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Woodford Times - Peoria, IL
  • Redbird baseball captures first M-I wins over Canton

  • Metamora had a successful start to the Mid-Illini Conference action with wins against Canton.

    On Saturday, the Redbirds received its second loss of the season to Notre Dame despite Ethan Skender’s home runs.
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  • Metamora had a successful start to the Mid-Illini Conference action with wins against Canton.
    On Saturday, the Redbirds received its second loss of the season to Notre Dame despite Ethan Skender’s home runs.
    Metamora 11, Canton 2
    The Redbirds opened Mid-Illini Conference action last week with two games against Canton.
    “Canton battled us early on. Both games it wasn’t until the fifth inning when we broke it open. Until that time, both games were tight. We were playing well,” coach Eric Stone said.
    April 7, at home, Metamora defeated Canton, 11-2, with Geremy Guerrero and Caleb Brachbill pitching.
    In the first, Metamora put two early runs on the board after Drew Beenders had a line drive to left field to get Jimmy Salmon and Guerrero across the plate.
    The Redbirds scored another in the second. Brady Fairfield hit a fly ball and the Canton center fielder had an error  to get Corbin Adams across home plate from second base.
    The Little Giants put its two runs on the board in the fourth.
    Metamora had its smoking inning in the fifth to post its last seven runs.
    Joe Kennell crossed the plate first after Brachbill singled to left field. Beenders was next to score.
    Fairfield doubled to right field for Zach Theiler and Gage Thompson to get runs in to make it a 9-2 ball game.
    On a 1-1 count, Ethan Skender grounded to center field to get Fairfield and Salmon home.
    Both teams remained scoreless for the last two innings.
    Guerrero earned the win with four strikeouts in four innings. Brachbil pitched three for one strikeout.
    Fairfield finished with three RBIs and two hits. 
    Metamora 8, Canton 2
    In the second game with Canton April 9, Metamora traveled to Bob Ems field for another win.
    Both teams were scoreless in the first. The Redbirds posted two in the second from runs by Kennell and Brachbill after Theiler doubled to left field.
    In the fifth, Metamora had another stomping inning to rally five runs.
    A single to right field by Salmon put Fairfield on third to set up a three-run homer by Skender over the center field fence.
    With two outs, Adams was able to get across the plate after Brachbill hit a line drive to right field. 
    Brachbill scored a run after Guede hit a line drive double to left field on a full count to wrap 
    up the scoring.
    Page 2 of 2 - Metamora posted its last run in the seventh when Skender scored on a wild pitch.
    Pitcher, Braden Mann got the win with six strikeouts in five innings.
     
    Notre Dame 11, 
    Metamora 10
    The Redbirds received its second loss of the season in a battle with Notre Dame Saturday.
    “We were swinging bats well throughout the game,” Stone said.
    “On the mound and defensively, we were not at our best and it was one of those days, too, where the wind is howlin’ out, so you know it’s going to be a high scoring game more than likely.”
    Skender finished the game with two home runs and accounted for four RBIs.
    ND was the first to score in the first inning but Metamora responded with two runs after Skender’s first home run to put Fairfield across the plate as well.
    In the third, the Irish added another two runs to the board but Metamora responded with five.
    With Salmon on first from a walk, Skender was up next at the plate and smacked another ball out of the park.
    Metamora caught another break when Brachbill doubled to center ton a ND error. On the error, Guerreror and Beenders were able to cross the plate to grab a 7-5 lead.
    In the fourth, the Redbirds added another two runs for the game-high lead.
    With Beenders at the plate, a wild throw by the catcher to second went into center. Skender and Guerrero were able to get the runs in off the play.
    ND had successful fifth and sixth innings to take the lead at 10-9.
    Metamora was able to get one last run across home in the seventh but came up short to tie the game.
    “I like the fight in the guys. I like where we’re at and where we’re headed but (Saturday) it just wasn’t quite enough,” Stone said.
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