Park and Timberwolves Shutout Indians

Photo by Keith Stewart Second baseman Peyton Hagerman hurls the ball to first Tuesday evening. Hagerman had two clutch throwouts at first in their game against Neoga.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Second baseman Peyton Hagerman hurls the ball to first Tuesday evening. Hagerman had two clutch throw outs at first in their game against Neoga.

OV ends Neoga’s unbeaten streak

April 15, 2015

by Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

Okaw Valley baseball notched their 12th victory on the season Tuesday over undefeated Neoga 3-0. Dylan Park blanked the Indians across seven innings with five strikeouts in a complete game shutout. Drew Fructhl drove home the game winner in the third inning, and Garrett Fritz sewed it up with a two RBI double in the fifth.
Both pitchers tossed a pair of scoreless frames to start the contest before the bottom of the third when a leadoff walk and steal by Joe Jeffers set up an RBI chance for Drew Fruchtl, who drove home the game’s first run on a sharp single and advance to third on the throw home. The lone run would turn out to be all Park needed. Playing the role of insurance man Fritz hit a two-out two-run double to the gap in right center which let Timberwolves fans breathe easier heading into the final two innings.
Head coach Andrew Hagerman credited Neoga’s pitcher for making it an uncomfortable day for Okaw Valley at the dish, but in clutch times the team came up big. Read More

Undefeated Okaw Valley Sweeps Double Header Against ALAH

Photo by Keith Stewart Okaw Valley freshman Paige Robinson tries to beat out the throw to first baseman Emily Seegmiller Monday.

Photo by Keith Stewart
Okaw Valley freshman Paige Robinson tries to beat out the throw to first baseman Emily Seegmiller Monday.

Once again, big innings and bats provide win

April 15, 2015

By Matt Kracht
& Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

The Lady Timberwolves took two games in convincing fashion from Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond Monday night. Okaw Valley scored 10 runs in the bottom of the fifth to win 10-0 in the first contest and then rolled on to a 19-2 victory in the finale. Amanda McClain got her fifth win of the season and is now 5-0 leading a dangerous Timberwolves team.
But ALAH kept it competitive early in both games, yet the offensive onslaught proved too much. Timberwolves head coach Dave Benning thought the two games were a good test for his squad.
“I tip my hat to Arthur,” he said. “They came out and battled us especially well in that first game, and in the second game our offense momentum took over.” Read More

Sullivan Shows Off in Tuscola Showcase

Redskins net four big bombers Friday

April 15, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

“This kid isn’t going to ding it.”
“He ain’t no dinger.”
“Oh my god! He dinged it!”
If you were sitting in the stands of Friday evening’s Tuscola Showcase opener between Sullivan and Danville Schlarman, you too would have heard that conversation by way of a few shocked and awed Lanark Eastland baseball players waiting to take the field. The Lanark team made it just in time to see Levi Nadler demo a ball back over the left-field wall for a two-run homer, putting Sullivan up 18-0. Then Bryce Farris followed and on just the second pitch, knocked the ball over the right-field wall, much to the young spectators’ surprise.
And that was Sullivan’s fourth home run of the day in what was a 20-0 blowout aided somewhat by a strong westerly wind. Read More

Knights Finish Top Three at Home Track Invite Friday

Photo by RR Best SOV’s Jed Wheeler eyes the shot put area moments before his throw Friday in Arthur. Wheeler finished 15th out of 28 with a throw of 34 feet, 3 1/2 inches.

Photo by RR Best
SOV’s Jed Wheeler eyes the shot put area moments before his throw Friday in Arthur. Wheeler finished 15th out of 28 with a throw of 34 feet, 3 1/2 inches.

SOV boys take 11th

April 15, 2015

by Keith Stewart
keith@newsprogress.com

Competing in the annual Arthur Invite, the host’s girls finished second, the boys third, while SOV’s boys took 11th.
The Redskins’ best finish was junior Zane Uphoff’s third place in the triple jump, going 40 feet, 6 1/4 inches. He would also earn seventh in the long jump (18-10).
"Well, obviously Uphoff has been jumping pretty well and has become more consistent this season," said SOV boys' head coach John Bertetto. "He had another PR on Friday night.  We are just going to keep working to where he will hopefully have a shot at state at the end of this season."
Other top 10 finishes included Calen Landrus (9th-100m dash, 11.43 seconds), Blake Stewart (5th-200m dash, 24.11), J.T. Bland (10th-1600m run, 5:09.06), Nick Cravatta (9th-3200m run, 11:57.94), Zach Devore (9th-300m hurdles, 46.83), Ross Metzger (5th-triple jump, 39-0), the 4x100 relay (7th-48.82), 4x200 relay (4th-1:38.55), and the 4x800 relay (5th-9:54.47).
"Our kids competed pretty well on Friday night, but I was hoping we would finish with a higher team score, and we may have except for a hiccup with our 4X400m team, because they would have likely placed pretty high," said Bertetto. "We are getting more competitive, but we still have a ways to go to get where we want to be in our program. We have quite a bit of young talent that will hopefully keep improving throughout this season." Read More

Knights Ride HR Power to Victory Over Purple Riders

Photo by RR Best Avery Schrock slides into home Friday afternoon. When Schrock wasn’t sliding across the plate, he was hurling curveballs. The senior earned the win on the mound after holding Arcola to four hits over five innings while striking out three and allowing the lone run.

Photo by RR Best
Avery Schrock slides into home Friday afternoon. When Schrock wasn’t sliding across the plate, he was hurling curveballs. The senior earned the win on the mound after holding Arcola to four hits over five innings while striking out three and allowing the lone run.

Ryan, Vanausdoll tally big hits in win

April 15, 2015

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

On a windy Friday the Arthur-Lovington/ Atwood-Hammond Knights punished the baseball, earning an impressive 13-1 win over conference rival Arcola. Ross Ryan hit a two-run bomb in the bottom of the first to set the tone, and Marcus Vanausdoll ended it in style with a walk off three- run shot in the bottom of the fifth. Avery Schrock held the Purple Riders to four hits over five innings of work striking out three and allowing the lone run. The win was the second conference victory in a row for the Knights after defeating Cerro Gordo Wednesday. Read More

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

Lady Redskins Perfect in 20-0 Win Over Neoga

Photo by RR Best Sullivan’s Kailyn Boyer gets ready to take a swing during Monday afternoon’s contest against Neoga.

Photo by RR Best
Sullivan’s Kailyn Boyer gets ready to take a swing during Monday afternoon’s contest against Neoga.

Stewart’s in-the-park homer caps off performance

April 8, 2015

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

Heidi Clements and Maddie Wall combined to throw a perfect game Monday evening against Neoga. Facing the minimum over five innings without allowing a runner to reach base, the pair peppered the strike zone and trusted the defense to have their backs. Making sure the strong pitching performance did not go to waste the Lady Redskins scored nine runs in the first inning, three runs in the second, seven in the third, and one more in the fourth for good measure. Head coach Ben Richter summed the performance up nicely after the win.
“It was perfect– a perfect game between the two of them,” he said. “No one on base. Maddie Wall came in and pitched well in the fourth and fifth innings, and Heidi Clements pitched great the first three.”
The offense for the Lady Redskins was keyed by a patient approach at the plate. Neoga’s starting pitcher struggled with command all day, and Sullivan took full advantage. A leadoff walk started off the first inning rally for Sullivan’s offense, and after a stolen base, an RBI double brought home the Redskins’ first run of the game. The carousel then took on a life of its own as 11 players came to bat in the bottom of the first. The Redskins scored four runs in the first on passed balls alone racking up five walks in the frame. Coach Richter commented that some of the patience came out of necessity. Read More