By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Andrew Eilers owned the inner half the plate Friday. It allowed him to be highly effective.
The Quincy High School baseball team's junior right-hander limited ROWVA to three hits in tossing a complete game in QHS's 6-0 victory Friday at the Streaks Invitational in Galesburg, Ill. Eilers struck out 11.
"He really worked the inside of the plate with his fastball and also worked his changeup," QHS coach Brigham John said. "He was just getting on their hands all day. We saw they had some long swings."
QHS (1-2) will play Rock Island Alleman and North Boone at the invitational Saturday.
Eilers improved his record to 1-1 after he allowed five runs in four innings in a loss to Sterling earlier this season.
"Last start to this start was a major improvement. He was able to get ahead of hitters better," John said.
The Blue Devils wasted no time getting ahead of ROWVA.
Mason Fairley singled to lead off the first and kickstart a four-run inning. Fairley then doubled to start QHS's two-run sixth inning. He finished 3 for 3 with two runs scored, and Alex Million added two hits and two RBIs for the Blue Devils.
Illini West split its two games at the invitational, beating North Boone 8-1 after it lost to United Township 8-1.
The Chargers (2-3) were tied at 1 with North Boone entering the bottom of the sixth when they took advantage of five North Boone errors to score seven runs.
Braxton Squier led off the inning with a single before Kale Carlisle and Peyton Porter reached on errors after laying down sacrifice bunts. Squier scored on Porter's bunt to give Illini West a 2-1 lead. Tanner Anderson followed with an RBI single, and Braden Bennett then delivered an RBI triple.
"We did some things to put some pressure on their team and took advantage of their mistakes," Illini West coach Zak Huston said. "We were able to do some things we worked on in practice and work on some things that we've preached and talked about, and we were able to execute."
Squier picked up the win after entering in the third inning in relief of Bennett.
In the first game, United Township scored six runs in the bottom of the third for a 7-0 advantage.
"They had guys get in hitters' counts and took advantage of that," Huston said.
Illini West scored its only run in the sixth when Brody Gronewold, Nathan Ard and Colton Mellinger all singled to load the bases, and Carlisle brought Gronewold home with a groundout to second.