East Peoria girls ride solo into conference lead

Bryan Veginski
East Peoria senior Kali George, left, and junior Brooke Jacobs, shown in an April home game, both had a double and knocked in a combined three runs Thursday at Mizuno Field as the softball team defeated Limestone, 9-5, in a Mid-Illini Conference game.

A demonstration of its determination, East Peoria overcame a shoddy fielding performance to overtake the Limestone softball team.

The Raiders scored nine consecutive runs Thursday at Mizuno Field to dismiss the Rockets, 9-5, in a Mid-Illini Conference contest.

Six East Peoria errors led to all five runs on winning pitcher Sarah Finck’s ledger being unearned.

The acclaimed Raiders righthander struck out six in a complete-game six-hitter with zero walks.

Taylor Kellum cranked a two-run home run in the sixth inning to give East Peoria a 9-2 advantage.

Kali George added a two-run double and Remi Ferguson was 2-for-2 with three RBIs, including a single that plated a pair of Raiders.

Brooke Jacobs, Ciera Montgomery and Ashley Emert also had two hits for East Peoria with a double for each player.

The Raiders were down 2-1 until a five-run fifth inning off loser McKenna O’Donnell.

EP 9, East Moline 1

Finck and George combined on a two-hitter Friday as the Raiders dominated the Lady Panthers.

Each was touched for just one hit in the circle. Finck threw two innings and George the last five.

They both helped themselves at the plate as Finck was 2-for-2 and George doubled twice and drove in three runs.

Ferguson blasted a two-run homer to cap a five-run first.

Emert also had two RBIs, while Jacobs and Kellum knocked in runs as well. The latter two players had doubles.

East Peoria tacked on three runs in the top of the second to build an insurmountable lead.

EP 7, Canton 3

The Raiders moved into sole possession of first place in the conference as they took down the previously-unbeaten Lady Giants.

East Peoria (12-2, 4-0) led 5-0 after its first three at-bats Saturday to knock Canton down to second place in the M-I.

Adams homered during a 4-for-4 day that included four RBIs.

Ferguson was 3-for-4, while Watson also drove in a run as the Raiders outhit the Lady Giants, 11-7.

Finck had nine strikeouts with just two walks in a complete game seven-hitter.

The game was rescheduled from a Tuesday postponement.