The baseball gods did not smile Tuesday on Pekin.
“It was a good game. We hit the ball well, but right at people,” Dragons coach Larry Davis said after Pekin lost 2-1 to Metamora in a Mid-Illini Conference contest.
Evan Pogioli was the tough-luck losing pitcher on a cold, rainy night. He gave up only six hits and two runs in going the distance. Winning pitcher Seth Bedwell also threw a six-hitter.
Down 1-0 in the top of the sixth inning, the Dragons (11-6, 6-5) scored on a leadoff double by Nathan Righi and a bad throw on a bunt by Pogioli. Righi scored all the way from second base on the error.
A leadoff single, sacrifice bunt and two wild pitches brought home the eventual winning run for Metamora (13-12, 4-7) in the bottom of the sixth. Pogioli struck out the final two batters to end the inning.
The Redbirds took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. The leadoff batter was hit by a pitch and he eventually scored on an RBI single by Landon Ivins.
It was the second game of the day for Metamora as Mid-Illini teams scramble to make up conference games postponed by rain. The Pekin-Metamora game was supposed to have been played May 1.
Washington beat Metamora 2-0 earlier Tuesday as Ryan Guenther threw a shutout with nine strikeouts. Chase Mason and Bryce Brecklin knocked in runs for the Panthers (15-12-1, 5-6).
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