pella (10-3, 5-1 LHC) travels to No. 10 (3A) Grinnell (11-2, 4-2 LHC) for a Little Hawkeye Conference doubleheader on Friday starting at 5:30 p.m.
Ankeny Centennial 11, Knoxville 3
KNOXVILLE — Knoxville welcomed Class 4A Ankeny Centennial to town on Thursday as the Panthers would fall to the Jaguars.
Centennial jumped out in front early with two runs in the first before gaining an 8-0 lead before Knoxville plated two runs in the bottom of the fourth. The Jaguars added a few more runs late to insure the win.
Trenten Kingrey had a home run and two RBIs for Knoxville while Evan Eck also drove in a run.
Niko Lacona took the loss after giving up seven runs, six earned, on five hits with four walks and two strikeouts in three innings. Luke Spaur and Dakota Ramsey both pitched in relief.
Knoxville (4-9, 2-5 SCC) returns to conference play on Friday at 7:30 p.m. when they travel to Clarke (5-7, 2-4 SCC).
No. 5 (3A) EBF 12, Pella 10
EDDYVILLE — The Lady Dutch chipped away at an early deficit and had eyes on giving the Rockets their first loss of the season but EBF was able to hold on for the win.
After two innings, Pella would find themselves trailing 10-2. That is when they would slowly begin to chip away at the EBF lead. The Rockets added much-needed insurance runs in the fifth and sixth while Pella was rallying with three already scoring in the seventh and a chance for more.
The Lady Dutch had runners on second and third with a chance to tie the game with the dangerous Kiki Riggen at the plate. Riggen would hit the ball hard but a nice play by EBF would end the threat.
Riggen led the way with two RBIs on the night while Kylie Tauke, Katie Pollock, Bailey Brown, Tori Van Vark, Ava Curry and Thea Wisse all had one RBI.
Riggen, Taylor Tousey and Ella Corbin all shared time in the circle for the Lady Dutch.
Pella (1-12, 0-6 LHC) will travel to Grinnell (5-7, 0-6 LHC) on Friday for a doubleheader starting at 5:30 p.m.