Kody Kleve fired off seven strikeouts versus Sumner-Fred Wednesday in the 12-1 victory. (Photo by Becky Walz)
Kody Kleve fired off seven strikeouts versus Sumner-Fred Wednesday in the 12-1 victory. (Photo by Becky Walz)

The South Winn baseball team (21-9, 9-1 UIC) secured two nonconference wins late last week as the final push to collect victories is under way as postseason matchups were announced recently.

Five innings

Wednesday, the Warriors traveled so Sumner-Fred (5-19) for a nonconference game versus the Cougars, securing a 12-1 victory in five innings.

South Winn plated three runs in the second and exploded for seven more in the fourth frame, capping off the scoring with two in the fifth.

Junior Kody Kleve tossed a gem going the five innings, scattering three hits and striking out seven while walking just one batter. In the batter’s box, nine different Warriors connected for hits, led by Carter Wenthold’s 2-for-3 performance with two RBI.

“Our guys responded well from the tough loss on Monday,” said Coach Alex Smith. “Kody did a great job on the mound attacking the zone and letting our defense make plays.”


Nonconference split

In a non-conference showdown of two top area teams, the Warriors and Waverly-Shell Rock Go-Hawks (20-7, 13-3 NEIC) walked away with a split in the varsity doubleheader. 

In game one, it was a pitcher’s duel, as both teams combined for a total of three hits. Ethan Luzum picked up the hard-luck loss, tossing a complete game two hitter, allowing one earned run. Nick Holien had the Warriors’ lone hit in the contest.

In game two, the offenses came out early with the Warriors striking first with two runs to start the game. After surrendering the lead in the bottom of the third, South Winn came up with the big blow in the top of the fourth, scoring four runs, and added three insurance runs in the sixth inning to capture the 10-6 victory. 

Noah Tieskoetter and Jaron Todd combined for the quality outing on the mound, overcoming six errors by the defense to pitch out of some jams. 

Logan Hageman and Cael Kuboushek provided much of the offense, combining for five hits in the fifth and sixth spots in the order. 

“After not getting much going in the first game offensively, our guys were able to take advantage of some free bases early and then some clutch hitting by the middle of the lineup off the Go-Hawk top reliever was a big step in the right direction for our offense,” said Coach Smith.


This week

The Warriors hosted Clayton Ridge Monday in a conference twinbill. Tonight (Tuesday, July 2), South Winn will take on No. 6 Alburnett in a JV/varsity doubleheader at 5:30 p.m. The Warriors will then enjoy the holiday before hosting North Fayette Valley in the junior varsity/varsity contests at 5:30 p.m.