Dunlap’s baseball team put up a fight but, in the end, Mid-Illini Conference rival Metamora came away with a 6-4 victory April 16 at Metamora.


Dunlap’s baseball team put up a fight but, in the end, Mid-Illini Conference rival Metamora came away with a 6-4 victory April 16 at Metamora.

Nick Mangieri started on the mound for Dunlap and threw six strikeouts.

“We had a rough start and Metamora sprayed the ball all over the field to places where we weren’t and they ended up scoring six runs quickly,” coach Rod Hatch said. “I have to credit my pitcher for making adjustments quickly and preventing them from scoring anymore runs.”
“I was proud of the kids for not giving up and battling back.”

The Redbirds wasted no time getting on the board and jumped out to a 6-0 advantage in the first inning.

Dunlap chipped away at the lead with three runs in the second inning and one run in the sixth, but could not complete the comeback.

Derrick Smith went two-for-four at the plate and Brandon Scroggins batted two-for-three with a double.

Mangieri batted in two runs and Tyler Gudat and Ryan Kocher each added a run.
The team hosted Metamora April 18 and lost, 3-1.

Andrew Frankenreider took the mound and struck out 11 batters.

“He pitched a heck of a ball game,” Hatch said. “They ended up scoring a run late in the game to take the 3-1 lead. Even though it was just a two-run lead, it felt like 10-runs because of the way that game had been.”

The team started the Pleasant Plains Tournament Friday with a 6-2 win over Jacksonville Routt.

Brandon Lanier took the mound for the Eagles.

“We hit the ball great and did a really good job of running the bases,” Hatch said. “It was a nice win for us and gave us a good feeling that we haven’t had in a while.”

On Saturday, the team lost two games in the Pleasant Plains Tournament.

Jack Winkel started in a 5-0 loss to Riverton and struck out one batter.

“They were similar issues that we have faced previously in those games,” Hatch said. “We got good performances from our pitching but we made mistakes on the bases and ran ourselves into outs that we shouldn’t have.”

Smith went two-for-three in the game.

The team then lost to Williamsville, 6-0.

Brooks started on the mound for the Eagles.

Mangieri batted two-for-three and Smith also went two-for-three.

The Eagles were scheduled to host Canton Monday.

The team plays at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday at Canton.

The team next plays at 10 a.m. Saturday at Eureka in a doubleheader.

“The kids are still working hard and aren’t giving up,” Hatch said. “I think it’s just a matter of putting everything together, combining our pitching and defense and not making silly base running mistakes. We need to get guys in to score when we have the chances.”