Assell's a hassle
YORKVILLE — Back on April 13, Yorkville junior southpaw Brett Assell threw a one-hitter against Morris in a six-ining win by the Foxes.
After that game it would take the Northern Illinois Big 12 East teams 22 more innings before they could score against him. Including the Yorkville Class 3A Regional opener and a 7-1 win against the Redskins, Assell has now allowed just one earned runs over 35 innings of work against NIB12 East foes.
"He's got an 8-2 record now and in the conference his ERA was 0.25," Yorkville coach Scott Luken said. "It took until the 28th inning for him to get scored on in the conference. He's really stepped up for being a junior and he's done everything we've asked of him and more."
Morris' lone run came in the top of the seventh inning, but it was unearned. Kenny Milosovic singled and an error by the Yorkville right fielder allowed the ball to roll to the fence. Milosovic (2 for 3) then scored on an RBI groundout by Grant Davis.
"He moves his spots really well," Milosovic said. "He's got a lot of movement and he'll go at you with the offspeed and then run one in at 60-miles an hour. He does a good job."
Still, Morris coach Todd Kein said that his team's approach at the plate could have been more disciplined on the day.
"He (Assell) is pretty good and I'll give him the first time, but what happened today is what has plagued us all season. Today was a situation where we did not have the right approach right from the start and it came back to bite us," he said.
Neither team hit the ball all that effectively in the game as the Redskins finished with four hits, including one each from Jake Capko and Jake Wilson. Yorkville had six hits, including just two against starting pitcher Tim Smyk (4-3).
"At one point, the score was 5-0 and they (the Foxes) had two hits," Kein said. "At that point we were outhitting them and had nothing to show for it. You have to be able to put up more than one run to have a shot."
Yorkville scored once in the third against Smyk when Mitch Prickett walked, went to second on a throwing error by Smyk, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on an RBI groundout by Ryan May. In the Foxes fourth, Tanner Cook homered up in the jetstream blowing straight out for the first hit of the game and Nick Gillette walked. Luis Correa followed that with an RBI single and chased Smyk.
Preston Miracle came on in relief and the Foxes got two against him in the fifth and two more in the sixth to complete the scoring. Jake Olson finished the game by getting the final two outs for Morris.
Yorkville is now 24-11-1 on the season while Morris winds up 16-19-1.
"We were not on top of our game today, but all we can ask is to go out there and give it everything we could and we did that," Milosovic said. "It's tough to go out like this ... it's not just leaving a team, it's like leaving a family. This season has meant a lot to everybody."
Kein said that saying goodbye to the seniors never gets easier.
"It's what I told them. That this is the toughest conversation to have," he said. "And it's because I have a tremendous amount of respect for the guys. They took on the challenge this year of playing with a young ball team and I am proud of their effort. The way they have represented the program."