Woodford Times - Peoria, IL
  • MTHS receive first M-I losses, earns win over Mt. Zion

  • The Metamora varsity baseball team (10-4) suffered its first two Mid-Illini Conference losses to East Peoria (6-8).

    On Saturday, the Redbirds were able to make a revival win over Mt. Zion.
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  • The Metamora varsity baseball team (10-4) suffered its first two Mid-Illini Conference losses to East Peoria (6-8). 
    On Saturday, the Redbirds were able to make a revival win over Mt. Zion. 
    EP 4, Metamora 0
    The Redbirds received their first M-I loss of the season April 16 with a home game against East Peoria.
    The Raiders defense held Metamora to three hits and pitcher Kevin Ulrich struck out seven Metamora batters in six innings.
    “(Ulrich’s) one of the top pitchers in the area. When he’s on he’s very difficult to beat,” coach Eric Stone said.
    EP put its first run across the plate in the third. A runner was set up on first but two batters later, a balk was called on Geremy Guerrero to move him to second.
    The next at bat for EP put the run in after a line drive to left field.
    EP followed up in the fourth with another two runs. After the runs, Guerrero closed out the inning with a strike out to stop the scoring.
    In the fifth, the Raiders earned its last run and was shut out for the rest of the game.
    Starting pitcher, Guerrero finished 4.1 innings for three strikeouts and Caleb Brachbill closed the game out with two.
    “In that game, defensively, we didn’t play what we should have,” Stone said. “With that being said our starter, Geremy Gurerro wasn’t as sharp as he was and we just didn’t have anything left offensively.”
    Drew Beenders led with two hits and Jacob Guede had the Redbird’s third. 
    EP 4, Metamora 0
    In the second match-up with the Raiders at Dave Rodgers field, the Redbirds fell again, 4-0.
    “It just kind of continued the theme of the week. Offensively we went into hibernation,” Stone said.
    EP got the jump on Metamora early in the first inning with a two-run homer by Ryan Slusher.
    Before any more damage could be done, Metamora closed the inning with a double play by Ethan Skender and Brady Fairfield with the bases loaded.
    Another run was added to the Raider’s score in the second off Gage Thompson’s error.
    Metamora followed up with a scoring opportunity in the top of the third when the bases were loaded from two walks and a line drive by Guede to left field. The next three at bats were consecutive outs to close the inning.
    Page 2 of 2 - On EP’s next at bat, Skender and Fairfield accounted for another double play to close the inning.
    Both teams went 3-up-3-down until the bottom of the fifth when EP singled but on the next play, Fairfield and Thompson had Metamora’s third double play of the night.
    The last run of the game was scored in the sixth by EP off a fly ball to right field to get the runner on second in.
    Metamora’s last chance to get a run in was shut down by three consecutive strikeouts.
    Brendan Mann pitched the six innings for two strikeouts.
    “Our starter wasn’t as 
    sharp in the first couple innings but cruised through the next four pretty well,” Stone said.
    “For whatever reason we struggled those two games. They didn’t really give us any extra opportunities offensively.”
    Metamora 1, Mt. Zion 0
    On Friday, the Redbirds were able to pick up a win over Mt. Zion at home, 1-0.
    “It was nice to end the week with a win and head into the next on a positive note,” Stone said.
    The score remained 0-0 until the fourth inning. 
    Skender was leading off and on the first pitch, had a line drive to left field to put him on first.
    Beenders and Guede flied out on the next two at bats. With Brachbill swinging next, Skender stole second and an error on Mt. Zion put him on third.
    Brachbill, with a 1-0 count, knocked it to left field on a fly ball to put Skender across home for the only and winning run of the day.
    In the top of the seventh, Mt. Zion’s last chance to get a run in was halted from a double play by Beenders and Guerrero. On Mt. Zion’s next at bat, a ground ball to Beenders on the mound was an easy out for a quick toss to Guerrero at first.
    Beenders pitched the seven innings for one strikeout.
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