2016 Sophomore Articles

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NCWHS jumped out early and held on for a 6-4 victory in a rain-shortened start to their double-header with the Purple Raiders in Bloomington Saturday morning.

Mark Ogden started on the bump for the Wildcats, throwing 5 1/3 strong innings while ringing up four strikeouts and scattering five hits and just two earned runs en-route to the victory.  Zack Jones pitched the final 2/3, logging another strikeout while allowing no hits or earned runs before the rains came.

McCade Brown (2 singles, 2 RBIs) led the hit-parade for the Cats, with Ogden (single, 3 RBIs) and Tyler Ott (single, RBI) also driving in runs in the victory.  Jeremy Fischer, Jake Rutkowski, Ben Smith, Holden Lueck, Max Deffenbaugh, and Chase Hacker all delivered timely base hits to secure the win.

 

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Bloomington turned the tables in the second game, jumping out to an early lead and fending off a late rally by the Wildcats to earn an 8-6 victory.

Camden Schwarz started on the hill for the Normal West, lasting 4 innings and logging two strikeouts, nine hits, and six earned runs.  Chase Hacker took the loss, throwing 1 inning while registering two more strikeouts against just one hit and one earned run before giving way to Jeremy Fischer for the final inning.  Fischer recorded an additional strikeout, gave up two hits, and allowed one earned run in relief.

Tyler Ott (2 singles) and McCade Brown (2 singles) stayed hot for the Wildcats, while Matthew Pritchett (single, 2 RBIs), Zack Jones (single, RBI), Ben Smith (single, RBI), Ben Heberer (single), and Ethan Stroyan (single) all provided key offense in the loss.

The Wildcats will return to action when they face cross-town rival Normal Community Tuesday evening at Normal West at 4:30pm.

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Normal West JV picked up a hard fought victory against Limestone, defeating the Rockets 7-6 in 9 innings Friday evening at NCWHS.

Tyler Ott started on the mound for the Cats, recording six strikeouts against just two hits and four earned runs over 4 innings of work.  Camden Schwarz added two more strikeouts, allowed three hits and one earned run in the 5th, while McCade Brown was unhittable in the 6th, 7th, and 8th, logging four more strikeouts.  Mark Ogden closed the game and notched the victory for the Wildcats, registering one final strikeout during a scoreless 9th inning.

Jeremy Fischer (double, 2 singles, RBI) drove in Jake Rutkowski (single) with two out in the bottom of the ninth to secure the walk-off win for Normal West.  Ben Smith (3 singles, RBI), Tyler Ott (2 singles, RBI), Holden Lueck (single), and Max Deffenbaugh (RBI) all delivered timely offense to position the Cats for the victory.

Normal West returns to action when they travel to cross-town rival Bloomington to take on the Purple Raiders in a double-header beginning at 10am Saturday morning.

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After a 5 inning pitcher’s duel, the Wildcats poured it on – scoring four runs in the sixth and ten runs in the seventh to walk away from Peoria Richwoods 16-3 Thursday evening in Peoria.

Jake Rutkowski pitched a complete game, seven inning masterpiece – allowing just one earned run, scattering four hits, and ringing up four strikeouts to secure the victory for the Cats.

Mark Ogden (4 singles, 2 RBIs) and Jeremy Fischer (single, double, 4 RBIs) paved the way for the Wildcats, with Ben Heberer (double, 3 RBIs), Rutkowski (double, RBI), and Max Deffenbaugh (single, 2 RBIs) delivering big hits as well.  McCade Brown (single), Ben Smith (single), and Chase Hacker (single) also delivered key base hits in the victory.

Normal West will look to avenge an early-season loss when Limestone visits NCWHS Friday evening at 4:30pm.