Jeeps advance to sectional championship

Photo by Corey Stolzenbach/The Herald
Northeast Dubois sophomore Rhylan Kalb (24) and senior Kayleigh VanPelt (21) hug on Monday after a 22-0 run-rule of Cannelton in the Sectional 64 semifinals at Wood Memorial to return to the championship. The Jeeps will play the host Trojans for the championship on Tuesday.

By COREY STOLZENBACH
sports@dcherald.com

OAKLAND CITY - Northeast Dubois has a chance to win the Sectional 64 Championship on Tuesday, thanks to a 22-0 run-rule Monday against Cannelton.

The Jeeps (16-7) batted around and posted five runs in the top of the first of the Wood Memorial sectional and did not look back. They put their first three players on base, and it paid off when junior Hadley Fuhrman, the third batter of the game, had a two-run triple to bring in Rebecca Brosmer and sophomore Grace Lueken, but it was all just beginning for the Jeeps.

Their wire-to-wire run-rule set the scene for a showdown with Wood Memorial, a team they beat, 14-4, on May 10, but since that time in just the last two weeks, Northeast Dubois coach Dion Terwiske can see some differences in his team.

"I think0 we're getting contributions from more people up and down the lineup the last few games," Terwiske said. "(We're) getting some contributions from seven-eight-nine down in there, and feel like we're a threat all the way through the lineup."

Terwiske added that his players somewhat had a lull in the middle where they didn't play very well, but he has confidence in his team throughout the order.

The lineup also batted around in the top of the second, when Northeast Dubois plated 15 of its 22 runs against Cannelton. The Jeeps sent 21 players to the plate in the top half, giving more than enough run support for the freshman pitching tandem of Landy Rasche and Averi Bauer, who tossed a combined no-no against the Bulldogs.

Rasche and Bauer are just two of the 11 underclassmen listed on the Northeast Dubois roster, and none of them came into this year with any varsity experience, but these 11 underclassmen are one win away from returning the Jeeps to where they were two years ago.

"The freshmen class stepped right in there," Terwiske said. "We're at the end of the season - I don't really look at them as freshmen anymore. They've got 20-some games under their belt, and they're not like they were the first week. Admittedly, it was rough there at the beginning of the season trying to get them all going in the same direction, but they've all gelled right together, and it's like I don't see them as freshmen and seniors anymore. They're just all ballplayers."

Yet, this was where the Jeeps expected to be, and Terwiske feels this is where they should be, that they should be playing for championships.

This is a familiar spot for the Jeeps and Trojans, who have met in the sectional championship game the last two seasons. The Trojans claimed the 2018 prize, but the Jeeps came back the next year to win it. Wood Memorial came away with a 10-7 win against Springs Valley in nine innings on Monday before the Jeeps won big to set the stage for the trilogy between these two.

"We just have to come and play like we always play and treat it like another game," Terwiske said. "Don't let the nerves get in and all that stuff, and just relax up there and have fun and play our game - and not worry about it being a sectional championship. It's just another game, and just play like we would and we have all season - and we'll be fine."




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