Baseball: Evan Garthus leads Hanover past Rensselaer in KV Sectional opener
By Dave Melton Post-Tribune correspondent May 22, 2013 9:56PM
Updated: June 24, 2013 2:25PM
WHEATFIELD — A two-run single by Evan Garthus broke a tie in the bottom of the six inning, leading Hanover Central to a 3-1 victory over Rensselaer in the opening game of the Kankakee Valley Sectional.
“We got the hits when we had to,” said Hanover coach Doug Nelson. “Our approach has to be better. But any win in the postseason is a good win; it beats the alternative.”
Garthus drove in all three runs for Hanover, adding an RBI single in the second inning.
“It was a tight game the whole way, I knew we had to get something going,” said Garthus. In the sixth inning, Garthus came to the plate with two runners on, and a wild pitch moved them both into scoring position. “It’s do or die at that point. You have to get something done. No excuses.”
That hit broke open a pitcher’s duel that had developed between Hanover’s Riley Welch and Rensselaer’s Avery Walker. Welch fanned 10 batters in his six innings of work, scattering three hits and one walk.
“Riley does a good job of changing speeds and hitting his locations,” said Nelson. “He’s good when he mixes is pitches up and down, and in and out.”
Walker, a junior, also went six innings, allowing three runs on four hits and four walks with one strikeout.
“I know he’s probably beating himself up about a slider he hung that brought in those two runs, but he still pitched a real good game,” said Rensselaer coach Ed Schlueter.
Hanover will have to wait one more day to know who its opponent will be in the semifinal round, as the Knox/Calumet nightcap was halted in the bottom of the first inning by a torrential downpour.
Before the rains came, though, Knox belted out four runs in the top of the first on four hits and a walk. The game will be resumed at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, with Knox ahead 4-0 and Calumet leadoff man TJ Thomas up to bat, facing a 1-1 count.