Sullivan Baseball Has Solid Defensive Outing Against Tuscola

Hart goes 4-5 in 8-0 win

April 1, 2015
by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com
There was quite a bit to like about Sullivan’s 8-0 win over Tuscola Tuesday evening.
For starters, the team defense kept the clamp down on the Warriors, backing up a solid performance at the mound by Zach Hrvol who went the distance allowing just three hits, one walk, and striking out six.
“He was very efficient all day,” said Sullivan head coach Troy Rogers. “He pitched ahead in the count and had great command of all of his pitches.” Read More

Knights Baseball Falls to Shelbyville 8-1

Photo by Keith Stewart Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond senior Tyler Schuring steps to the plate Monday afternoon. Schuring’s RBI single in the bottom of the fifth scored the Knights’ lone run of the day.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond senior Tyler Schuring steps to the plate Monday afternoon. Schuring’s RBI single in the bottom of the fifth scored the Knights’ lone run of the day.

Fifth, sixth innings the nightmare for ALAH

April 1, 2015

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

The Knights lost their third straight game Monday against perennial contender Shelbyville. Ross Ryan pitched four innings of one run baseball before a three run fifth inning, including a two run homer, ended his day. Chris Davis finished off the game for the Knights but allowed four runs in the top of the sixth putting the game out of reach. The Knights have scored two runs combined in their home contests this season something head coach Craig Moffet chalks up to facing quality pitching. Moffet acknowledged the team, “needs to improve their approach at the plate, but that is something that will come along as the season progresses.” Read More

Lady Red Fall to Tuscola in First Conference Game of the Season

Photo by Keith Stewart Sullivan third baseman Kailyn Boyer tries to make the putout at first with a throw over older sister Brittin.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Sullivan third baseman Kailyn Boyer tries to make the putout at first with a throw over older sister Brittin.

Unearned runs compound in loss

April 1, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

The only thing louder than senior Brittin Boyer’s pre-game chant Tuesday were the four errors by the Lady Red against Tuscola, whether it be a missed flyout or a grounder getting underneath a glove. The errors and lack of hustle at times helped account for six of the Warriors 10 runs as Tuscola defeated Sullivan 10-3.
“I’ve got four earned runs on the day today for them. You can attribute it to spring break and not being up and doing something. You can attribute it to nerves, playing these guys for the first time. We know we’ve got them in the regional. We know we’re going to see them probably three times this year. We just didn’t come out focused,” said head coach Ben Richter. “That first inning, letting three runs in off little flare hits that we routinely make plays on and then the floodgates opened from there, and they just chipped away, chipped away with their bunts and moving people around. And they’re a good team. They had 13 hits to our seven. But whenever their hit that is a single turns into a double or a triple, because we’re not making plays on the ball, you’re not going to win games like that.” Read More

Lady T-Wolves Take Down Windsor/Stew-Stras 10-0

Photo by Keith Stewart Windsor/Stew-Stras' Kendall Knop makes the tag-out at second on Okaw Valley's Paige Robinson Thursday evening.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Windsor/Stew-Stras' Kendall Knop makes the tag-out at second on Okaw Valley's Paige Robinson Thursday evening.

After a week of cancelled games, OV stays hungry

March 27, 2015
by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com
It may have been a blustery, cold evening in Windsor Thursday, but it only gave reason for third baseman Kayla Wheeler to bust a few dance moves in between Amanda McClain’s solid seventh inning pitches. Just a half inning before, Wheeler’s slap play helped senior Paige Harlin get to third base, and from there, Harlin tempted Windsor/Stew-Stras’ catcher to try and throw her out on each of the following pitches, advancing 10 or so feet down the line before finally walking back to the bag, smile streaked across her face. On the fourth, a wild ball low got away from Bayleigh Tabor, and the cheeky senior did more than threaten as she ran for the plate to score OV’s final run in their 10-0 victory over the Comets.
And Thursday’s victory resembled that of their season opener against Paris a week ago Wednesday, which also marked the last time the team played thanks to periodic rains canceling three games in between.
As in their 7-2 win over Paris, OV once again did most of their offensive damage in the first two innings, though this time it amounted to seven runs.
With one out in the first, Paige Robinson got things going with a walk. Senior Amy Orris then struck out, but Harlin then laced a single to left field to put runners at first and second. Freshman Natalie Jeffers drove the two in with a triple to the left center gap. Wheeler followed with a single to left to score Jeffers, and then Jessica Robinson made it a fourth consecutive hit with an RBI triple down the third base line to put OV up 4-0. Read More

Sages Steal Victory from Knights with Seventh Inning Rally

Back-to-back bunts overturn ALAH victory

March 26, 2015

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

Coming off a big win over rival Tuscola the ALAH Knights were a half inning away from staying perfect on the season with a 1-0 victory over Monticello Tuesday. Unfortunately the baseball gods had other ideas.
Tyler Schuring who pitched six innings of shutout baseball deserved a better outcome as back-to-back sacrifice bunts by the Sages in the top of the seventh turned into hits bringing home Monticello’s first run of the contest. The Sages would add another tally in the inning on a sac fly to take a 2-1 lead and were able to hold on for the comeback win.
Nonetheless, Arthur head coach Craig Moffet thought the defense played well, and that Schuring was on top of his game.
“The defense was good today. I think the guys did a good job backing each other up,” he said. “They were really engaged and ready to play.” Read More

Strong Individual Performances for SOV and ALAH

Photo by Keith Stewart ALAH junior Jakob Brewer rounds the final turn of the 4x200 relay, which finished 22nd. Brewer also competed in the 60m hurdles, in which he placed sixth with a time of 9.31 seconds.

Photo by Keith Stewart
ALAH junior Jakob Brewer rounds the final turn of the 4x200 relay, which finished 22nd. Brewer also competed in the 60m hurdles, in which he placed sixth with a time of 9.31 seconds.

Yeakley takes fourth, Uphoff earns fifth

March 25, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Neither the SOV or Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond boys’ track and field teams placed in the top half of last weekend’s Charleston Indoor Invitational at Eastern Illinois University. Out of 33 class A schools, the Redskins finished 29th while the Knights took 23rd. But that didn’t mean each wouldn’t covet a few top performances.
Junior Colton Yeakley led the immediate area taking fourth place in the shot put with a throw of 47 feet, 11 inches.
“Colton had a personal best in shot put with that throw, and there was solid competition at that meet,” said head coach Ryan Whelan. “It’s good to see his development in shot put (he threw 42 something at the same meet last year). It gives credit to the time and effort he puts in throughout the year with his throwing. It will be good to see what he starts off with throwing discus on Tuesday, since that’s been his 'better' event the last two years.” Read More

Sullivan Sends Signal to Start the Season

Photo by Keith Stewart Brody Elder rounds third and is greeted by head coach Troy Rogers after hitting a home run in just the second at-bat of the game that put Sullivan up 1-0.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Brody Elder rounds third and is greeted by head coach Troy Rogers after hitting a home run in just the second at-bat of the game that put Sullivan up 1-0.

Redskins demo Mattoon in baseball opener

March 25, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Friday evening’s season opener at Mattoon certainly didn’t appear to be so for the Sullivan baseball club.
The Redskins put on a stellar showcase all evening long, whether it was catcher Matthew Sparrow diving to catch a foul ball, Brody Elder smacking one over the left field wall in the game’s second at-bat, or Nick Frerichs knocking all the pins down with his grand slam in the fourth inning.
Those were just a few of the dozen or more game-changing plays that concluded with a 15-2 thumping of the typically formidable Green Wave.
“I think when these guys were freshmen, they had a couple close games with them and just barely lost to them,” said Sullivan head coach Troy Rogers, “so it was kind of nice to come out and get a win.”
It took no time at all for Sullivan to send a message.
After Alec Ballinger led-off with a strikeout, Elder stepped to the plate.
After a first-pitch ball, the senior smacked a foul to the left field wall.
If only it had stayed right.
The third pitch, Elder grabbed a hold of it again, this time driving it over the left field wall, tried and true, to put Sullivan up 1-0. Read More

Lady T-Wolves Open Home Season with Win Over Paris

Photo by Keith Stewart Amy Orris eyes a pitch last Wednesday evening in Bethany. Orris had two solid at-bats to bring in a couple of the Timberwolves’ runs.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Amy Orris eyes a pitch last Wednesday evening in Bethany. Orris had two solid at-bats to bring in a couple of the Timberwolves’ runs.

Solid defensive outing goes the duration

March 25, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Okaw Valley’s bats were hot to start, but their gloves were warm all evening long last Wednesday when the Lady Timberwolves opened the season at home with a 7-3 win over Paris.
The strong supporting cast was behind pitcher Amanda McClain for all seven innings, committing just one error that helped lead to one of the Tigers three runs. As for McClain, going the distance included two earned runs, six hits, five strikeouts, and four walks. Perhaps her most impressive stat was the 135 pitches she threw, all of which from the first to the last, made the glove of catcher Natalie Jeffers shed dust.
“I think she’s an experienced pitcher who will definitely battle, battle, battle,” said OV head coach Dave Benning. “What I saw late in the game is that she started to rely too much on her arm, kind of getting out of rhythm and losing her stride, but she definitely pitched well today considering not getting a whole lot of reps in preseason being a two-sport athlete. I was very pleased with her effort. We certainly don’t want Amanda throwing much more over a 100 pitches, and the same would go for Maddie Perrine or even Grace Harlin,” noted Benning. “We need to be more efficient. Not work deep into the counts.”
OV got the scoring started in their half of the first after McClain led off with a single to shallow center field. McClain would steal second  and then be brought home on Amy Orris’ double to the left field wall. Read More

Lady Redskins Defeat Cumberland 6-2 to Bag First Win of Season

Then fall in close contest on Saturday to LeRoy

March 25, 2015

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

Heidi Clements pitched seven innings without allowing an earned run while striking out four to lead the Lady Redskins to victory over the Cumberland Pirates Friday.
Last year’s contest versus Cumberland slipped away from the Redskins in extra innings, and Sullivan was determined to prevail this time around. Jordan Basset had quite a day going two for three with a double, which drove in two runs, and Elissa Stewart was three of four with an RBI and stolen base providing the catalyst at the top of the order.
Head coach Ben Richter was pleased with how his team bounced back after a tough loss in the season opener. Read More

Timberwolves Best Hilltoppers 2-1 in Pitcher’s Duel

Hagerman tallies 14 strikeouts in win

March 25, 2015

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

Two area aces faced off Wednesday in Bethany, and the results were a predictably low scoring affair that batters on both sides would like to forget.
Peyton Hagerman threw seven innings of one hit one run ball for the Timberwolves while striking out 14 batters in a virtually unhittable performance.  Okaw Valley’s head coach Andrew Hagerman was upbeat after the win by the character shown by his team.
“This win shows that we are a veteran team with a lot of character,” said Hagerman. “We had two starters from last year get sick at school today, so we were short two players, and we still manned up and made it happen.” Read More