IVC baseball wins three, including Rashid’s 200th
The Illinois Valley Central baseball team started another successful week by trouncing North Central Illinois Conference rival Spring Valley Hall at home April 12.
“The kids really kept in stride with Hall during that game,” coach Jerry Rashid said. “Hall made some great defensive plays, so we had to get some clutch hitting to win.”
Brock Adcock took the mound for the Ghosts and threw nine strikeouts as he picked up the win in the 6-2 decision.
Alex Bradley went two-for-three from the plate and Kyle Kentzel added two RBIs.
Jordan Johnson also chipped in two RBIs.
The Ghosts then welcomed Olympia to town Wednesday for the team’s first night game of the season.
Under the lights, starter Braden McIntyre threw six strikeouts as he earned the win in the 2-0 victory.
“That game really rested on Braden’s shoulders,” Rashid said. “He went out and pitched a great game. He was a total warrior on the mound.”
Tyler Myers put up a run for the Ghosts in the third inning when he blasted an RBI double that scored courtesy runner Tommy Jenkins.
“Anytime you win close games is a good sign,” Rashid said. “It was nice to see the kids stick in there and get a close win.”
The Ghosts headed to Spring Valley Hall Thursday and won the rematch, 9-1.
Mitch McCready started for IVC and pitched 12 strikeouts as he garnered the win.
“We started out slow but we were able to put our hits together and have some big innings,” Rashid said.
Dan Semtner helped the offense by going two-for-three from the plate, including two RBIs.
Mitch Myers added three hits and three RBIs for the day.
The Ghosts (11-3) next play at 7 p.m. Thursday at home against Princeton.
Rashid wins No. 200
When IVC beat Spring Valley Hall April 12, it not only marked a huge win over a conference foe, but also coach Jerry Rashid’s 200th win with the IVC baseball program.
“It’s a great tribute to all the kids that have been in our program over the years,” Rashid said. “I’m excited that I got my 200th win at IVC, but without my assistant coaches and the kids I’ve had in the program, there would be no 200th win and the program would not have had the success it has had.”
Rashid helped the Ghosts win a State championship in 2006.
Rashid led the Ghosts to a third-place finish in the State last season, as well as a second-place finish in 2008.
“It’s been a pure pleasure to have coached IVC,” Rashid said. “It’s an honor to go out every day and wear the Grey Ghost logo. We have great kids and great coaches at all levels of the program and that’s why we’ve had such success.”