Baseball gaining offensive edge

Drew Veskauf TimesNewspapers
Jake Dismang, left, fields a ground ball against Morton Thursday with Mitch McIntyre coming in for back up.

The IVC varsity baseball team went 1-2 in week six of regular season action.

The Grey Ghosts earned a win over Morton but received losses to Williamsville and Roanoke-Benson. 

Williamsville 2, IVC 0

 Against Williamsville April 30, the Grey Ghosts fought hard but came up short in the end to fall 2-0.

Jarod McElyea had a solid game to have six strikeouts in seven innings.

“McElyea threw one error but other than that he pitched well. He gave up two doubles with high balls but other than that it was good,” Rashid said.

Both teams went 3-up-3-down until the fourth when Williamsville posted its two runs.

Back-to-back hits resulted in the runs but the Grey Ghost defense was able to stop the rally before any more damage was done.

IVC could not capitalize offensively and did not get a runner past third base in the seven innings.

Spencer Youngman, Seth Smith and Blake Strebel had one hit apiece.

IVC 6, Morton 0

After the loss to Williamsville, IVC came back for a win against the host Potters.

“Things went well. We were putting the bat on the ball. When you hit the ball and score some runs it’s a lot easier to play the game. It really is,” Rashid said.

“That’s the key. If we can do that we can win. (We) played some good defense. We had outstanding pitching.”

IVC’s offense came out early to score three runs in the first inning.

With runners on the corners, Jacob Dismang knocked one to right field to get Reilly Owens and Youngman home for the first two runs.

Smith was at bat next and a wild pitch allowed Dismang to steal third to set up for a run. Smith singled to the short stop and Dismang was able to get home for the last run of the inning.

IVC had another strong inning in the third with its fourth run.

Owens walked and advanced to third after a single to center by Smith.

Strebel was up next and singled to right for the RBI off Owens crossing home.

The bases were loaded after the run but two quick outs closed the inning.

Derek Meeks and Smith were on the bags to set up for runs when Mitch McIntyre grounded to second for the runs to go in.

Ben Rashid was on the mound and finished with four strikeouts and gave up only three hits for the win.

Owens went 2-for-3 at the plate and Dismang went 1-for-3 with two RBIs.

Roanoke-Benson 8, IVC 5

IVC’s second loss was against RB, 8-5.

RB rallied three runs in the first inning but IVC had a run apiece in innings 1-4 before RB tied it at 4-4.

An additional two runs by RB were added in the fifth and sixth. 

The Grey Ghosts came up short in the seventh with just one run scored to finish the game.

Josh Lingenfelter pitched three innings and Dismang was on for three and had two strikeouts.

RB had three home runs to help its win.

IVC closed with 11 hits. Smith led going 3-for-4 at the plate and Dismang and McIntyre were 2-for-3 at the plate.