Four games in four days.
During this spring of snow and rain, that was quite an accomplishment this week for the Pekin baseball team.
The Dragons went 2-2 from Monday through Thursday.
They beat East Peoria twice and lost to Metamora in Mid-Illini Conference games, and they lost 3-2 Thursday to small-school power Tremont.
Both losses this week were by one run. Metamora beat the Dragons 2-1 Tuesday in a makeup from a game last week that was postponed by rain.
“It was a good week,” said Pekin coach Larry Davis. “We lost to Metamora and Tremont, but they’re quality teams. Tremont (19-8) is a solid team. They hit the ball and they’re good defensively.”
Silas Israel, Tremont’s pitching ace, beat the Dragons. The senior southpaw threw a six-hitter, struck out 10 and didn’t walk anyone.
“(Israel) is as good as any pitcher in the Mid-Illini,” Davis said.
Tremont scored all three of its runs against Pekin in the third inning. Who had the big hit in the inning? Israel. He had a two-run double.
Pekin also was hurt by a hit batter, passed ball and error in the inning.
“That was a bad inning, but we settled down after that,” Davis said.
Losing pitcher Max Jones went the distance for the Dragons. He gave up six hits, struck out nine and walked one.
Down 3-0, Pekin came back with single runs in the fourth and sixth innings. Jack Kuethe knocked in both runs with RBI singles.
The Dragons will face Limestone in home-and-home games next week to finish their Mid-Illini season.
Davis said he’s trying to schedule another game, otherwise Pekin will be off for a week before it faces Bradley-Bourbonnais in the Class 4A Normal West Regional.
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