After playing 5 games over the course of 7 days, the boys’ middle school baseball team is looking respectable to say the least. The team is coached by Jeremy Smith, high school baseball coach as well, and assisted by Tim Wargo.
The team started the season off with two wins on the road before coming home and dropping their first game of the season, but later grabbing a win at home before going on the road to smother Greenville.
The team started their season off against Southwestern, who has turned into a local rival over the past couple years. The lead was traded four different times Monday, August 13. The run that took the lead came from Nick Price after Dylan Penzotti batted him in on his RBI single.
Piasa was not able to come back in the extra inning game after that. Tate Wargo, 8th grader, got the 4-3 win in relief for the Indians as he pitched four innings and only allowed a single run.
The Indians trailed early 2-0 in the first inning, and was not able to light the scoreboard up on the guest side until the third inning. Ronnie Bertolino sent the Indians ahead in the sixth inning with his 2 RBI hit into right field, but the Birds tied it later in the sixth. The Indians finally buried the Birds in the final inning of play.
With a big first game win, the Indians were back in action the following night in Mt. Olive. The Bombers posed no difficulty at all for the Gillespie team as Jake Reiniesch added a no-hitter to his record book with the 18-3 shortgame win.
Not one Mt. Olive batter was able to locate a pitch from Reiniesch throughout the game. Jake recorded his momentous feat in the 4 inning game after he struck out 6 and walked 3. The Indians put on a hitting clinic in the second inning as they exploded to 13 runs.
After winning their first two conference games, the Indians played their first non-league action game at home Wednesday, August 15 against Edwardsville Liberty. Liberty came out red hot and put the Indians to shame as the pitcher threw a no-hitter in the 15-0 shortgame.
Edwardsville scored in every inning as the Indian defense struggled to make a play. The team from Liberty started the game off with 5 runs in the first inning, and then came back with 3 in the second, 1 in the third, and finally 6 in the fourth to end the game.
Standing at 2-1 now, the Indians came back to their homestead against Raymond to end the four game week last week. A nine run explosion in the second inning spurred the Indians to an 11-1 win in five innings.
Wargo gathered 2 RBI’s on two hits for the team as he singled in the second and fourth innings while Trevor Fredericks took care of business on the mound. Fredericks got the win for the Indians as he allowed one run over four innings. He struck out three, walked two, and gave up just two hits.
After a much needed three day rest, the Indians traveled to Greenville last night to take on the Comets. The Indians pounded Greenville on Tuesday 14-2 in five innings after getting off to a slow start.
Six runs in the fifth provided the gap for the shortgame after scoring 2 in the first, 3 in the third, and 3 in the fourth. Jake Vogel racked up three RBIs on just one hit for the team while Nick Price and Nick Jarman trailed with 2 RBIs a piece.
Greenville couldn’t get anything going as long as Wargo was pitching. Wargo held Greenville hitless over his two innings, allowing no earned runs, walked none and struck out none.
Price got it done on the hill on the way to a win as he started the game for the Indians. He allowed two runs over three innings, but struck out four, walked one and surrendered three hits.
The Indians are 4-1 on the season and 3-0 in the conference. Their next game will be played on Thursday, in Gillespie, against Bunker Hill. The Indians undefeated conference record will be challenged.