Turkey Valley baseball

Making this big of a leap, Evan Drilling has no problem avoiding the ball hit by a teammate. Drilling would go to third on the play, then score one of 10 runs Turkey Valley would use in the game one win over MFL Monday.
Remember the old commercials “this is what your brain looks like on drugs?” Turkey Valley Dan Stepan used a similar approach when he sent box scores on the Trojan baseball team’s early-week games. After Monday 10-0 and 8-0 wins over MFL, the coach said, “This is what a box score looks like when you...
Turkey Valley’s Mason Goerend picks up the double he just hit in a game against Kee High during an Upper Iowa Conference doubleheader with Kee High that was played on Thursday.
At the beginning of the season, Turkey Valley coach Dan Stepan looked for Kee High to be not only a team to beat in the Upper Iowa Conference, but a top contender in Class 1A. That probably didn’t change after the Kee Hawks defeated the Trojans 13-2 and 12-2 in a doubleheader Thursday, a day after...
Turkey Valley’s Kyle Langreck gets ready to throw the ball back into the infield during a game played earlier this season.
Turkey Valley scored a run in each of the middle three innings in game one at Starmont Monday and with good pitching, that was more than enough to win the first game of the doubleheader, 3-0. But the Trojans boys piled on the runs in game two, earning a sweep for the day. Kyle Langreck started the...
Turkey Valley catcher Simon Schmitt attempts to throw out a basestealer during the Trojans’ game at New Hampton last Thursday.
In its first six games of the season, Turkey Valley’s baseball team had a combined 21 hits. During a Saturday tournament at Crestwood, the Trojans — while defeating the host Cadets — added 20 hits. In one game. Turkey Valley’s win over Crestwood was by a 9-0 score, which could have been even higher...
Cody Hackman earned UIC first team honors for the second straight year and was a three-time UIC pick at the end of the season.
   Even though Cody Hackman played  catcher about as much as he was in centerfield, the Turkey Valley senior was named an Upper Iowa Conference first team outfielder for the 2017 season.   He was the only Trojan to land on the first team, but Evan Busta, Wyatt Blazek and Cale Reicks were listed as...
Advancing on a wild pitch, Cody Hackman beats the throw and is safe at third during Turkey Valley’s loss to Kee High in district action Thursday.
   After Turkey Valley's Evan Drilling laced a home run down the left field line to start a district semifinal game against Kee High Thursday, Jaden Bruess was trying to be helpful.   Except he was wearing a mischievous grin.   "Evan took the second pitch, and it travelled oh, 520-530 feet," he...
With nine strikeouts in the Turkey Valley 4-1 victory over Tripoli Tuesday night, Evan Busta pitched the win, which sent the Trojans back to New Albin Thursday.
   The baseball field at New Albin holds a certain mystique for Turkey Valley coach Dan Stepan, with good reason.    Under legendary coach Gene Schultz, the Kee High program — which plays its games at New Albin — won four consecutive state baseball titles in Class 1A and Schultz was the winningest...
Turkey Valley’s Cody Hackman, shown here scoring a run earlier this season, will take a team-leading batting average of .468 into the postseason that begins today [Tuesday] in New Albin.
    Gladbrook-Reinbeck threw a 1-2 punch at Turkey Valley's baseball team as they combined a very good pitching display with a solid batting effort when they hosted the Trojans last Thursday.    But it was the TV boys that delivered their own knockout punch.    "We were in the game until we started...
From left, seniors Curtis Nelson, Walker Leibold, Garrison Kruse, Cody Hackman, Jaden Bruess, Evan Busta and Wyatt Blazek are honored in between games at Turkey Valley Friday.
   Not all of Turkey Valley's seven senior baseball athletes played in a doubleheader that bookended their senior night recognition Friday.   But all of them will be sorely missed by coach Dan Stepan next year.   Clayton Ridge spoiled the senior festivities by edging the Trojans in both games, 3-0...
The contributions by Cale Reicks to Turkey Valley’s game one win over Starmont Monday were numerous as the junior pitched four innings and, while at the plate, singled, doubled and homered.
   In terms of wins and losses, the Turkey Valley and Starmont records were pretty similar before the baseball teams met in a doubleheader at Starmont Monday.    And they’re still that way. Each team earned a victory as the TV boys started with a 10-7 game one win and the Stars took the nitecap, 7-...

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