Is something special brewing on the diamond for the Pekin baseball team?
The Dragons stayed undefeated Thursday, blasting host Peoria Notre Dame 12-2 behind a 20-hit attack and the lock down pitching of Nathan Righi.
Pekin (3-0) has beaten Normal West, Peoria Richwoods and Notre Dame in its first three games.
“We’re doing the stuff you need to do to win 30 games in a season,” said Pekin coach Larry Davis. “We’re hitting the ball, pitching well and fielding well. We’ve scored 22 runs and made only one error in our three games.”
Davis likes the Pekin team that’s been assembled this season, and not just because of the players’ talent.
“We have a lot of baseball players, guys who play during the summer and enjoy the game,” he said.
Six Pekin players had multiple hits against Notre Dame. Six Pekin players drove in runs.
Ethan Sullivan, Max Jones and Jon Kuethe each had three hits for the Dragons. Cole Russell, Chase Roepenack and Righi each had two hits.
Jones had a triple. Sullivan, Russell, Roepenack and Evan Pogioli each had a double.
Sullivan led the Dragons’ RBI brigade with three. His two-run double in the first inning got Pekin rolling.
Jones, Pogioli and Roepenack each knocked home two runs. Brady Grashoff, Kuethe and Russell each drove in a run.
All that support at the plate was great for Righi, who struck out 11 and walked just two in throwing a complete-game four-hitter.
Pekin led 7-2 after two innings and 11-2 after four innings.
The Dragons are scheduled to play host to Chillicothe IVC in a doubleheader at 10 a.m. Saturday at Harry Anderson Field before opening Mid-Illini Conference play at 4:15 p.m. Monday at Dunlap.
Steve Stein can be reached at (248) 224-2616 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @SpartanSteve.