NORMAL, ILL. – Carter Bell drove in two runs and pitcher Troy Marks earned the win in his debut as Washington defeated Normal, 4-2, in a Frontier League game on Wednesday night.
The victory completes a four-game sweep of the CornBelters and gives the Wild Things (37-20) a 3 1/2 game lead in the East Division.
Marks, who signed with Washington on Wednesday, allowed one run on five hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out four and did not walk a batter.
Like Tuesday’s set of games, Washington wasted little time flexing its muscles on offense. Garrett Rau led off the top of the fourth inning with a ground rule double and scored on CJ Beatty’s RBI single. Scott Kalamar reached on a single and Carter Bell followed with a two-run triple for a early 3-0 Wild Things lead.
Normal (27-29) put a run on the board in the fifth before Washington answered in the sixth on a RBI single by Michael Allen. The Corn Belters threatened in the seventh when Ozney Guillen hit a RBI single to draw the deficit to two, but Matt Sergey recorded two outs to end the threat.
Normal drew to within one in the eighth on a RBI double by Aaron Dudley, but Jonathan Kountis recorded four outs to end the rally and earn his 22nd save of the season.