Last updated: April 30. 2014 2:48PM - 542 Views
By - emowen@civitasmedia.com



Jason Utz picks off a Bethel base runner at first base.
Jason Utz picks off a Bethel base runner at first base.
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Twin Valley South’s baseball team picked up three wins last week in five tries.


The Panthers went 3-2 on the week to see their record improve to 7-6 overall and 4-3 in the Cross County Conference.


TVS started out the week on Monday, April 21, by hosting a CCC Conference game against Mississinawa Valley.


According to South coach John Bassler, his team gave up to many early runs, and were not able to overcome the deficit and came out with a 8-7 loss. TVS had a good hitting game from Jacob Bassler, Todd French, and Jason Utz. All three had two singles. Jordan Burns took the loss on the mound.


On Tuesday, the Panthers traveled to Ansonia for another CCC game. TVS had a offensive explosion and came out with a 14-3 victory.


Just about every player had at list one hit, and Gunter Lautensleger and Brandon Simpson had doubles. Jason Utz picked up the win.


On Wednesday, TVS hosted Bethel in yet another CCC game. Jacob Bassler pitched a complete game, and the TVS bats were able to produce the runs for a 7-2 win. Josh Cottingim, Jacob Bassler, and Cody Meyer let the offensive charge, having multiple hits each.


On Friday, the Panthers hosted Covington in their fourth CCC matchup of the week. The TVS offense was silent and were only able to muster a run, coming out with a 5-1 loss. Josh Cottingim and Brandon Simpson did hit doubles.


South closed out the week by playing at Crosely Field.


On Saturday, TVS got a great opportunity to play New Miami in Cincinnati (Blue Ash Park), at Crosley Field.


“This field is a recreation of the Reds Crosley Field retired in 1970. The big scoreboard is reading just as it was the day the last game was played,” coach Bassler said.


According to John Bassler, it was a well-played game by both teams, and TVS came out with an 8-4 win.


Brandon Simpson, Wes Cole, Cody Meyer, and Chad Ehler had multiple hits game.


“A special thanks to Ralph Lunsford, the New Miami coach, who is a TVS grad and resides in West Alex, for setting up the opportunity to play at the site. It will be something all the boys involved will remember the rest of their life,” John Bassler said.


The Panthers were scheduled to play at Miami East on Tuesday, April 29. They are to visit National Trail on Thursday before hosting rival Tri-County North on Friday. South will close out the week with a doubleheader at Middletown Madison on Saturday.

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