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Le Mars Baseball Opens the Floodgates in First Game of Doubleheader Split with Sioux City West

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Le Mars and Sioux City West baseball split a very entertaining doubleheader on Tuesday night. The Bulldogs took game one by a final of 22-5 in six innings while Sioux City West got the Bulldogs in game two by a final of 6-4.

The Bulldogs just could not stop scoring in the first game. Le Mars scored four runs in the second, two runs in the third, one run in the fourth, seven runs in the fifth, and eight more for good measure in the sixth. Every spot in the Bulldog order scored a run, and all but two drove in a run at some point in the game. The 22 runs are the most for a Le Mars baseball team in a single game since July 12, 1999 when they scored 23 against MOC-Floyd Valley. Le Mars head coach Trent Eckstaine says the offensive explosion wasn’t anything special. It was just a result of his guys putting the ball in play.

Game two saw some glaring issues rear their head in the Bulldog loss. Five of West’s six runs in the second game were unearned due to Bulldog errors in the field. This happened in game one as well with West scoring four runs in an inning that were unearned. Coach Eckstaine says in a tough inning, like his team experienced, the key is limiting future mistakes that build off previous mistakes.

Despite the defensive miscues, Coach Eckstaine liked what he saw out of his starting pitchers in Trent Marienau and Brayden Dreckman. Both pitchers were hitting their spots, and coach Eckstaine says that is big when the defense has some problems.

The Bulldogs wrap up their MRAC schedule on the road on Thursday night taking on Bishop Heelan. They’ll wrap up the regular season overall with a home game against Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley on July fifth. Coach Eckstaine wants his team to focus on mitigating damage in these next few games because he knows they can’t get away with that in tournament games.

The Bulldogs are now 11-19 overall and 11-15 in the MRAC. Sioux City West is now 13-16 overall and 10-14 in MRAC play.