Jake Reinhardt slugs eight homers in four games

Baseball notebook

Apparently, Jake Reinhardt was just warming up.

Named last week as the CCIW Hitter of the Week, North Park University senior short stop Jake Reinhardt put together a season’s worth of stats in span of four games over the weekend.

Reinhardt belted eight homers in two doubleheaders against Carthage, going 9-18 with 10 runs scored and 17 RBIs. That’s right, eight homers in eight games.

On Saturday, Reinhardt parked two homers in the Vikings’ 13-2 win in Game 1 and a first-inning homer in a 13-2 defeat in the second game

The Princeton product blasted five homers in Sunday’s doubleheader.

He hit a two-run shot over the right field bleachers in the first inning and a three-run homer to straight away center in the fourth to power the Vikings to a 17-6 win.

In Game 2, Reinhardt hit solo shots in the first and eighth innings and added a two-run blast in the ninth. Despite Reinhardt’s power display, the Vikings fell 9-7.

By the time the weekend was out, Reinhardt homered to every part of the park: left field, left-center, center field, right-center and right field.

Consider this weekend stat line according to North Park:

• 8 homers.

• 17 RBI.

• Slugged 1.833.

• Had 33 total bases.

Reinhardt also became the first North Park player to hit three homers in one game since 2009, and with 14 homers has tied the North Park school record for a single season.

Reinhardt will get his next crack at the long ball Tuesday as North Park (16-17, 11-16 CCIW) takes on Elmhurst.

Swinging some lumber

Another slugger was up to his old tricks Saturday at Lumberjacks Stadium in Clinton, Iowa. Princeton High School first baseman Owen Rossler smacked a deep drive that sailed over the left-center field fence, over the berm and over a second fence that guards the river, helping power the Tigers to a 14-3 win over host Rockridge.

Rossler put one onto the berm two years ago there.

Rossler is not sure what the secret to his success is at that minor league park, other than “it’s just a super fun” place to play.

“We’ve always gone over there and just had a great time and I’ve just been lucky enough to poke a couple out,” he said. “I love playing there just like the rest of the guys do and for my last time playing there, it was pretty fun being able to hit one out and have a great game with a fun team.”

1,000 wins for PC

Putnam County reached a milestone by winning the program’s all-time 1,000th victory when the Panthers beat Woodland/Flanagan-Cornell 11-1 Friday afternoon at Jenkins Field.

The Panthers’ all-time record now stands at 1,000-521-3.

“That win number is a credit to the coaches that came before me and all of the players that have played here. It’s a great milestone, and anyone that has coached or played here at Putnam County should be extremely proud of the accomplishment,” PC coach Chris Newsome said.

“I don’t know how many Illinois high school baseball programs can say they have reached 1,000 wins, but I’m guessing we are in a select group now. Coach (Ken) Jenkins, Coach (Joe) Massino, Coach (Dave) Garcia and sprinkle in a couple of other coaches, have had a lot to do with the success of PC baseball for many years.

“Today was a good win and another good win for the program.”

There were 20 programs in Illinois that reached the 1,000-win plateau entering this season, according to the IHSA website.

Kevin Hieronymus

Kevin has been sports editor of the BCR for more than 34 years and previously was sports editor of the St. Louis Daily News, Morton Tazewell News and ISU Daily Vidette. He is a 2021 inductee into the IBCA Hall of Fame as a media member and has won numerous IPA press awards.