Category: pitching

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

The Rock Island Alleman softball team late rally stuns Monticello 7-5 in the Illinois High School Class 2A state semifinal game Friday afternoon at EastSide Centre. The Pioneers advance to state title game against Teutopolis Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Rock Island Alleman (31-6) scored 4 runs in the bottom of the fifth inning on the strength of senior Mackenzie Sanchez‘s grand slam off of Monticello Sages (30-5) senior Chrissy Gadbury.

-Bob

St. Louis Cardinals starting  pitcher Jake Westbrook tossed seven shutout innings in his rehab start with the Peoria Chiefs to lead the squad to a 9-1 win over the Quad Cities River Bandits Sunday evening at Dozer Park before 3,633 fans. Westbrook has been on the Cardinals’ disabled list since May 9 with elbow inflammation. Jake retired the first 14 River Bandits he faced and overall allowed one run on four hits over seven innings. He struck out five and did not issue a walk while throwing 76 pitches, 53 for strikes. Westbrook got eight groundouts and three strikeouts in his first 11 batters faced before a foul pop up ended the fourth. He induced two more groundouts to start the fifth before allowing a single, double and a run. All told Westbrook struck out five, got 14 groundball outs, picked a runner off first and just one out in the air.

-Bob


Senior Nicole Koch tossed a three-hitter and the Morton softball team collected 14 hits en route to a 12-0, five-inning victory over  the Canton Little Giants Wednesday afternoon in the IHSA Class 3A Morton Regional semifinal. The Lady Potters (24-8) advance to play East Peoria (22-3) in the Mid-Illini Conference showdown at 11 a.m. Saturday. Morton plated five runs each in the first innings. The first seven hitters in the Potters’ lineup all had two hits led by Taylor Namanny, who went 2-for-2 with a double, home run and five RBIs. Koch (15-7) struck out five, walked none, scattering three hits in five innings. She went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

-Bob

I went down to O’Brien Field to photograph the next to last home game of the season of the Peoria Chiefs. Looking to shoot some behind the scenes stuff of the crowd rather than the game, after nearly six months of shooting baseball over the summer. Hope you enjoy the snapshots as I get ready for fall season.

-Bob

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