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Tigers fall in title game

Byron loses to Pleasant Plains in weather-shortened contest

Published: Sunday, June 8, 2014 10:43 p.m. CST
(Alex T. Paschal/apaschal@saukvalley.com)
Byron's Ben Reibel drives the ball to right field Saturday in the first inning. The dropped fly ball allowed Byron's first run.

PEORIA – The Byron Tigers were hurt by defensive miscues in a 5-1 loss to Pleasant Plains in the 2A state baseball championship game at Dozer Park. The game was called after 5 innings because of thunderstorms that swept through Peoria on Saturday night.

Byron (36-6) committed five errors behind left-hander Dan Lowe (8-2), who took the loss by allowing eight hits, six runs (four earned) in 4 1/3 innings. He also had five strikeouts and two walks.

Austin Carlson scored the Tigers lone run.

Chad Weller (7-2) pitched five innings, allowing four hits, one unearned run with three strikeouts and one walk.

Leadoff hitter Cole Hamilton had two hits, including a double, two RBIs and two stolen bases for Pleasant Plains (31-11).

The third-place game between Freeburg and Westmont was cancelled because of the impending weather. Both teams received third-place medals.


Illinois Lutheran 12, Webber 2, 6 inn.:
Sam Geraci was a home run short of the cycle, had four RBIs, and he was the winning pitcher in Illinois Lutheran's victory over Webber.

Geraci pitched five innings, allowing three hits, two runs (one earned) with three strikeouts and no walks. Jared Buzan pitched a scoreless sixth for Lutheran (23-8).

Logan Ganieany lasted 2 1/3 innings, allowing six runs (four earned) with two strikeouts and three walks. Ganieany and Jordan Wheeler drove in runs for Webber (27-2).

Argenta-Oreana beat New Athens 7-1 in the third-place game.

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