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Top ranked Manteno High School beat the East Peoria Red Raiders 4-2 in the IHSA Class 3A Supersectional at Illinois State University Monday evening. The Red Raiders (32-5) led 2-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth, that’s when the Panthers (38-1) struck for three runs off three hits and two East Peoria errors. Manteno senior pitcher Brooke Stulga and Western Illinois University recruit retired the final 14 EP batters. She tossed a three hitter, walked none and struck out three. Junior third baseman Taylor Kellum provided all of the Raiders offense with a two-run homer in the top of the first inning. Manteno faces Sterling High School at Eastside Centre in the State semifinals at 12:30 p.m. Friday afternoon.

-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


I finally decided to make the 120+ mile drive from P-Town to Danville on Thursday to visit there historic baseball stadium built in1946. It is the home of the Danville Dans, a member of the Prospect League. The Dans were hosting the Hannibal Cavemen in a doubleheader on a warm beautiful spring day in the Midwest. I had the pleasure of visiting before the game and viewing photo’s and memorabilia in the office of Jeanie Cooke, managing partner and local historian of the stadium. Some of the all-time baseball greats such as Pee Wee Reese, Jackie Robinson and Satchel Paige have played on this historic field. The stadium was the backdrop for the 1992 movie biography “The Babe” about Major League Baseball legend Babe Ruth. I had great time stepping back in time and capturing some images of baseball history. On a side note the Dans won both games of the double-header, 7-6 and 6-5 in 6 hours and 15 minutes ending on Friday morning.

-Bob

It only took 74 hours for the East Peoria (23-3) to win the Morton Regional Class 3A championship against the host Potters (24-9). The Red Raiders hit three home runs to post a 6-4 victory. Junior outfielder Lauren Kent (2-for-3) belted a solo home run over the left field fence in the bottom of the fourth with two-outs and EP trailing 2-0. A Morton error scored Brooke Jacobs, who hit a double that knocked off Morton pitcher Nicole Koch’s forehead, and tied the game at 2-2. Sarah Finck then blooped a single over into right field for a 3-2 last lead. Nicole Montgomery (2-for-3, home run, double, two RBIs) added a pair of insurance with a two-run homer to the bleachers in left field. Her blast scored Taylor Kellum (2-for-3), who led off the fifth with a walk. Sarah Finck (2-for-4, home run, two RBIs) then set the final score when she led off the sixth a homer to left. She picked up the win with 11 strikeouts and allowing three walks. East Peoria plays Metamora (24-11) at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Limestone Sectional semifinal.

-Bob

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