Nodaway Valley/O-M baseball began to get the offensive production it has been yearning for this week, and it led the Wolverines to wins in all but one of their recent games.
The team won a close, 3-2 game against Bedford, then lost the second game to Bedford last Wednesday. They’ve then won a 12-11 wild one against West Central Valley, a 6-0 game against Southwest Valley and a 12-2 game over East Union.
“We’re hitting the ball more consistently now up and down the lineup,” NV/O-M head coach Dan Jameson said. “The bottom of our lineup has continued producing well, and that’s huge.”
The Wolverines scored three unanswered against Bedford to get that win, before the Bulldogs were inspired in the second game that night and edged the hosts 8-6, despite a good comeback effort that fell just short.
WCV plated seven runs in the top of the seventh to go up 11-10 in that game. In the bottom of the seventh, the Wolverines took advantage of three straight free passes to set the table for lead off hitter Matthew Weber, who hit a ball into right field to drive in two runs and win the game for his team.
Chase Walker got his first start with the Wolverines on the mound while Paul Berg and Weber each came in for relief.
A good pitching performance helped in the win against SWV and good hitting led the team past East Union.
Caelen DeVault racked up 17 strikeouts against the Timberwolves.
Weber had two hits and two runs scored. Boston DeVault had a run scored and an RBI. Paul Berg had three hits, an RBI and a run scored. Chase Walker had three hits and an RBI. Nathan Russell had a hit and Ross finished with a hit and an RBI.
The Wolverines had 10 hits against East Union. Weber had two hits, including a single and a triple, and two RBI with three runs scored. Boston DeVault had a home run, two RBI and two runs scored. Caelen DeVault had two singles, a triple, and three runs scored. Jase Davidson had a hit and an RBI. Other hitting highlights include a double from Russell and an RBI from Ross.
Boston DeVault got the win on the mound, giving up two earned runs, striking out nine and walking one.
The rest of this week, the Wolverines, who are now 11-2 overall and 8-2 in the Pride of Iowa Conference, which is good enough for second place right now, were to play at Central Decatur Tuesday, then Lenox Thursday and home against Mount Ayr Friday for Senior Night.
“We’ve just gotta keep that pitching going, throw strikes, and the defense keeps making plays behind them,” Jameson said. “Gaining confidence at the plate is also huge.”