Metamora baseball splits with Dragons

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The Metamora varsity baseball club is now in the .500 club in the Mid-Illini Conference after a split with Pekin in week six of regular season action.

In a non-conference game with Olympia, Metamora was able to come out on top for a 6-5 win.

Pekin 9, Metamora 8

In the first game with Pekin at Harry Anderson field April 28, the game was called in the third due to weather and the Dragons held an 8-1 lead.

The Redbirds managed to post seven runs to tie on the make-up day, Thursday, but fell short when Pekin had the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh.

Two Metamora errors in the bottom of the first allowed the Dragons to score a run and another run was scored off a passed ball.

Metamora had its first run in the second from Brendan Nachtrieb crossing the plate off a passed ball with Geremy Guerrero batting.

Pekin answered back with a six-run rally in the bottom of the second before the game was called going into the third.

“We had a situation of where a couple guys we put on a base and the balls were falling in our infield and a couple that fell on the foul line. It was one of those things where it kind of snowballed and dug us a huge hole,” coach Eric Stone said.

On Thursday, Metamora came out to post three runs to the board. Brady Fairfield had a line drive to right field for Corbin Adams to score from third.

“We adjusted a few things and thought that 

we made some progress. We put three runs in on the third and started our climb back,” Stone said.

Drew Beenders batting next got to first from a Pekin catcher error. Zach Theiler and Fairfield crossed home from the error to make it an 8-4 ball game.

The Redbirds had another three-run rally in the fifth from Ethan Skender, Fairfield and Beenders scoring. 

Fairfield got an RBI from a triple to center. Beenders knocked one to right for Fairfield to score and a sacrifice by Jacob Guede allowed Beenders to get home.

On Metamora’s last attempt in the top of the seventh, Caleb Brachbill sacrificed for Nachtrieb to score the tieing run.

The Dragons caught a break in the seventh with a runner on third and a single to left was able to get the scoring run home.

Brendan Mann, Alex Lewis and Brachbill all saw the mound. Lewis led with four strikeouts but Brachbill received the loss.

Metamora 6, Pekin 1

On April 30, Metamora was able to get a win over Pekin at home.

“We had a few things that needed to be corrected and our guys did a good job on that,” Stone said. “We tried to shuffle the deck due to injuries and guys not there.”

After falling to the Dragons on Monday after three innings, the Redbirds came out on Wednesday for game two of the series to earn a 6-1 victory.

Metamora had an early lead after two runs were scored in the first by Joe Kennell and Fairfield. Fairfield received the RBI from Kennell crossing home and Beenders had one from Fairfield scoring.

In the second, Brachbill had Metamora’s third run after he tripled to right and a wild pitch with Theiler at plate allowed him to cross home.

Pekin responded with its lone run of the game in the third but another two runs by Metamora in the fourth made it a 5-1 game.

The last run of the game was scored by Theiler from Kennell’s single to center.

Beenders earned the win on the mound with one strike out.

Metamora 6, Olympia 5

In a non-conference game Friday at Olympia, Metamora earned another win, 6-5.

“Olympia, we were no hit until the sixth inning. Gabe dean threw well for us. We only had one hit to the sixth,” Stone said.

Olympia had the lead until the Redbirds rallied six runs in the seventh for the win.

Olympia scored two runs in the second for a six-inning lead.

In the top of the seventh, Metamora’s offense came together and was able to put together six runs.

The bases were loaded with Beenders on third, Guede on second and Guerrero at first after a walk.

Peyton Biernat’s sacrifice fly allowed Beenders to run home for the first run.

A double to right by Fairfield got Guerrero home and set the stage for a three-run homer by Skender.

After a strike swinging on the first pitch, Skender lined up and hammered one over the right-field fence for Kennell and Fairfield to score as well.

Olympia came back in the bottom of the seventh with three runs. A strikeout by Mann and a line drive to right field to Beenders closed the inning to secure the win.

“We had the first out no problem and a couple walks later they had the bases loaded and lined out to right field, Drew Beenders had a great play and a great game,” Stone said.

Mann earned the win from four innings and two strikeouts.