Koeneke finishes last regular season with a win
Retiring, record-setting, Hallsville R-IV Baseball Coach Barry Koeneke tips his hat to the crowd. To the left is R-IV Superintendent John Downs with the plaque commemorating Koeneke’s coach record. To the left, Koeneke’s family.
Courtesy Hallsville Head Coach Barry Koeneke.
WHAT A NIGHT!
This can be a crazy game we call baseball…..different things happen and those things have ripple effects. Missed signs, inconsistent strike zones, appeal calls, indecisions/decisions by players, errors and mental errors……….and retirements.
With the score tied at 3-all in the bottom of the 6th inning, the Sturgeon Bulldogs get two quick outs on a caught stealing and a ground out. Hallsville now has the top of the order up and Tyger Cobb lazers a base hit through the right side of the infield. Cobb successfully steals 2nd to put the go-ahead run in scoring position. But Ben Boyle hits a sharp bouncer right to the Bulldog shortstop who promptly throws wide of his firstbaseman. Cobb is flying around 3rd and sent homeward. No close play as the catcher doesn’t
Hallsville starter, Andy Orscheln
handle the throw in the dirt from first.
Boyle is tapped to get the final three outs to gain the Hallsville victory and the save. Two groundouts quickly set the tone, however, Sturgeon’s 1stbaseman, Bailey singles to put the tying run on base. But Boyle induces a weak grounder he fields himself for the final out and an Indian win.
Cooper Rhoades got the win with two innings of relief despite allowing two runs in the top of the 6th to tie the score. Andrew Orscheln was the starting pitcher going four innings but struggling with command issues. Orscheln gave up only two hits but walked four. But also struck out 11!
Offensively, Rhoades had two singles and Cobb scored two runs.
The Varsity record stands at 13-7 for the season. The conference record is 5-2 for 3rd place behind Blair Oaks and So. Boone. The Varsity will practice for a few days before entering district tournament play at Ashland next Monday, the 17th. The Indians as a #2 seed will square off with Boonville at 6:30 in the semifinals.
In last night’s finale, the JV Indians scored often to win a 6-1 contest over the Bulldogs.