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5/18/2010 2:29:00 PM
Season comes to end for Statesmen
Sports Editor

Lincoln Trail College's baseball team's bid for their third Region 24 championship in the last five years came up short Sunday.

The Statesmen saw their season come to an end at the hands of eighth-ranked Wabash Valley College in the finals of the Region 24 Tournament at John A. Logan College in Carterville.

Rain delayed the start of the tournament on Saturday, as only two of the three scheduled games took place. In the opener, Lincoln Trail outlasted Olney Central College, 4-3 in 10 innings. In the next game, Wabash Valley beat OCC, 4-2, eliminating them from the tournament.

That set up a best-of-three series between LTC and Wabash Valley on Sunday, but WVC only needed the first two, winning 14-4 and 11-5 to capture the Region 24 title.

Against OCC Saturday, Lincoln Trail jumped on top quickly as Jimmy Brenneman singled to start the bottom of the first inning, moved to second on a hit by Tyler Campbell, advanced to third when Travis Isaak grounded into a double play then scored when he stole home to give LTC a 1-0 lead.

The Statesmen added two more runs in the third inning. Gabe Pirtle and Brenneman started the rally by drawing consecutive walks. Both runners then advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Campbell and then scored when Isaak reached on an error, giving Lincoln Trail a 3-0 lead.

Olney Central responded with a run in the fifth and scored two more in the eighth to knot the score at 3-3. The Statesmen were able to pull out the win in the 10th, as Campbell led off with a single, moved to third on a pair of groundouts and scored on Michael Eberle's single to left field.

Campbell topped the offense for LTC with three hits, including a double, and a run scored, while Jeremy Robinson had a pair of base hits. Brenneman singled and scored two runs, Eberle had a single and a run batted in, Tanner had a base hit and Pirtle scored a run.

Cory Baker picked up the win in relief of starter Chuck Ghysels. Baker tossed a scoreless inning of relief, facing the minimum number of batters. Ghysels gave up three runs, one earned, on five hits in his nine innings of work. He also walked four and struck out 13.

On Sunday, Lincoln Trail again grabbed an early lead, but could not sustain it.

The Statesmen scored a run in the first when Brenneman walked to start the game and later scored on a base hit by Zach Tanner for a 1-0 lead. However, Wabash Valley responded with four runs in the bottom of the first to take control.

Lincoln Trail answered with a run in the third when Brenneman tripled and then scored on a ground out by Campbell to make the score 4-2, but WVC countered with two runs in their half of the third to extend their lead to 6-2. Wabash Valley tacked on three runs in fourth and two more in the sixth for an 11-2 advantage.

The Statesmen scored twice in the seventh to pull a little closer. Dustin Huff and Pirtle each singled and Brenneman was hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out. Two batters later, Isaak reached on an error, allowing Huff and Pirtle to score, making the score 11-4. In the bottom of the seventh, Wabash Valley scored three times to bring the 10-run rule into effect.

Brenneman led the offense with a triple and two runs scored, while Tanner singled and drove in a run. Huff and Pirtle each singled and scored a run, and Campbell had a run batted in.

Adam Clark suffered the loss, giving up nine runs on eight hits in three and two-thirds innings. He also walked four and struck out one. Colin Ullery tossed a scoreless inning of relief, walking a batter and striking out one, Storm Lindsey allowed three runs on three hits and a walk in one and two-thirds innings and Jeff McNeely gave up a two runs on one hit and two walks in one-third of an inning.

In Sunday's second game, Wabash Valley scored a run in the first inning, but Lincoln Trail answered with two runs in the second to take the lead. Tanner started the inning with a single and Eberle reached on a fielder's choice. Evan Luken then drove in both runners with a base hit to give LTC a 2-1 edge.

The Statemsen added a run in the third when Brenneman walked with one out and scored two batters later on a base hit by Isaak for a 3-1 LTC lead.

The lead was short-lived, as Wabash Valley struck for four runs, highlighted by back-to-back home runs from Jacob Rhodes and Tyler Oliver, to give the Warriors a 5-3 advantage.

Wabash Valley then added four runs in the fifth to take a 9-3 lead, before LTC scored a run in the eighth on Tanner's RBI single, plating Brenneman, who doubled to lead off the inning, making the score 9-4. Wabash Valley responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth to extend their advantage to 11-4, before LTC got a run in the ninth when Robinson doubled and Pirtle singled him home.

Tanner paced the offense for LTC with two singles, a run batted in and a run scored, while Luken singled twice and drove in two runs. Isaak had two hits and a run batted in, Brenneman doubled and scored two runs, Robinson doubled and scored a run, Pirtle had a single and a run batted in and Eberle scored a run.

Mark Roberts took the loss on the mound for LTC, allowing nine runs, seven earned, on 10 hits in four and two-thirds innings. He also walked two and struck out three. Baker hurled the final three and one-third innings, giving up two runs on two hits, while walking two and striking out three.

Lincoln Trail finished the season 35-14. Wabash Valley (49-10) advances to the Northern District Championship at Iowa Western College May 21-23, with the winner advancing to the NJCAA World Series in Grand Junction, Colo.

2010 Region 24 Baseball Tournament

At John A. Logan College, Carterville


Olney Central College 000 010 020 0 - 3 5 3

Lincoln Trail College 102 000 000 1 - 4 8 2

WP - Cory Baker 1IP, 0R, 0H, 0BB, 0K; Chuck Ghysels 9IP, 3R, 1ER, 5H, 4BB, 13K. LP - Jerad Eickhoff 9IP, 4R, 3ER, 7H, 5BB, 3K; Kraig Petty .2IP, 0R, 1H, 0BB, 0K. 2B - Campbell (LT).


Lincoln Trail College 1 01 000 2 - 4 4 4

Wabash Valley College 402 302 3 - 14 12 3

WP - Danny Gifford 7IP, 4R, 2ER, 4H, 2BB, 3K. LP - Adam Clark 3.2IP, 9R, 9ER, 8H, 4BB, 1K; Colin Ullery 1IP, 0R, 0H, 1BB, 1K; Storm Lindsey 1.2IP, 3R, 1ER, 3H, 1BB, 0K; Jeff McNeely .1IP, 2R, 1ER, 1H, 2BB, 0K. 2B - Rhodes (WV), Pizzaro (WV). 3B - Brenneman (LT). HR - Oliver (WV).

Lincoln Trail College 021 000 011 - 5 9 3

Wabash Valley College 104 040 02x - 11 12 2

WP - Ryan Rogers 7IP, 3R, 2ER, 5H, 3BB, 6K; Daniel Bollenbacher 2IP, 2R, 1ER, 4H, 0BB, 0K. LP - Mark Roberts 4.2IP, 9R, 7ER, 10H, 2BB, 3K; Cory Baker 3.1IP, 2R, 2ER, 2H, 2BB, 3K. 2B - Brenneman (LT), Robinson (LT), Rojas (WV), Moseby (WV), Pizzaro (WV). HR - Rhodes (WV), Oliver (WV).

Next game - Lincoln Trail finished the season 35-14.

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