Ten runs. Eight hits. Two victories.
That tells the story of the first week of the season for the Pekin baseball team.
The Dragons kept their record perfect Thursday, beating visiting Peoria Richwoods 4-0 at Harry Anderson Field.
Like it did in a 6-4 win Tuesday over Normal West, Pekin had more runs than hits against Richwoods. The Dragons (2-0) scored four times with only three hits.
Pekin broke open a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fifth inning.
After the first two batters struck out, Jon Kuethe walked and Cole Russell was safe on an error.
That opened the door for Nathan Righi’s RBI single and Evan Pogioli’s two-run single.
Chase Roepenack had a sacrifice fly in the sixth.
Those runs were all Pekin pitchers Pogioli and Bailey Antonio needed as they combined for a one-hitter with 11 strikeouts.
Pogioli gave up the lone Richwoods hit, a clean single, in the fourth. He worked five innings, fanning eight. Antonio struck out three in two innings.
Righi and Riley Bradshaw also had a combined 11 strikeouts in Pekin’s win over Normal West.
Not bad for four guys who hadn’t pitched off an outdoor mound until those games.
Pekin made only one error in its first two games. Not bad considering the Dragons had only one infield practice before the games.
“I told our guys after the game (Thursday) there’s no guarantee they’re going to win a game, but if they guarantee how they’re going to go about winning, with good pitching and defense and timely hitting, they’re going to win more than they lose,” said Pekin coach Larry Davis.
The Dragons are off until next Thursday, when they play at Peoria Notre Dame.
Pekin’s twice-postponed game at Normal Community might be made up toward the end of the season, Davis said. Poor field conditions Monday and Wednesday put the game on hold.
Steve Stein can be reached at (248) 224-2616 or email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @SpartanSteve.