IVC picks up a pair of wins

Drew Veskauf TimesNewspapers
IVC’s Mitch McIntyre pitches from the mound Friday at Metamora.

Connecting at the bat and a well organized defense allowed the IVC varsity baseball team to earn two wins in week seven of regular season action.

The Grey Ghosts received three losses in the week but were close matches. One hard-fought loss came in the first CiProud.com Challenge held at Dozer Park. 

IVC 11, Manito 0

Against Manito, May 5, IVC was victorious in an 11-0 shut out.

The Grey Ghosts were able to muster 11 hits and Ben Rashid on the mound had a near perfect game with nine strikeouts but earned the no hitter.

In the first two innings, IVC rallied three runs apiece and added another one in the third.

Two more runs were scored in the fourth and sixth.

Rashid and Blake Strebel went 2-for-3 at the plate and Seth Smith was 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

Mitch McIntyre was 1-for-2 and was able to round in three RBIs off his hit.

Reilly Owens and Derek Meeks had two RBIs apiece off one hit.

The IVC defense allowed only one man on base from an error.

Manito finished the game with five errors.

Rockridge 1, IVC 0

The Grey Ghosts received a 1-0 loss when hosting Rockridge May 6.

“It was a good baseball game. It was a great game for both teams. We played them before. But we got beat in a Sectional game in 14 innings the same way. Our kids played extremely well. I was very proud of them,” coach Jerry Rashid said.

The game was scoreless for seven innings and in the top of the eighth, Rockridge was able to get the winning run in off a suicide squeeze with two outs.

IVC struggled at the plate and only gathered four hits and had eight strikeouts.

“We didn’t have a lot of good chances and either did they. But, I thought defensively, when they did have good chances, we made every play,” Jerry Rashid said.

The aggressiveness of the Grey Ghost defense stopped Rockridge from scoring on multiple attacks.

In the top of the second with the bases loaded, a grounder to first allowed Jake Dismang to whip one into Strebel behind the plate to get the runner out at home.

In the seventh, IVC was able to get a base runner out with two outs after an attempt to steal third to close the inning.

Spencer Youngman and Dismang had one hit apiece and McIntyre had two hits.

“We had some very 

good hits but they got held up in the wind and right at them,” Jerry Rashid said. “There was some very good hits by us.”

IVC 10, Farmington 7

The second win was gained when hosting Farmington Thursday.

Seth Smith earned the win on the mound after pitching four innings for two strikeouts. Cameron Owdom pitched four innings and finished with two strikeouts.

IVC had 13 hits to Farmington’s 11.

The Farmers started the scoring with two runs in the first but IVC responded with two in the second to tie.

In the third, Farmington posted another four and the Grey Ghosts came back with a game-high inning of seven runs.

Farmington’s last run was in the fourth  and IVC posted another run to the board in the sixth.

Youngman went 2-for-4 with triples on each hit.

Meeks lone hit was a single but was able to put three runners in across the plate.

Dismang, Strebel and Owens had two hits apiece and one RBI apiece. 

Metamora 8, IVC 1

The IVC defense had a rough time dealing with the Redbirds in the first inning Friday at Al Mulberry field.

Metamora posted five runs in the first. The first two at bats were out by plays in the field but a triple to center and a line drive to left put the first run in. 

Another three runs were added but Dismang, on the mound, was able to strikeout the ninth at bat before any more damage was done.

“The first inning was a bad inning for us,” Jerry Rashid said. “It’s going to take a lot to get some runs. That first inning we just didn’t really perform.”

Down 6-0 in the top of the fourth, IVC was able to pull together for its lone run.

Smith hit a line drive to right for a single and Dismang walked to get runners on first and second. Strebel was at the plate next and knocked one to right field for a double and for Smith to cross the plate.

The Grey Ghosts loaded the bases again in the sixth from hits by Smith and Dismang but two flyouts stopped the inning before any runs could be scored.

McIntyre was sent to the mound in the sixth and struckout his first batter swinging. A double and a walk was given up but McIntyre was able to get one more strike out before the inning was over.

“It was good for Mitch to get on the mound. Because he can throw, he can throw well. It’s a good plus for us,” Jerry Rashid said.

Dismang finished with two stirkeouts and the loss. 

“After the first inning, (Dismang) threw a very good ball game. And that’s something that we kind of expect out of him,” Jerry Rashid said.

Smith accounted for two hits. Strebel and Meeks had one hit apiece.

Normal U-High 1, IVC 0

IVC connected at the plate and outhit University High 7-2 and Ben Rashid finished with seven strikeouts, but came up short in the long run to lose 1-0 in the last game of the CiProud.com Challenge Saturday.

“I was really proud of our community, our Chillicothe fans. They were the largest crowd down here out of all the games and that’s because of Chillicothe,” Jerry Rashid said.

Ben Rashid was on the mound for the seven innings and made the strikeouts when needed.

In the first, Ben Rashid walked two but came back with strikeouts on the next two. A walk loaded the bases but a grounder to the mound put out the runner at first out to close the inning.

“Defensively, we played well. We had some really nice plays. I thought (Ben Rashid) threw extremely well and I didn’t even think he had his best stuff either.” He threw well with a two hitter,” Jerry Rashid said.

IVC’s first hit came in the second by McIntyre but the Grey Ghosts could not develop on it for a run.

In the fifth, U-High put its lone and game-winning run in after a man was on first from a grounder to left and two at bats later, a triple was able to put him home.

The last chance for the Grey Ghosts in the seventh was halted from a Pioneer double play and one last out at the plate.

McIntyre led at the plate going 2-for-3. Youngman, Dismang, Jack Mellen, Owens and Meeks each had one hit apiece.

“I believe this is a prelude to the state tournament. I told the kids this is exactly what it’s going to be like. You’re going to have good pitching and you have to execute the bunt and base running,” Jerry Rashid said.