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PCM wins wild game against rival Saydel

PRAIRIE CITY — The Heart of Iowa Conference baseball game between PCM and Saydel had a little bit of everything on July 2.

The game featured 34 runs, 36 hits, seven errors and four innings where one of the teams scored at least five runs.

The Mustangs nearly blew a 13-run lead but closed the night with an eight-run sixth inning during a 22-12 victory over the Eagles.

PCM snapped a three-game skid and completed the season sweep over the Class 3A Eagles, who dropped to 6-10 overall and 4-6 in HOIC play.

“Give Saydel credit for coming back,” PCM coach Jeff Lindsay said. “But our guys, too, showed some grit late in the game. We didn’t get down on ourselves when they came back and had some great at-bats all night.”

Every player in PCM’s starting lineup had at least one hit and eight of the nine batters registered at least two hits.

The Mustangs (4-7 overall, 4-6 in conference play) scored five runs in the first inning and an eight-run second frame pushed the lead to 13-0. It was 14-2 after four innings but Saydel rallied with a 10-run fifth inning to close the gap to 14-12.

Caleb Duinink came into the night batting .455. He had five hits, five RBIs and scored one run to lead the offense. He tripled twice in the eight-run sixth inning.

Dane Owens finished with four hits, three RBIs and three runs scored and Gabe Steenhoek, Andrew Mitchell and Sage Burns all had three hits.

Mitchell also tallied four RBIs and two walks, Burns had three runs and two RBIs and Steenhoek added three RBIs and scored two runs.

Beau Webb cranked out two hits and had two RBIs, Connor Bennett collected two hits and scored three runs and Durant Van Dyke added two hits and two runs. Kolten Johnson also chipped in two RBIs.

Nigel Sperfslage was the courtesy runner in the pitcher’s slot and scored a career-high three runs. Cade Lindsay courtesy ran for Duinink and scored two runs.

The 22 runs and 25 hits were the most in one game for the Mustangs during Coach Lindsay’s tenure as head coach.

Mitchell (1-2) started on the mound and got the win after allowing six runs — five earned — on seven hits with two strikeouts and three walks in four-plus innings.

North Polk 8, PCM 3

ALLEMAN — PCM managed just five hits in an 8-3 loss to North Polk on July 3 during HOIC action.

The Comets also only had five hits but they were more timely and the hosts took advantage of four walks.

Beau Webb had two hits and an RBI to lead the Mustangs at the plate.

Derek Brown started on the mound and took the loss after allowing five earned runs on four hits with one strikeout, two walks and one hit batter.

South Hamilton 10,

PCM 0, 5 innings

JEWELL — PCM was held to three hits and had three errors as South Hamilton defeated the Mustangs 10-0 in five innings on July 1 during HOIC play.

The Hawks have outscored PCM 27-4 this season. The two teams will play each other to open postseason play on July 11 in State Center.

South Hamilton’s Elijah Balderas tossed all five innings and gave up three hits and one walk with four strikeouts.

Burns had one hit and walked once to lead PCM.

Webb started on the mound for PCM and took the loss. He allowed nine runs — seven earned — on eight hits with two strikeouts and one hit batter in 4 2/3 innings.


sweeps PCM

PRAIRIE CITY — The Mustangs couldn’t muster enough offense during a HOIC doubleheader against Class 2A No. 9 Roland-Story on June 29.

The Norse took both games, winning 3-0 and 7-0. The Mustangs were held to five hits.

Roland-Story scored all three of its runs in Game 1 in the first inning against Brown, who took the loss after allowing three earned runs on six hits with five strikeouts, two walks and one hit batter.

PCM’s offense had just two hits in the opener. Duinink had two of the team’s three hits in the nightcap.

Van Dyke took the loss on the mound, allowing five earned runs on six hits with two strikeouts, three walks and one hit batter in four innings.

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