CENTRALIA, Ill. — After a spring spent on top of the heap, the Wabash Valley College baseball team is suddenly behind the eight-ball in the NJCAA Region 24 tournament.
After defeating John A. Logan on Saturday, 10-0, in their rain-delayed post-season opener, the Warriors were stunned into submission on Sunday by the only club in Region 24 hotter than they are. Kaskaskia, which had streaked to a second-place finish in the GRAC regular-season race behind WVC, won its’ 11th straight game, 11-0, holding the Warriors two only three hits.
The tourney is now down to three teams but only one will be eliminated from post-season play because the top two teams in Region 24 automatically advance to the Northern District tournament. Today (Monday), Wabash Valley (43-13) faces Rend Lake (37-17) at noon with the loser facing elimination. The winner then must defeat Kaskaskia (35-10) twice to win the championship.
Spencer Drake was his usual masterful self for the Warriors against Logan. In improving to 11-0 on the season, the righthander held the Vols to two hits while striking out eight batters in six innings of work. Cole Gleason was a perfect 3-of-3 at the plate, including a home run and three RBI’s. Conor Dishman and Ray Perez also scored two runners with hits.
The second game was another story, as WVC could collect only three hits against Blue Devil pitching. Brandon Allen (5-3) took the loss.
Gleason, Garrett Gordon and Manuel DeJesus each had two hits.
Saturday’s win was Rob Fournier’s 700th career victory at Wabash Valley. No. 701, if it comes today, would vault the Warriors into the next round of the national tournament, regardless of how they fare against Kaskaskia in any rematch in tourney play.