Big series upcoming for East Peoria boys

Bryan Veginski

East Peoria pitchers posted their third straight Mid-Illini Conference baseball shutout April 21.

The Raiders made a fifth-inning run stand up in a 1-0 victory at Canton that featured only a combined five hits for the two offenses.

Kevin Ulrich fired a one-hit masterpiece. Going the distance at Bob Ems Field, the East Peoria pitcher struck out 11 and walked four for the positive decision.

Mitch Gnehm supplied the only RBI of the day off Little Giant hurler Tristan Walters.

EP 5, Canton 2

The Raiders’ Mid-Illini winning streak reached four games April 23 after they completed a sweep of the visiting Little Giants.

Stewart picked up his second M-I win like Ulrich with a complete game in which he gave up five hits and five walks, while fanning five at Dave Rodgers Field.

East Peoria advanced to 4-2, good for solo third place in the league.

The Raiders were set for a week-four showdown against second-place Limestone. Matchups were scheduled for Wednesday in East Peoria and Thursday in Bartonville.

Ryan Slusher was 2-for-3 for the Raiders, while Derrick Runyon and Ulrich drove in runs.

Colin Dearing had a double, one of four East Peoria hits.

The Raiders’ 24-inning conference scoreless ended in the fourth when last-place Canton plated a run.

EP 4-5, Springfield 8-3

The Raiders salvaged a split with the Senators Saturday.

East Peoria (9-9) has won six of its last eight games heading into its pivotal conference series.

Springfield turned an 8-0 lead after two innings into an opening-game win.

Stewart and Ulrich doubled, while Brandon Herren had two RBIs and Runyon also drove in a run.

Plummer took the loss on the mound. He combined with Noah Hornung and Aaron Scully to strike out five and walk five.

The Raiders jumped out to a 4-0 lead after two innings in the second game.

Ulrich had two RBIs and Burtis, Dearing and Stewart generated one apiece.

Dearing doubled and knocked in a run to help his own cause. The winning pitcher had three strikeouts and no walks.

Ulrich and Gnehm got in an inning for East Peoria following Dearing.