Diamonds will be busy today on the Hillcrest Academy campus as the baseball and softball programs hold their annual Hillcrest Classic tournaments. The Raven baseball team is 5-7 after a 12-10 loss at Central Lee on Friday. For the year, Hillcrest is hitting .241 as a team with Luke Schrock at .383 with 18 hits and 14 runs scored. Jace Rempel has a team best 11 RBI. On the mound, the Raven ERA is 4.06 with Luke Schrock at 3-1 this year though 26 innings and a 3.50 mark. Seth Bear has 23 innings at 2.47.
English Valleys, Kee Lansing and Keokuk join the Ravens in the baseball tournament today. The Bears are 3-10 this season, the Kee Hawks are 23-2 and are ranked No. 4 in this week’s Class 1A poll according to the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association, and the Chiefs are 8-9 this year. You can hear all the baseball action live this morning with a 9:30 a.m. pregame show at Washington HyVee and a 10 a.m. show. First pitch when the Ravens face the Bears on AM 1380, FM 102.5 and KCIIradio.com.
The Hillcrest softball team is also hosting a tournament today. They go into action with a 3-9 record after a 13-1 loss to Central Lee on Friday. The Ravens are hitting .285 as a team, led by Grace Miller’s .391 average. Malia Yoder has 11 hits and nine RBIs and Esther Hughes has 10 runs. In the circle, Leah Bontrager pitched 53 innings with a 7.00 ERA. Columbus also joins the field at Hillcrest today. The Wildcats are 8-9 overall, 6-6 in the Superconference after an 11-0 win over Mediapolis last time out. The Wildcats are hitting .289 as a group led by Lily Coil at .580 with 39 hits, 23 runs scored and 15 RBIs. In the circle, she and Libby White threw 95 frames with an ERA of 2.87. Also in Hillcrest today will be English Valleys with their 9-7 record and Danville with their 0-11 record. The Ravens start the day with the Bears at 10 a.m. And the ‘Cats face Danville at noon.