Trevor Schweinefus squares around for a bunt in a recent game. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
It was a busy five-game stretch for the South Winn baseball team (16-3, 5-3 UIC) as the Warriors seized the last Valley Invite title.
Thursday the Warriors traveled to New Albin to take one with Kee High (14-6, 6-2 UIC). In the first game the Warriors won 6-0. The Warriors scored a run in the second, three in the third, one in the fifth and one in the seventh. Colton Hageman was 2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and a stolen base. Jared Schroeder, Jordan Rommes, Christian Kleve, Andre Walz and Isaac Taylor all had one hit. Trevor Schweinefus was the winning pitcher. He gave up just three hits in the complete-game win.
"Trevor was dominant on the mound, and he did everything we asked of him and more," said Coach Ben Obermann. "We talk a lot about the importance of a first pitch strike, and against a very good offensive team like Kee High, the importance is that much higher. Trevor was consistently up 0-1 or 1-2 in the count, and when a pitcher is able to do that regularly, there are so many options of what to throw and it makes the hitter have to think that much more."
In the second game a rough second inning doomed the Warriors in a 9-12 loss. After South Winn scored four in the top of the second, Kee put up eight to take a lead and never look back.
"It was a very tough and frustrating end to the doubleheader. When you win the first game of a doubleheader, it is always tough to settle for a split, especially when you jump out to a four run lead like we were able to do," said Obermann. "Unfortunately, our pitching that had been so great through the first seven conference games was just not there in this one. We gave up way too many free bases to the Kee High hitters, whether it was via the walk, hit-by-pitch, or by an error defensively."
The Warriors had a season-high 17 hits. C. Hageman went 4-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Isaac Taylor was 2-for-5 with a run and an RBI. Schroeder, Rommes, Kleve and Tyler Numedahl all had two hits. Rommes and Wyatt Opperman both pitched in the game.
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