Timberwolves Bats Shine in Statement Win over Rams

Photo by RR Best Timberwolves’ Austin Hill’s determination gets him to the bag just as the throw arrives in Okaw Valley’s win over Shelbyville.

Photo by RR Best
Timberwolves’ Austin Hill’s determination gets him to the bag just as the throw arrives in Okaw Valley’s win over Shelbyville.

•April 20, 2016•

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

Okaw Valley baseball knocked off crosstown rival Shelbyville 13-3 in impressive fashion Saturday.

Garrett Frtiz allowed two earned runs over five innings to get the win in a quality start.

The Timberwolves’ offense exploded for 10 runs in the fifth inning after a stretch of base hits head coach Andrew Hagerman said was a long time coming.

“We went on a streak of hitting there in the fifth that I have not seen in a long time. It was just single double, double after double line drives really solid hits. No lucky hits or bloopers. We just really took a good approach in that inning and one through nine came up with some big hits,” Hagerman said.

Shelbyville manufactured a run in the first inning to take the early lead.  Okaw Valley responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning thanks to an RBI double by Dylan Park.

The Rams added two more runs in the second after a throwing error by the pitcher set up a first and third situation with no outs. A drag bunt for a base hit loaded the bases before a two RBI single made it a 3-1 contest.   Read More

Fourth Inning Boosts Knights to Win

•April 20, 2016•

Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond Knights baseball used a fourth inning boost for an 11-10 win over Cumberland at home on Saturday.

Arthur led scoring in the first inning with the Pirates getting five runs in the second, two in the third and three in the fourth innings. That’s when the Knights started marching back.

After single scores in the first three innings ALAH had a six run fourth inning, pumping energy into the team. That was followed by two in the fifth and a one run sixth inning on nine total hits for the win. Read More

Redskins Fall to Raiders in Conference Play

•April 20, 2016•

By Matt Kracht
NP Sports Reporter

A four run sixth inning Redskin rally came up short in a 10-4 loss against Central A&M April 15. Sullivan starter Tommy Schibur battled against tough luck and a small strike zone all day while the Raiders’ starter allowed just one hit over the first five innings.

Sullivan head coach Troy Rogers said before the game shortstop Brett Tuttle had to be removed from lineup due to possible injury. “We are waiting to hear because we don’t want it to get worse until we find out for sure. I talked it over with my seniors and asked what they thought. We came up with a game plan.”

The Raiders got to Schibur in the first inning after a dying quail fell for a base hit to right field to bring home the game’s first run. A walk followed and the Raiders capitalized with an RBI single to make it 2-0. An infield single loaded the bases, and a second walk brought home a third run.  Schibur notched a big strikeout to end the inning and limit the damage.  However, the Raiders scratched across another run in the second inning to make it 4-0. Coach Rogers commented that Central AM makes you pay for mistakes. “They did a good job of getting runners on and they are fast. They do a good job putting pressure on your defense. That was Hrvol’s first start at third all year. I had to bring up Dalton Rogers who is a freshman to play second, and that was a last minute change.”   Read More

Okaw Valley Shuts Out Beecher City

•April 20, 2016•

Okaw Valley Timberwolves shut out Beecher City 10-0 in Wednesday, April 27 baseball action.

The Timberwolves opened the first inning with two runs, scoring three in the second and third innings. They finished off the Eagles, scoring one run each in the fourth and fifth innings.

Dylan Park pitched four innings, allowing only one hit. He threw nine first pitch strikes and recorded nine strikeouts. Read More

Defense Drives Redskins Past Shelbyville

•April 20, 2016•

The Redskins baseball team beat the Shelbyville Rams 5-1, improving Sullivan’s record to 9-3 and 3-1 in the conference.

Pitcher Zach Hrvol went the distance striking out 12. He threw 64 strikes in 91 pitches, allowing one run on six hits and one base on balls.

Coach Troy Rogers pointed out several great plays on defense made the win possible. That included Alec Ballinger throwing one out at the plate and making a game saving catch.

Tom Schibur made a throw to cut a runner down at home and followed it up with a diving stop to save a run for a great all around team effort and win. Read More

Second for SOV Boys’ Track Team

•April 20, 2016•

Sullivan Okaw Valley boys’ track competed at Warrensburg April 12 finishing in second place with 79 points.

Boys who earned points individually:

Luke Bowman: fifth 100m 11.91; Payton Westjohn: fourth 200m 25.43; Josh Ernst: sixth 200m 26.74, third discus 108’7”; Isaiah Plank: fourth 400m 59.52, 3rd 3200m 11:13.02; Cullen Dyer: fifth 400m 1:00.70. Read More

Big Charleston Inning Topples Sullivan

•April 20, 2016•

Charleston’s 11 run second inning was more than the Sullivan Redskin baseball team could recover from in the 16-3 home loss April 14.

After no score in the first, the Trojans went on a hitting steak that knocked Redskin pitcher Zach Sowers off the mound after two innings. Austin Minnegerode relieved for 1.1 innings as the Charleston team kept hitting. Alec Ballinger finished the game in 1.2 innings getting four strikeouts.

Charleston added two in the second and three in the fourth for 16, with the Redskins scoring a run in the fourth and two in the fifth inning. Read More

Two Wins For Sullivan at Tuscola Showcase

Photo by Darian Hays Redskin pitcher Dylan Liddiard did the five inning stretch against the Storm, getting eight strikeouts, allowing four hits and one run.

Photo by Darian Hays
Redskin pitcher Dylan Liddiard did the five inning stretch against the Storm, getting eight strikeouts, allowing four hits and one run.

•April 13, 2016•

Sullivan baseball team’s trip to the Tuscola Showcase let the Redskins showcase some talent.

Sullivan came away April 8 with a big 11-1 win over Danville Schlarman and followed up Saturday evening with an 8-4 win over Salt Fork.

Dylan Liddiard pitched the five inning game for the Redskins, giving up four hits, throwing 39 of 65 strikes with eight strikeouts. Liddiard gave up one run and four walks in the game.

Depmatt and Rongy split pitching duties for the Hilltoppers. Depmatt gave up nine runs on four hits in 2.1 innings while getting three strikeouts. Rongy pitched 1.2 innings giving up two hits and two runs.

Alec Ballinger and Zach Hrvol scored home runs in the game.

Ballinger had two hits, scoring three runs with one RBI. Hrvol got a hit, two RBIs and scored twice.

Brett Tuttle scored one run following a base on balls. Bryce Farris scored one time following a  walk.  Read More