Sullivan Softball Holds Off Late Rally for 11-7 Win

Clements’ banner day helps seal victory

April 15, 2015

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

Sullivan survived a scare from Windsor/Stew-Stras on the road Saturday. The Lady Redskins jumped out to an early 8-2 lead, but Windsor battled back to within one run at 8-7 in the sixth inning. Sullivan starter Heidi Clements had an all-conference kind of day going 3-for-5 from the plate knocking in two RBI and sealing the win from the mound. After the win, head coach Ben Richter complimented his starter’s all-around game.
“I can’t say enough good things about Heidi. She always does a great job throwing strikes and making them put the ball in play. As our number three hitter, that is what we expect out of her. She has been doing it all year and is one of the team leaders.” Read More

Sullivan Bags 11-2 Comeback Win Over Meridian

Clayton goes 2-4 with 2RBI and a run

April 8, 2015

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

Zach Hrvol gave up one earned run over seven innings while striking out seven in a winning performance Tuesday night at Leon Lane Memorial Field.
The Meridian Hawks managed to scratch across another tally on a throwing error in the third but only managed three hits after the first inning.
“Hrvol pitched another gem,” said Sullivan head coach Troy Rogers. “He had to find it a little bit after the first, but once he locked in, he got on a roll. I thought he was going to get out of that first, but he left a 1-2 pitch up, and the kid smacked it into right field. I told him you have to make him hit one of your pitches in those situations. He did a really good job, and both his changeup and slider were working well.” Read More

Errors Help T-Wolves to Five-Run Seventh in Win Over Knights

Photo by Keith Stewart ALAH pitcher Kirk Herschberger eyes Peyton Hagerman at third base during the seventh inning Tuesday.  A three-error seventh helped the Timberwolves to five runs to take the game 10-0.

Photo by Keith Stewart
ALAH pitcher Kirk Herschberger eyes Peyton Hagerman at third base during the seventh inning Tuesday. A three-error seventh helped the Timberwolves to five runs to take the game 10-0.

Still goes the distance with 13Ks, one hit

April 8, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Okaw Valley’s 10th and final run Tuesday evening wasn’t the prettiest. After the Knights third error of the inning on the throwout at first allowed Joe Jeffers to reach base, freshman Connor Cloyd sprinted home. He would get there, too, but not before a less than graceful finish.
“I told him to get down, but I didn’t tell him to face plant,” said OV head coach Andrew Hagerman. “The face plant was his idea. I prefer for him to slide. That lightened up the dugout though.”
Not that there was much tension at that point. OV senior ace Devon Still cruised through most of the seven innings, racking up 13 strikeouts and allowing five walks and just one hit, which nearly, itself, was done away with by the solid infield defense.
The Knights lone hit came in the bottom of the third when Tyler Schuring, facing a 2-2 count, dropped a single into shallow centerfield to ruin Still’s bid at a no-hitter. Read More

Knights Baseball Drops Two in Doubleheader

April 8, 2015

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond baseball lost back-to-back games Saturday, the first 6-3 followed by a 9-4 loss to the undefeated Indians from Neoga.
Avery Schrock pitched the opener for the Knights, hurling five innings of two-run ball until a blown fair foul call cost the pitcher two runs and possibly the win.
Chris Davis started the second game for the Knights and showed he can be unhittable at times with his curve but also struggled with control issues. Regardless of the outcomes in both contests, one thing is for sure, the Knights’ bats are heating up. And head coach Craig Moffett was upbeat about how his players approached their at bats and the higher contact rate in both games.
“We are getting our timing down, and I think we are going to keep getting better as the year goes on.” Although the wins were not there this weekend, the effort from the Knights’ players was everything the coach wanted. Read More

Lady Red Post Strong Performances at Top Times Meet

April 8, 2015

Competing in the Illinois Top Times meet in Bloomington March 27, the SOV girls’ track team had several strong finishes.
Amanda McClain tied the meet record and set a new school record in the long jump with her first place jump of 18 feet, 4 3/4 inches. McClain didn’t stop there as she went on to win the 400m dash in a time of 57.52 seconds. She then made it three top medals with a win in the 200m dash (26.26). Just two Read More

Lady Knights get Signature 7-3 Win in Extras

Photo by Keith Stewart When Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond’s second baseman Brooke Tabb wasn’t making back-to-back ending inning double plays, she was stepping to the plate to crush an in-the-park grand slam to win the game in extra innings last Thursday.

Photo by Keith Stewart
When Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond’s second baseman Brooke Tabb wasn’t making back-to-back ending inning double plays, she was stepping to the plate to crush an in-the-park grand slam to win the game in extra innings last Thursday.

Brooke Tabb’s inside-the-park grand slam earns ALAH win

April 8, 2015

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond softball was down to their last out versus Oakwood trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh last Thursday. In their first year under head coach Jerry Lane the young Knights quad showed off some moxy and wisdom beyond their years. Seeing Oakwood’s pitcher tiring, the Lady Knights started to work the count, crowd the pate—anything to see more pitches.
“We could tell that she was getting tired, and we were trying to do some things to get runners on and rattle her,” said Lane. “That was our main thing; we had to get runners on.”
The bottom of the seventh inning started with a leadoff walk and a fielder’s choice advancing the runner to third. With one out, a ground ball back to the pitcher sent the runner home, but she was cutdown at the plate maintaining Oakwood’s one run advantage. Heads up base running kept the Knights’ hopes alive by advancing to second on the throw, keeping the tying run in scoring position. Enter stage right Madison Brown who came up with a clutch RBI single to center tying the game and ultimately forcing extra innings. Read More

SOV Girls Take First, Boys Finish Second at First Outdoor Meet

April 8, 2015

Hosting what was their first outdoor meet of the year, the Sullivan/Okaw Valley track team boasted a first place finish for its girls while the boys took second.
The Lady Red finished with 84 team points, ahead of both Tuscola (52) and Cerro Gordo-Bement (34). SOV took first in 12 events, including Amanda McClain’s top finishes in the long jump (17 feet, 6 inches) and 400m dash (59.32 seconds). Also nabbing two top individual medals was Emily Neuhauser in both the 100m dash (12.50) and 200m dash (26.03). Along with McClain, they joined Ashlynd Risley and Read More

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

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

OV Continues Undefeated Early Going with Conference Win Wednesday

McClain throws no-hitter in 11-1 win

April 2, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Taking on Cerro Gordo-Bement Wednesday in Bethany, the Lady Timberwolves’ bats and pitching were stronger than their six errors on the day, leading to their 11-1 six inning win to improve to 6-0 on the still young season.
The Lady Bombers scored their only run in the top of the third thanks to an infielder error and a safety squeeze to tie the game at 1-1.
OV responded in their half of the inning, scoring two with Amanda McClain leading off with a triple and soon after getting home on Paige Robinson’s fielder’s choice that ruled McClain safe at home. From there Amy Orris singled to left, and Robinson proceeded to sprint home on a passed ball.
Natalie Jeffers would later lead off the fifth with a single and then reach second on an infielder error. Paige Harlin’s groundout would then score the freshman to put OV further ahead 4-1. Read More