As it continues to chase the sixth and final spot in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Tournament, every game is an important one for the Carthage baseball team.
And that’s what makes a tough day at the ballpark Tuesday an even more bitter pill to swallow.
Visiting North Park swept the Red Men with a 6-2 victory in the opener, followed by a 9-0 win in the nightcap that dropped Carthage to 14-15 overall and 4-10 in conference play.
Carthage scored single runs in the first and sixth innings of the opener. A fielder’s choice by Myles Farley chased home the first run, followed by an RBI single by Johnny Belskis (three hits) in the sixth.
But that was all the offense the Red Men could muster. Ryan Kramer added two hits for Carthage.
Starting pitcher Chance Roach took the loss, as he allowed nine hits, four earned runs, two walks and struck out one in 51/3 innings.
Belskis had Carthage’s only hit in the nightcap, as North Park starter Ethan Sund allowed just a walk and struck out three in eight innings.
Tremper graduate Dante Guarascio took the loss for Carthage, as he allowed six hits, five earned runs and four walks in three innings of work.
The Rangers were swept in a non-conference doubleheader by a former Great Lakes Valley Conference foe in Romeoville, Ill.
In the second game, Parkside (6-24) tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the second on Mike Pillizzi’s RBI single and took a 4-1 lead in the top of the third on Casey Oliver’s sacrifice fly and run-scoring base hits by Ricky West and Paul Weise.
But the Flyers (20-18) tied it in the bottom of the third and took an 8-4 lead with a pair of runs in the fourth and two more in the sixth.
Shawn Rigsby belted a two-run home run in the top of the seventh for the Rangers to account for the game’s final runs.
Parkside was never close in the opener, as Lewis pounded out 17 hits and the Rangers combined to walk and hit 15 Flyers.
The Rangers host 16th-ranked Wayne State in a pair of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference doubleheaders at Simmons Field on Friday and Saturday. Each twinbill begins at noon.
North Cenral 4,
North Central 0
Bradford graduate Ellie Bernero accounted for both of the Reds’ runs in the second game of the CCIW twinbill with a fourth-inning double and a sixth-inning triple.
Rylee Johnson scored on both of Bernero’s hits.
Bernero also notched the save in relief of starting pitcher Naomi Alonzo, as she struck out two batters in the seventh inning. Alonzo allowed three hits and struck out three.
Carthage (17-5, 5-3) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning of the opener on an RBI double by Alonzo, an RBI single by Kelsey Domagala and a fielder’s choice by Alexandra Millett.
North Central doubles in the third and fourth innings led to all four runs in the Cardinals’ comeback win.
Stefanie Guercio took the complete-game loss for the Reds, as she allowed six hits, four runs and struck out six.
UWP twinbill moved
Due to inclement weather in the forecast, Parkside’s non-conference doubleheader against Lewis today has been moved from the Case Complex in Somers to Romeoville, Ill.
The games are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
CCIW honors Willis
Carthage’s Elizabeth Willis was named one of the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Track and Field Athletes of the Week on Tuesday.
Willis was honored for field events, the second time she’s received the award this season.
The junior from Mendota, Ill., won the hammer throw (53.42 meters) and was second in the shot put (12.46) and discus (42.29) Saturday at the Carroll Alumni Open in Waukesha.
Her hammer throw was a personal best and ranks first in the CCIW and second in NCAA Division III.
and Mike Johnson