Photo by Caleb Motsinger
Metro East Bears first baseman Drew Curtis, an Edwardsville High grad and collegiate baseball player for the SIUC Salukis, makes a barehanded snag in a recent game at Lloyd Hopkins Field in Gordon Moore Park.
It played out as a prosperous weekend for the Metro East Bears' Senior Legion baseball team.
They won three games in three days and got another victory awarded to them.
The Bears, now 15-3 overall and 8-0 in District 22 play, started the weekend with a 4-0 non-league win over Festus, Mo., on Friday. Then they shut out host Smithton, 3-0, on Saturday for their second win over that team in three days. Metro East downed Smithton, 4-1, on Thursday at Moore Park.
Smithton scored in the first inning of Thursday’s game, meaning Metro East went 20 innings in three days without allowing a run. The Bears extended that scoreless streak to 23.1 innings Sunday.
They prevailed at Troy, 6-2, for their second win this season over Post 708. Metro East had lost the first game, 2-1, but the defeat was overturned when Troy was cited for using an ineligible player.
So the Bears thus swept Troy and saw their record become unblemished in District 22 competition. They have won five in succession and 11 of their last 12 games.
Metro East is scheduled to play host to Fairview Heights in a 7:30 game Monday at Hopkins Field. After that, the Bears have three league games remaining – one at Collinsville and a home-and-home matchup with Belleville.
They go to Belleville on Tuesday, welcome the Hilgards on July 7 and head for Collinsville on July 9. In between the two games with Belleville, the Bears will participate in the Firecracker Tournament on July 4-6 at three sites.
Metro East makes its tourney debut at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 4, against Bryant, Ark., at Hopkins Field in Moore Park.