By Steve Robinson | May 15, 2009 - 10:46 pm
Posted in Category: NJCAA Softball, Pekin Daily Times

BaseballNORMAL – The Softball season ended on a sour, soggy note for Illinois Central College at Champion Fields here Friday.

Trying to stay alive in the NJCAA Division II Tournament here meant more than a test of physical strength – in some cases, it seemed to want to test aquatic endurance, too, as a morning deluge of rain postponed action until early afternoon. What was to be ICC’s first, and apparently, only, game of the day was scheduled for 10a. m.

ICC CougarsThe first pitch came around 2p.m., forcing head coach Heather Doty and her players to drive back hurriedly from a lunch break to warm up for their first scheduled game of the tournament’s second day against Kansas-based Cowley Community College.

But ICC’s exit from this tournament came quickly, in a rain-swept 4-0 shutout at the hands of Cowley pitcher Jacey Juden. In seven innings, Juden struck out 13 while allowing three hits, and one ICC walk.

ICC pitchers BethAnn Swartz and Taylor Preuitt each got in three innings of work. Swartz allowed five hits and Preuitt three. Each pitcher had two runs scored on her. Preuitt walked two, Swartz none.

In a game played partly in a driving rain that came back shortly after the contest began, Juden singled in the bottom of the first inning scored left fielder Sarah Hooker, giving CowleyCC a fast 1-0 lead. A double by catcher Kashilia Young doubled home shortstop Breayle Tackett in the third inning, increasing Cowley’s lead, 2-0.

NJCAA National ChampionshipsFirst baseman Ashley Spencer led the fifth inning off with a double, then advanced to third on an error and a single by Tackett, increasing CowleyCC’s advantage, 3-0. Young scored when Juden hit into a fielder’s choice, giving Cowley what turned out to be the final advantage.

Although the bad footing in the outfield caused by the rain hindered ICC, and seemingly aided Cowley’s ability to score runs that inning, Doty did not use the poor conditions as an excuse for her team’s loss.

“We did the best that we could,” Doty said. “(Cowley) had to play under these same conditions, too. We just didn’t hit (the ball) into the outfield enough for (conditions) to affect them like it did us.”

Doty said the sudden call-back from tournament officials to come play their first game of the day didn’t really throw her team. “We were kind of prepared for that a little bit, but, we did have a sufficient amount of warm-up time.”

NJCAAICC was the only team in the 16-team field at the NJCAA Division II Tournament that, after Thursday’s opening action, entered the tourney with a record below .500. Following the loss to Cowley, ICC finished the season with a 26-29 record.

“We did a lot of good things,” Doty said of the effort her players showed against Cowley, despite the final score. “I’ve got no regrets. I would not have done anything any differently for this game.

Doty said this season for the Cougars was one in which “everybody learned something. Nobody rolled over.

“You know, we could have rolled over and called it a season back in March (or) the beginning of April,” Doty said. “But nobody did that. Everybody fought (hard). Everybody stuck together.”

Completing her third season, ICC, under Doty, finished the season 26-29. Doty’s overall record at ICC is 80-72

By Steve Robinson | May 14, 2009 - 10:01 pm
Posted in Category: NJCAA Softball, Pekin Daily Times

BaseballNORMAL – Illinois Central College’s Softball team is the only team in the 16-team field at the NJCAA Division II Tournament that, after Thursday’s opening action at Champion Fields, enters the tourney with a record below .500.

Under head coach Heather Doty, the Cougars began the tournament with a 25-27 record. They are still below .500, having split two games by Thursday’s end, but the point seems to be that they are still here. That’s after dropping their opener to Iowa Central College, 13-1, and shutting out their first consolation round opponent, Mercyhurst Northeast, 3-0.

ICC 3, Mercyhurst Northeast 0: Doty admitted that after her team lost the opener to Iowa Central College because “we looked intimidated…we looked scared.”

ICC (26-28) regained their confidence after a lunch break winning what looked to be a measured 3-0 shutout over Erie, Pa.-based Mercyhurst Northeast, 3-0.

ICC CougarsICC pitcher Lindsay Hufeld registered 10 strikeouts, and only allowed the Tritons’ batters just one hit each in the sixth and seventh innings.

A single by ICC third baseman Katie Peek, coupled with a Mercyhurst error allowed ICC right fielder Chelsea Rankin to score the first run of the game, 1-0.

First baseman Brooke Landau made the score 2-0 in the bottom of the third inning, scoring on a sacrifice by catcher Bret Nelson and a fielder’s choice by first baseman Emily England.

With ICC still leading 2-0, Peek tripled, slamming the ball into right field to open the third inning, and then scored on a sacrifice run batted in by left fielder Dana Garber, giving ICC the eventual final score.

“That was awesome,” Doty said of Peek’s opposite field hit. “That helped a ton that she was being aggressive at the plate.”

“In between the two games Thursday, we talked about regrouping and coming back for the second game playing as the team that we are,” Doty said. “I think we got the bugs out in the first game, which helped.

NJCAA National Championships“(Winning pitcher) Lindsay (Hufeld) threw a great game,” Doty said. “Her ball was moving a ton, which helped. We played good defense. We took advantage of opportunities. (Mercyhurst) made a couple errors that we scored on, so that helped a lot.”

Iowa CC 13, ICC 1: Being the only team in the field starting the tourney with a record two games below .500, at 25-27, ICC, under Doty, figured the only direction to head from there was up. Unfortunately, the Cougars ran into Iowa College (60-6), and pitcher Christina Bradley who registered three strikouts, as did her relief after three innings, Cola Danna, who three more strikeouts in a five inning game which Iowa CC won, 13-1 in five innings, dropping ICC to 25-28.

Iowa CC led after one inning, 4-0, in part thanks to a three-run homer over the left field wall by freshman third baseman Brittany Martin. IowaCC would have registered a 13-0 shutout to begin their tournament had it not been for Cougars left fielder Dana Garber’s double with teammate Kaleigh Tapp on base, giving ICC its lone run in a losing cause that ushered Doty’s team into the consolation bracket.

“(Iowa CC) was a very athletic team and we didn’t come out ready to play,” Doty admitted after the first game loss. “(Iowa CC) was hitting everything.

The right-handed Martin’s first inning home run was delivered aiming for the left-hand batter’s box “and she went out and got it and hit it over the fence,” Doty recalled. “They are a good hitting team and they were ready to hit anything that we served up.”

NJCAANot A Fluke ICC Is Here: Doty said after the victory over Mercyhurst that her team has talked about the fact that it is no fluke that ICC is in this tourney. She said her team has even received some inspiration from none other than Lorraine Ramsay, the legendary ICC Softball coach.

“(Our players) were 6- and 7-years old at the end of (her coaching career),” Doty said. “She spoke of the pride and how dominant ICC (used to be). She told (the players that being able to wear that jersey, they should be ‘very, very prideful.’”

By Steve Robinson | May 9, 2009 - 10:27 pm
Posted in Category: News, Pekin Daily Times, Special Olympics

Special OlympicsBLOOMINGTON – Leslie Stetler, East Peoria, made history at the Area 6 Heartland Special Olympics Games Saturday becoming the first person to earn a first medal or ribbon for a newly formed Special Olympics team from East Peoria Community High School, giving their all in the half-day event.

Stetler earned a fourth place ribbon for her efforts in the Softball Throw.

Her mother, Barb Hunt, Creve Coeur, and Leslie’s three siblings, grandmother, and a niece all donned black t-shirts with the moniker “Leslie’s Loyal League” in orange, black, and white writing. On the back of the shirt, one of Leslie’s favorite expressions, “knuckle sandwich,” is written on the back.

Leslie’s older sister, Alicia Stetler, said her younger sister “was pretty pumped to do this.

“Anything (EPCHS head coach Tracey Carlson) asks for, Leslie’s (for it),” explained Alicia Stetler.

But Leslie has Tardive Dyskinesia, a disorder which causes her pain when she moves. Alicia Stetler said her mother, Barb, had concerns about the pain any physical activity might create for Leslie.

But for her first time in Special Olympics, earning that very first ribbon for EPCHS proved the payoff of getting involved was worth it.

Alicia Stetler said that, her sister’s ailments aside, she always seems to bring a crowd of well-wishers with her, regardless of what she is involved in.

“If Leslie is doing something, our family definitely wants to be there,” Alicia said. “Everybody wanted to be here.”

By being part of EPCHS’ team, she became part of one of two new Special Olympics teams. One representing EPCHS and one from Morton School District #709, each organization making their public debuts at the annual event held at Wesleyan Stadium.

Judging from the results that had nothing to do with medals – the smiles, the camaraderie among the athletes, and between the athletes and their coaches — the first time out for these two new teams looked to be successful.

Area 6East Peoria Community High: Under Carlson, a life skills teacher at EPCHS, fans of the Raiders can now cheer on a Special Olympics team of their own. Carlson said getting the team from idea stage to becoming a reality for Saturday was a two-year process.

EPCHS’ athletes participated in the 50 meter Dash and the Softball Throw. Carlson said her team receives a coaching assist from members of the Fon du Lac Park District, who also sent a team to the Spring Games, as well.

Carlson said her team training on Thursday afternoons to get ready for the Spring Games events.

Sheryl Delaney was seen taking in all the sights of EPCHS’ first Special Olympics by documenting it with her camcorder. Delaney’s son, Mike Venn, was ready to take to the track for his first Track and Field event, the 50 meter Dash, but also took part in the Softball Throw.

Venn, at 21, and in EPCHS’ Life Skills program, has been active in Special Olympics since he was 14, Delaney said. Delaney credits Venn’s involvement in Special Olympics with improving his team-building skills. What he has learned has helped him land a job in the high school cafeteria washing dishes.

Also on the team with Stetler and Venn is 18-year-old senior Mike Troyer, Creve Coeur, who admits to being excited to be able to participate in Special Olympics for the first time.

Troyer seemed to echo the sentiments of any member of a new venture: “I am happy to be doing this because it’s my first time and it’s going to be great.”

Patti Baldwin, Troyer’s mother, said her son has more enthusiasm for gym classes lately because of the opportunities to compete in Special Olympics. Baldwin admits another by-product of her son being in Special Olympics is that he likes helping mow lawns for other family members, getting him outside more often.

Morton District 709: Saturday’s event also marked the debut of another new team from the Times area – Morton School District #709.

Amanda Cross is the head coach, and Erin Day is the assistant coach from Morton School District #709. Day explained that all the athletes coming to the Spring Games came from Lincoln Elementary School and ranged in age from 8-12 years of age.

Courtney Konieczny, an 11-year-old fifth grader, became Morton 709’s very first medal winner ever – taking a silver medal for her efforts at the Softball Throw. Koniecany was one of nine athletes Dist. 709 brought to Area Games.

Dana Ashby, director of special education for District 709, credited Cross and Day with spearheading the drive for a Special Olympics team in the district.

Ashby said District 709 began working to put a Special Olympics program together last fall, and practices began earlier this year in preparation for Spring Games.

Cross has had previous experience working with the Special Opportunities Available in Recreation (SOAR) program, operated by the Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department, prior to coming to District 709.

“(Cross) wanted to get this started,” Ashby said. “She asked if the school district would support it, and we said absolutely.

“I wanted to do this as soon as I had staff wanting to do it. (Cross and Day) stepped up and wanted to, and I was thrilled.”

Ashby said Track and Field is just the beginning for the district in terms of Special Olympics competition. “We’re looking at basketball in the fall, (and) maybe Bowling. It depends on the survey we take of the kids, and what the kids want to do.”

Doug Riddle, Morton, has a 12-year-old daughter, Cathy, who was getting her first taste of Special Olympics by participating in the 50-yard dash, 4 x 100 Relay, and the Tennis Ball Throw.

“(Cathy) has been smiling the whole day, and just enjoying it,” Riddle said of his daughter.

Riddle said it was also his first time witnessing a Special Olympics event. “I didn’t know what to expect, but so far, it’s been fantastic.”

Athletes have been training for weeks for their events, Riddle reminded. “I know that, during the training, she’s been loving it the whole time.”

Shot Put Gold: One might think that, at age 50, Bernie Harms, a shot put competitor from Pekin Park District’s Illinois River Valley Special Recreation Association, might be slowing down.

Bernie would tell you he disagrees – to the 12th degree, so to speak. On Saturday, Harms earned a gold medal in Shot Put, hurling it 10.8 feet, earning a gold medal for his 12th straight trip to compete at State Games next month.

Gold Equals Trip To State Games: Athletes from EPCHS and Dist. 709 were among a total of 48 athletes representing Pekin, Morton, Washington, and East Peoria participated in the Special Olympics Illinois Area 6 Spring Games, held Saturday at Wesleyan Stadium on the Illinois Wesleyan University campus.

Local agencies participating included Pekin Park District’s Illinois River Valley Special Recreation Association and Washington Special Olympics.

First place winners at these Area 6 Games qualify to compete at the Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games, to be held June 12-14 at Illinois State University.

Athletes competed in events such as Softball Throw, Tennis Ball Throw, Shot Put, wheelchair races of lengths from 25 meters to 100 meters, walk races of lengths from 100 meters to 800 meters, and a 4 x 100 meter relay, and 4 x 400 meter relay.

A total of 260 athletes from six Counties, including, Tazewell, Mason, Woodford, Peoria, and McLean, and DeWitt, have been training for weeks to make it to this competition.

District 108 Sits Out: For the first time after a number of appearances in recent years at Area 6 Spring Games, Pekin School District 108 did not send a team to compete this year.

“In the past, District 108 has used Special Olympics as part of our curriculum and our community-based activities for several classrooms,” explained Megan Jensen, special education teacher of 7th and 8th grade students at Broadmoor Junior High, in an e-mail sent to The Daily Times.

“This year, based on limited funding, we had to prioritize our activities to only those activities most critical to the needs of our students. Our decision-making changes from year to year, based on needs of the students, priorities, and funding. We hope to participate again in the future,” Jensen wrote.

Town of NormalNORMAL – Normal Town Council members, by a 4-2 vote, passed an ordinance amending Town code to allow the use of self-propelled, electronically powered, four-wheel vehicles – known as “Neighborhood Vehicles”, or NVs, within certain sections of the Town.

Council members had the issue of NVs brought before them in February when the ordinance was originally presented. But after a brief discussion, Council members decided they needed more information about and a demonstration of an NV in order to make a proper decision.

Prior to Monday’s meeting, in the circle drive of Normal City Hall, Council members got their demonstration.

Representatives from St. Louis-based Wiese Planning and Engineering brought a model called a Columbia Omega to demonstrate. The vehicle has two seats in an enclosed cab, and a storage bed with drop sides for storage. Council members each got to take a spin around in the driveway of Normal City Hall.

As Council members took turns riding or driving the NV, with its blue-colored cab and 72-inch silver storage bed, Paul Mehrmann, utility vehicle specialist with Wiese, explained the vehicle runs on either a 110- or 220-volt battery that needs an 8-hour charge at first. Mehrmann said the vehicle is recommended for street use only.

Mehrmann said only about 50 of these vehicles have been sold in the U. S., as opposed to roughly 100,000 that have been sold in Europe.

He said the vehicle requires the driver to be licensed and insured.

Mehrmann said that college campuses, like Illinois State “that own gas-operated vehicles for short trips is wasting gas money.”

Council member Chuck Scott is executive director of ISU’s Facilities Management department, and after taking part in the demonstration, said he could see a number of uses for such vehicles on the ISU campus.

“This kind of vehicle would have a number of uses in terms of light duty maintenance on our campus,” Scott said. “Things such as hauling light-weight construction materials from job sites; also, a department like catering could be used using a vehicle like this.

“There are a number of light-duty service-types of departments that could benefit from this type of technology,” Scott said.

During discussion of the ordinance concerning NVs, Mayor Chris Koos told Council members the Town wants to try to keep the battery-operated vehicles off streets where the speed limit is more than 35 miles per hour.

Gaines said she wants to see some information distributed to the public concerning where NVs will be allowed to be used in town. Scott backed up that suggestion with two specific items the public should be told: That the vehicles have a 35 mph speed limit, and to be specific which streets NVs can and can’t be used on.

Council member Adam Nielsen said he was not comfortable with NVs being used on Normal’s streets than he was before the demonstration test-drive.

Such vehicles “would be great on a golf course or on the ISU quad,…but (for use on city streets,) I can’t support it.

“For me, it’s a safety issue,” Nielsen said.

City Manager Mark Peterson said NVs have been used in Champaign, with their used being confined to certain parts of that community.

Gaines asked, if the Town were to create a zone of traffic for NVs to be used, would that reduce safety concerns being discussed. Peterson said to create such a zone would render the purchase of NVs impractical. NVs sell for between $18,000-$19,000.

Council members Nielsen and Jeff Fritzen cast votes against the ordinance. Council member Sonja Reece was not present.

Sworn In For Another Term: Prior to the beginning of the regular meeting, Mayor Koos and three Council members who won re-election – Cheryl Gaines, Nielsen, and Jason Chambers – all were sworn into office.

Koos was elected to the Council in 2001 and appointed Mayor in 2003 following the resignation of Mayor Kent Karraker. Having been re-elected in 2005 and 2009, he enters into his second term as Mayor.

Gaines was first elected to the Council in 1993 and was re-elected for a fifth term in last month’s election. Nielsen was re-elected for a third term last month, and has served on the Council since 2001. Chambers was appointed to the Council in 2003 to serve out Koos’ Council term after Koos’ appointment as mayor. He won election to the seat outright in 2005 before being re-elected to a second term last month.

Preservation Month Art Contest Winners: Winners from area schools who submitted entries in the Fifth Annual Town of Normal Preservation Month Art Contest were publicly announced prior to the start of the Council meeting.

Third graders from Glenn Elementary who were selected as winners for their individual renditions of Fell Park were: Ben Delsasso (1st place); Sara Nur-Awaleh (2nd place); and Nicholas Hesse (3rd place).

Third graders who were selected as winners for their rendition of the Kersey Fell House were: Samantha Miller (1st place); Katherine Froelich (2nd place); and Anna Cheavens (3rd place).

Winners for the Hewitt House Rendition were: Nichole Crawley (1st place); Jesse McConaha (2nd place); and Andrew Smith (3rd place).

From the area high schools, the winners for the Fell Park Rendition were: Joe Taylor, Normal Community West High School, 1st place; Mike Miller, Normal West, 2nd place; and Haley Cedeno, Normal West (3rd place).

High school winners for the Kersey Fell House Rendition were: Matthew Limon, Normal Community High School (1st place); Tifani Vancil, NCHS (2nd place); and James Hogan, Normal West (3rd place).

High school winners for the Hewitt House Rendition were: Abby Hoeniges, NCHS (1st place); Alejandra Serrano, Normal West (2nd place); and Kienna Schumacher, NCWHS (3rd place).

Town’s Contract With Normal PD Approved: Council members unanimously approved a resolution approving the new contract between the Town and Normal’s Police Benevolent and Protective Association Unit #22. NPD union officers have been working without a contract since the previous one expired on April 1, 2008. The new contract is good for four years, retroactive to April 1, 2008, and will expire on March 31, 2012. The Town and the Union reached a tentative agreement late last year with the Union’s membership voting to approve the contract in December.

The agreement calls for a 3.5 percent base wage adjustment retroactive to April 1, 2008. For 2009 and 2010, the base wage will be adjusted 2 percent on April 1, and then 2 percent on Oct. 1. In the final year of the agreement, the base wage will be adjusted by 3.5 percent. The contract also modifies officers’ residency requirements.

Town Approves Commerce Bank Moving: Council members unanimously approved a resolution authorizing City Manager Peterson to execute a license agreement with Commerce Bank and authorize a budget adjustment in the amount of $188,825 for relocating and replacing the modular banking facility Commerce Bank has been using.

Although it had been known by other names including National Bank of Normal, Commerce Bank has been a fixture in Uptown Normal for decades. When the original bank building on Broadway St. was demolished to make way for the new Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, the bank was relocated twice, most recently to 101 W. Mulberry.

Commerce Bank officials have been waiting for a move from the modular unit to the new Uptown One Building. But a construction delay in the Uptown One project, coupled with needing to complete construction of Constitution Blvd., is forcing the bank to seek another property from which to operate.

The proposed site for the new bank will occupy 104 Broadway and a portion of 102 Broadway.

Peterson said both the bank and the Town anticipated the bank being at the current site for one year. But, he said it has turned out to be there over two years.

“Commerce has been extraordinarily patient, being in the thick of construction,” Peterson said.

Council OKs Town Applying For Grant: Council members unanimously approved a motion to authorize Town Staff to apply for the Federal Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant, which is funded by the U. S. Department of Energy. The Town has a deadline of June 24 to apply for the grant, and under the program is eligible to receive $488,500.

Omnibus Agenda Items Approved: Omnibus agenda items approved by the Council included:

• Approval of the minutes of the public hearing held April 20, 2009.

• Approval of the minutes of the regular meeting held April 20, 2009.

• Approval of Town of Normal expenditures for payment as of April 29, 2009.

• A motion to waive bids for the purchase of vehicles for the Normal Police Department through the State Vehicle Purchase Contract.

• A motion to approve the annual street resurfacing priority list for FY 2009-2010.

• A motion to accept bids and award a contract to Raymond, IL-based Kinney Contractors, Inc. in the amount of $94,810 for the 2008-2009 P.C.C. Pavement Patching Contract.

• A resolution amending a supply agreement with Pekin-based Recycling For Illinois, Inc. for the processing of recycled electronic products.

• A resolution authorizing the execution of an agreement with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) for the milling and resurfacing of the parking lanes on U. S. Route 51 BUSN Kingsley St. from Dry Grove St. to Hale St. at an estimated cost of $22,000.

• A resolution accepting a water main easement and Hold Harmless Agreement from Community Unit School District No. 5 (Sugar Creek School expansion).

• An ordinance vacating an alley in the Town of Normal 1st Addition – Cherry St.

• An ordinance approving an amended Special Use Permit for First Assembly of God – 800 E. Vernon Ave.

By Steve Robinson | May 2, 2009 - 10:23 pm
Posted in Category: ISU Redbirds, The Normalite

BaseballNORMAL – Nearly a year after Illinois State University broke ground for the new baseball stadium, ISU officials, former players, and state dignitaries were on hand for the formal dedication of Duffy Bass Field, located just west of University High School, along Gregory St.

The ceremony was held just prior to the Redbirds’ second game of a three-day series against Missouri Valley Conference rival Creighton.

“This (stadium) project exceeds and exceeded our expectations,” said Dr. Sheahon Zenger, ISU Athletic Director, speaking to the 833 fans who came to the game.

“With this dedication today, intercollegiate athletics at Illinois State has just taken another major step forward,” ISU President Al Bowman told the crowd.

“This field holds special memories holds special memories for people like (ISU) Trustee (and former Redbirds player) Mike McCuskey; for State Representative Jay Hoffman, who was instrumental in securing funding for the project.

“This field holds special memories for the family of Duffy Bass,” Bowman continued. “They understand his love for this place, his ballplayers, and his love of a game that (columnist) George Will refers to as ‘Heaven’s gift to mortals.’”

Bass’ son, Jim, was part of the ceremony and his wife, Susan, was present for the ceremony as well.

“(This dedication) is just a really wonderful culmination (of events),” Jim Bass said following the dedication. “I just know how wonderful this would have been for my parents to have seen.

“So much of it is in honor of my dad, and it’s just a wonderful thing,” Jim Bass said.

“To (Duffy), he would have just needed a field,” Jim Bass said. “He would have enjoyed coming here to watch this and coming here to watch games, here, too, as he was retired.

ISU RedbirdIn November 2007, Bowman asked ISU’s governing body, the Board of Trustees for permission to spend $3 million for the complete remodeling of the baseball stadium. The Trustees approved the project unanimously.

The formal ceremony was followed by simultaneous first pitches by Bowman, Zenger, Jim Bass, McCuskey, and Hoffman.

Buford H. “Duffy” Bass died March 14, 2008. He and his wife, Helen, died roughly 90 days apart last year. Duffy Bass coached ISU Baseball for 25 seasons, from 1964-1988, racking up a record of 713-457-18. That record included winning an NCAA Division II National Championship in 1969. That 1969 team included current Redbirds head coach Jim Brownlee, who was a junior playing in the infield for Redbirds at the time.

Creighton Spoils Redbirds’ Day: Already winning 5-2 by the end of the fourth inning, Creighton scored five more runs in the sixth inning, pushing Creighton (27-18, 13-3 MVC) to a 12-2 victory over ISU.

Creighton led 1-0 in the first inning when Robbie Knight scored to open the game.

Three more runs followed in the third inning, courtesy of a double by Creighton center fielder T.J. Roemmich, increasing Creighton’s lead, 4-0, midway through the third inning.

ISU (19-18, 9-9 MVC) cut the lead to 4-1 in the bottom of the third when catcher Matt Mirabal scored, helped along by a double by designated hitter Gabe DeMarco’s double.

BluejaysAfter Creighton would get another run in the top of the fourth, with catcher Scott Thornburg scoring on left fielder Nick Becker’s double, ISU would cut the lead to 4-2, ISU first baseman would score thanks to right fielder Anthony Ruffolo’s double and a put-out on third baseman Ryan Court.

But two runs would be all the offensive output ISU would manage against a tough Bluejays defensive and pitching effort.

Creighton added five more runs in the sixth inning and two more in the ninth to put the game out of reach of ISU.

Jonas Dufek (4-5) earned the victory for Creighton, while ISU’s Corey Maines (6-3) was the losing pitcher at the end of the 2 hour-46 minute game.

“We’re struggling right now, and Corey Maines is one of our better pitchers,” Brownlee said after the loss. “He just didn’t have it today, and Creighton made him pay, and that was the unfortunate thing. This is just a game you move on from. You just hate for it to happen on a day when we were dedicating the field.”