Junior Jacob Herold rails out a hit for South Winn in the Warriors’ 16-1 victory over Turkey Valley at home Monday night. (Photo by Becky Walz)
Junior Jacob Herold rails out a hit for South Winn in the Warriors’ 16-1 victory over Turkey Valley at home Monday night. (Photo by Becky Walz)

Once the rains stopped and the skies cleared, the South Winn baseball team (8-0, 6-0 UIC) opened the week with a UIC doubleheader sweep over Turkey Valley (1-4, 1-4 UIC) improving at home Monday night. 

“The pitching staff continues to be a strong point with the trio of Kody Kleve, Cael Kuboushek and Jaron Todd combining to allow just one run in the two games,” praised SW Coach Alex Smith.

Game one

The Warrior offense took advantage of some free passes while also pounding out eight hits to secure the 15 run rule victory, 16-1.

Leading-off for SW, Noah Tieskoetter was hit by a pitch to take a free base. Several Trojan errors later and Tieskoetter was in scoring position to put the home team on the board. Cael Kuboushek added to the early Warrior lead as he was walked and later scored to make it 2-0 in favor of SW after one inning.

South Winn batted through its line-up in the second frame to score eight runs on three hits, three walks, a hit batter and two errors. 

“The game got away from us in the second inning, we need to make the routine plays that we can make to stay in ball games,” said Trojan Coach Stepan.

Both squads had silent bats in the third inning. Looking to swing the momentum in the Trojans’ favor, Kannon Leuenberger struck to shallow left field for a single. A long fly ball to right field by Garrett Kurtenbach looked to give Leuenberger enough room to score; however, the throw by Cael Kuboushek was on target to pitcher Kody Kleve at the plate for the out. Kurtenbach’s double eventually led to TV’s lone score of the night.

South Winn finished the first contest with six runs in the fourth to win, 16-1.

Kleve put in four innings of work on the mound to strike out nine TV batters, allowing one run on two hits and one walk. In the batter’s box, South Winn had eight hits, led by Jaron Todd who had a double and single with a pair of RBIs. With two hits apiece were Tieskoetter and Keagan Streeter. 

Turkey Valley put four pitchers on the hill including Kalvin Langreck, Carson Busta, Sam Kout and Keegan Balk. The team’s two hits came from Kurtenbach and Leuenberger.

The nightcap

In game two, the Trojan pitchers settled in and put the squads in a low scoring game. 

A walk issued to Todd in the first inning gave South Winn the early advantage once again as hits moved him around the bases, eventually scoring on a grounder by Kleve. Several short innings eventually led to the Trojans loading the bases in the top of the fifth inning. With two outs recorded, South Winn’s Todd entered the game and proceeded to strikeout the Trojan batter to shut down any rally. 

“I was very impressed on how the Trojans responded in game two and give credit to their two pitchers for keeping us off balance,” said SW Coach Smith.

Kuboushek picked up the win in nearly five innings of work, allowing two hits and walking two TV batters, while striking out six. Todd had the save with three Ks, one hit and one walk.

At the plate, South Winn collected six hits, including two by Greve. Also on the board with singles were Tieskoetter, Kuboushek, Logan Hageman and Nick Holien.

For the Trojans it was Elliott Dietzenbach suffering the pitching loss in three innings on the hill with a pair of strikeouts. In relief it was Noah Hanson giving up one run on one hit, three walks and four strikeouts.

It was a five-hit affair for TV with Balk recording a double and single. Busta, Langreck and Huinker also knocked out singles.


Next up for the squads

South Winn has three more nights of games this week that begin with a junior varsity/varsity twinbill at Kee High Thursday, June 25, at 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 26, the Warriors host Clayton Ridge for a conference doubleheader at 5:30 p.m., followed by a non-conference contest versus Wapsie Valley Saturday, June 26, with the JV and varsity squads in action at 5:30 p.m.

The TV squad will return to action versus MFL MarMac in a varsity twinbill at Monona Thursday, June 25, at 5:30 p.m. Monday, June 29, the junior varsity and varsity Trojans will venture to New Hampton for a non-conference contest at 5 p.m.