Three home runs for Compton in Morton win at Pekin

Bryan Veginski
Drake McCleary, a Morton junior, bats May 1 against Geremy Guerrero of Metamora. The Potters lost the Mid-Illini Conference baseball game to the host Redbirds, 6-0, to fall to 6-4 in the league.

Morton could not quite rally all the way back from a pair of three-run deficits.

The Potters suffered a 4-3 loss April 29 to Mid-Illini Conference baseball co-leader Metamora at Morton Community Baseball Stadium.

Jordan Wanner was 2-for-4 with an RBI to lead an eight-hit Morton offensive attack.

Jack Compton cranked an RBI triple in the sixth inning.

Nick Monferdini added an RBI and Jake Starkey a double for the Potters.

David Rossi was tagged with the loss. He struck out five and walked two, while working around 10 hits in a complete game.

Trent Johnson struck out eight without a walk in a positive pitching decision for the Redbirds.

MHS 16, Pekin 5

Compton had a day to remember April 30.

The Potters completed their sweep of Pekin as Compton went 4-for-5 with seven RBI.

Compton slugged three home runs — in the first, sixth and seventh innings. His final round-tripper was a grand slam just left of straightaway center field.

Morton posted six runs in the first inning and seven in the seventh to overwhelm the Dragons at Harry Anderson Field.

Wanner and Jake Morsch had two hits and two RBI apiece. Morsch hit a two-run homer in the first that preceded Compton’s solo shot. Wanner had a double.

Riley Donald knocked in two runs, and Rossi had two hits and an RBI.

Zach Hoby and Jared Liddle also plated Potter teammates.

Of the five runs on winning pitcher Compton’s ledger in 4 1/3 innings, only one was earned.

Corey Dullard finished up a game that was completed on its fourth date on the schedule.

Metamora 6, MHS 0

The Redbirds stayed in a first-place tie with Limestone at 10-0 in the league.

Metamora scored three times in the first inning and three more in the fourth May 1.

Despite the loss, third-place Morton (12-9, 6-4) still had a two-game lead on Washington and East Peoria entering week six.

Wanner fanned six without a walk, but lost for the second time in six decisions.

Dullard entered from the bullpen in the sixth.

Geremy Guerrero fired a three-hitter with seven strikeouts and two walks.

Season stats: Through April 30, Morton was hitting .309 with a 2.80 ERA as a team.

Compton was the Potters’ Triple Crown leader with a .413 average, five homers and 24 RBI.

Monferdini (.391), Wanner (.375), Morsch (.333) and Rossi (.318) also were players with 40-plus at-bats hitting .310 or better.

Wanner had 20 RBI with nine extra-base hits and Morsch knocked in 12 runs.

Wanner was 4-1 with a 0.60 ERA and 43 strikeouts with just eight walks in 35 innings.

Dullard (2.23) and Rossi (2.67) also sported sub-3.00 ERAs with 15-plus innings pitched.

Compton was second on the staff with three wins.