Category: Cardinals

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

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

Kane County’s Pierce Johnson’s scattered six hits with eight strikeouts to hand the Peoria Chiefs an 8-1 loss at Dozer Park Friday evening before 3,532 fans. This date marked the eleventh year of the Chiefs playing in downtown Peoria, when they played there first game May 24, 2002. The sixth-ranked prospect in the Chicago Cubs system used his slider to perfection to handcuff the Chiefs all night. Carson Kelly’s sacrifice fly produced Peoria’s only run. Tyrell Jenkins took the loss for the Chiefs giving up 5 hits and 4 runs in five innings of work.

-Bob

It was a warm and beautiful evening Friday night, with start of the second half of the Class A Midwest League. With long time MLB rivals the Cubs and the Cardinals getting ready to battle. A huge crowd of 5,513 baseball fans at O’Brien Field were treated to a pre-game appearance by the world famous Budweiser Clydesdales. Once the game got underway the Famous Chicken entertained fans of all ages.

-Bob

Eureka High School held Stillman Valley to 38 points and 39 percent field goal shooting Monday night. The Hornets also forced 22 turnovers, instead it seemed to do everything but fall through the net for the ladies in a 38-26 loss to the Cardinals in the IHSA Monmouth Class 2A Super-Sectional. The Hornets were 10 of 53 from the field for 18.9 percent, ending their season with a 24-7 record. Eureka senior guard Kalla Gold, who scored a game-high 15 points on 5-of-21 accuracy from the field. Five-foot-10 senior Jessica Gerig led Stillman Valley with 11 points and nine rebounds. Katie Fowler, also 5-10, added nine points and seven boards for the Cardinals, who outrebounded Eureka, 39-30.

-Bob

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