IVC baseball splits week’s games

Justin Miller
Alex Bradley takes a swing at home for the Grey Ghosts.

The Illinois Valley Central baseball team started the week with a tough loss at home April 18, 4-2, to Pontiac.

“We didn’t have many hits in that game,” coach Jerry Rashid said. “We weren’t very consistent at the plate and that’s what really cost us the game.”

Ryan Wargo started the game for the Ghosts and threw three strikeouts.

The team scored their first run when the opposing pitcher balked.

Trever Black then came up to the plate and belted a single that sent Brock Adcock around to score.

“We got a nice pitching performance from Ryan in that game, but unfortunately, we didn’t put together enough hits to get the win,” Rashid said.

The Ghosts hosted North Central Illinois Conference rival Princeton Thursday night under the lights and won, 5-4.

“Princeton was a good game for us,” Rashid said. “We had to come back from being down and we stayed in there and did that.”

Adcock started for the Ghosts and tossed eight strikeouts as he picked up the win.

The Ghosts scored their first run when Black reached base on a double.

Black rounded homeplate when Mitch Meyers came to the plate and cracked an RBI single.

The Ghosts were down, 3-4, in the sixth inning when the Princeton pitcher hit two batters and Black hit a single to load the bases.

Dan Semtner then calmly stepped to the plate and deftly batted a two-run RBI single to win the game.

“We had a couple of opportunities to score in the early innings, but they had a really good pitcher that did a good job of stopping us,” Rashid said. “The kids showed a lot of heart by not giving up and fighting back.”

The Ghosts (12-4) next play at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at home against Rock Falls.

“We need to get better at being consistent at the plate and we need to stay consistent on defense,” Rashid said. “Right now, it’s not a fun season to play because of the weather, but the kids have to continue to go out and grind out wins. If we can continue to grind, then we’ll be fine.”