PELLA — It was a quick night’s work for the Pella Christian Eagles Monday night when they hosted Little Hawkeye Conference rival Newton. The Eagles put together a hard hitting attack with sharp pitching to post a 10-0 win over the Cardinals in five innings of work.
If a player of the game would have been selected, it would have to be senior pitcher, Devin Haveman. Haveman tossed a nifty one-hit shutout and opened the scoring with a massive two-run blast into the tall grass well beyond the left field fence in the first inning.
“I was feeling it tonight,” Haveman said. “All three of my pitches were working and I was able to mix them well and keep their hitters off balance. The home run was my second this year and it felt good. We need to keep hitting and build some momentum for the tournament.”
Haveman allowed a first inning single to his pitching opponent, Braydon Chance and then slammed the door the rest of the way. His only blemishes of the game would be three walks and a couple of errors by his mates.
Luke Mulder singled to right-center to get on base ahead of Haveman’s shot and then the Eagles added two more tallies in the second. Bennett Spronk and David Willis each coaxed a base on balls to start the inning. Spronk was erased by Stone Turner’s fielder’s choice and then Jack Vermeer chased Willis home with a sizzling shot past first base. Courtesy runner, Eric Mulder scored on a throwing error during the play.
The Eagles found a bonanza in the fourth inning by putting a six spot on the board. Vermeer drew a one out walk and then the bats began to rattle. Dan Jungling drilled a double off the left field fence to put runners on second and third. Vermeer scored on a wild pitch and Luke Mulder lashed a double to right scoring Jungling. Haveman was plunked by a pitch and Corbin WesterKamp entered as the courtesy runner. Matthew Bokhoven singled WesterKamp home and ringing doubles by Kyle Branderhorst and Spronk finished the scoring.
Haveman led the Eagle hitters with a home run while Luke Mulder added a double and a single and Bokhoven poked a pair of singles.
“We had a lot of guys hitting tonight,” PC coach Jeff Bruxvoort said. “We want to see that as it is time to start peaking for the post season. Devin did a really nice job of mixing his pitches and he didn’t give them much to hit. We want good competition and our conference is good. We feel that we are well prepared for tourney play.”
The Eagles are 3-7 for the season and they will host Oskaloosa in a twin bill on Wednesday before hosting cross town rival Pella in a single game Friday.
Newton 0 0 0 0 0 — 0 1 2
Pella Christian 2 2 0 6 X — 10 9 2
Pella Christian Battery: Devin Haveman (WP), 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K and Stone Turner.
Pella Christian hitting: Dan Jungling 1-for-3, Luke Mulder 2-for-3, Haveman 1-for-2, Matthew Bokhoven 2-for-3, Kyle Branderhorst 1-for-3, Bennett Spronk 1-for-1, Jack Vermeer 1-for-1
2B – Jungling 1, L. Mulder 1, Branderhorst 1, Spronk 1
HR – Haveman 1
Pella Christian runs: Jungling 1, L. Mulder 2, Haveman 1, Corbin WesterKamp 1, Bokhoven 1, Branderhorst 1, David Willis 1, E. Mulder 1, Vermeer 1
Pella Christian RBI: Haveman 2, L. Mulder 1, Bokhoven 1, Branderhorst 1, Spronk 1, Vermeer 1.