Who: Pella (20-15) vs Bondurant-Farrar (13-14)
What: Class 3A - Substate 5 - Quarterfinal
When: Friday, July 16 at 7 p.m.
These two met in Pella last week for the Dutch’s senior night game. Bondurant-Farrar won that game 7-5. Neither team pitched the guys they will likely pitch in the second meeting on Friday. Pella held a 4-2 lead in that game before a four-run fifth inning from the Bluejays put them front for good. Ryan Mace had two hits in that game with a RBI while Gage Gift and Tate Weesner also both had an RBI.
One key player for Pella
Ryan Mace could have an impact in all phases of the game for the Dutch. The senior knows what postseason play means in terms of execution and the win or go home mentality. He enters the game with a .325 batting average with 15 doubles and 30 RBIs, both lead Pella. Should he either start on the mound or come in in relief, he has been near lights out with a 3-1 record and a 1.22 ERA with 39 strikeouts in 34 1/3 innings. Mace also brings good versatility on defense and can play all over the infield. Look for him to find a way to leave his mark on this game.
Keys for Pella
Get the bats going early. Score first to put the pressure on Bondurant-Farrar early and trust your pitching, which features five players with sub-2.50 ERAs. Pella has scored an average of 6.5 runs per game over the last two weeks. The Bluejays will try to counter with a pair of impact seniors in Alex Hall and Holden McIntosh. Hall has mashed the ball this year with a .430 batting average to go with four home runs and 21 RBIs. McIntosh will be the likely starting pitching for Bondurant, sporting a 4-4 record with a 2.17 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 38 2/3 innings. If the Pella bats stay hot and they pitch how they have all year, they should be able to get the win.