QUINCY -- Bruce Bonness described it as solid.|
That¹s the word the Quincy High School baseball coach kept repeating to sum up the three-hitter Moline¹s Dallas DeVrieze posted against the Blue Devils in Game 1 of the Maroons¹ 4-1, 8-6 Western Big 6 Conference sweep Saturday at the QHS field.
Moline coach Craig Schimmel described DeVrieze¹s outing a bit differently.
"He threw a gem there," Schimmel said, "and was in command basically the whole game. He was able to get his fastball and curveball in the (strike) zone all day."
DeVrieze helped keep the Maroons (16-7, 6-2) tied atop the Big 6 standings with Galesburg heading into the conference season's final weekend.
Moline's defending league champs are scheduled to wrap up Big 6 play at United Township (14-10, 4-4) next Saturday, while Galesburg (19-5, 6-2) will host Alleman (18-9, 5-3).
"We¹ll wake up next Saturday playing for something," Schimmel said. "That's what our program strives to do."
Along with DeVrieze, the Maroons have Matt Brill to thank for that opportunity.
Brill finished the day 5-for-7 with three doubles and two RBIs.
"I've been working on shortening up my swing and trying to stay inside the ball, and I think I did a pretty decent job of that (Saturday)," Brill said.
DeVrieze was four outs away from a no-hitter when Quincy's Alex Million beat out an infield dribbler that traveled about 65 feet.
The Blue Devils' Nate Veihl added a bunt single in the seventh, and teammate Kyle Kahs singled later in the inning to right field to plate a run.
DeVrieze didn¹t walk any, and he struck out eight.
"He was solid. That¹s just what he was," Bonness said. "He wasn¹t going to hurt himself. He threw strikes and moved the ball around."
Moline got on the board in the first inning after Jake Frost led off with a double and came around to score. The Maroons added a pair of unearned runs in the second inning, and Brill doubled and scored in the third.
In Game 2, Quincy went ahead 2-1 in the top of the second when Braden Collins singled home Andrew Eilers.
Moline responded with a four-run third inning to take the lead for good.
Jake Viaene delivered the big blow, hitting a three-run home run to right field off Quincy starter Justin Grott, who allowed six runs -- five earned -- in five innings.
"I called them together before that inning after we got down 2-1 and said, 'If you guys let these guys hang around, they¹re going to keep getting a little bit of confidence,''' Schimmel said.
Cameron Kiel earned the Game 2 win for Moline. He tossed 5 2/3 innings and allowed three hits and four runs -- three earned -- with seven strikeouts against four walks.
"(DeVrieze and Kiel) didn¹t even give them a chance,'' Brill said. "It was sweet.''
Just as tasty? Another sweep and Moline can do no worse than share the Big 6 crown.
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