North Mahaska faced one of the toughest pitchers in the area Tuesday and came up on the short end 14-1. Pleasantville’s Jake DeJoode held North Mahaska to three hits and struck out seven for the victory.
“We were facing their No. 1 pitcher and we did not execute at times,” said NM coach Kevin Kelderman. “We walked too many and did not get to balls like we should.”
Kelderman told his team to forget about this game and get ready for the next one, which was a game at Colfax-Mingo scheduled for Wednesday.
Jayden Stout could not get out of the first inning. He walked four of the first five batters he faced and gave up a single. By the end of the inning NM trailed 6-0. North Mahaska saw the first six batters go down in order as DeJoode maintained control.
Three walks, two singles and a ground-rule double allowed the visiting Trojans to tack on five more runs in the third and another in the fourth. Dodge Duke reached on an error in the bottom of the four inning for NM. Jaydyn Steil singled and stole second. When Pleasantville tried to throw out Steil, Duke raced home. But the Warhawks could produce no more runs. Drake Hall opened the NM sixth with a single but was forced out on Lucas Nunnikhoven’s ground ball.
Leadoff hitter Trevor Daggett led Pleasantville with two singles and a double with three RBIs. Stout took the mound loss with Nate Sampson and Nolan Andersen also throwing.