NEVADA — The PCM baseball team ran into an all-state caliber pitcher on July 6 during its regular season finale against Nevada.
Tyler Shafer struck out 13 batters and walked none for the Cubs, and Nevada downed the Mustangs, 4-1, at home during Heart of Iowa Conference play on July 6.
Nevada had only four hits in the game, but freshman Derek Brown and junior Brady Fagen walked eight Cubs in the loss.
“Derek threw a very good game,” PCM coach Jeff Lindsay said. “Even the walks he had were scattered. He walked the lead-off guy in the fifth and then we committed an error to allow that runner to score.”
Brown gave up just the run in the fifth. PCM tied the game in the sixth, but Nevada (13-9 overall, 8-8 in the HOIC) plated three runs in the sixth off Fagen to earn a season split against the Mustangs.
Brown allowed one earned run on one hit with five walks, five strikeouts and one hit by pitch in 4 1/3 innings pitched. Fagen (0-1) took the loss after surrendering three earned runs on three hits with three walks and two strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings pitched.
The Mustangs (18-9, 9-7) had six hits at the plate.
Senior Noah Clark had two hits and an RBI, and senior Ethan Thomas had two hits.
Sophomores Brayton Van Dyke and Preston Van Wyk each had one hit, and sophomore Reed Worth walked and scored PCM’s lone run in the sixth.
“Considering the pitcher we faced, we did a nice job for the most part,” Lindsay said. “(Shafer) is a good pitcher. He throws it hard and has good command. He mixed in a good, hard slider, too.”
Shafer improved to 6-2 on the season.
PCM opened Class 2A District 14 play July 11 against Roland-Story.
The winner of that game plays in the district championship game on July 15 in Van Meter.
PCM 2, Pleasantville 1
PLEASANTVILLE — Junior Noah Henkenius and Van Dyke didn’t have their best stuff on the mound on July 3 during a non-conference road game against Pleasantville.
But the Mustang duo was still more than good enough to shut down a Trojans’ club that is averaging more than seven runs per game.
Henkenius improved to 6-1 on the season after allowing no runs in six innings, and Van Dyke recorded his sixth save during a 2-1 road victory.
Henkenius walked five batters total in the game. He gave three free passes in the first, but didn’t allow a run after inducing an early double play.
With two gone, Henkenius walked two batters in between a PCM fielding error, but the Trojans (18-13) were held off the scoreboard after a flyout.
The Mustangs got on the board in the second. Henkenius got one of his two hits in the game in the frame, and his courtesy runner, junior Colton Warrick, scored on senior Ryan Hill’s RBI sacrifice fly.
The Mustangs scattered nine hits at the plate.
Hill and Henkenius both had two hits, including a double. Hill’s RBI put PCM up 1-0 after two innings.
In the fifth, PCM went up 2-0 on an RBI sacrifice fly by Worth. Hill’s courtesy runner, sophomore Olin Meinders, scored on the fly ball. Worth had two hits and is now batting a team-best .382.
Henkenius allowed no runs on three hits with six strikeouts and five walks. His earned run average improved to 1.46.
Van Dyke threw the final inning for PCM. He struggled to get three outs after walking three batters, but he earned the save after also recording two strikeouts.
PRAIRIE CITY — The Mustangs jumped out to an early lead and then held off a late rally by Lynnville-Sully during a home non-conference game on July 5.
PCM plated five runs in the third and two in the fifth and sixth to grab a lead. The Hawks (15-7) scored all five of their runs in the final three innings.
The Mustangs had 11 hits in the game. Clark finished with three hits and an RBI, Hill had two hits, including a home run and Van Wyk collected two hits and two RBIs.
Meinders doubled, scored two runs and had three RBIs, senior Braden Phifer had one hit, one walk and one RBI and Henkenius had one hit, one run and one walk.
Phifer earned the win on the mound. He allowed three runs on four hits with 10 strikeouts and two walks in 5 1/3 innings pitched.