Sullivan Baseball Falls in 2A Regional Championship Game

•May 25, 2016•

By Matt Kracht
News Progress Sports

Postseason wins over Pana and regional host Warrensburg Latham propelled Sullivan to the Regional championship game versus Maroa Forsyth on Saturday.

The Trojans scored four runs in the first three innings and held on for a 5-1 victory. The Redskins finished the season 15-14 and have several returning starters to fill big holes left by six graduating seniors.

Sullivan entered the Class 2A Regional as the eight seed.

Pitcher Zach Hrvol for Sullivan earned a win over nine seeded Pana 4-1 last Monday. The Regional play in game at Leon Lane Memorial Field let the Redskin hosts get sweet revenge for a brutal loss to Pana in last year’s regional. Hrvol was dominant from start to finish in the complete game win. Sullivan scored four runs in the first inning, and Hrvol’s wicked over the top curveball made it stand up. Head coach Troy Rogers complemented Hrvol’s performance afterward. “Zach was dominant he looked good; he was really able to mix it up, and they were not able to square much up on him. I think he ended up with 14 K’s on the day so he really pitched a solid outing. He stayed low; pitch count he was in the 80’s and really dominated.”

The top of Sullivan’s order set the tone in the first inning with back to back leadoff hits. A dying quail and error then brought home the game’s first runs.  Read More

Okaw Valley Timberwolves Softball Wins Regional Title

Photo furnished Okaw Valley high school softball team celebrates back-to-back Regional titles.

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Okaw Valley high school softball team celebrates back-to-back Regional titles.

•May 25, 2016•

Okaw Valley Timberwolves softball team won the Regional championship in a 12-2 win over Edinburg in Bethany May 21.

Head coach Dave Benning has led the Timberwolves to two straight Regional titles.

This set up the Tuesday, May 24 Sectional match with Casey-Westfield in Altamont.

Edinburg scored two in the first inning. The Timberwolves responded with two in the second, four in the third, two in the fourth and four in the fifth innings for the win.

Maddie Perrine was on the mound five innings for the win, allowing four hits, two runs and striking out five. Read More

ALAH Knights Softball Takes Tri-County

•May 25, 2016•

Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond Knights softball scored a 14-6 win over Tri-County at Catlin May 18.

Macy Hollingsworth pitched five innings for the Knights, striking out three, while allowing six hits.

In the ALAH batter’s box Mycaela Miller went 2-3, hitting a home run, two doubles, scored two runs and got two RBIs.

Logan Kauffman was 2-3 at the plate, scoring three runs on two hits and a base on balls, with one RBI.

Shelby Frederick was 4-4 with two RBIs. She had four hits and scored three times.  Read More

ALAH Knights Softball Completes Winning Season

•May 25, 2016•

The Arthur-L/Atwood-Hammond Knights softball team under head coach Jerry Lane ended the season with a 14-10 record, following Regional tournament play at Catlin-Salt Creek.

Macy Hollingsworth pitched 69 innings for the Knights with a 6-5 record and 4.77 ERA.  She allowed 73 runs, 114 hits, of which 16 were doubles, three triples and a home run, while fanning 16 players.

Shelby Frederick pitched 53 innings for the Knights with a 5-6 record and 3.96 ERA. Of 85 hits 53 runs were scored, 18 were doubles, one triple and two home runs allowed as she struck out 47 batters.

Logan Kauffman had 39 hits in 78 at bats with two triples. She scored 30 times, had eight RBIs and stole eight bases for a .500 batting average.

Frederick had 42 hits in 81 at bats with two doubles, a triple and a home run. She scored 18 runs, had 27 RBIs and stole one base. She finished with season with .519 average. Read More

Fruchtl’s No-No and Fritz’s Power Surge OV to Regional Final

Photo furnished Regional Champion Timberwolves move on to sectionals Thursday in Danville.

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Regional Champion Timberwolves move on to sectionals Thursday in Danville.

•May 25, 2016•

By Kirk Whitaker
News Progress Sports

No­hitter.

When a pitcher allows no ­hits, that normally spells success for his team.

Beat­ down would be a more appropriate term for this one.

Behind a homer and triple by catcher Garrett Fritz, two inning­ ending­double­plays, Drew Fruchtl’s no ­hitter propelled Okaw Valley past Arthur- Lovington/Atwood-Hammond 15-­0 Tuesday night at the St. Teresa Regional semi­finals.

This set up the chance for a repeat Regional championship Saturday against one of the only three teams who had defeated them to date in Windsor/Stewardson­-Strasburg.

“I thought Drew came out really well mixing his pitches up early,” Timberwolves head coach Andrew Hagerman said. “We also gave him some good run support too. We didn’t hit bad, we didn’t hit great, but it was enough today.”

After a four­ run first, the ‘wolves hung a seven spot in the second, chasing Knights’ starter Marcus Vanausdoll from the contest and all hope of a Knight comeback as well. Read More

Lady Redskins Advance Past Villa Grove, but Fall to Tuscola in Regional Play

•May 25, 2016•

By Matt Kracht
News Progress Sports

Sullivan softball hosted a regional play-in game last Monday. The lady Redskins defeated Villa Grove 14-0 in five innings on the north diamond.  Heidi Clements tossed a shutout behind a dominant fastball.

Coach Andy Wagner noted it was the perfect final home game for his seniors. “The girls understood that now it is a one game season. They went out and played like it was their last game. If there was a way to align their last home game, it aligned pretty well for them.”

Brooke Tuttle jump-started the offense against Villa Grove with a two RBI triple to left field in the bottom of the second inning. With a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the third the Lady Redskins batted around the order.  Mackenzie Ruppert started it off with a leadoff single. Bailey Pratt followed with a single of her own, and a walk to Seleste Smith loaded the bases with no outs.   Read More

Sullivan Redskin Baseball Season’s Leaders

•May 25, 2016•

Sullivan baseball Redskins completed regular season play with a 14-13 record for head coach Troy Rogers.

Five pitchers served the Redskins on the mound, with Brett Tuttle pitching 21 2/3 innings, allowing 30 hits and eight earned runs, while striking out 20. He had a 3-1 record and 2.58 ERA.

Zach Hrvol pitched 44 1/3 innings, allowing 38 hits and 18 earned runs with 61 strike outs. He had a 4-3 record and 2.84 ERA.

Tom Schibur pitched 40 innings, giving up 32 hits and 20 earned runs. He had a 2-3 record and struck out 50 batters for a 3.5 ERA.

Dylan Liddiard pitched 26 innings allowing 30 hits and eight earned runs. He struck 23 batters out and had a 3-1 record with a 2.15 ERA. Read More

Fourth for SOV Track at CIC Shelbyville Meet

•May 18, 2016•

The Sullivan Okaw Valley boys’ track team finished in fourth place at the CIC track meet May 10 in Shelbyville.

Medal earners include Sebastian Smith and Jadon Nuzzo getting first and second place in pole vault and setting the new conference record at 12’6”.

Because Smith earned first place, he is recognized as a CIC All-Conference track athlete.

Zane Uphoff medaled in the triple jump with a second place finish.

Performances and rankings: Read More

Redskin Baseball Seniors 2016

Photo By Darian Hays Redskin Baseball Seniors Senior day was observed in Sullivan last week. Seniors from left: Dylan Liddiard, Adam White, Alec Ballinger, Austin Minnigerode, Zach Hrvol, Blake Stewart and coach Troy Rogers

Photo By Darian Hays
Redskin Baseball Seniors
Senior day was observed in Sullivan last week. Seniors from left: Dylan Liddiard, Adam White, Alec Ballinger, Austin Minnigerode, Zach Hrvol, Blake Stewart and coach Troy Rogers