O'FALLON, Mo. -- The Normal Cornbelters managed just three singles off River City's Zach Sterner in an 8-0 Frontier League loss to the Rascals in the rubber game of their season-opening series Sunday afternoon at T.R. Hughes Ballpark.
Only Colin Moro made it as far as second base for the Belters (1-2) as both Steve Alexander and Tyler Keeble were erased by double plays.
Sterner (1-0) faced just 28 batters, one above the minimum, in his complete game gem, yielding just the three base hits while striking out three without a walk.
Brandon Johnson swung the big bat for River City (2-1), going 3 for 4 with two home runs and a double while driving in three. The bottom third of the Rascal's line-up accounted for six of their 11 hits and plated six of their eight runs.
Bobby Pritchett (0-1) worked the first six innings for Normal, giving up five runs, all earned, on seven hits. Pritchett did record nine strikeouts before giving way to Donald Furrow who was touched for three runs on four hits over the final two innings.
The CornBelters travel to Florence, Ky. for a three-game set starting on Tuesday. Right-hander Brett Lester is the projected starter.