Ram baseball team hopes to stop the skid
By SUE RIEDER
Greene County’s varsity baseball team has lost their last seven games and hopes to stop the skid soon, but they have faced some very good competition. Nevada is the only team that has a losing record. The other six teams that have defeated the Rams in the last seven games (Perry, Gilbert, Carroll, North Polk, Saydel, and Southeast Valley) have a combined record of 63 wins and 21 losses. Unfortunately, Greene County’s next opponent is Roland-Story who has a 15-5 record and is seeking revenge for a Ram victory earlier in the season.
Greene County got down early as Gilbert scored nine runs in the first inning. Wes Tipton had previously had two good outings, but the Tigers got five hits and seven earned runs off of him in 2/3 of an inning. Tyler Beger came in to relieve Tipton, but Gilbert scored seven more runs in the second and third innings. Beger held the Tigers scoreless in innings four and five, but the damage was already done for the evening. Fourteen of the sixteen runs were earned, so Gilbert is a good hitting team, and they demonstrated why they are one of the top baseball teams in the conference. The Rams had four hits in the game. Riah Nelsen, Dylan McConnell, and Colton Fitzpatrick all hit singles, while Jordan Hostetler whacked a double. McConnell and Hostetler were each credited with two RBI’s, and Alex Rasmussen drove in one run.
Greene County scored a lot of runs in their non-conference game versus Carroll on June 12, but so did the Tigers. JC Weitl was the starting pitcher, and he was relieved by Daric Whipple and Beger. All of the Ram pitchers had already thrown several innings during either junior varsity or varsity games during the week, so none of them had rested arms. Greene County’s defense fell apart and committed seven errors in the game. Several Rams had multiple hits in the game. Whipple had three singles, Weitl had two singles, and Rasmussen smashed a double and a single. Fitzpatrick and Weitl each connected for two singles, and Dylan McConnell had one. Rasmussen drove in the most runs for the Rams.
Greene County had a much better game on June 13 when they played the conference leader North Polk who is ranked second in class 2A. The Comets came into the game with three losses to non- conference opponents Perry, Urbandale, and Ankeny, but had won all of the six conference games that they had played. The Rams lost 6-3, but coach Mark Sawhill was proud of his team’s effort, especially after having some rough outings previously in the week. Colton Fitzpatrick pitched the entire seven innings and did a good job holding the talented Comets to only four earned runs. Colton struck out three, walked two, and gave up 10 hits in the game. Greene County got seven hits in the contest. Rasmussen had two RBI on two singles, and Weitl had one RBI on a single and a double. Whipple, Fitzpatrick, and Jordan Challen also belted singles.
Greene County traveled to Saydel on June 16 and lost 7-2. The Eagles entered the contest with a 10-2 overall record and are 8-1 in Heart of Iowa league play. Sophomore, Daric Whipple was on the mound for the Rams and gave up seven earned runs and 12 hits, while walking four and hitting two batters with pitches. Fitzpatrick led the team with two singles. Rasmussen smacked a double, and Weitl and Beger also each added a single. Greene County scored both of their runs in the sixth inning on passed balls that went back to the backstop.
The Rams played Southeast Valley which is the combined baseball programs of Prairie Valley and Southeast Webster/Grand on June 17 and lost their seventh consecutive game. Jaguar pitchers struggled early and walked several
Greene County players. The six walks paired with some nice hits gave Greene a 5-0 lead in the middle of the third inning. The Rams gave up some hits, walked a couple, and had a wild pitch that allowed Southeast Valley to make the score 5-2 in the bottom of the third inning. After a couple of walks, an error, and a passed ball, the Jaguars took the lead 6-5 in the bottom of the fourth, but the Rams tied the score at 6-6 in the top of the fifth inning when McConnell was hit by a pitch, Hostetler was walked, Beger moved the runners on a fielder’s choice, and the run scored on a wild pitch.
Southeast Valley scored four runs in the sixth and seventh innings when the Rams gave up several walks, hit a couple of batters, and had some wild pitches and passed balls. It was not the ending that they had hoped for. Tyler Beger, Zach Fouch, and JC Weitl all pitched in the game. Beger struck out one and walked four, while giving up three hits and two earned runs in his 3 1/3 innings on the mound. Fouch came in for two innings and gave up three earned runs and two hits, while walking four, hitting two with pitches, and striking out one. Weitl finished the last 2/3 inning recording one strike out and walking one batter, but giving up no additional runs.
Jordan Challen connected for a double in the contest, Hostetler smashed two singles and McConnell, Whipple, and Beger each added one single.
1 2 3 4 5 R H E
Rams 1 0 5 0 0 Y Y Y
Gil 9 4 3 0 X Y Y Y
1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Car 6 1 5 3 0 8 23 19 2
Rams 2 4 3 1 1 0 11 10 7
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
NP 2 0 4 0 0 0 0 6 10 2
Rams 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 3 7 3
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Rams 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 5 2
Say 3 1 1 0 0 2 X 7 12 1
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Rams 0 4 1 0 1 0 1 7 6 3
SEV X 0 0 2 4 0 4 10 5 2