Spring weather plays havoc with IVCC baseball season


Kyle Russell

Levi Ericson (33), who played high school ball at La Salle-Peru Township High School, delivers a pitch against Highland Community College on April 2. Ericson is batting .295 and has a 3-1 record when pitching for the Eagles.

Josh Dillon, IV Leader Sports Editor

IVCC’s baseball team has been under the weather this season, as rainouts have made it difficult. As of press time, IVCC is 5-4 at home, but 1-17 on the road.

The Eagles lost both games of a doubleheader on April 13 against Black Hawk College-Moline 4-0 and 6-1. Nick Passini drove in IVCC’s only run in the second game.

Garrett Gruenewald pitched well in game one, giving up two hits over two innings and striking out two batters.

Michael Murray gave up three hits and four runs, although only one of them was earned, over four innings. For Black Hawk, Kendall Patrick hit a two-run homer off of Murray.

IVCC split a doubleheader in Oglesby on April 14 as McHenry County College came into town. The Eagles won the first game 9-6.

Passini, Austin Duffel, and Matt Dresbach each drove in two runs for IVCC. Levi Ericson and Rodrigo Almeraz drove in one. Arturo Espinoza went 2-3 with two runs scored.

The second game was a much different story as McHenry County exploded for 14 runs and 17 hits to defeat the Eagles 14-5.

Casey Huebbe and Alex Karban each had two hits and Ericson drove in two runs. Michael Sexton took the loss, giving up seven runs, five earned over 2 1/3 innings.

A road trip to Waubonsee was great for the Eagles as their only road win came on April 15, 7-4.

Wes Hall drove in four runs on three hits in the game. Fields picked up the win, giving up three runs in four innings of work, while Gruenewald picked up the save by striking out the final batter of the game.

The Eagles returned home after the torrent on April 20 and split a doubleheader with Kishwaukee.

The Cougars squeaked out a win in the first game 3-2, despite a good effort on the mound from Murray. Murray struck out nine Kishwaukee players in six innings.

The team stormed back early in the second game, putting up crooked numbers in the first and third innings and beating the Cougars 5-1.

Ericson picked up the win, pitching five innings of three-hit ball. Huebbe, Passini, Espinoza, Hall, and Garrett Moon each drove in runs for IVCC.

Kishwaukee got their revenge on April 22 as IVCC travelled to Malta and lost both games 6-5; 10-4.

Urbance took the loss in the first game, giving up nine hits over six innings. Anthony Falc of Kishwaukee struck out six Eagle players in the game, picking up eight strikeouts overall.

In Elgin, IVCC lost both games on April 25 6-0; 13-8. Passini, Hall, and Rodrigo Almeraz picked up multiple hits for the Eagles. Elgin’s John Menken, playing designated hitter, drove in three runs, including a home run off Ericson.

IVCC will finish their season up with home games versus Lake County on May 4 and Black Hawk College on May 5.

A play-in game is scheduled for May 7 with sectional play starting on May 9. The Eagles are coached by Eric Pinter.