Torre Koontz

Torre Koontz (jr.), Eureka College P/IF

Torre Koontz was the Shelbyville Ram softball ace and a solid hitting 1st baseman in high school. After a 2-year stint at John Wood playing collegiate softball, Koontz is hitting her stride at Eureka College.

Koontz transferred from the John Wood Community College 2-year program in Quincy to play ball at 4-year Eureka. This year, as a junior, Koontz caught her stride.

The team went to North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in early March for the Fastpitch Dreams Spring Classic and played 10 games in 4 days, before the season was cut short by the virus crisis.

In Koontz’ first game with Eureka she threw the winner over Centenary. She went 5 scoreless innings, allowing 6 hits and a walk, while striking out one. She faced 22 batters and threw 54 strikes (58.7%).

Eureka was 3-0, when Koontz played against Holy Family (Wis.), the next day. They won, 21-0 and Koontz drew a walk and scored.

Eureka was 4-0, when they lost to Rhode Island College, 2-1. Koontz pitched 4 and 1/3 innings and took the loss. She gave up just 2 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks, striking out one. She hit 0-for-2 with a walk in the tight contest.

Koontz hit the next game against Wells, an 11-3 victory. Koontz hit 2-for-3 with a run scored and she drove in 3 runs.

Eureka was 5-2, after another close game. They lost to Immaculata, 2-1. Koontz hit the next game, when they beat Dean, 16-9. Koontz was 1-for-5, with a hit and scoring twice. She drove in another run.

Eureka took the record to 8-2 as Koontz pitched the winner over Medaille, 13-7. Koontz went 4.2 innings facing 24 batters. She allowed 6 hits and 7 runs with a walk and 3 strikeouts. She averaged 2.5 pitches per batter and threw 34 strikes (54.9%).

Koontz not only got the win she hit a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate. She had a double, scored twice and drove in a run.

Eureka was down 5-0 after the 1st inning. They had their own 5-run rally to tie the game. Then in the 4th inning, Koontz drove in the go-ahead run with a single. By the time she rounded the bases and scored, they were up 8-5 and on the way to a season-ending win.

Her sophomore season at John Wood, the Blazers were just 13-32. Koontz hit safely in 16 of 45 games .223 with 5 doubles, a triple, and a home run with 15 RBIs. Her pitching record was 4-8 and her ERA was 7.78.

She was 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs against a loss to Kirkwood. Against Lehigh Carbon, they won, 15-7, and Koontz hit 1-for-2 with a triple, 2 runs and 2 RBIs.

Koontz was 1-for-3 with a run in a, 9-7, win against Rowan Burlington. She hit 1-for-3 with a run in a win over Monroe College, 6-2.

Koontz hit 2-for-3 to beat Lewis & Clark, 5-3. Koontz hit 2-for-3 with a double and a run against Spoon River, winning 13-4. She hit 2-for-4 with a double and a run against Lincoln Land

Koontz’s best day at the plate was a double header against Spoon River. In the opener she hit 3-for-4 with a home run against Spoon River, despite a loss, 13-11. The second set, she went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs, She was 5-for-7 with a double and a home runs and 3 runs scored.

Koontz’ freshman year John Wood was 24-24. She hit .267 with the same number of double, triples and home runs as her sophomore season. Her pitching record was 3-3 with an ERA of 5.00.

She hit safely in 22 of 42 games. She was 1-for-3 with a double and 2 runs against Camden County. She was 2-for-3 against Lincoln Land. She was 2-for-2 against Danville with a double and a run. Koontz hit 1-for-2 with 3 walks, against Lincoln with 3 runs scored.

Her best game hitting was 4-for-4 with a home run against Spoon River, scoring 3 times. She went 2-for-3 in the second game of the doubleheader with 2 runs. She went 6-for-7 in the double-dip with a homer and 5 runs scored.

Koontz hit 2-for-4 against Parkland, against Spoon River, again, and 2-for-3 against Lewis & Clark. She tripled against Lincoln and went 2-for-3, again, against Spoon River with a double.

Koontz won her first three games pitching at John Wood. She beat USC Union, 7-6, going the distance with an ERA of 3.00 on 6 runs from 12 hits.

Koontz beat Camden County in a shutout, 11-0. She threw a 2-hiter over 5 innings, striking out 3. She beat Monroe College, 8-5, going 8 innings. allowing 15 hits for 5 runs.

Eureka (2020)

Hitting: G 6, Avg .429, AB 14, Hits 6, Runs 7, 2B-1, RBI 5, BB 4, OBP .556, SLG .500

Pitching: GS 3, W 2, L 1, IP 14.0, H 17, R 9 (ER 7), BB 5, K 5, K/7 2.5, ERA 3.50

John Wood (2019)

Hitting: G 39, Avg .223, AB 103, Runs 11, Hits 23, 2B-5, 3B-1, HR 1, RBI 15, BB 5, K 15, SB 1, OBP .259, SLG .320

Pitching: GS 12, W 4, L 8, CG 5, IP 54.0, H 111, R 77 (ER 60), BB 11, K 9, K/7 1.17, HR 3, ERA 7.78

Fielding: G 39, TC 215, PO 181, Ast 26, E 8, FPCT .963

John Wood (2018)

Hitting: G 42, Avg .267, AB 120, Hits 32, Run 23, 2B-5, 3B-1, HR 1, RBI 15, BB 12, K 29, SB 2, OBP .333, SLG .350

Pitching: GS 6, W 3, L 3, SV 2, CG 5, IP 56, R 47 (ER 40), H 83, BB 8, K 28, K/7 3.50, HR 3, ERA 5.00

Fielding (1B): G 42, TC 178, PO 148, Ast 26, E 4, DP 1, FPCT .978

Koontz 2017 stats (Sr. year)

Hitting: Avg .381, G 29, AB 97, R 22, H 37, 1B-28, 2B-4, 3B-4, HR 1, TB 52, RBI 18, SH 1, SF 1, BB 4, HBP 2, K 10, SB 4, CS 2, OBP 413, SLG .536

Pitching: (5-4): ERA 3.24, GS 10, CG 6, IP 49.6, BF 213, R 37 (23 ER), H 51, BB 12, K 41 (Kc 14, Ks 27), OP/AVG .254, WHIP 1.27, K/G 5.78

Koontz 2016 Stats (Jr. year)

Hitting: .315 BA, 92 AB, 19 R, 29 H, 7-2B, 1-3B, 2 SB, 2 sac, 3 HBP, 7 BB, 9 K, 10 RBI, .394 OBP, .413 SLG

Pitching: 26 of 30 games, 147 IP, 116 Ks

John Curtis can be reached at john.curtis@shelbyvilledailyunion.com

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