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Taylorville Tornadoes fall to Triad Knights to cap season, 10-0

JERSEYVILLE — Senior Carter Thomas tosses a pitch of the Regional Semifinal match against Troy Triad on Wednesday, May 24. Thomas threw 2 innings of relief allowing three runs on four hits and struck out three.
(Lucas Domonousky / Breeze-Courier Photo)

Lucas Domonousky
Breeze-Courier Sports Editor

JERSEYVILLE — The Taylorville varsity baseball team capped off their 2023 Spring season on Wednesday, May 24 when they took on Troy Triad for the Regional Semifinal match. With the season on the line it was apparent that both teams didn’t want this game to be their last. It was the Knights who came out on top blanking the Tornadoes, 10-0 the final.

“Actually, we didn’t play that bad.” Head Coach Brian Sample said. “We got squeezed on two pitches and that changed the third inning. We never really bounced back from it.”

Taylorville struggled to get anything going against Triad pitching who held the Tornadoes to just two hits and 6 strikeouts.

Sophomore Tharyn Wiseman got the starting nod and was solid for the first two innings. It was the third where the wheels came off and the Knights were able to get seven runs across the plate. Senior Carter Thomas would come in to stop the bleeding and held them up until the very end. Combined the two pitchers went 4.2 innings pitched on ten runs and six hits allowed. The pair also collected six strikeouts at three a piece.

Taylorville sports as a whole is young and the varsity baseball team is no exception. There will be seven varsity players who are expected to return next season. Coach Sample says that experience at the highest High School level should give them a much needed edge factor.

“They have plenty of playing experience and tonight was good for them. Plenty of experience and looking for big things next year.”

He also doesn’t forget about the seniors. “And we have four good seniors. They were all four year guys. They’ve been through the roller coaster of High School society.”

One of those seniors was 1B Aden Toberman. He weighs in on the bond he and his teammates have had the opportunity of creating.

“I wouldn’t ask for a better group of guys.” Says the four year athlete. “We had a lot of fun in and out of that dugout this year. I wouldn’t take it back.”

Sophomore Baron Odam says the leadership the four seniors provided was something special.

“Loved all my seniors.” Odam states. “All four of them. They were always on top of everything. Just love those guys.”

Now the script flips and losing those four to graduation will allow for new leaders to step up and take the reigns. Us spectators will have to wait and see who is going to step up.

“I think we’re ready.” Baron Odam says with confidence. “The varsity experience has prepared us a lot. We’re looking strong for the next few years. Just have to get better.”

JERSEYVILLE — Senior first baseman Aden Toberman gets set for the upcoming play against the Triad Knights.
(Lucas Domonousky
Breeze-Courier Photo)

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