Category: Baseball

The Peoria Chiefs yielded seven runs in the third inning in an 11-3 loss to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers on Saturday night before 6,111 fans. The Chiefs record is 24-24 in the second half and 61-56 overall. Wisconsin got on the board first with seven runs in the third inning against Arturo Reyes. Johnny Davis led off with a bunt single and Chris McFarland followed with a double that Vaughn Bryan misplayed to allow Davis to score. Michael Ratterree walked before Reyes got the first out. Clint Coulter was the next hitter and he crushed his 18th home run to left field to open up a 4-0 Timber Rattlers lead. Taylor Brennan walked in front of consecutive singles by Dustin DeMuth and Steven Halcomb to load the bases. Jose Pena doubled off the wall in left to score two runs and Steve Sabatino relieved Reyes. Sabatino’s first batter was Davis, who hit a sacrifice fly to left to end the scoring in the inning at 7-0 Wisconsin. The Chiefs lost at home on a Saturday for the first time this season and their record is 8-1. The five-game series concludes Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

-Bob

Bradley freshman closer Matt Dennis earned the win by throwing 5.2 strong innings in his first career start and senior catcher Austin Jarvis drove in the deciding run in his final game at Dozer Park, leading the Braves (23-25, 5-16 MVC) to a 2-1 win against Indiana State (35-14, 14-7 MVC) Saturday afternoon in the regular-season finale for both teams. The win ended Indiana State’s hopes of claiming a share of the regular-season Missouri Valley Conference championship and set up a rematch against the second-seeded and host Sycamores in the MVC Baseball Championship Tuesday at Bob Warn Field. The two teams will play a fourth consecutive game against one another in the fourth first-round game, a scheduled 7:30 p.m. (EST) start in Terre Haute, IN. Dennis (4-2), who made his first 19 appearances of the season in relief, limited Indiana State to one run on four hits in his longest career outing. Lefty Cameron Roegner finished off the strong pitching effort by tossing the final 3.1 innings. He worked around four hits to earn his first save of the season.

-Bob

Missouri State had not recorded a hit since one out in the second inning, but the Bears (14-16, 4-3 MVC) strung together four consecutive hits with 2 outs in the ninth to pull out a 6-5 win in the opening game of their Missouri Valley Conference series at Bradley (17-12, 3-7 MVC) Friday afternoon at Dozer Park. After the Braves closer Matt Dennis (2-1) caught Trey Hair looking on a sweeping curve ball for the second out of the ninth, Dylan Becker rifled the next pitch to the right centerfield wall for a triple. Tate Matheny followed with a game-tying single to right field, then scored the game-winner when Eric Cheray and Matt Fultz followed with base hits. The Bears took an early 4-1 lead by roughing up Bradley starter Elliot Ashbeck for six hits in the first two innings. But the sophomore right-hander settled in and completed 6.0 innings, before exiting with the Braves trailing 4-2. Bradley pulled even in the seventh Greg Partyka‘s 2-run home run to right centerfield, then took its first lead of the game, 5-4, in the eighth when pinch-hitter Brady Wilkin came through with a sacrifice fly.

-Bob


A scoreless game was finally broken in the sixth inning when Ronald Castillo flipped a single into shallow centerfield to score Mason Katz from second base with two outs, as the Peoria Chiefs won the home opener at Dozer Park 1-0 over the Dayton Dragons on Tuesday night. With the win it moves the Chiefs to 3-2 on the young season with five games left in the home stand. The Chiefs finally broke through in the sixth. Junior Morillo, who started on the mound for Dayton, came out of the game with an apparent injury prior to a full count pitch to Katz, and was replaced by Daniel Wright. After throwing ball four, Wright balked Katz to second, and Carson Kelly flew out deep to left for out number two. Castillo blooped a single to center, and Katz scampered home with the game’s only run. This was Peoria’s first 1-0 home opener win, since 1998 against Burlington. RHP Arturo Reyes (1-0, 9.00) will make the start for Peoria while Dayton will start RHP Nick Travieso (0-0, 3.00) at 6:30 pm Wednesday.

-Bob

The Burlington Bees scored seven runs in the fourth, which helped them knock off the West Michigan Whitecaps 9-1 on Wednesday night at Community Field. The Bees (36-54, 10-15) have been relying on their offense during the last couple of weeks and for good reason, as the Bees scored six runs or more for the fifth consecutive contest. Burlington, which has won five of its last six games, used a huge seven-run fourth to come back and beat West Michigan (45-50, 12-13). After West Michigan scored one run in the top of the fourth, the Bees answered back in a big way in the bottom of the inning against Montreal Robertson. Robertson (2-4) started off the frame by giving up a single to Andrew Ray and walking Wade Hinkle. Anthony Bemboom‘s double scored Ray to tie the game. After Exicardo Cayones walked and Michael Bolaski struck out, Chevy Clarke plated Bemboom with a single to give Burlington the lead. Angel Rosa, making his Bees debut, doubled home two runs to give the Bees a 4-1 advantage. Chad Smith came in for Robertson and Sherman Johnson greeted him with a three-run home run. Brandon Love (2-4) tossed 2.2 innings of relief, leaving the game in the middle of an at-bat due to a lower body injury. Joey Krehbiel picked up for him and fired 2.1 perfect innings with three strikeouts.

-Bob


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