INA -- Having defeated Rend Lake 13-3 on Thursday, Wabash Valley College was looking to complete the sweep and extend their winning streak on Saturday with a doubleheader against Rend Lake College.
They completed the sweep, with a dominant blend on pitching and hitting leading the way to a 19-5 opener victory and a shortened 16-0 final game, in which freshman southpaw Cameron Tullar threw a no-hitter against the opposing Warriors.
Wabash Valley's hitting was highlighted by a slew of batters, but sophomore Cael Baker was one who stood out, posting a 3-for-7 day with a home run and five RBIs. Sophomore Miguel Rivera posted a 5-for-6 day with six RBIs, a home run, a triple and a double, and Sam Wilson posted a perfect 2-for-2 line in the final game with a home run and four RBIs.
Sophomore center fielder Noah Myers had an incredibly active day on the basepath, swiping eight stolen bases and scoring five runs on his 3-for-5 day with two RBIs as well. Leading off for the Warriors, the agile center fielder has been great getting on base. He boasts a .409 average with 59 runs scored and 55 stolen bases in 35 games this season.
Baker's big day inflated his numbers to a .535 average, 16 home runs, 66 RBIs and 47 runs scored in 34 games on the season.
After three innings of game one the Warriors boasted a 13-0 lead, a pretty comfortable lead they'd easily maintain. In game two they struck for eight runs in the fifth inning, adding insurance runs and sealing the shortened game.
In game one Warriors sophomore righty Ryan O'Connell (7-1) took the mound and threw five strong innings of work, allowing just five hits, two runs and fanning seven batters. The final game saw Tullar's (7-0) exceptional outing in a shortended five inning game, as he threw five innings of no-hit, three walk, nine strikeout baseball.
The victory increases Wabash Valley's (34-1) win streak up to 32 games. Their lone loss of the season came back on Feb. 16 against Wallace State Community College-Hanceville. They've incredibly went nearly two months without a loss.
WVC will face a pair of road challenges, first on Tuesday against Olney Central at 3 p.m., then at Southeastern Illinois on Thursday at 3 p.m., before returning home for a doubleheader against SIC on Friday to complete the three-game series. The first game is set for a noon first pitch time.
Game one scoring:
WVC -- 1 7 5 0 6 0 0 0 0 -- 19
RL -- 0 0 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 -- 5
Notable Warrior hitters in game one: Myers 3-for-3, 2B, 4 R, 2 RBIs, 6 SB. Fuentes 2-for-3, HR, 3 R, 2 RBIs, SB. Baker 2-for-5, HR, 2 R, 4 RBIs. Rivera 3-for-3, 2B, 2 R, 3 RBIs, SB. Sykes 2-for-4, 3 R, 2 RBIs, SB. Richardson 1-for-1, R, RBI, SB. Mineyte 3-for-5, R, 3 RBIs, SB. Pinales 1-for-3, 2 R, RBI.
WVC pitching: O'Connell (7-1) 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 7 K.
Game two scoring:
WVC -- 1 1 4 2 8 -- 16
RL -- 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Notable Warrior hitters in game two: Baker 1-for-2, R, RBI, SB. Rivera 2-for-3, HR, 3B, 2 R, 3 RBIs. Richardson 3-for-3, 2B, 3 R, 2 RBIs, SB. Pinales 2-for-2, 3B, R, 3 RBIs, SB. Wilson 2-for-2, HR, 2 R, 4 RBIs. Alvarez 1-for-1, R, RBI.
WVC pitching: Tullar (7-0) 5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 9 K.