The Normal CornBelters, presented by the Illinois Corn Farmers, won its fifth straight game 7-0 on CEFCU All-American Fireworks Friday against the Evansville Otters. Ryan Sheldon pitched the CornBelters first complete game of the season and improves to 4-1 with the win. Evansville starter Dan Marcacci drops to 2-1.
The CornBelters picked up right where they left off as they tallied three runs in the first. With two outs, Steve Alexander doubled home Daniel Cox to give Normal the first lead of the game 1-0. Asif Shah then sent one over the right field wall to put the CornBelters up 3-0.
Three innings later, the Normal lead would double. Jeff Dunbar singled home Shah to put the CornBelters up 4-0. After a Colin Moro single and a Mike Mobbs sacrifice bunt, Alvaro Ramirez singled home Moro and Dunbar to increase the CornBelter lead 6-0. Shah doubled again in the 7th inning to score Tyler Keeble and give Normal a 7-0 lead.
Sheldon allowed just six hits and struck out five in his longest outing of the season. Both Ramirez and Cox extended their hitting streaks to 17 games as Shah finished 3-for-4 with three RBI’s and two runs scored.
Normal (16-10) will go for the sweep against the Otters (5-21) Saturday night at the Corn Crib at 7 PM. Tyler Lavigne (2-3, 3.82) will take the mound for the CornBelter as Scott Kelley (0-3, 3.54) starts for Evansville
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