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CornBelters to host Michael Collins tribute night

July 17, 2014 – 6:36 pm | Comments Off
NORMAL, Ill. - The Normal CornBelters, presented by Illinois Corn Farmers, have announced they are hosting a Michael Collins Tribute Night on August 19. The CornBelters are playing the Schaumburg… Read the full story »

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Long balls lift CornBelters past Rascals

July 27, 2014 – 9:32 pm | Comments Off

O’FALLON, Mo. - The Normal CornBelters, presented by Illinois Corn Farmers, surged ahead with five unearned eighth inning runs to beat the River City Rascals 12-10 on Sunday at T.R. Hughes Ballpark.

Rascals catcher Joe Staley opened the scoring by leading off the second inning with a home run straightaway to center field, followed by a one-out two-run homer to the left field bleachers by Blaise Fernandez for a 3-0 lead. Mike Schwartz answered in the third with a two-run long ball to the left field seats with the wind blowing out to cut the deficit to 3-2.

River City added three more tallies in the third on a two-out, two-run triple by Evan Crawford and an RBI single by Fernandez to extend their lead to 6-2. The Belters got a run back with an RBI single by Pat McKenna in the fourth inning, scoring Richard Lucas after he reached with a walk and stole second.

The Rascals registered their third home run of the game when Brian Hansen went long to right center to lead off the fourth inning and build the advantage to 7-3. Jhiomar Veras recorded the second Belters homer to lead off the fifth to shrink the deficit to 7-4, and Richard Lucas tied the contest at 7-7 in the same frame with a three-run drive to the left field stands.

River City gained an 8-7 lead in the fifth when Staley drew a lead-off walk, went to second on an errant pickoff throw, stole third and scored on a Crawford flare over the right side of a drawn-in infield. The scoreboard settled down briefly, but Crawford sent the Rascals ahead 10-7 with a two-run homer to left with two outs in the seventh inning for the seventh combined home run of the contest.

Yet another big fly in the eighth gave the CornBelters a 12-10 lead as Schwartz clubbed his second homer of the day, a three-run drive to right center, after an error scored two earlier tallies to give the Belters five unearned runs in the inning.

Charley Short (6-1) earned the win in relief while Eric Anderson pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his first save. Nick Kennedy (3-2) took the loss.

The series continues Monday with a 7:05 p.m. first pitch in O’Fallon in a mound matchup of right-handers, Normal’s Cullen Babin (5-4, 4.27 ERA) and River City’s Tommy Mendoza (4-2, 2.68). Pre-game at www.normalbaseball.com begins at 6:50.

CornBelters Drop Second Straight Game, 8-6, Against the Lake Erie Crushers

July 27, 2014 – 12:44 pm | Comments Off
CornBelters Drop Second Straight Game, 8-6, Against the Lake Erie Crushers by: David Petschenko The Lake Erie Crushers scored once in the 7th, twice in the 8th and three times in the 9th inning of Saturday night’s game to beat the…

Crushers hold CornBelters at arm’s length

July 26, 2014 – 11:11 am | Comments Off
NORMAL, Ill. - The Normal CornBelters, presented by Illinois Corn Farmers, gave up rallies in the third and fourth innings and lost an error-filled game, 8-6 on Friday night at…

CornBelters win in dramatic fashion

July 24, 2014 – 10:45 pm | Comments Off
by Zack Carpenter NORMAL, Ill. - Eric Anderson belted a walk-off single to give the CornBelters a thrilling 5-4 win over the Lake Erie Crushers. The hit scored Pat McKenna,…

In Theo We Trust

July 24, 2014 – 8:17 pm | Comments Off
In Theo We Trust by: David Petschenko   Patience is a necessity known all too well for Cub fans. Not only do we have to be patient with a team that hasn’t won a…

Wild Things hold off CornBelters

July 23, 2014 – 10:23 pm | Comments Off
The Normal CornBelters, presented by Illinois Corn Farmers, surged late but fell 4-3 to the Washington Wild Things on Wednesday night at the Corn Crib. The Wild Things broke through…

Elias has contract purchased by Miami Marlins

July 23, 2014 – 5:20 pm | Comments Off
NORMAL, Ill. – The Miami Marlins have purchased the contract of right handed pitcher Ethan Elias from the Normal CornBelters, presented by Illinois Corn Farmers. The Edmonton, Alberta native, Elias,…

Wild Things sweep CornBelters in Tuesday twinbill

July 23, 2014 – 7:48 am | Comments Off
NORMAL, Ill. - The Normal CornBelters, presented by Illinois Corn Farmers, dropped a doubleheader to the Washington Wild Things by scores of 10-5 and 4-3 on Tuesday night at the…

Judah named Frontier League player of the week

July 21, 2014 – 3:42 pm | Comments Off
NORMAL, Ill. – Sam Judah was selected as the Frontier League player of the week for the second time this season. The outfielder for the Normal CornBelters, presented by Illinois…

Belters bats explode to beat Greys

July 21, 2014 – 12:51 pm | Comments Off
NORMAL, Ill. - The Normal CornBelters, presented by Illinois Corn Farmers, broke a four-game skid in emphatic style with a 13-6 win over the Frontier Greys on Sunday night at…

CornBelters Drop Fourth Straight Saturday Night

July 20, 2014 – 12:16 pm | Comments Off
CornBelters Drop Fourth Straight Saturday Night by David Petschenko A rough start proved to be too much for the CornBelters to handle as they lost their fourth straight and second of the homestand, 8-6 against the…

CornBelters begin home stand with loss to Greys

July 19, 2014 – 12:08 pm | Comments Off
NORMAL, Ill. - The Normal CornBelters, presented by Illinois Corn Farmers, lost their third straight contest and first of the season against the Frontier Greys, 7-4 on Friday night at…

Salute to The Captain

July 16, 2014 – 9:12 pm | Comments Off
by Zack Carpenter As Derek Jeter walked off the field of his final All Star game, you could feel the end of an era happening right in front of you.…

For the Love of the Game

July 15, 2014 – 4:32 pm | Comments Off
When I arrived in Lexington, Illinois my mind wasn’t on baseball, it was on getting home to Milwaukee which was three hours north to see my daughter.  I picked Lexington…

Schwartz Selected for All-Star Home Run Derby

July 14, 2014 – 11:50 am | Comments Off
NORMAL, Ill. – The Normal CornBelters, presented by Illinois Corn Farmers, announce that Mike Schwartz has been selected to participate in the Home Run Derby at the Frontier League All-Star…
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