Author: Griffin Leonard

NORMAL, IL — The Normal CornBelters muscled an impressive 12 runs off of 15 hits on Sunday night to wrap up the first half of the season with a 12-8 win over the Lafayette Aviators.

Graham Casey excelled on the mound for his 3rd win of the season, all three of which he’s earned in his last four starts. Graham threw five innings, stifling the Aviator bats to just two runs on three hits.

The left-hander made way for the bullpen in the sixth, who struggled, giving up runs to Lafayette in every inning the rest of the way.

However, it was the bats that powered Normal to the victory. Eight of the nine players in the starting lineup registered hits, while six of those eight had multi-hit games. 

Normal was led by Tyler Thompson, who went 3-5 with two runs scored and a run batted in. It was the first multi-hit game of the summer for Thompson, who has struggled to stay on the field battling injuries.

Additionally, Austin Wiegand left the yard in the seventh inning, with a towering solo shot to right field for his second home run of the season. The designated hitter notched two hits in the game for the home side.

The CornBelters ended the first half of the season on a four-game win streak, bringing their overall record to 14-15. That mark was good enough for third place in the Central Division, behind the Terre Haute Rex and the Danville Dans. 

Danville clinches a spot in the 2024 Postseason where they will host the remaining qualifier. The CornBelters begin their second half run at a postseason appearance with a trip to Clinton on Saturday.

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