Grey Ghosts use pitching and hitting for wins



As baseball season moves into full swing, the Ghosts’ play last week gave opponents something to be scared of.


Grey Ghosts use pitching and hitting for wins

As baseball season moves into full swing, the Ghosts’ play last week gave opponents something to be scared of.

On April 22, Illinois Valley Central traveled to Canton to take on the Little Giants.

Taking the mound for the Ghosts was senior Chris Razo, who struck out 11 while walking three.

IVC needed only five innings to wrap up a 13-0 victory.

Leading the hitting charge for the Ghosts were senior Billy Seiler and junior Derek Sprout, each with two RBIs.

“We hit the ball extremely hard and got some walks,” coach Jerry Rashid said. “We swung the bat well, and anytime you get that with Razo on the mound, we’re usually going to get a win.”

On Thursday, the Ghosts traveled to Spring Valley Hall for a North Central Illinois Conference
doubleheader against the Red Devils.

The first game, a 5-2 win by IVC, was dominated by starting pitcher junior Cody Kentzel.

Kentzel struck out 16 batters for the game, while walking only two.

Kentzel surrendered only two hits to the Red Devils.

“He was dominating,” Rashid said. “Cody is a great competitor and was fiercely competitive that night. He threw extremely hard and had a great curveball with excellent movement.”

A little help from the Ghosts’ “Boos” propelled the team forward in the second inning.

Sophomore Dan “Boo” Semtner hit a two-run homer that also scored senior Derek “Boomer” Fleming, who reached base on a walk.

IVC added one run in the fourth when Semtner hit a sacrifice fly that scored Seiler.

“Hall played extremely well in that game,” Rashid said.

In the second game, junior Drasen Johnson took the ball and delivered seven strikeouts and one walk.

The Ghosts scored the first run of the game in the second inning when Seiler, who reached on a double and stole third, was scored on a groundout by junior Thomas Foley.

The Ghosts added two more runs in the fifth off errors for a 3-0 win.

“I think our pitching picked up our hitting that day,” Rashid said.

The Ghosts closed out the week Friday in a quickly scheduled game with a 9-1 win over Bloomington.

Leading the IVC offensive charge was Razo, who was 3-for-3 including a two-run home run that also scored senior James Lauber.

Senior Justin Parr helped out the Ghost cause by going 2-for-3 with two RBIs.

Sophomore Alex Koch started for the Ghosts and served up six strikeouts with two walks.

“Overall, great pitching was a key all week,” Rashid said. “All of our starters pitched well and went right after the hitters. We have a very strong pitching staff.”

IVC (15-2, 6-0) is set to play at 7 p.m. tonight at home against Williamsville in the next sponsored night game.

“Moving forward, we just need to continue to play consistent baseball like we are capable of,” Rashid said.

Tonight’s game is “Merchant Night” and is sponsored by area merchants, who donate field prizes to be drawn every inning.

At 7 p.m. Tuesday, the Ghosts will host Pack the Park Night against conference foe Rock Falls.