South Winn’s Ryan Hageman looks to swing at the pitch while TV catcher Kyle Reicks sets up to take a pitch. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
With two tough teams playing in Jackson Junction Thursday afternoon, it was a split between the South Winn (19-4, 8-4 UIC) and Turkey Valley (9-9, 5-3 UIC) baseball teams.
The Warriors won the first game 19-3 while the Trojans picked up the win in the second game, 11-9.
An easy one
The first game was all South Winn. The Warriors scored 10 runs in the first inning, sending 15 batters to the plate. TV answered with three runs in the bottom half the third. However, South Winn put up one in the second, six in the third and two in the fifth.
"Anytime you can jump out to a lead, especially on the road, greatly benefits a team and allows for the starting pitcher to relax and not feel too much pressure on the mound," said SW Coach Ben Obermann. "We did a nice job of putting the ball in play hard on the ground and putting the pressure on the Trojans. Our guys were very opportunistic in this game and did a nice job of taking advantage of free bases, whether it was by reaching base via the error or a base on balls. Turkey Valley gave us some free bases in this game, but we still had to capitalize by driving guys in and I was pleased overall by our hitters' approaches when they stepped in the box."
"Hard to beat any team with 11 errors, but when you play a team the caliber SW, you have no chance to win," said TV Coach Dan Stepan. "They never allowed us to even think we were in the ball game."
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