ST. MARYS — The bottom of Nodaway Valley’s batting order came up big in a 7-2 win over Iowa Christian Academy here Tuesday in a Class 1A District 13 opener.
No. 8 hitter in the order Sam Marnin delivered a 3-for-3 performance at the plate, coming up just a triple short of hitting for the cycle.
Marnin hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the second inning to put the Wolverines on the board, added an RBI single in the third inning and roped a double off the fence in the fifth inning.
“Sammy was on tonight,” Nodaway Valley head coach Dan Jameson said. “He was seeing the ball well. He took good BP today. He’s always been a real solid line drive hitter. He did a nice job and got ahold of that one in the second inning.”
No. 9 hitter Joe Herr got in on the action, too.
Herr finished 2-for-3 with a single and an RBI double.
“He’s another one that saw the ball well,” Jameson said. “You get production like that out of your eight and nine, you’ll take that all the time. They really picked us up.”
Sophomore pitcher Jackson Lamb also had a good day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with three singles.
He picked up the win after pitching 5 1/3 innings, giving up two runs on nine hits with four walks and four strikeouts.
It was the first game Lamb had pitched in several weeks because of a shoulder injury.
“Jack usually has one inning he has to settle in on, but he’s a bulldog and he bears down and gets it done,” Jameson said. “He’s an all-around competitor. This was his first game back in a couple of weeks. He really fought hard there and the guys made some nice plays behind him.”
Lamb allowed runners to reach scoring position in the first, fourth, fifth and sixth innings, but worked out of jams in the first, fourth and fifth.
He was relieved by senior Trevor Jameson after loading the bases with one out in the sixth inning. Jameson retired the next two batters to end the inning, then worked a quick three up, three down seventh inning.
“We’d been struggling a little bit here lately to finish games,” coach Jameson said. “It felt good to get it done. The guys really stepped up and hit the ball well tonight. I’m real proud of how the guys stepped up and made the plays.”
Senior right fielder Baley Shantz added an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth inning and after Jameson walked in the sixth inning, he scored on a passed ball and two wild pitches.
The win improved Nodaway Valley to 11-12 for the season, and earns the Wolverines a return trip to St. Marys to take on Class 1A eighth-ranked Martensdale-St. Marys, which defeated Orient-Macksburg 10-0 on Monday (see related story).
The two Pride of Iowa Conference opponents met back on June 27 in St. Marys, with the Blue Devils coming out on top, 5-2.
“Martensdale, they’re tough,” Jameson said. “We’ll learn from that game and see what happens. We just have to be ready to come to play and get it going.”
That game is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday in St. Marys.
Nodaway Valley 7, Iowa Christian Academy 2
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ICA 000 101 0 — 2 9 1
NV 032 011 x — 7 13 0
ICA: Cody Veach 1BB 1HBP 1K, Noah Szymanski (2) 0BB 3K, Devon Veach (3) 2BB 6K and Garrison McFarlay, Cody Veach (2). NV: Jackson Lamb 4BB 4K, Trevor Jameson (6) 0BB 2K and Joe Herr. W — Lamb. L— Cody Veach. HR — NV: Sam Marnin 1. 3B — none. 2B — ICA: Devon Veach 1. NV: Marnin 1, Herr 1. RBI — ICA: Brandon Jacobs 1, Mikey Savala 1. NV: Marnin 3, Herr 1, Baley Shantz 1. Multiple hitters — ICA: Jacobs 2, Brandon Sjullie 2. NV: Marnin 3, Lamb 3, Herr 2.