The Peru Minor League baseball team split its games at the state tournament over the weekend in Oglesby.
Peru opened the tournament with an 8-7 loss to Clear Ridge on Saturday.
Nolan Siebert went 4 for 4 with two runs and a pair of RBIs, while Henry Duttlinger, Bryce Foster, Jaxon Terry and Bradyn Weber each drove in a run.
“Nolan Siebert had a great day at the plate going 4 for 4,” Peru manager Billy Terry said. “Henry Duttlinger also had a great day at the plate and in the field, too. Jaxon Terry did a great job in relief. Jaxon helped keep Clear Ridge from scoring and allowed us to get back in the game. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get over the early deficit.”
On Sunday, Peru defeated Salem, 13-6, in an elimination game.
Kahne Gentert drove in three runs to lead Peru’s offense. Geno Taylor went 3 for 4 and scored two runs, Duttlinger was 3 for 3 with a pair of runs, Terry went 2 for 2 with two runs and a pair of RBIs and Rudy Dinges had two RBIs and scored a run.
Peru starting pitcher Siebert allowed three runs on four hits with four strikeouts and two walks in 3 2/3 innings.
Dinges pitched 1 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on two hits with a pair of strikeouts and a walk, while Caleb Cass allowed one run on two hits in 2/3 inning.
“We had a great group effort as multiple kids had a multi-hit game,” Billy Terry said. “It was an all-around great effort by the hitters. We also had three great pitchers go out there and throw well. We are excited to be able to pick up a win in the state tournament. It really meant a lot to the kids to get at least one win.”
Peru advances to play Huntley-Crowe at 8 p.m. Monday in another elimination game.
La Salle Junior League baseball advances to state
The La Salle Junior League baseball team won back-to-back games Saturday in Sterling to win Sub-State Pool A to advance to the state tournament Aug. 4-8 in Rochelle.
La Salle edged Rochelle, 9-8, in Game 1 before routing Twin Cities, 12-1, in Game 2.
“I am so happy for the boys,” La Salle coach Jay Urbanski said. “They have played baseball together since instructional league. We are proud to represent LaSalle, and the people of LaSalle have showed great support for our kids.”
Against Rochelle, La Salle fell behind, 5-0, after two innings but rallied with three runs in the third, two in the fourth, two in the fifth and two more in then sixth.
Jacob Gross led the offense going 4 for 4 with three runs scored and two RBIs. Monti Lorenzie was 2 for 3 with two RBIs and a run, while Gio Legrenzi went 2 for 4 with a pair of RBIs and a run scored.
Kian Zeller earned the win in relief, allowing three runs on two hits with three strikeouts and three walks in three innings.
La Salle’s offense was hot in the second game with two runs in the first, one in the second, two in the third and seven in then fifth to invoke then 10-run rule.
Gross was 2 for 3 with three RBIs and two runs scored, A.J. Hermes went 2 for 3 with two RBIs and a pair of runs scored, Ceyton Urbanski was 3 for 4 and scored two runs, Legrenzi was 2 for 3 with three RBIs and a run scored and Gavin Herrera was 2 for 3 with a pair of runs scored and two RBIs.
Hermes threw 4 2/3 innings of no-hit baseball, striking out 10 batters and walking four. Urbanski struck out the lone batter he faced.