By CAREY FOX
Former Northview standout Ryan Hayes led the Indiana State Sycamores to their second straight win over Illinois State on Saturday, 9-1.
Hayes, won this third decision against no losses, allowing just one earned run over eight innings. The junior lefthander gave up only five hits and struckout three Cardinal batters.
The effort improved Hayes' ERA to a sterling 0.88 over five starts and 30 2/3 innings of work. Hayes is 3-0 this year and has given up 25 hits and has allowed opponents just a .221 batting average with 19 strikeouts.
2005 Northview grads, Brady Shoemaker and T.J. King had plenty of big hits for the Knights during their careers and have continued to excel this season for the Olney Central Blue Knights.
In a doubleheader split against Lakeland College last week, King went 3-for-4 in the victory with Shoemaker driving in a pair of runs with a double into the leftfield gap as part of a two hit game. In the other game, Shoemaker had another two hits with one RBI.
Shoemaker also provided the game-winning RBI single in a 2-1 victory over Southwestern Illinois last week.
In a vicory against Wabash Valley on March 26, King drove in a run with two hits as did Shoemaker in a victory.
Olney Central is 24-8 this season and 8-7 in the GRAC.
Track and Field
Indiana State sophomore Nikki Royer placed second in the pole vault for the Sycamores at the Gatorade Classic track meet at Southeast Missouri State University.
Royer, a former Northview standout, cleared 11-6 to finisih second behind ISU senior Melissa Ullenbruch who went 12-5 3/4 to win the event.
Sycamore freshman Emily Pugh placed sixth in the 1,500 meters for ISU on Saturday, running a 5:01.02.
Clay City graduate and Indiana University sophomore Kari Bettenbrock is hitting .313 this season for the Hoosiers in 32 at-bats.
Bettenbrock has played in 19 games with six starts and has 10 hits this season with six RBIs and a homerun. IU is currently 18-12-1 overall with a 3-1 mark in the Big Ten.