Grey Ghost baseball kicks off season

Drew Veskauf TimesNewspapers
Ben Rashid pitches against Mattoon. Rashid finished the game with 10 strikeouts.

The IVC varsity baseball team opened its season with a trip to Memphis, Tenn., to face tough and challenging teams. 

“The experience itself was great. The kids learned a lot and got a lot out of it,” coach Jerry Rashid said.

On the trip, the team, and parents who went with, visited the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and presented a check of $1,400 for donation.

“It was a whole bunch of mixed emotions. It was sad to see so many kids at their age so sick,” Rashid said. 

“It was an eyeopener to the kids when they hear it is 1.9 million dollars a day to keep the place running.”

The team was scheduled to play Rock Bridge of Missouri and the teams from Tennessee included Houston, Briarcrest Christian and Dyer County.

Due to weather, the game with Rock Bridge was canceled and the Dyer County game was called in the second inning due to lightning. 

The Houston team was an all-star team comprised of top players from that area. The Grey Ghosts lost the match 20-0.

In a full game with Briarcrest, IVC put up a fight but fell short, 6-3.

“That one was a good game. Jake Dismang threw a very good ball game,” Rashid said. “I was really happy the way the kids came out and did a great job.” 

Dismang finished with two strikeouts and gave up only nine hits.

Senior Spencer Youngman went two-for-four at the plate and had two RBIs.

Youngman finished with two of IVC’s runs and Andrew McMorrow had one.

IVC’s runs were scored in the top of the first and third innings. 

After the third, the IVC defense held Briarcrest in scoring.

Rashid said he hopes to continue to do the trip to Memphis in years to come.

“If I can do one every two years I would like to, that way everyone that goes through the program can do it at least once. If we could do it every year we would,” Rashid said.

Rashid also said how the support of the community was great and is thankful for all the help.

“We’re pretty lucky to have all that here at Chillicothe,” Rashid said. “The community, what they did for us to get down there, was great.”

Washington 

Showcase

The Grey Ghosts played in the Washington Showcase at Washington Community High School Saturday.

The first game was against Mattoon for a 2-0 loss.

“We really hit the ball hard against Mattoon, right at them but we hit it hard,” Rashid said.

IVC gave up one run in the second inning and another in the third. The defense was able to hold Mattoon for the rest of the game.

Senior Ben Rashid pitched the six innings and had 10 strikeouts. 

In the second game of the day, IVC faced Washington and lost 9-1.

The Panthers came out strong and posted three runs in the first inning and another four in the second.

IVC was able to get its run in across the plate in the third from Youngman and Andy Culbertson getting the RBI.

Senior Mitch McIntyre led in hits with two and senior Derek Meeks finished with one.

McMorrow pitched the six innings for two strikeouts.

The Grey Ghosts’ home opener will be at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday against Streator.

“It’s a long season and you can never get too up when things go well and too down when things don’t,” Rashid said.

“Once we get more consistency playing regularly, I think we’ll be OK.”