NORMAL — Spurred by the stellar pitching of Scott Sebald and Chad Gendron, the Normal CornBelters climbed over the .500 mark for the first time in more than two months Saturday,

Sebald pitched the first seven innings and Gendron the final two of a 10-hit shutout as Normal edged River City, 2-0, before a Corn Crib crowd of 2,389.

With seven games to play, Normal (45-44) stands three games out of a Frontier League wild-card playoff spot with four teams in front of it in a quest for two playoff berths.

"Hopefully we can keep this thing going and maybe scare a couple teams," Normal manager Brooks Carey said. "But I'm not really worried about that. The boys are having fun. They have figured out a way to win the last couple nights."

Sebald (9-1) struck out five and walked two. The right-hander allowed seven hits.

"Sebald is a beast," said Carey. "This kid should be pitching in a higher league than this. We'll see if we can do that for him in the offseason."

Gendron allowed three hits but struck out Brandon Thomas with the tying runs on base in the ninth inning to nail down his fifth save.

Normal forged ahead in the opening inning when Yeixon Ruiz led off with a single and scored on a Justin Fletcher double.

Santiago Chirino singled home Ty Morris with a second run in the seventh.

Chirino was 2-for-3 to raise his league-leading batting average to .361.

Normal plays its final home game of the season Sunday with a 4:35 p.m. first pitch against River City.

NORMAL — Spurred by the stellar pitching of Scott Sebald and Chad Gendron, the Normal CornBelters climbed over the .500 mark for the first time in more than two months Saturday,

Sebald pitched the first seven innings and Gendron the final two of a 10-hit shutout as Normal edged River City, 2-0, before a Corn Crib crowd of 2,389.

With seven games to play, Normal (45-44) stands three games out of a Frontier League wild-card playoff spot with four teams in front of it in a quest for two playoff berths.

"Hopefully we can keep this thing going and maybe scare a couple teams," Normal manager Brooks Carey said. "But I'm not really worried about that. The boys are having fun. They have figured out a way to win the last couple nights."

Sebald (9-1) struck out five and walked two. The right-hander allowed seven hits.

"Sebald is a beast," said Carey. "This kid should be pitching in a higher league than this. We'll see if we can do that for him in the offseason."

Gendron allowed three hits but struck out Brandon Thomas with the tying runs on base in the ninth inning to nail down his fifth save.

Normal forged ahead in the opening inning when Yeixon Ruiz led off with a single and scored on a Justin Fletcher double.

Santiago Chirino singled home Ty Morris with a second run in the seventh.

Chirino was 2-for-3 to raise his league-leading batting average to .361.

Normal plays its final home game of the season Sunday with a 4:35 p.m. first pitch against River City.

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