Baseball

Warriors finish off GRAC early

There was no real celebration after Wabash Valley clinched its second straight Great Rivers Athletic Conference baseball championship Thursday.

That can wait for later, perhaps in the post-season.

“It’s a big accomplishment. We’re playing well at the right time,” said WVC coach Rob Fournier after his club’s 7-2 win over Southeastern. “We just want to keep on going the way were doing things and keep getting better.”

Aces put up big numbers vs. Lawrenceville

The schedule is finally becoming more of a friend to the Mt. Carmel baseball team.

“Our schedule was loaded in the front end with a lot of quality teams. You do your best to get through those first few weeks then after that plane off to where you can compete,” Aces coach John Copeland said. “We’re proving that against teams at our level or below, we can take care of business.”

Against non-conference Class 2A foe Lawrenceville Wednesday, the Golden Aces put up some big numbers in a 14-0 rout at Dee White Field, the game shortened to five innings.

Barrett back with Nationals

When the Washington Nationals optioned pitcher Aaron Barrett to AAA Syracuse April 12, it was because manager Matt Williams needed someone who could offer multiple innings of relief.

Since then, the Nationals have fallen on hard times in short relief situations, so the club could hardly wait for the 10-day minimum on callbacks to expire, and Tuesday recalled the former Wabash Valley College star back from Syracuse.

The Nats sent lefty Xavier Cedeno back to the minors.

Barrett didn’t waste any time in making his presence felt. He worked a scoreless ninth inning of the Nats’ 7-2 loss to the Angels.

Warriors clinch tie for GRAC crown

INA, Ill. — As they close in on their second straight Great Rivers Athletic Conference pennant, the Wabash Valley baseball team was busy perfecting another skill set on Friday.

How to rally.

“We really needed to do that,” said WVC coach Rob Fournier after his team rallied past Rend Lake, 6-4, in the opening game of a doubleheader, followed by a 11-3 rout in the nitecap that clinched no worse than a tie for the GRAC crown with three league games left, one year after they shared the crown with Kaskaskia.

“We have been kind of sketchy in close games, so that was a huge confidence builder for us to come back.”

Diehl delivers for Warriors

Phillip Diehl had plenty of room to work with on the mound Thursday, just as his Wabash Valley teammates are starting to create more room at the top of the Great Rivers Athletic Conference baseball standings.

The southpaw came within one pitch of a shutout as WVC routed Rend Lake, 11-1, in the first game of a 3-game GRAC series which now shifts to Rend Lake for a doubleheader today (Friday) starting at noon.

Now 14-5 in the league, Wabash Valley’s GRAC lead remained at three games after second-place Kaskaskia (11-8) defeated Southeastern, 7-1.

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