The North Central Missouri College baseball team was in action Friday in Fort Scott, KS, taking on Fort Scott Community College for the second time on the young season. After being swept by Fort Scott in the season-opening doubleheader, North Central got a bit of revenge, taking game one 5-2. Fort Scott would deny NCMC of a season split, however, taking game two 6-1.
In game one, NCMC went back-and-forth with Fort Scott, but ultimately an error would give NCMC the game-winning run. Joan Rondon scored on the Fort Scott mishap and the Pirates would plate two runs after that to go up 5-2 and held the advantage through the seventh inning for the win.
Rondon was 3-for-4 at the plate as was Tyler Rathmann. AJ Salinas and Derek Taylor each had RBIs for the Pirates.
On the hill, Anthony Caenepeel (1-0) picked up the win, allowing no runs on just one hit and one walk while striking out two.
Game two saw the Pirates net just one run on a wild pitch in the first inning. JJ Wesley scored the run, but that was all NCMC managed despite collecting eight hits in the game.
Jason Luster (0-2) took the loss, throwing three and one-third innings and allowing two earned runs on three hits and a walk. He struck out three.
NCMC, now 2-4, will take on Mineral Area Community College at home on March 6. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.
The North Central Missouri College baseball team split a pair of games with Neosho County on the road in Chanute, KS on Thursday. NCMC won game one 19-8, but dropped game two 20-7.
Jason Luster drove in five runs in game one and Michael Babbitt and Derek Taylor each drove in four as the Pirates cruised. Cody Wade was the winning pitcher for the Pirates.
In game two, NCMC yielded 20 runs falling to 1-3 on the season. Nolberto Rondon took the loss on the hill for the Pirates.
North Central will return to the diamond on Tuesday, traveling to face Highland Community College in Highland, KS. Game one of the scheduled doubleheader is set to begin at 1 p.m.
The North Central Missouri College baseball team was on the diamond for the first time this season, taking on Fort Scott at a neutral site in Pittsburg, KS over the weekend. The Pirates were unable to take either end of the doubleheader, falling 3-2 in game one and 8-4 in game two.
The Pirates yielded a run in the bottom of the first inning, but starting pitcher Anthony Caenepeel was lights out over the next three innings. North Central plated two runs in the top of the fourth and took the 2-1 advantage into the fifth frame. Caenepeel allowed his second run of the game in the bottom of the fifth and the two teams were tied at 2-2. In the bottom of the seventh, Fort Scott scored yet again, this time off Jason Luster (0-1), who took the loss for the Pirates. The run scored gave Fort Scott the walk-off win.
Caenepeel’s line was a good one as the Pirate hurler threw 5.1 innings, allowing two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out three. Luster threw 1.1 innings, allowing the one run on one hit and one walk.
At the plate, Juan Taveras was 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI and Tyler Rathmann was 2-for-3 with the Pirates’ other RBI. Lucas Powers had two hits as well going 2-for-3 and Mackenzie Roach was 1-for-3 with a double.
Game two saw the Pirates jump out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a solo home run by Powers. Fort Scott would plate runs in each of the first four innings, scoring two in the first, one in the second, one in the third and four in the fourth.
NCMC was able to put up two runs in the top of the fourth and one in the sixth, but couldn’t overcome the hot-hitting Fort Scott club.
Powers did all he could to lift the Pirates, going 2-for-4 with the home run and RBI. Michael Babbitt was 2-for-3 with an RBI, Derek Taylor was 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored and Rathmann added a sacrifice RBI.
Taking the loss for the Pirates on the hill was Caleb Bounds, who threw 3.2 innings while allowing six runs on eight hits and two walks. He also struck out five in the game.
The two losses established an 0-2 start to the season for the Pirates, who will be back on the diamond on Thursday, traveling to Chanute, KS for a doubleheader with Neosho County Community College. Game one gets under way at 1 p.m. with the back end of the doubleheader to follow at 3 o’clock.
The Trenton Area Little League annual meeting will be held tonight at 6 o’clock at the First Assembly of God Church Family Activity Center.
This is a change in location from the original announcement. For more information, persons may contact Robert Shields at 660-635-1604.
Tyler LaBreck of Bennington, NE is the second announced recruit for the North Central Missouri College Pirates baseball team next fall. He will join Ely Botkins from Westran High School on the 2014-15 squad. LaBreck is an outfielder/pitcher. At Bennington High School he was a four-year letterwinner in baseball and holds school records for stolen bases and ERA. He was a second team All-Capitol Conference player and an honorable mention selection to the All-EMC Conference team. He was also a member of Team Nebraska at the Midwest Baseball Classic in Chicago. “Tyler possesses excellent quickness and agility in the outfield as well as good arm strength,” Pirates Head Coach Donnie Hillerman said. “He will also pitch for us and his arm slot allows for nice movement on his pitches.” Pictured are, from left, front row, Michele LaBreck (Tyler’s mother), Tyler LaBreck, Gary LaBreck (Tyler’s father); back row, NCMC Assistant Coach Ryan Suttenfield, NCMC Head Coach Donnie Hillerman and NCMC Assistant Coach Brad Cross.
The North Central Missouri College baseball team will be hosting its annual Winter Warmup event on Saturday, Jan. 25. The event is designed to reunite and honor all Trenton Junior College/NCMC baseball alumni and celebrate with friends of the program. All friends and family members of the NCMC baseball program are invited to attend.
The day begins with a pro-style workout of current NCMC players in the Ketcham Community Center and Derry Indoor Hitting Facility at 9 a.m. A reception at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6 o’clock will take place in the Ketcham Community Center. Dinner will feature guest speakers and discussion on the current state of the program. Raffle prizes, including a 50” LED TV and a signed Cal Ripken Jr. jersey, will be awarded at the dinner.
Those planning to attend should RSVP as soon as possible by contacting Head Coach Donnie Hillerman via phone at 359-3948 ext. 1412, or email at dhillerman@mail. ncmissouri.edu, or message through the NCMC baseball Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/ncmcbaseball. The cost of the dinner is $20 per plate.
North Central Missouri College will hold winter baseball camps on Dec. 27, 28 and 30. These camps will be held inside the Russ Derry Practice Facility adjacent to the Ketcham Community Center on the NCMC campus.
The first three sessions are for youth ages 13-and-up. An advanced session for catchers will be Friday, Dec. 27 from 6-9 p.m. A session for pitchers will run from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Dec. 28 and a hitting session will run from 1-4 p.m. that same day. A youth session will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 30 for youth ages 7-13.
Cost of the camps is $50 per session for the first three sessions and $40 for the youth session. Multi-session and multi-sibling discounts are available. Lunch will be provided for the youth session, but not for any of the 13-and-over sessions.
For more information, individuals may visit the NCMC baseball page online at http://www.ncmissouri.edu/programs/athletics/baseball/default.htm and click on youth camp schedules. Coach Donnie Hillerman can also be reached for questions at 660-359-3948, ext. 1412, or via email at email@example.com.
Rich Griffith poses with his Hall of Fame plaque during a ceremony held on Saturday, Sept. 28. Griffith, a 1967 graduate of Trenton High School, was inducted as a part of the Griffons 1971 baseball team.
Rich Griffith, a 1967 graduate of Trenton High School, was inducted to the Missouri Western State University Hall of Fame as part of the 1971 Griffon baseball team.
Griffith was a member of the team that went 33-8 and won the NAIA District 16 championship. The team was inducted into the school’s hall of fame along with five individuals from various other sports.
Griffith, a shortstop and third baseman, and his team, along with the other inductees, were officially inducted at a ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 28. Each inductee was given a Hall of Fame plaque to honor their accomplishments at Missouri Western.
The 1971 baseball team won a pair of playoff games following their district championship before being eliminated from national title contention. Western defeated Winona State 8-5 and Loras College 3-2.
The Griffons tallied 343 hits, 245 runs, 49 doubles, 26 triples and 12 homes runs on the season. The team averaged over six hits and eight runs per game that season. Seven Griffon players hit over .300 that season.
Missouri Western pitchers combined to allow just 236 hits and five home runs in the 1971 season. The team’s ERA was 2.52 and all seven starting pitchers finished with a winning record.
Princeton’s machine-pitch baseball team, sponsored by Andereck and Evans Law Firm, won the Bethany Summer League championship this summer. Team members included, from left, front row, Brayden Walter, Hunter Foster, Landon Krohn, Andrew Rhoades, Levi Willett, Dillon Jones, Andrew Mathews, Ethan Rhoades, Ashton Orndorf; back row, Coaches Brian Walter, Matt Krohn, Kevin Foster and Phil Rhoades.