Clay County athletes continue to excel in college athletics over the past two weeks.
In baseball action, Northview graduates have taken their skills to the next level and have been a major benefit to their squads.
Matt Lash, pitching for Rose Hulman, recently threw two scoreless innings of relief against Wabash College to pick up a victory. He allowed two hits and no runs while walking a batter as the Engineers recorded a 10-3 victory.
The Engineers head to Sewanee for the SCAC Tourney with their first game slated to kickoff at 2 p.m. on Thursday. Rose-Hulman is the #1 seed from the East.
For the Indiana State Sycamores, Ryan Hayes struggled a bit in his last outing, but kept his squad in line to pick up a walk-off victory.
Hayes went nine innings, throwing 154 pitches for the Sycamores. For the season, Hayes has compiled a 3-2 mark in eight starts and has a 3.58 ERA for the year. He has thrown 55 1/3 innings, allowing just 22 earned runs and has 17 walks while striking out 33 batters. He's allowed a .251 batting average to opponents.
Brady Shoemaker, attending Olney Central Junior College has continued to pile up big numbers for the Blue Knights.
The team, having won four in a row, got a six-for-seven day from Shoemaker in a doubleheader sweep over McKendree this week. He also drove home four RBIs between the two games.
In last week's doubleheader sweep of Rend Lake, he went a combined five-of-eight with three runs driven in for the 35-13 squad.
T.J. King's stats were unavailable at press time.
On the softball diamond, Clay City graduate and IU sophomore, Kari Bettenbrock has compiled a .267 average over 28 games and has 12 hits in 45 at-bats this season. Bettenbrock has also driven home eight runs and has one home run this season.
Track and Field
A pair of Northview athletes competed for Indiana State University at the Illinois Invitational on Saturday.
Nikki Royer placed fifth in the polevault for the Sycamores, clearing 3.5 meters and Emily Pugh was 11th in the 1,500 meters, running a time of 5:03.
Last week in the Pacesetter Invitational, Pugh was fifth in the 5,000 meters in a time of 18:57 and Royer was seventh in the polevault, clearing 11-5 3/4".