Baseball’s chance at winning conference is coming down to the wire

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Kyle Hauser hits a walk off double against Guilford

Connor Walsh, Co-Sports Editor

  The Belvidere North baseball team is fighting to keep their chances at winning conference alive.  North currently sits at a 10-3 in conference, tied for third place with Boylan.  Hononegah currently is in second place with a 11-2 record, and Harlem is in first place with a 12-1 record.

     The team took on Freeport on May 6 at Freeport, looking to keep the momentum that it built up in the first half going.  The Blue Thunder was able to keep pace with Boylan, defeating Freeport 5-4.  Jordan Paulson (‘16) started the game on the mound for the Thunder, pitching the complete game.  Paulson pitched to contact the entire game, recording only one strikeout.  Kyle Perkins (‘17) led the offense going 2-2 with an RBI and two walks.  

     The team then took on Auburn on May 10, coming out swinging by putting up ten runs in the first inning, winning by the score of 15-0 in five innings.  Levon Smith (‘16) started the game on the mound for the Thunder, pitching all five innings, while only giving up one hit all game.  Smith also recorded five strikeouts on the mound.  Smith also led the way at the plate, going 3-4 with three RBI.  Marco Yates (‘18) also delivered three hits, and Evan Waddell (‘18) drove in three runs to help lead the offense.

     The team’s senior night was scheduled to be on May 11, but was cancelled due to poor field conditions.  Rain was the main cause of the delay, but the field was also vandalized as a senior prank.  The field was covered in toilet paper, the first base line had been forked, the field was covered in rubber bands, and holes had been dug around the pitcher’s mound.  

     “I thought senior pranks were supposed to be funny,” said Garrett Nelson (‘17) “If you’re going to do it, at least do it right.”

     The field has been cleaned up and repaired, and the game has been rescheduled for May 12.  

     The team is looking to make their final push at a conference title, playing Boylan, East, and Hononegah.

     “Next week is going to be a big week for us,” said Nelson “If we’re able to play the way that we have all year, there’s no reason we shouldn’t have a shot at a conference championship.”