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Woodford Times - Peoria, IL
  • Redbird baseball picks up two wins

  • Another Mid-Illini Conference split and a win over Illinois Valley Central brought the Metamora varsity baseball team to the 17-win mark.

    The Redbirds lost the first game with Morton but came back for a big win in the second.
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  • Another Mid-Illini Conference split and a win over Illinois Valley Central brought the Metamora varsity baseball team to the 17-win mark.
    The Redbirds lost the first game with Morton but came back for a big win in the second. 
    Morton 6, Metamora 4
    The Redbirds may have scored the first runs but the host Potters consistency after the second inning was enough for the 6-4 win.
    “We jumped out 3-0 and it just kind of got away from us. Defensively we had some plays that should have been made that we didn’t make and they just kind of crept back in,” Coach Eric Stone said.
    Brady Fairfield put the first run in off of Ethan Skender’s double to center field and Brendan Nachtrieb, batting next, knocked another one to center for Skender to score.
    A third line drive to center by Caleb Brachbill was enough to earn a RBI from Nachtrieb scoring.
    In the bottom of the third, Morton was able to load the bases with just one out.
    A line drive to right field put two runners across the plate. 
    The Redbird defense closed the inning with a double play by Fairfield and Skender.
    Metamora put its last run home in the fourth. Brachbill was walked and advanced to second with Jacob Guede hitting and then stole third. A Potter error at third base allowed enough time for Brachbill to run home.
    Morton added another run in the fourth and 
    gained its game-long lead in the fifth from a two-run homer over the left field fence to make it 5-4.
    The last run for Morton was scored in the sixth and the Redbirds could not come back to tie or win in the top of the seventh.
    “Offensively, we had opportunities after that first inning and we feel like sometimes we relaxed a little bit,” Stone said.
    Drew Beenders and Brachbill shared the mound. Beenders threw four innings with four strikeouts and Brachbill received the loss with two innings pitched.
    Metamora 13, Morton 3
    After the 6-4 loss in the first game against Morton, the Redbirds came out and got their revenge from two big innings late in the game at Al Mulberry field.
    “We came back and responded a big way on Wednesday,” Stone said.
    Page 2 of 3 - Both the Potters and Redbirds were held in scoring until the fourth when Metamora posted its first five runs.
    Skender, batting first, watched three balls pass by and then homered over the left field fence.
    Nachtrieb followed up with one of his own on his first pitch and Beenders was able to double to left field.
    Brachbill singled to the shortstop and a line drive to center by Guede put Beenders in for a run.
    “We had some things come together but the lightening came and we had an hour-long delay,” Stone said.
    On the next at bat, Geremy Guerrero sacrificed fly for Brachbill to get home.
    Three batters later, Brendan Mann knocked one to center for Corbin Adams to score the last run of the inning.
    Morton was able to respond with one run in the fifth and the Redbirds had its sixth run after a double by Beenders to the shortstop got Skender home.
    Metamora was able to close out the game in the sixth with another six runs to initiate the 10-run rule.
    Gage Thompson was the first to score off Skender’s fielder’s choice. 
    With the bases loaded and Nachtrieb at the plate swinging, a double to left field allowed Zach Theiler and Fairfield to get their runs in.
    An error on Morton’s third basemen put Skender home and was followed by a run by Nachtrieb and Beenders off of Guede’s grounder to left field.
    To close the game, Brachbill stepped on home when Mann was walked on a full count.
    Guerrero earned the win on the mound with two strikeouts from four innings.
    “Guerrero was our starter but we took him off and put Braden Mann in and he did the job for us there,” Stone said.
    Nachtrieb had a successful game going 3-for-3 at the plate with three RBIs. 
    Metamora 8, IVC 1
    Hosting IVC Friday, the Redbirds mustered together eight hits and totaled for five RBIs in their 8-1 victory.
    The Grey Ghosts went 3-up-3-down in the first and Metamora came out with its game-high inning with five runs.
    Page 3 of 3 - “We scored eight runs, all with two outs and that’s pretty hard to do and pretty impressive,” Stone said.
    “That five-run rally really set the tone for the game.”
    Theiler and Fairfield were out on the first two at bats but was followed by Skender with a triple to left field.
    Nachtrieb knocked one to left field for an RBI off Skender getting home for the first run.
    Two batters later, Brachbill doubled to left for Nachtrieb and Beenders to run home. 
    Guede hit an in-field single for Beenders to earn a run and a single by Guerrerro put Brachbill and pinch runner Corbin Adams across the plate.
    In the third, Brachbill had his second run after an IVC error allowed him to steal home.
    IVC responded with its only run. Runners were on first and second and a double to right field was able to get a run in.
    In the fourth, Skender batting third put one over the center field fence for a single homer.
    Fairfield put the last run of the game in after stealing home in the seventh off an IVC wild pitch.
    Brachbill and Skender went 2-for-3 at the plate and had one RBI a piece.
    Alex Lewis was on the mound for six innings and earned the win with three strikeouts. Gabe Dean pitched in the seventh and struck out two.
    “Sophomore Alex Lewis was very, very good on the mound and had great command down in the zone. (He) consistently pounded the zone and that’s what we teach our kids,” Stone said. “In the seventh inning Gabe Dean came in and pounded the zone again with a couple strike outs and really developed well.”
    The Redbirds record was set at 17-8 after the win over IVC.
    “We feel good about where we’re heading. We feel like were starting to figure some things out and put some pieces together so hopefully this continues,” Stone said.

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