Wilburton, Oklahoma -- Indian Hills scored 48 runs on 56 hits and took three of four games in a weekend series against Eastern Oklahoma State. It was the Falcons' second straight time in which they won a series, having gone 3-1 the previous weekend against Garden City (Kans.).
Somewhat overshadowed in all the offensive fireworks against Eastern Oklahoma was another strong pitching performance by sophomore righthander Jacob Thiessen. Thiessen fired an eight-hit shutout in the 3rd game of the series, striking out four in his route-going effort. He had beaten Garden City in his initial start the prior weekend.
But the story against Eastern Oklahoma once again was the IHCC offense that produced wins of 20-10, 9-0 -- in Thiessen's shutout -- and 15-12 in the series finale. The only game they lost was 5-4.
Trailing 9-8 after 7 innings in the opener on Friday, Indian Hills put together a 5-run 8th inning and a 7-run 9th to nail down the win. Their 16-hit attack included five homers -- two by Justin King and one each for Luis Gimenez, Jacob Rhinesmith and Ryan Humeniuk. Rhinesmith was 4-6 with three runs and four RBIs. King also drove in four runs, Humeniuk three, and Gimenez and Hunter Capps two apiece. Gimenez, Capps and Humeniuk all scored three times and King and Zachary Fascia twice each. The Falcons employed four pitchers with Capps notching the win in relief. In three innings of work he allowed three hits and one earned run.
The lone loss came in Saturday's opener when Eastern Oklahoma broke a 4-4 tie with a run in the bottom of the 6th off IHCC starter Jared Spearing. Gimenez and Rhinesmith, who both had a monster series at the plate, had a pair of hits and Dillon Nelson tripled home a run and scored once.
To back Thiessen in his victory, Indian Hills pounded out 15 hits, three each by Rhinesmith and King, who homered twice and knocked in four runs. The top three hitters in the lineup -- Noah Renaud, Nelson and Gimenez -- all had two hits, as did Joshmar Doran.
Nineteen more hits in the series finale led to another IHCC win, this one sparked by Nelson and Gimenez, each of whom was 4-6 with four runs scored. Nelson doubled twice and slugged two homers, driving in three runs. Lane Harvey also had three RBIs and Rhinesmith and Fascia two. King scored three runs and Gimenez and Will Zimmerman went deep, giving the Falcons four more HRs. Six pitchers were used with Ray Nolan getting the win in relief and Caleb Miley recording a save by securing the final two outs.
The Falcons will take a 6-2 record into action in the Perfect Game Spring Swing in Georgia next weekend.