East Peoria's softball lead widens

Bryan Veginski

The East Peoria softball team put another black mark on Metamora’s dismal 2014 softball season.

The Raiders administered a 10-0 whipping in six innings May 6 on the Redbirds’ home field in a Mid-Illini Conference matchup.

East Peoria ace Sarah Finck held Metamora to one hit with four strikeouts and three walks in a complete game.

She also went 2-for-4 at the plate for an offense that rapped 14 hits off Delaney Tjaden.

Remi Ferguson homered among her two hits and drove in five runs.

Brooke Jacobs, Ciera Montgomery and Ashley Emert all supplied two hits as well. Kali George had two RBIs.

Jacobs, Montgomery and Tori Lowery also knocked in runs for the Raiders. Jacobs and Lowery cranked doubles.

The visitors doubled their lead with a five-run sixth inning.

East Peoria started the week ranked No. 6 in the Illinois Coaches Association Class 3A state poll.

EP 6, Canton 4

The Raiders swept the suddenly-sliding Lady Giants Thursday.

At 10-0 and with a three-game lead over Limestone, East Peoria drew closer to its third consecutive conference championship.

The top-two teams were scheduled to square off Tuesday in Bartonville.

All of the Raiders’ runs at Mizuno Field off Allison Waskow came in the first four innings.

Finck, Kellum, Emert and Lowery all had two hits. Finck cranked a solo home run and Lowery a double.

Watson drove in two runs, while Kellum, Ferguson and Lowery had RBIs as well.

Finck had seven strikeouts and three walks in a winning effort.

Canton, which lost its third M-I game of the week after starting the conference season 6-1, cut into its six-run deficit beginning in the sixth inning.

George had a strikeout and walk after relieving Finck in the sixth.

East Peoria ended the week on a 29-game league winning streak. Its last M-I loss, 2-1 to Metamora, was May 3, 2012.

Brimfield 4, Brimfield 3

Two weeks after losing by 10 runs, the Indians gained revenge with a Friday win.

The one-run decision stopped a seven-game East Peoria (21-4) victory streak.

Kellum doubled twice for a five-hit Raiders offense.

Emert had a solo homer, and Finck and George also knocked in  runs.

Class 2A No. 4 Brimfield took a 4-1 lead with three runs in the top of the third inning.

Finck finished with seven strikeouts and one walk going the distance for East Peoria.