WENONA - A two-out single by Nick Perry was the difference in LeRoy's 1-0 win in nine innings over Heart of Illinois Conference adversary Fieldcrest Wednesday at the middle school. The single brought in Nate Sammer, who reached on a double.
Fieldcrest (11-9, 7-4) had a chance to put a dent in the scoreboard in the bottom half of the fourth. A fly ball to right field off the bat of Hayden Carls was hauled in by Brad Spratt, whose relay throw was cut off by first sacker Logan Petersen, who promptly threw home to catcher Nick Perry, who applied the tag of Bryce Nordstrom, to end the threat. Had the throw been more to home plate or the first base side, Nordstrom probably would have scored.
Knights’ coach Mark Brown, who was approximately 40 feet from the play in the third base coaching box, saw it a bit differently.
“I thought he was under it. He tagged him up on the chest,” he said. “I was told the ball beat him there. I did not agree with it.”
Nordstrom provided three of the four hits for the Knights.
LeRoy has an overall record of 22-5 and 8-3 in the HOIC.
Notes: Both Le Roy and Fieldcrest had twin brothers in the starting lineup. The Panthers had Mason and Max Buckles, who were at center and third, respectively. Among the Knights’ nine included Bryce Nordstrom at first and his twin brother, Noah, in center. This was Fieldcrest’s first extra inning affair since the 2018 season opener, a 4-3 loss in eight at Dwight, a span of 38 games. According to Brown, sophomore regular Landon Cook is out for the remainder of the season due to mononucleosis. The first contest he missed was Monday against Heyworth.
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