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SHABBONA – Indian Creek baseball coach Joe Piekarz knew things would be tough for his club coming into Saturday's doubleheader against visiting Plano, especially when it came to pitching.
The Timberwolves were in the midst of a five games in four days stretch, and taking the field with weary arms against a club that was hitting near .300. The T'Wolves skipper threw everything but the kitchen sink at the Reapers. However the hosts ended up on the wrong end of 8-6 and 17-3 scores.
“I thought our pitchers did a great job today,” Piekarz said. “Winston Simpson for example, he hasn't pitched a lot, but I asked him if he could throw strikes and he said 'sure.' I thought he did a great job of keeping things close in the opener and giving us an opportunity in the bottom of the seventh. In Game 2 Jake Wieseler really settled in after the first couple of innings. He started getting ahead of hitters and kept the ball down.”
The first game saw Indian Creek (6-9-1) put up four runs in the first inning as Tim Sommerfeld and Drew Hendley led off with singles and came around to score on RBI hits from David Boehne and Wieseler. Plano (10-10) scored the next eight runs in the contest to lead 8-4 heading to the bottom of the seventh. The Timberwolves received one-out singles from Boehne and Wiesler to load the bases, then after an out, Brock Myers was hit by a pitch and pinch-hitter Emerson Witte drew a walk to make it 8-6. However, the next hitter popped put to end the game.
“We always want to have a chance in that last inning,” Piekarz said. “To have the tying run at second, winning run at first, with probably our best hitter for average (Sommerfeld) coming up – you can't ask for any more. We unfortunately weren't able to come through in that situation, but he'll have that chance again down the road and I suspect he will have a different outcome.”
The second game saw the Reapers plate seven runs in the opening two frames. Indian Creek dented the scoreboard with a run-scoring single from Headley in the second and brought across two in the fourth, one on a RBI groundout from Chris Pickwell to make it 7-3. Plano then put the game away with 10 runs over the next couple of innings, but that fact didn't discourage things for Piekarz.
“We threw some guys today who haven't necessarily pitched a lot, but I was proud of the fact they didn't shy away from doing something uncomfortable, they wanted to take on that challenge" Piekarz said. “The scores may not indicate it, but I feel today will make us a better team.”
On the day, T'Wolves senior center fielder Dillon Martenson went 4-for-7 with two runs scored, while Hendley went 3-for-6 with a stolen base. Also, Boehne and Wieseler had three hits apiece.
“(Martenson) hit the ball solid today and earned his hits,” Piekarz said. “Jake had a really nice first game with the stick. He has been in a little bit of a funk lately, so it was great to see him kind of break out.”