The Pekin baseball team cooked up a familiar recipe for a victory Wednesday.
The Dragons mixed another masterful pitching performance by Nathan Righi with some big hits and they defeated visiting East Peoria 7-1 in a Mid-Illini Conference game at Harry Anderson Field.
The win wiped away the memory of Pekin’s tough 2-1 loss the previous night at conference rival Metamora.
“We’ve done a better job this season of not letting ourselves fall into a long losing streak,” said Pekin coach Larry Davis.
Righi threw a six-hitter with 12 strikeouts and one walk against East Peoria and improved his Mid-Illini record to 4-0.
Pekin (12-6, 7-5) has played six of the other seven Mid-Illini teams. Righi has beaten four of them and departed games against Dunlap and Washington with the score tied.
Evan Pogioli’s two-run homer in the fifth inning was the Dragons’ dagger against East Peoria (5-12, 2-8).
Courtesy runner Bailey Antonio was on base when Pogioli launched his bomb. Antonio was running for Righi, who had singled.
Pogioli also had an RBI single in the first inning, giving him three RBI for the day.
Righi had two hits including a two-run double, Cole Russell had two hits and Jack Kuethe had a double for Pekin.
Russell is the Dragons’ catcher. Through Wednesday’s game, he had caught every inning in Pekin’s 18 games this season.
As for Kuethe, “Jack has been hitting the ball well lately,” Davis said.
Tristen Westbay had two hits for East Peoria against Pekin and drove in the Raiders’ lone run with a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning. East Peoria made four errors.
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