SW’s Sam Conway slides into third before the Kee tag is slapped down Friday night in the UIC twinbill. (Photo by Becky Walz)
SW’s Sam Conway slides into third before the Kee tag is slapped down Friday night in the UIC twinbill. (Photo by Becky Walz)

Five games in four days did not phase the No. 4-ranked South Winn baseball team (5-0, 3-0 UIC) as it finished out its opening week of games with three wins.

Road shutout

The Warriors finished out a three-game road trip with a 13-0 victory over Clayton Ridge (0-4, 0-4 UIC) in six innings Thursday evening.

The game was tied at zero entering the fifth inning before the Warriors struck for four runs and then sealed the win scoring nine more in the top of the sixth. 

Cael Kuboushek tossed a gem in his first start of the season going 5-2/3 innings striking out four and not surrendering a run. Pitching in relief was Jordan Buchheit.

In all, the Warriors had 12 hits, as Seth Greve provided a big spark offensively with two doubles and four RBIs. Jaron Todd contributed a triple and two RBIs with a trio of stolen bases. Also knocking out a double was Logan Hageman. Noah Tieskoetter and Briar Tigges also had a pair of singles, while Kuboushek and Kody Kleve each had one hit.

For the second game in a row, the Warriors committed zero errors on the defensive side. 

 “Three games on the road in three days provides quite a challenge. The Clayton Ridge starting pitcher did a great job mixing pitches and locating, and we struggled to get much going for the first four innings,” said Coach Alex Smith. “I give Cael Kuboushek a lot of credit for this win with how he matched the Clayton Ridge ace zero for zero. It was great to see us breakout with the big inning in the fifth.”


Fourth day in a row

Finishing up the first week of competition, South Winn snared two UIC wins from Kee High on the Warriors’ home turf, 3-2 and 2-0.

Game one was a pitchers dual between the Warriors’ Ethan Luzum and Kee High’s Cade Rasque. A couple untimely errors put South Winn in a 2-1 deficit heading to the bottom of the seventh inning. Logan Hageman and Carson Wenthold reached base on walks with one out in the seventh to start the rally. Keagen Streeter’s line drive single to left field to score the game tying run and loaded the bases for Jaron Todd to bring in the walk off win with a sharply hit ground ball that wasn’t fielded cleanly by the Kee infielder allowing Carter Wenthold to score the winning run.

Starting pitcher Ethan Luzum rang up 12 batters in his six inning on the hill with Todd picking up the win on the mound in the seventh frame.

South Winn’s three hits in the contest were provided by Tieskoetter, Kuboushek and Streeter. On the base paths, Sam Conway stole three bases, while Jacob Herold took two.

The second game of the conference doubleheader featured another pitchers’ duel between the two teams as Kee High managed to get the tying run at second base in the top of the seventh. Firing bullets under the pressure, Tieskoetter struck out the next two Hawk batters to complete the shutout.

It was a nine strikeout, two hit appearance for Tieskoetter on the mound for the win. At the plate Streeter and Todd each hammered out a double with the Warriors’ final hit coming from Kuboushek.

“This was a big conference doubleheader early in the season and we were fortunate to walk away with a couple wins. I was very impressed with Kee’s pitching, and our pitchers matched them pitch for pitch,” said Coach Smith. “Ethan and Noah were outstanding in the start and Jaron continues to play a critical role for us in relief. To win in the walk-off fashion that we did in game one and have a young player like Keagen Streeter come in with a big pinch hit made for some great confidence to the team for late game moments.”

Next up

South Winn will have games five days this week. The Warriors opened the week as hosts to Turkey Valley Monday night in a varsity twinbill. Tonight (Tuesday, June 23), South Winn welcomes North Fayette Valley to Calmar for another UIC doubleheader at 5:30 p.m.