SHELBYVILLE, IL. — Okaw Valley baseball won a gut-check win against Cerro Gordo on Wednesday, 4-3.
Devon Still pitched the win, striking out 11 in seven innings, while allowing three runs on seven hits. He was challenged in the 3rd inning, but KO'd two batters with two men in scoring position to hang on to the 4-3 lead.
Still KO'd three batters in the 1st, giving up one hit.
Okaw had a 4-run rally in the bottom of the 1st. Colton Sroka led off getting hit by a pitch. Drew Fruchtl singled. Peyton Hagerman singled and Sroka scored on an error.
Fruchtl scored on a wild pitch and TJ Miller walked. Hagerman scored on Joe Jeffers' sacrifice. Ian Tiarks struck out on a dropped 3rd strike and was out at 1st, allowing TJ Miller to score, 4-0.
Still gave up a hit in the 2nd and struck out one more. In the 3rd, a lead-off Cerro Gordo double and a batter reaching on an error was a bad start, allowing one run in.
With one out, Neissle doubled and Still threw an intentional walk. McNamara singled a run in, and Neissle also scored, 4-3. Still rang up the next two batters to get out of the jam.
Still allowed a couple of free passe and a couple singles over the enxt four innings, bet held on to the lead for the win.
Okaw Valley 4, Cerro Gordo 3
CG-B 003 000 0--3-7-1
Okaw 400 000 x--4-4-3
Okaw stats: Fruchtl 1-for-2, BB, run; Park 0-for-1, BB; Tiarks 0-for-3, RBI; Cloyd 0-for-2; Still 1-for-3; Sroka 1-for-2, BB, run; Hagerman 1-for-2, BB, run; Jeffers 0-for-2, RBI; Miller 0-for-2, BB, run. Pitching (W) Still 7 IP, 3 runs, 7 hits 2 BBs, 11 Ks.
CGB stats: Blickensderfer 0-for-4; Morton 0-for-3; Isbell 1-for-3; Weedman 0-for-2; Neissle 1-fof-4, 2B, run; Reed 1-for-1, 2B, BB, run; Lovekamp 1-for-3; Gross 2-for-3, BB; Knowles 0-for-1; McNamara 1-for-4, 2 RBIs. Pitching (L) 6 IP, 4 runs (2 ER), 4 hits, 4 BBs, 5 Ks.