By Brenden West Herald Assistant Sports Editor
The Clinton Herald
---- — GOOSE LAKE — Unfortunately for Camanche, there was just no avoiding Jared Henfrey and Tevin Stoecker, let alone the rest of the Rebels lineup. Northeast’s fourth and fifth batters combined for two home runs, three doubles, seven RBIs and eight hits Monday, helping to end both games early in the Rebels’ Big East Conference home doubleheader.
Northeast put up 26 runs on 25 hits over 10 innings total, beating the Indians 11-1 in Game 1 and 15-1 in Game 2. (Both games ended with the 10-run rule.) Stoecker and Henfrey also teamed up on the mound in the nightcap — combining for five innings, three hits and one run allowed.
It was satisfying for Rebels coach Tyler Howe, with his team improving to 4-0 in conference play.
“We’ve been pitching well and playing defense well,” Howe said. “Now, we’re getting the bats going. The guys are working hard, and it’s starting to come together a bit.”
Stoecker said: “We’re not going to let up. We’re going to keep going until that last out of the game, because it’s a game — once you’re up, you don’t just cruise. You keep going.”
The Rebels jumped on Camanche immediately with a four-run first inning in Game 1. Henfrey came up for his second at-bat in the second inning and homered to left-center to score three. He added a double in the third inning, scoring two and finished with five RBIs in the game.
Howe and Henfrey both credited hard work in practice as the key to wracking up runs.
“I’ve just been working hard in practice, trying to stay focussed,” Henfrey said. “We’d love to go out Big East champions in its last year.”
Howe said, “(Henfrey’s) been working very hard in pratice, very hard on the field, and it shows.”
The hits followed a weekend in which Henfrey knocked in four against Springville on two doubles.
On the other side, Camanche struggled both offensively and defensively. Against Henfrey, Stoecker and Game 1 starter Cole Dickey, the Indians managed only three hits in each game.
“(Northeast) had some timely hitting, and that’s what baseball’s all about,” Camanche coach Darryl Cochran said. “I don’t see one clear-cut favorite in the Big East, but Northeast should be up there.”
The closest Camanche came to scoring on Dickey (four innings, seven strikeouts) was in the second inning when Cody Mensinger doubled and stole third. Dickey struck out the next batter, and the Indians didn’t get another opportunity until Blake Bialas had a base hit to score Camanche’s only run in the fifth.
In Game 2, Mensinger took the mound and kept the game within reach through four innings, the score 6-1 Northeast. An error-filled fifth inning gave the Rebels ample scoring opportunities. Northeast scored eight of its nine fifth-inning runs facing two outs.
Cochran said his team was young and would learn from these losses.
“You give up a couple of freebies — whatever you want to call it — and our heads go down and it seems to snowball,” he said. “As a young team, I think that’s one thing you’ve got to avoid.”
Howe echoed Stoecker: There’s no letting up in Big East play.
“I’m super proud of the guys,” Howe said. “I ask them to compete and play on every pitchs. As long as they do that, good things are going to happen ... .
“We can’t let up. We can put ourselves in good positions, but we have to keep progressing or it can change real fast.”
The Rebels improved to 7-1 on the season, their lone loss coming in the season opener to Monticello. They’ll play at Preston for a two-game set at 5 p.m. Thursday.
Meanwhile, the Indians travel to Clinton for a doubleheader against Prince of Peace on Thursday at the Ashford University Stadium. First pitch is at 5 p.m.
NORTHEAST 11, CAMANCHE 1
Camanche 000 01 — 1 3 1
Northeast 433 1X — 11 13 2
Tanner Atkinson (2 1/3 ip, 6 r, 5 er), Seth Boysen (1 2/3 ip, 5 r, 4 er) and Tanner Schreiner; Cole Dickey (4 ip, 3 h, 0 r, 1 bb, 7 so), Ben Hildebrant (1 ip, 0 h, 1 r, 0 er, 1 bb) and Zach Scott. Multiple hits — Northeast (Ben Hildebrant 2, Jared Henfrey 3, Tevin Stoecker 2, Matt Haferbier 2). 2B — Camanche (Cody Mensinger), Northeast (Henfrey, Stoecker). HR — Northeast (Henfrey). RBIs — Camanche (Blake Bialas), Northeast (Henfrey 5, Trevor Schaver, Ketzalli Dondiego, Nick Bailey).
NORTHEAST 15, CAMANCHE 1
Northeast 013 29 — 15 12 1
Camanche 001 00 — 1 3 5
Northeast 013 29 — 15 12 1
Jared Henfrey (4 ip, 3 h, 1 r, 1 er, 1 bb, 4 so), Tevin Stoecker (1 ip, 0 h, 2 so) and Zach Scott; Cody Mensinger (4 2/3 ip, 8 h, 10 r, 5 er, 4 bb, 5 so), Derek Harksen (1/3 ip, 3 h, 5 r, 3 er, 2 bb) and Tanner Schreiner. Multiple hits — Northeast (Charlie Marcucci 3, Tevin Stoecker 3). 2B — Northeast (Marcucci, Stoecker). HR — Northeast (Stoecker). RBIs — Camanche (Blake Bialas), Northeast (Marcucci, Stoecker 2, Nick Bailey, Trevor Schaver, Ryan Livesay).