Illinois Valley Pistol Shrimp earn two wins over Burlington Bees

Pistol Shrimp in first place in Northwest Division at 14-6

Members of the Illinois Valley Pistol Shrimp celebrate a walk-off single by Pambos Nicoloudes in a 12-11 win over the Burlington Bees on Wednesday, June 19, 2024 at Schweickert Stadium in Peru.

The Illinois Valley Pistol Shrimp picked up two wins over the Burlington Bees on Wednesday at Schweickert Stadium in Peru.

The Shrimp won 12-11 in a game that was resumed from June 13 and won the second game 3-2 in seven innings. The first game resumed with the Bees leading 11-10 in the top of the fifth inning.

Pambos Nicoloudes hit a pinch hit, two-run single in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Shrimp a 12-11, walk-off win. Makana Olaso went 3 for 5 with a double, two RBIs and a run, while Cole Warehime doubled, drove in a run and scored twice.

Ottawa native Jared Herzog earned the win in relief. He threw 4⅓ scoreless innings, allowing three hits while striking out eight batters and walking three.

In the second game, the Bees took a 2-0 lead with a run in each the first and third innings. The Shrimp cut their deficit in half in the fourth when Jake Ferguson reached on an error to bring in a run. In the fifth, Olaso hit a go-ahead two-run single to right field to score Kyle Gibson and Chance Bentley.

Olaso, Gibson, Nicoloudes and Tyler Dorsch each had a hit for Illinois Valley.

Anthony Solis started on the mound and got a no-decision, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits with four strikeouts and two walks in 4⅓ innings. Daniel Castro was the winning pitcher in relief as he gave up three hits with one strikeout and one walk in 2⅔ scoreless innings.

The Shrimp are 14-6 and in first place in the Northwest Division ahead of the Clinton LumberKings (11-6).

Thursday’s game at the Clinton LumberKings was suspended in the third inning because of inclement weather. It will be resumed July 12 as part of a doubleheader.

The Illinois Valley Pistol Shrimp's Pambos Nicoloudes catches a ball at first base during a game against the Burlington Bees on Wednesday, June 19, 2024 at Schweickert Stadium in Peru.
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