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Roundup: Coal City, Minooka baseball get nonconference wins

In area baseball action on Monday, both Coal City and Minooka got non-conference wins while GSW lost a River Valley Conference game to Beecher.

Coal City 8, Streator 1

On Monday at home against the Bulldogs, the Coalers got the nonconference victory behind the pitching of Brad Littleton and Zack Mellen. Littleton went the first 4 1⁄3 innings before giving way to Mellen, who finished.

At the plate, D.J. Budde was 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI, Ricky Collins was 2-for-2 with an RBI, Lane Cowherd had a hit and three runs scored and Alex Wills had a double and an RBI.

“We played a very good all-around game,” Coal City coach Jerry McDowell said. “Timely hitting and the pitchers threw consistent strikes. We are doing a lot of little things right early in the season.”

In the frosh-soph game, Coal City won, 2-1, with Matt Gubelman fanning 13 in seven innings on the mound. He allowed two walks and two hits in picking up the win. Gubelman also doubled at the plate.

Ryan Horrie, Dean Moir and Paul Jones also had hits for the Coalers.

Minooka 7, Lincoln-Way East 5

The Indians pounded out 13 hits in back of winning pitcher Tyler Paulsen.

Joe Butler led Minooka with two home runs, a single and three RBI at the plate while Jon Vesper also homered. Cristian Sanchez also had a single and a double and Tyler Desmarias, Cole Thompson and Paulsen had two singles each.

Paulsen went the first three innings before being relieved by Joe Butler and Trevor malt eventually came on and got the save.

Beecher 8,


The River Valley Conference game was tied, 3-3, in the fifth inning when the Bobcats broke through against GSW relief pitcher Blake Marks. He was on in relief of starter Brendan Elens.

“Brendan’s pitch count was getting high and if it was not the first game of the year, I would have let him go longer,” GSW coach Todd Grieff said. “Blake simply didn’t have his good stuff today.”

At the plate for the Panthers, Jeremy Kunz hit a home run, Jordan Wilkey had a double and a single and Kyle Robison also had two singles.

Dwight 9,


The Trojans won the non-conference game behind two hits each from Ryan Folkers and Karsen Kopmann. Both of Kopmann’s hits were doubles, and Folkers added a double, too.

Folkers and Ryan Gaston had two runs scored each.

Chris Peck, Owen Pulver and Connor Gantzert shared the pitching duties.

Coal City 13,

Prairie Central 0

Coal City played all 18 players on the roster in recording the shutout victory.

Rick Collins went the first three innings on the mound for the Coalers and allowed two hits while walking one and striking out three. Zack Mellen and Joe Quinn pitched in relief.

At the plate, Alex Wills was 2-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBI, Lane Cowherd was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI and D.J. Budde was 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Also, Tom Youskevtch had a hit, a run scored and two RBI and Zach Serine was 1-for-2 with two runs scored and two RBI.

“We played really well. The defense played errorless ball, and our pitcher were outstanding locating pitches,” Coal City coach Jerry McDowell said. “This is the kind of game you want to see during regional week.”

Dwight 9,

El Paso 0

Pitcher Ryan Gaston threw a no-hitter while facing just 22 batters in the game against El Paso. He was one error away from tossing a perfect game. Gaston was also 1-for-3 at the plate with a walk.

At the plate, Chris Peck was 2-for-3 with three runs scored and Owen Pulver had a two-out, two-RBI single in the fourth inning.


Bishop McNamara 12,

Coal City 11

Coal City scored 11 runs on 12 hits, including hitting four home runs, but lost to the Fightin’ Irish on Monday.

Makenna Emerson (2-for-4, 3 RBI) had a double and a home run, Mady Bunton (3-for-4, 3 RBI) hit a home run, Emily Aichele (2-for-4) hit a home run, and Leah Campos (2 runs) hit a home run for the Coalers. Additionally, Taylor Meents was 2-for-4 with three runs scored and Nicole Borgetti had a triple and two RBI.

Emily Aichele took the pitching loss allowing nine earned runs on 14 hits.

Beecher 13,


Beecher broke up a scoreless game in the top of the third with 10 runs and then cruised to the RVC victory.

“Another bad inning defensively cost us big time. We had too much indecision,” GSW coach Jon Posing said. “You can’t give a team like Beecher extra outs.”

Emily Foley was the losing pitcher for the Panthers. She allowed eight earned runs in five innings of work.

“I thought Emily pitched pretty well,” Posing said. “Our offense definitely looked better.”

Foley was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI in the game while Lexi Posing had a triple, a run scored and an RBI.


Morris 12,

Sandwich 9

Taylor Waters earned the non-conference pitching win for the Redskins going the first five innings before giving way to Allison Kukman. Kukman earned the save.

At the plate, Janelle Brehm was 3-for-4 with a double, and three runs scored and Corrinne Day, Amanda Jenkins, Ryan Friend and Karil Guistat had two hits each. One of Friend’s hits was a home run.

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