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Peoria Chiefs starting pitcher Gerardo Conception (2-4) held the Kernels hitless through 5.1 innings. Trailing 1-0, Ryan Jones picked up the first hit in the 6th inning as he beat out an infield single that was hit up the middle and backhanded by Chiefs second baseman Zeke DeVoss. Kaleb Cowart then followed with an infield single for the second hit. Concepcion allowed no runs on two hits while striking out four and walking four. The Kernels were held to six hits as the Peoria Chiefs shut out Cedar Rapids 4-0 on Wednesday night before 4,568 fans. Peoria added three runs in the 6th inning, Zeke DeVoss doubled to begin the frame. He came home on Taiwan Easterling’s 2-run home run to left field. Later in the inning, Javier Baez’s RBI single plated Wes Darvill. Click here for game boxscore.

-Bob


The Nashville Hornettes (34-4) stunned the St. Joeseph-Ogden Spartans (40-1) in there IHSA Class 2A semifinal game 5-2 at Eastside Centre. Nashville jumped to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a three-run homer by Hannah Yung. Sophomore Kiley Pelker belted a two-run double in second inning for an early 5-0 lead and held on with the strong pitching of Maci Ingram. The Freshman pitcher allowed five hits and struck out 14 in handing SJ-O its first loss of the year. Spartans catcher Mickaela Fleming hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning for their only runs of the game. Click here for complete game info and stats.

-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 Eureka College softball team continued its march to its first-ever St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament berth on Thursday, sweeping a SLIAC doubleheader from Principia in Eureka.  Senior outfielder Amy Scammahorn (Decatur, Ill./Warrensburg-Latham H.S./Parkland) singled home the winning run to give Eureka a 3-2 walk-off victory in the opener, while the Eureka offense smashed 15 hits in support of a two-hit shutout by sophomore pitcher Sarah Jesse (Bloomington, Ill./Dee-Mack H.S.) in a 12-0 win in game two. Principia (0-16, 0-12 SLIAC) took control of game one with a pair of runs in the top of the third inning for an early lead.  Marina Whitney and Jocelyn Shoemake smacked back-to-back RBI doubles, each with two outs, to push the Panthers in front, 2-0. The Red Devils (11-17, 9-5 SLIAC) responded in the bottom of the frame with an RBI single from senior catcher Cathy Kalnicky (Bolingbrook, Ill./Plainfield H.S.) to trim the deficit to 2-1.  Eureka scored again one inning later on an RBI groundout from Jesse to score sophomore shortstop Carissa Alig (Metamora, Ill./Metamora H.S.) to force a 2-2 tie in the fourth inning.  Principia threatened to take the lead in the top of the sixth inning when it loaded the bases with only one out, but Eureka starting pitcher Kelsey Brandt (Morton, Ill./Morton H.S.) fielded a soft ground ball hit by  Maggie Sweeney and turned a 1-2-3 double play to end the inning, the second 1-2-3 double play of the game executed by the Red Devils. In the bottom of the seventh, senior third baseman Jill Doty (Metamora, Ill./Metamora H.S./Illinois Central) drew a one-out walk to set the stage for Scammahorn, who singled to right field two batters later.  Sweeney misplayed the bloop single in right field, allowing Doty to score the winning run from first base and secure a 3-2 win for the hosts. Brandt was sharp in the circle for Eureka, allowing two runs on five hits for her sixth victory of the season.  Scammahorn finished the game 2-for-3 and collected her first extra-base hit of the season when she hit a one-out double in the fifth inning. Eureka pounced on the Panthers early in the nightcap, taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning behind an RBI single from Kalnicky.  The Red Devils pushed their lead to 4-0 in the second before breaking the game wide open with a six-run third inning for a 10-0 lead.  Freshman outfielder Lauren Kao (Normal, Ill./Normal Community H.S.) delivered the big blow in the inning with a two-run home run to left-center field.  Eureka knocked out seven hits in the inning, four of which went for extra bases.  The Red Devils added two more runs in the fifth thanks to a two-run single from sophomore outfielder Allie Trainer (Manito, Ill./Midwest Central H.S.).  The game ended after the fifth inning via the SLIAC’s eight-run rule. The offensive outburst was more than enough for Jesse, who allowed only two hits through five innings for her second complete game shutout of the season.  She struck out three and walked none.  Kalnicky went 3-for-4 in the nightcap, while Doty was 2-for-3 with her first career triple and a career-high five RBI. The doubleheader sweep improves Eureka’s SLIAC record to 9-5.  As of early Monday evening, the Red Devils own a half-game lead over Greenville for the third spot in the tournament and a two-game lead over MacMurray for the fourth and final berth.

-Bob

I ventured down to beautiful Bradley Park to capture some game images of the 12 and under PGSL Power softball team. My friend Mark Petersen coaches the Power . They played like they were in mid-season form with a solid defense, timely hitting and strong pitching. They will be playing all over the midwest this summer and will be traveling first class in there new team bus. These young ladies play the game with great passion. I was able to get up close by shooting over the outfield fence with my trusty ladder and Canon 600mm f/4.0 L IS lens.

-Bob

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