April, 2012 Archives

I made a trip Saturday night to the Peoria Civic Center to get up close to the action and take some snaps from the suicide section (on the floor next to the track, in the danger zone) of Roller Derby action. The Valley Girls defeated the Mall Rats 73-60 in the opener and the Wrecking Crew skated to a easy victory 179-100 over the visiting Decatur Derby Dames.

-Bob

Bradley scored in six of the seven innings and put up six runs in the seventh inning to cut short its series-opener at Interstate 74 rival Illinois State 20-14, 2-7 MVC, downing the Redbirds 13-2 Friday night at Duffy Bass Field. The Braves (20-14-1, 5-5 MVC) banged out 16 hits in support of ace left-hander Joe Bircher, who improved to 5-1 on the season with his second complete-game effort of the year. Bircher overcame a rough start to earn his third win in his last four starts and move into a tie for seventh in school history with his 19th career win. The senior lefty scattered five hits, did not walk a batter and struck out six to push his Bradley school record to 270 career strikeouts. Bradley built its 10-run cushion when Greg Partyka lined an RBI single into right field that scooted under Eric Aguilera‘s glove, allowing Mike Tauchman to come around all the way from first while the Braves designated hitter cruised into third. Max Murphy made it 13-2 when he lofted a sacrifice fly to left field. Click here for game box score.

-Bob

The #1 ranked East Peoria Red Raiders (16-1, 6-0) continued there stellar season downing Pekin High School (5-6, 1-5) 9-1 in Mid-Illini prep softball Thursday afternoon. The Raiders were led by senior pitcher Alex Smith who tossed a 14-strikeout, two-hitter against the lady Dragons. East Peoria banged out 12 hits against two Pekin pitchers. Savanna Tapper, Sarah Finck, and Nicole Montgomery banged out two hits each, and the Red Raiders had seven extra base hits.

-Bob

The Illinois Central College Lady Cougars (28-23) swept a doubleheader with Heartland Community College (43-10), behind a two-run homer by first baseman Samantha Caldwell capping off a four run first inning for a 4-2 Game 1 victory. ICC received strong pitching from two freshman, Cori Maloney (starter) and McKensie Vissering shut down the Hawks. The Cougars took the nightcap 4-3 in eight innings. Amber Bottens had an RBI and picked up the win in relief of Dani Williams in Game 2.

-Bob

Bradley University freshmen Molly Dahlquist and Chase Coffey both won the 3,000 meter steeplechase to highlight action for the Bradley track and field teams at the Lee Calhoun Memorial Invitational Saturday. Running the first steeplechase of her collegiate career, Dahlquist won the women’s 3,000 meter steeplechase by nearly 40 seconds, finishing in a time of 11:01.98 and posted one of five top-five finishes on the day for the women’s squad. In the men’s 3,000 meter steeplechase, Coffey edged Knox College’s Kevin Box by four seconds with a time of 9:42.23 to win the race.  Coffey’s time ranks as the fifth best 3,000 meter steeplechase in program history. Marquette took both the Men’s (160 points) and Women’s (202 points) team events at the meet. Click here for complete Invitational results.

-Bob

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