IVC baseball wins three games
Illinois Valley Central began an up-and-down week by taking down St. Bede, 9-6, April 5 on the road.
“I thought we played really well offensively,” coach Jerry Rashid said. “Our bullpen had some trouble finishing up the game but Trever Black came in and did a nice job in the seventh to get the save. Overall it was a pretty good game.”
Brock Adcock took the starter spot for the Ghosts and pitched a solid five innings with 11 strikeouts before being relieved by Ryan Wargo.
Black went three-for-five from the plate in the team’s first North Central Illinois Conference game.
Cam Wilmington helped the team by going two-for-three from the plate and Adcock cracked two doubles for the game.
The team headed to Streator Wednesday and lost, 7-5.
“We didn’t hit the ball well and when we did, it was too little too late,” Rashid said. “We had a chance to tie it or take the lead in the seventh when we had the bases loaded, but we only got one run out of the situation. We probably didn’t have our best effort in that game.”
Tyler Myers took the mound for the Ghosts and struck out five batters through four innings.
Black tried to pick up the team offensively by going two-for-three from the plate and Kyle Kentzel cracked two hits in four plate appearances.
The team hosted St. Bede Thursday and won a close 1-0 decision.
Braden McIntyre started for IVC and recorded 13 strikeouts as he picked up his third win.
“Braden was really the key for us in that game,” Rashid said. “We had some faulty defense so he had to strap the team to his back and get out of some jams. He was in total control that game.”
IVC scored when Semtner reached on an error and Myers doubled him home.
The team hosted Putnam County Saturday and split a doubleheader.
IVC won the opening game, 6-1.
Nick McCready took the mound for the Ghosts and earned the win with three strikeouts.
Black had a perfect day at the plate by going three-for-three, including two doubles and one RBI.
Kentzel drove in two runs and Semtner and Matt Welch each drove in one run.
“We came out and had great pitching and got timely hits,” Rashid said.
The Ghosts lost the second game, 5-4.
Wargo started for IVC and threw four strikeouts.
Kentzel helped the team by going two-for-three from the plate.
Semtner blasted a three-run homerun for the Ghosts in the sixth inning.
“We faced their number one pitcher with some guys that normally don’t play as much,” Rashid said. “We had a really good effort and really, our pitchers pitched a pretty good game overall.”
The Ghosts (8-3) next play at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Spring Valley Hall.
“We need to get better defensively,” Rashid said. “Right now, we have too many errors to play on a championship level. If we can improve our defense, I think we’ll have another good week.”