Alles gets 300th win as Reds return to playJune 27, 2020
By COREY STOLZENBACH
HUNTINGBURG — Jasper Reds baseball returned Saturday, and the team wasted no time putting itself in the win column. The Reds moved to 2-0 by sweeping Hoosier Townball in a doubleheader by scores of 10-0 in six innings and 6-1 in five innings when rain halted the latter game.
Those two games opened the 2020 campaign for the Reds, who could play 10 to 12 games this year. They didn’t begin their season on time due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“Since nobody’s played for a long time, we had some darn good hits there,” Manager Bill Alles said after the first game. “Of course, Bo (Daves) was really good after the first inning or so. Once he got into the swing of it, he was fantastic.”
Daves racked up a double-handful of strikeouts and walked just one batter in five innings of work on Saturday to help Alles reach his 300th win as the team’s manager. Alles is now in his 22nd season, having managed the team since 1999.
Unlike his brother, Bob, the team’s business manager, Bill isn’t one much for words, but it felt good to get No. 300 as the Reds’ skipper.
“I can’t think of one [win] that stands out,” Bill said. “This one here was unusual because it’s the only baseball around, and it’s so good to have baseball back. It just means a lot to come out here today. So, maybe that’s it. Maybe it’s just today — just being out here at the ballpark and remembering what that’s all like. I want to thank the people here at Huntingburg for allowing us to play here.”
Bill got his 301st win immediately following that in the second game of the twinbill. Home plate umpire Roger Vollmer took a ball in his right arm, which forced a stoppage in play. Reds business manager Bob Alles said Vollmer went to Huntingburg Urgent Care. Vollmer’s X-rays reportedly came back negative.
Mike Garrett, who served as the home plate umpire in the first game, briefly assumed duties behind the plate again in the second game until that one was called off when rain moved in. The shutout ended in the top of the fifth inning as Townball got its only run of the day in either game when Willie Glen drove in Chad Justice against 2020 Southridge graduate Weston Allen.
Saturday’s doubleheader sweep leaves Bill 99 wins from 400.
“I hope he does, I hope he does [win 400],” Bob said. “I hope that we continue to stay healthy enough to do it for that long. If he would get 400, nobody would be happier than me, because that means the program’s still moving down the line, and that’s what we want.”
“I didn’t know that coming in,” said Tucker Schank, a 2019 Southridge grad and Indiana University baseball player. “I didn’t know that’s what the stakes were today, but I’m glad we got that for him, because I know he cares and puts a lot into this organization.”
The Reds received lights-out pitching from Bo Daves and Carter Stamm in the first and second games, respectively. Both of them got the win and both notched seven strikeouts against only one walk without ever allowing a base knock. The only difference is Daves went five innings, while Stamm went four. Daves went to Jasper and graduated from Pike Central in 2006, while Stamm graduated from Jasper in 2020.
"We're short on pitching because we burned quite a bit of pitching today and we're just going to try to piece it together," Bob said. "(Northeast Dubois grad Reece) Bauer's pitched in high school. (Brandon) Jackson has pitched a number of times. He's very cagey out there. He knows what he's doing. He'll throw a knuckleball and this and that, and we're just going to try to piece it together.
"Weston only pitched an inning," he continued. "(Former Jeep Kris) Weisheit only pitched two innings. They both said they'd probably go. So, we'll just split it up maybe five ways tomorrow. We'll see, but that's okay. We're going to get to play. That's the main thing."
Another player who broke out was Schank. The redshirt freshman at IU made his presence known. He scored the first run of the second game of the doubleheader, and he also stole three bases in the latter game. Schank said he's been doing a lot of work with his coaches at IU and getting jumps and getting good reads while improving his speed.
He also reunited with Allen and Taylor, his former teammates with the Raiders. The latter drove him in on an RBI triple to make it 9-0 in the bottom of the sixth during the first game.
"That was fun, that was pretty nostalgic," Schank said. "We used to do that quite a bit back in the day and it was fun to do it again — especially here."
Bob thought the Reds would have made better contact in general on Saturday, especially the middle of the order, but he's sure that rust played a part in that. However, it means a lot to him that baseball is back, since there's hardly any baseball happening anywhere. He also finds it important for the college players to get more work in.
The Reds were originally supposed to be back at it at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday against the Louisville Cubs for a chance to give Bill his 302nd win, but rain forced a cancellation of the game. The Reds are next scheduled to be back in action Friday at 6 p.m. at League Stadium against the Saline County (Ill.) Monarchs.
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