With three weeks remaining in the regular season before regionals, the high school baseball team (9-9) is sitting at .500 after playing 18 games. The team opened their week with a disconcerting 3-15 loss on Monday to Staunton, but then ousted Litchfield 7-3 on Tuesday two short weeks after losing to the Panthers 9-19.
Blake Middleton is leading the team in the batter’s box hitting .483 with 26 RBIs and 12 extra base hits including four homeruns. Eli Fox and Tate Wargo have also been top contributors at the plate tallying only five strikeouts on the season for each of them. Fox is hitting .400 with six doubles this year and 12 RBIs while Wargo is averaging .426 while leading the team in stolen bases with eight.
Rylee Bernot continues to lead the team on the pitcher’s mound with a 2.625 earned run average (ERA) in addition to throwing the most innings. Bernot has pitched over 34 innings at this point in the season recording 30 strikeouts and walking only seven batters. Wargo has thrown the second most and carries a 1.050 ERA with 24 strikeouts.
The struggle for the Miners has been the team’s defensive performance. Gillespie has committed 43 errors in the team’s 18 games this season averaging more than two each game. Nine of the team’s errors were committed in the two games earlier this week – six against Staunton on Monday and three against Litchfield on Tuesday.
The team takes the field again Saturday morning, April 23, against North Greene and has six games on the schedule next week including a double header on Saturday, Apr. 30. Gillespie is at Bunker Hill on Monday before hosting Carlinville on Wednesday and East Alton-Wood River on Thursday. The team is back on the road Friday and Saturday where they travel to Vandalia and Southwestern respected.
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