HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL
By Brandon Hurley
The Greene County baseball team earned a split in the Kuemper Invite Saturday in Carroll, falling 16-5 to tournament host, Kuemper Catholic before dismantling Carrol Highl, 15-2 in game two.
After taking an early 1-0 in the top of the first inning, the Rams (7-14) surrendered 15 runs over the next two innings and fell into a hole they’d never climb out of in the tournament opener against the Knights. Greene County was able to string together four runs in the fourth inning, but the double digit deficit was too much to overcome and the game was called after five innings.
Junior Dylan Fouch was shelled for 11 hits and 14 earned runs in just an inning and a third of work.
Sophomore Ben Wilkens came in for relief, pitching two and two-thirds innings, allowing no runs on three hits.
The Ram offense mustered just three hits in the loss. Senior designated hitter Branden Miller collected a pair of singles and knocked in a run. Shortstop Reid Lamoureux contributed a double and a run scored.
Junior Chase Stoline seized his moment to shine in game two Saturday, collecting four hits from the lead-off spot in the Rams 13-run win over Carroll. The senior center fielder stroked two doubles to go with two walks.
Junior Calvin Skalla, batting in the seven hole, added three singles to the hit total.
The Rams scattered 18 hits for the game and locked up the victory with six runs in the top of the seventh inning. In all, seven Greene County batters contributed multiple hits. In addition, Wade Adcock, Austin Delp and Ben Bravard knocked in two runs apiece.
Junior starter Logan Kohl threw a complete game, six-hitter, striking out three and allowing no earned runs.
TIGERS HALT GREENE COUNTY’S WIN STREAK
Saturday’s tournament split came on the heels of a narrow, 4-3 loss to Gilbert at home Friday, ending the Rams’ three-game win streak.
The two Heart of Iowa Conference foes played the opening two innings to a scoreless tie before Gilbert ran across a single run in the third and three more in the fourth. Greene County put pressure on the visiting Tigers with two runs of their own in the fifth, but after a scoreless sixth inning, could only muster one more run in their final at bat of the night.
Senior Tyler Beger led the Rams offensively, knocking in a run on two hits. Adcock threw six and a third innings, allowing three runs on 10 hits while striking out four.
The Rams are back in action tonight as they host Heart of Iowa Conference foe, North Polk for senior night. First pitch is set for 7:30.