Ike evens record with non-region win

Eisenhower has nearly accomplished two-thirds of its goals from the beginning of the season.

The Knights have made the District 10 Class A playoffs as the top Class A seed in Region 4. Head coach Cody Vincent also wanted his Knights to finish .500, and the Knights are at 7-7 after a 2-0 non-region win over North East on Wednesday.

The third goal is a District 10 championship, but Vincent’s not getting ahead of himself.

“It gets us to the .500 mark again,” said Vincent after a strong pitching performance by Logan Bellardo on Wednesday, and strong right-field play by Alex Johnson.

“Alex Johnson caught eight or nine fly balls,” said Vincent.

Johnson made a diving catch for the first out of the sixth, and caught the final out of the game with the bases loaded.

Eisenhower scored in the third when Casey Vincent’s one-out, two-run double scored the only runs of the game. Eisenhower had a couple other chances, but a safety squeeze didn’t work, and Vincent was thrown at at the plate on another play.

“Nice plays (by North East) on both,” said coach Vincent. “We were trying to be aggressive.”

Bellardo went the whole way, striking out five. “We played good defense,” said Vincent.

The last season Eisenhower finished .500 or better was 2004.

NORTH EAST (0): 2b-r-h-rbi, Keith cf 3-0-0-0, Widomski ph 0-0-0-0, Cooney 2b 3-0-0-0, McCauley p 4-0-1-0, Scotch 1b 3-0-0-0, Roe ss 1-0-0-0, Zahner c 2-0-0-0, Rohen 3b 2-0-0-0, Nelson lf 3-0-1-0, Slaughter rf 1-0-0-0, Orton rf 1-0-0-0, Evy rf 1-0-0-0. Totals 24-0-3-0.

EISENHOWER: Bellardo p 3-0-0-0, Vincent ss 2-0-1-2, Hunt c 3-0-3-0, Berkhous 1b 3-0-0-0, Arford cf 3-0-0-0, Jackson 3b 0-0-0-0, Elmquist dh 2-0-0-0, Head 2b 2-0-0-0, Johnson rf 3-1-0-0, Garris lf 2-1-0-0. Totals 23-2-5-2.

North East 000 000 0 – 0 3 2

Eisenhower 002 000 x – 2 5 1

2b-Hunt (E), Vincent (E). WP-Bellardo. LP-McCauley.