Curve wrap up campaign

Submitted photoThe Curve 12-under travel team recently concluded its summer campaign. Pictured (front from left) are: Jacoby Miller, Chase Tekulve, Brayden Hancock, Bryson Kelso, Peyton Cordray, Lance Coy and Jackson Voss and (back) Cy Miller, Dylan Thomas, head coach Matt Miller, Jacob Stenger, assistant Elliott Tekulve and assistant Greg Kelso.

The Curve 12-under travel baseball team finished its summer season with a 14-15-1 record, affected many weekends by rainouts.

In a scrimmage June 28 at Versailles, the Curve easily won 15-4 over the Ripley Redwings while collecting eight hits and seven stolen bases. Jacob Stenger and Jacoby Miller each had two hits. Lance Coy swiped two bags.

The season's final weekend came on July 6-7. The team earned wins over Powerhouse Futures (14-3 and 13-4) but had two – the first was rain-shortened – losses to the Indiana Twins (6-2 and 11-3).

The Curve scored eight runs in the fifth inning in the first Powerhouse matchup. Coy, Stenger and Bryson Kelso all drove in runs. After a Powerhouse home run early – they later added two more solo shots – the Curve answered with three in the second frame. Miller had an RBI single. Kelso was the winning pitcher, striking out five and walking one. Chase Tekulve threw two innings in relief. The Curve totaled 11 hits, with Brayden Hancock (3-of-4) and Jackson Voss each racking up multiple hits. Voss had three of the team's seven stolen bases.

The Twins broke up a 2-2 tie in the fifth in their first encounter with the Curve, which ended in the middle of the sixth. Peyton Cordray started the game, striking out three and walking one. Hancock and Stenger entered the game in relief. Hancock went 1-of-2 at the plate.

Falling behind early on Sunday against the Twins – two first-inning homers – The Curve could not recover. Stenger took the loss, striking out two and walking one. Cy Miller launched a home run in the first inning. Hancock and Stenger each had two hits. Voss stole two bases of the Curve's six total.

In Sunday's finale, the Curve jumped out to an early lead over Powerhouse. Run producers were C. Miller (single), Kelso (double), Dylan Thomas (groundout), Cordray (single) and Stenger (home run). Powerhouse scored four of their own in the first but couldn't add another run. Thomas started, walking a batter. Hancock earned the win with shutout relief work and four strikeouts. C. Miller and Cordray had two hits apiece to pace the 10-hit attack. The winning club stole eight bases, led by Kelso's three.

The Curve would like to thank its many sponsors: B & C Tool Rental, Buy Right Auto, Gecom, Jody Gray with Farm Bureau Insurance, Mancinos Pizza and Grinders, Melanie Hartwell with Lincoln Realty, The Napoleon State Bank, Suzanne Miller with Main Attraction hair salon, The Wagner Coy Team and Water-Tek.