PCM rallied to beat the Pella baseball team 7-6 last night in Prairie City in a game heard live on the KNIA3 stream on www.kniakrls.com, while the Pella softball team snapped a nine-game losing streak by beating North Mahaska 15-5.
In baseball, neither team led by more than two all night, and the game was tied at three after five. The Little Dutch scored two in the sixth to go in front, but the Mustangs put four on the board in the bottom half to take the lead for good.
That sixth inning took a little shine off a terrific pitching performance by Pella freshman Tanner Dunsbergen, who had allowed just three runs through the first five frames, and finished with a final line of five runs on seven hits with four strikeouts in five-plus innings. Head Coach Jesse Jablonski was excited about his effort when he joined us after the game.
“For his first varsity start, he faces a team of juniors and seniors who are out there on the field, and for a freshman he really pitched well. You could tell that he was nervous early, but he really settled in and threw a great game for us. He got us into the sixth inning and saved us some bullpen arms during a busy week.”
At the plate, Gabe Thomas was two-for-three for Pella with a run and two RBIs, while Jaden Rolffs was two-for-four with a run scored.
PCM’s Olin Meiders went three-for-three with two runs, while Preston Van Wyk was two-for-three with a walk, a stolen base and a run scored. The Mustangs used four pitchers on the night, with Brayton Van Dyke recording the final two outs to earn his fifth save of the year.
Pella drops to 14-13, while PCM improves to 16-7.
In softball, Pella had three big innings, including a seven-run fourth en route to the five inning victory over the Warhawks.
Kinzi Van Wyk went three-for-four with three runs and two RBI and Maddie Parks, Ally Almond, Mackenzie Meyer and Sabrina Tallman all had two hits. Parks’ hits were a double and a triple, while Meyer slugged a home run. Almond and Tallman each had three runs batted in.
The Lady Dutch move to 5-26 on the year, and will join the boys tonight in Dallas Center where both the Pella baseball and softball teams will play jayvee / varsity doubleheaders against the Mustangs and Fillies.