Wild Things sweep doubleheader against Normal

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NORMAL, ILL. – Will Beckwith hit two home runs and Zach LeBarron pitched five scoreless innings as the Wild Things defeated Normal, 4-3 , to complete the sweep of a Frontier League doubleheader.


The victory came after first-place Washington (36-20) won the first game 10-5.


Zach LeBarron started on the mound and was followed by five relief pitchers. The staff combined to allow 10 hits, but Pat Butler avoided a blown and closer Jonathan Kountis earned his 21st save of the season.


The team’s offense also helped the cause.


Beckwith led off the second and fourth innings with a solo home run. The Wild Things added to their lead in the fifth inning when Jose Dore drew a walk and scored one batter later as Daniel Poma reached third base after Normal pitcher Bobby Shore’s throw to first went into foul territory in right field. Poma scored on a sacrifice fly by Scott Kalamar.


Alfonso Yelani allowed a lead-off single in the sixth before Butler took over.


Butler allowed four base hits and three runs, but struck out two and induced a ground out to end the inning.


Kountis pitched a scoreless seventh inning to earn the save.


In the first game, CJ Beatty hit two of the Wild Things’ four home runs and drove in three runs in Washington’s 10-5 win over Normal.


Washington trailed by three runs entering the fourth inning when one of its home runs tied the game. Beckwith and catcher Jim Vahalik walked before Ryan Kresky hit a three-run homer to tie the game.


One inning later, Beatty led off with a solo homer and Vahalik, who went 2-for-3, hit a three-run shot to give Washington a three-run cushion.


Beatty, who has a team-high 40 RBI, added a two-run shot in the sixth inning and the Wild Things clinched the victory for Alex Kaminsky. The right-hander earned his second win of the season after tossing five innings with five hits allowed and two earned runs.


Normal (27-28) scored one in the second before Washington tied the game in the second. The Corn Belters added three in the third and one in the seventh, but Matt Purnell closed out the win.


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