Eagles struggle heavily throughout April


IVCC’s Nathan Greene attempts to field a ground ball early in the season.

Josh Dillon, IVLeader Sports Editor

According to IVCC Head Coach Eric Pinter, while the Eagles have had a very rough season so far, they’re going to approach the rest of the season one game at a time and leave it all on the field.
“Our record is not favorable, but it doesn’t reflect how the guys have been playing,” Pinter said. “Everyday the guys come out ready to play and give it their all and that is all that can be asked of them.
“We have been in alot of close games just one hit or play away from putting us over the top and that is baseball.  If we continue to play hard, I know that those plays and hits will come and we will start to win games.”
The team went on the road toMadison A.T.C. on April 6 and lost both games of the doubleheader 7-1 and 10-3. An Arrowhead Conference matchup at Highland on April 7 ended with the Eagles winning 11-0 and 13-8.
Elgin came to Oglesby and thrashed the Eagles 26-3 on April 9.Then, A home rematch against Highland on April 10 started a win streak, with IVCC winning  8-5 and 11-1. The Eagles then split versus Waubonsee, winning the first game 7-6, but dropping the second one 7-3.
South Suburban defeated IVCC 20-8 on April 13 and Black Hawk College won here on April 14 5-3 and 14-1. The Eagles lost to Black Hawk  and lost to Prairie State 9-0 and 6-4.
Tom Doyle, Nick Finney, and Nick Lorenc lead the team in wins with two apiece. Cody Tyson leads the team with 29 strikeouts.
Nathan Greene leads the team in batting with .371 and three home runs and 17 RBIs in 30 games this season.. Evan Frantini has a .273 average, one home run, and 16 RBIs.  Scott Coutts has six stolen bases.
The Eagles’ remaining schedule at Sauk Valley on April 28 and Lake County on April 29. Three final home games against Sauk Valley on May 1, Rockford College on May 4, and Morton on May 5. The playoffs begin on Tuesday May 8 with the Sectional Tournament on May 11 and 12. Regionals will be held on May 17-19.