NORMAL — With three games scheduled for July 16 and 17, the Central Illinois Revolution, Clinton’s traveling summer baseball team, seems to have completed a tough season. The Revolution ends its season with 5 wins against 12 losses.
The first of the Revolution’s weekend trilogy began early on July 16 with a game against the Northern Illinois Reds 17-U at the Corn Crib in Normal, Illinois on artificial turf.
The game began well with both pitchers holding their own for the first two innings, Garrett Wayne for the Revolution and Davis Sweeney for the Reds.
Then, in the top of the third inning, Wayne was tagged for three runs, and the Reds never looked back. The Reds added 5 more runs in the fourth inning to finish the day for Wayne.
Logan Peterson then took the mound for the Revolution for the last two innings, giving up three more runs, one in the fifth and two in the sixth.
A bright spot for the Revolution was a run scored in the fifth inning. Sweeney pitched the complete game for the Reds, taking the 11-1 win.
Logan Petersen, Braden Cross, and Connor Moore each had a hit for the Revolution.
NORMAL — The second game of the day, July 16, for the Revolution was in Lexington facing the Illinois Hawks 17-U Red.
If the name Red was not enough to concern, playing a second game on a very hot day was also in the mix.
The Revolution jumped on the opposition in the top of the first inning for two runs for a positive beginning to the game. However, the Red team came back with three of their own runs in the bottom of the first.
The Revolution then scored another run in the sixth inning to tie the game, only to have the Reds explode for six runs to take the lead for good. The Reds then capped their scoring with a single run in the fourth inning for a 10-3 lead.
The Revolution fought back in the fifth inning with two more runs, but could not muster any more tallies, taking a 10-5 loss.
Logan Wills took the loss for the Revolution, pitching two and one third innings allowing 10 hits and 9 runs while striking out one and walking one.
The Revolution offense was led by Connor Moore (3 for 4) and Logan Petersen (2 for 4) with Braden Cross hitting a home run in the first inning to give the Revolution a boost.
On Friday, July 17, the Revolution faced its final opponent of the season in El Paso.
This team was the Illinois 2021. The game began with the Revolution appearing to overcome their troubles of late as they scored a run in the first two innings to take the early lead.
The lead was short-lived, though, as the Braves retaliated with a booming five runs in the third inning. The Braves added one more in the fourth inning which was answered by two more runs by the Revolution to bring them within to of the opposition.
The Braves were not about to give in and added one run in the fifth, three in the sixth and two in the seventh to secure their 12-4 win. Errors plagued the Revolution as they have in previous games. Caleb
Foster took the Revolution loss allowing 6 hits and 6 runs in three and two thirds innings while striking out 3 and walking one. Michael Oswald led the offense with two hits in three at bats.