Category: Patriots

Bradley University (25-24-1) ace left-hander Joe Bircher cruised into the eighth inning riding a 4-hitter, but Dallas Baptist (38-16) rallied for three runs in the eighth to earn a 5-4 victory in the opener of a 3-game series Thursday night at O’Brien Field. The Braves, which has won a school-record 11 1-run decisions this season, dropped its season-long seventh consecutive game, including the last four by one run each. Though he struck out a season-low two hitters, Bircher (7-3) did move into sole possession of third place on the school’s single-season strikeout list by pushing his season total to 104. The 104 strikeouts are the most by a Bradley pitcher since Wyman Carey, who was in attendance Thursday night for a pregame ceremony, fanned the school-record 120 hitters in 1956.

-Bob

The top-ranked Brimfield Indians missed seven free throws in the fourth, but escaped with a hard fought 43-42 decision over Peoria Heights. The Indians fell behind, 9-2, early in the first before going on a 23-2 spurt. Brimfield, which led 22-11 at the half, took a 25-11 lead on a three-point play by Danny Dwyer with 6:15 left in the third. Peoria Heights started its comeback with a trey by Zach Wilson (17 points) and two more by Hank Thomas (eight points). They advance to play Elmwood on Friday for the IHSA Class IA  Regional Championship at 7:30pm.

-Bob

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