The Belmond-Klemme baseball team hosted the Warhawks of West Fork June 24.
The Warhawks jumped to an early lead as three runs came across to score at the start of the game. The Broncos answered back when Cole Nelson reached first base after he was hit by a pitch. Nelson scored off a Warhawk error.
WF added another run in the fourth, three runs in the fifth and one more run in the sixth to push the score to 8-1. Tough defense by the Warhawks made it difficult for B-K to reach base.
The Broncos made one last effort in the seventh. Easton Barrus and Nelson each singled and scored, but that would be all the closer the Broncos would get. B-K lost 8-3.
On the following night, the Broncos traveled to Rockford for the second conference game of the week. Both teams went back and forth with great defensive plays and outstanding pitching.
Cole Nelson was pitching a shut-out heading into the bottom of the third. Errors and hits late in the inning allowed four Warrior runs to cross the plate, making the score 4-0. The Broncos struggled to get the bats going until the top of the sixth. Annika Nelson was hit by a pitch to reach first base. Jaace Weidemann singled to the outfield, pushing pinch runner Juan Gomez into scoring position. Easton Barrus’ shallow pop fly dropped, and Gomez crossed the plate to put B-K on the scoreboard, 5-1.
The Warriors added three runs in the sixth. B-K had one last chance as Tucker Kroeze started the seventh inning with a single. Kroeze scored on a single by Mitch Hill. However, Hill was left stranded as B-K lost 8-2.
The Broncos traveled to Eagle Grove June 26 for a cross-county rivalry game. The Broncos had an impressive night.
Easton Barrus led off the first inning with a double to left center field, but was left stranded. Barrus took to the mound and gave up two runs early from one hit and two errors.
B-K answered back in a big way in the second inning. Mitch Hill led off with a double that nearly cleared the left field fence. Annika Nelson follow with a single that scored Hill.
Another Eagle run scored in the bottom of the second before the Broncos added seven runs in the third. Jaace Weidemann doubled to start off the inning and stole third base. Barrus’ sacrifice fly to deep left scored Weidemann. With two outs, the Eagles intentionally walked Tucker Kroeze. Max Beminio made the Eagles pay with an RBI double to the outfield. With runners in scoring position, Mitch Hill singled, followed by hits from Juan Gomez, Caydon Christensen and Jordan Meyer that pushed the score to 6-3. Barrus followed up with a single that scored the remaining Broncos, and B-K took a commanding 8-3 lead.
However, the Broncos were not done scoring. In the fourth, Kroeze launched a ball over the left field fence for his first home run of the season. The Eagles were shut out by Barrus, who had five strikeouts in two innings.
In the fifth inning, Weidemann led off with a double to the outfield, followed by Barrus’ double. Cole Nelson scored Barrus on a single, and came around to score himself on a single by Beminio. In all the Broncos added five more runs to make the score 15-3. Barrus had six strike-outs in five innings as B-K took the conference win.
In the final game of the week, the Broncos hosted the Bearcats of North Butler June 28. The Broncos struggled to get the bats going until late as NB kept B-K off balance the whole night.
NB took advantage early and scored one run in the first inning. B-K just made too many mistakes in the third, giving up seven runs to fall behind 8-0.
The Broncos finally scored in the sixth inning. Cole Nelson started off with a walk and scored on a single by Max Beminio. Beminio and Tucker Kroeze scored, thanks to a sacrifice by Annika Nelson and a wild pitch.
But the Bearcats would not let the Broncos get any closer, taking the win 9-3.