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Woodford Times - Peoria, IL
  • Sluggers close M-I season

  • The Metamora varsity baseball team wrapped up its Mid-Illini Conference season with games against Limestone and Washington.

    The Redbirds were able to pull one win out of three games.

    Metamora finished with a 6-8 record in the M-I.
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  • The Metamora varsity baseball team wrapped up its Mid-Illini Conference season with games against Limestone and Washington.
    The Redbirds were able to pull one win out of three games.
    Metamora finished with a 6-8 record in the M-I.
    Metamora 4, Limestone 3
    A home run, error and a hit helped the Redbirds to a 4-3 victory over host Limestone May 19.
    “First game we jumped out on top offensively and they came back,” coach Eric Stone said.
    “Our sophomore pitcher Alex Lewis really settled in. We played some better defense down the stretch.”
    A single grounder by Peyton Biernat set up a two-run homer by Brady Fairfield in the top of the first. Fairfield was at a 1-2 count and then knocked the next pitch over the right field fence for the first two runs of the game over the Rockets.
    Limestone answered back with its three runs in the bottom of the half. With the bases loaded, the first runner reached home from a single to right field.
    A couple at bats later, a two-run homer gave the Rockets the lead until the fourth.
    In the fourth, Brendan Nachtrieb and Ethan Skender walked to start it off. Drew Beenders was at the plate and bunted on two strikes and an error on the pitcher put Skender in for a run.
    “(Beenders’) been very solid for us. He led us offensively in batting average for conference play. He’s just a really steady senior that contributed very well,” Stone said.
    Caleb Brachbill up next grounded to third, Drew Beenders was out at second on a fielder’s choice but Nachtrieb was able to cross home for the game-winning run.
    In the final three innings, Fairfield had the only hit for the remainder of the game.
    Alex Lewis earned the win on the mound, pitching five innings for four strike outs. Geremy Guerrero was on for two innings and had five strikeouts.
    Fairfield led at the plate going 2-for-3. Biernat, Beenders and Jacob Guede had a hit apiece. 
    Limestone 7, Metamora 2
    The second game with the Rockets May 21 at Al Mulberry field was not in favor of Metamora. Limestone jumped out of the gate early and won 7-2.
    “It was uncharacteristic play for us. We had some break downs in execution that we haven’t seen before but that does happen from time too time,” Stone said.
    A walk and a double put two runners on base when a triple to right field got the first two runs in. A Metamora error on the next at bat put the third runner in to close out the first inning.
    Page 2 of 2 - Limestone put its fourth run across home in the second and the last three were added in the third.
    The Redbirds were able to earn their first run in the fifth. Brachbill singled to right and then advanced to second off a Limestone balk. Then, Corbin Adams hit a grounder to center for Brachbill to score.
    Another Redbird run was put in from Skender in the sixth.
    Beenders was at the plate and lined to right field to put Skender home from third.
    Beenders received the loss after pitching one inning for two strikeouts. Gabe Dean came in as reliever and closed out the game with six strikeouts.
    “(Dean’s) really developed as a junior and really came threw in those last five innings. He’s a guy that has worked hard day in and day out and always looking to improve,” Stone said.
    Beenders, Nachtrieb, Brachbill, Guede and Adams all had one hit apiece.
    Washington 3, Metamora 2
    After a week of waiting, the game against Washington which was scheduled for May 14 was played Thursday at home but the Redbirds fell in its last M-I battle, 3-2.
    “Unfortunately, that’s kind of the story for our conference season. Offensively and defensively we’re just not able to get it done,” Stone said.
    Metamora had the lead 
    2-0 heading into the fifth when the Panthers put its first run in.
    Washington tied the game at two with Metamora in the seventh. 
    The Redbirds couldn’t get a run in the bottom of the half and then the game winning run was scored in the top of the eighth.
    Guerrero was on the mound for seven innings and earned 11 strikeouts.
    Beenders led at the plate going 2-for-3 and one RBI. 
    Post-season opener
    The Redbirds will face East Peoria in its first regional game Wednesday at Al Mulberry field.
    The Raiders defeated Metamora earlier this season, 4-0, in both games.
    “We played 14 innings against them with out a score. They have two very talented left hand pitchers,” Stone said. “We’ll definitely be going in as the underdog but we’ll be confident that we’ll play well on Wednesday.” 
    Results from the against triangular at home Saturday were not ready before press deadline. Check the June 4 issue and www.WoodfordTimes.com.

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