CIC League Day 8: Ivanoff invincible in 6-inning shutout
Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | May 12, 2022
South 10, Service 0
Pitcher Luke Ivanoff was invincible over his six-inning shutout, holding the Cougars to one hit overall and two baserunners over the final four frames.
The rocket right-hander struck out five batters and issued four walks, with two of them coming in the first inning. He settled down nicely after that in a dominating 82-pitch performance.
Leadoff hitter Oliver Brown went 2-for-4 with a triple, run and two RBIs. Three-hole hitter Kaden Bevegni doubled in a couple runs as part of a five-run sixth inning that triggered the mercy rule.
Service was one out away from forcing South (14-0, 4-0 CIC) to play a full seven innings. That's rarity for the Wolverines, who already beat Dimond in three innings, and West and Chugiak in five innings in league play this season.
South took control in the second inning with three runs, keyed by RBI singles from Luke Beard and Brown. The Wolverines made it 5-0 in the third after scoring two runs on wild pitches.
From there, Ivanoff went into cruise control. He retired seven of the final eight batters, getting the benefit of a 6-4-3 double play to erase a walk in the fourth inning.
The Cougars (7-5, 1-3 CIC) had plenty to hang their hat on. Starter Andrew Hickman had a scoreless first inning against a South team that came in averaging 7.0 runs in the first inning of CIC league play.
Owen Hickman got his team's lone base knock and robbed Curtis Hebert of an RBI with a nice play to end the first inning.
Service reliever Sebastian Fournier was sublime, retiring six of the seven batters he faced in throwing two scoreless innings.
South has been held off the scoreboard in only five of 19 innings this season - and Fournier owns two of those goose eggs.