Author: Evan Schmeizer

The Normal CornBelters fall to 1-5 in the first week of the Prospect
League season. They were defeated by the Springfield Lucky Horseshoes
6-5 Saturday on Carnival Night and 2-0 Sunday against the O’Fallon
Hoots. On Saturday, local businesses set up a small army of table
games/displays along the main concourse, including two domesticated
snakes, a skunk, and a three year old kangaroo. The loss to the Lucky
Horseshoes came a night after blowing them out 14-0 in Springfield.
Normal cruised to the tune of 10 hits and three home runs while only
allowing a single hit. Saturday was a different story. The CornBelters
only managed five singles Saturday despite working a combined nine
walks and hit-by-pitches to go with three errors committed by
Springfield. The CornBelters put the tying run on third in the ninth
thanks to a Tyler Thompson RBI single, but Chris Suchowski struck out
to end the comeback bid.

Sunday night’s 2-0 loss against the Hoots barely lasted two hours.
Justin Simard’s RBI groundout in the second proved to be the game
winner for O’Fallon. Peyton Niksch settled in for Normal to pitch the
first five innings in the losing effort. He allowed one earned, he
scattered five hits while striking out six and walking none. David
Smith, Alex McHale, and Zach O’Donnell each pitched scoreless innings
out of the CornBelter bullpen. Barrett Lohman threw four shutout
innings for the Hoots. He allowed just two of the five hits credited
to Normal. Landen Johnson and Chase Mason each singled to start the
bottom of the ninth, but Hoots closer, Markell Dixon, set down the
next three CornBelters hitters to end the jam.

Up next: The CornBelters drive 45 minutes North to take on the
Illinois Valley Pistol Shrimp for the fourth time this season. They
next take the field at home on the Corn Crib Thursday against the
Terra Haute Rex at 6:30pm.

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