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Trailblazers Streaking again, Run Mark to 23-12

Article by: Pete Hayes, the Telegraph, phayes@thetelegraph.com

GODFREY — The Lewis and Clark Community College baseball Trailblazers are at it again.

They’re streaking.

The Trailblazers swept a doubleheader from Illinois Central College Sunday in East Peoria and won three of four in the two-game home-and-away series against the Cougars.

Sunday at East Peoria, L&C won the opener 2-1 and took the second game 11-5. On Saturday at L&C, the Cougars won the first game 5-0, but L&C came back to win the nightcap 5-1.

L&C has won 10 of its last 11 games and is 23-12 overall, 17-7 in the Mid-West Athletic Conference standings. In the conference race, the Trailblazers trail frontrunner Parkland, which is 31-12 over and 22-6 in MWAC.

L&C’s next action will be a weekend MWAC series with Spoon river. The trailblazers will host Spoon river in a doubleheader Friday at 1 and 3 p.m. On Saturday, the teams will play a twin-bill in Canton.

In Sunday’s series finale at Illinois Central, L&C erupted for six runs in the fourth inning and added four more in the sixth.

Pitcher Zach Seavers, a sophomore from Edwardsville, got the win. He went 5-2/3 innings, scattered nine hits, struck out three and walked two. He also hit four ICCC batters.

Ashton Smith had a two-run single for the Trailblazers and Seth Nast had three hits.

In the opener, Smith clouted a two-run home run in the top of the seventh for all the runs the Trailblazers would need in the 2-1 victory. Blake Vandiver was 3-for-3.

On the mound, Conner Pinsker got the win. the freshman from highland, went 6-2/3 innings, scattered six hits, allowed one run, walked one and struck out four. Devin McCullough earned a save.

Saturday, after dropping the opener 5-0, L&C scored two runs in the second inning of the nightcap and added three more in the fifth.

The Trailblazers got a two-run home run from Nick Wilke, a freshman catcher from Wentzville, Missouri. Ernest Plummer, a freshman from Danville, had a pair of hits, as did Vandiver.

Quinton Kujawa got the win for L&C in the second game.

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