GILBERT — Sophomore Derek Brown held down Class 3A Gilbert for five innings, but the PCM baseball team was held to only four hits during a 3-0 loss to the Tigers on the road on June 1 during Heart of Iowa Conference play.
Brown surrendered one earned run on four hits and struck out four while walking one, but he didn’t get any run support. The Mustangs’ four hits all came in different innings.
Gilbert took a 1-0 lead in the third and then scored two more in the sixth to close out the home win.
Senior Noah Henkenius, juniors Preston Van Wyk and Olin Meinders and sophomore Dane Owens each one hit to complete the offensive night. Meinders’ hit was a double. The Mustangs drew zero walks, and Gilbert (5-2 overall, 2-1 in the conference) committed no errors.
“We put a lot of balls in play early in counts,” PCM coach Jeff Lindsay said. “We were coming off the ball too soon. We didn’t square the balls up like we had in previous games.”
Brown went five innings on the mound. He took the loss with the one earned run allowed. Junior Reed Worth got one out in the sixth but surrendered two earned runs on one hit with one walk. Junior Brayton Van Dyke got the final two outs and allowed one hit while striking out two.
“I thought Derek pitched a nice game,” Lindsay said. “Unfortunately the one earned run he gave came off a home run. He made a good pitch, the kid just it well and it took the ball the other way.”
PCM hosted Nevada on June 4, played at Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont on June 5 and hosted South Hamilton on June 6. The Mustangs host Gladbrook-Reinbeck at 7:30 p.m. on June 7.
Gilbert 16, PCM 8
The Mustangs were plagued by eight errors, and none of the runs Gilbert scored were earned. PCM led 8-7 after 4 1/2 innings, but the Mustangs committed four errors in the fifth and allowed nine runs during a 16-8 HOIC loss.
“It was just one of those nights,” PCM coach Scott Bridges said. “I didn’t feel like they beat us. I felt like we beat ourselves. We’re better than that, and if we don’t do that, we’ll win some games.”
Senior Kenzie Johnson led the offense with two hits, two runs and a walk. One of her hits was a triple. She also pitched two innings in relief and allowed nine hits with one strikeout.
Sophomore Regan Freland also had two hits with a run and a stolen base, senior Madison Foster had one hit and scored two runs and junior Anna Shaver tripled.
Eighth-grader Belle Hudnut stole a base and scored a run and juniors Maya Hegwood and Morgan De Haai both walked. De Haai also scored a run for the Mustangs (1-2 overall, 1-2 in the conference).
Hegwood started the game in the circle and took the loss. She allowed eight hits and no earned runs in four innings.
PCM hosted Nevada on June 4, hosted Class 4A Carlisle on June 5 and hosted South Hamilton on June 6. The Mustangs host Greene County at 7 p.m. June 8.