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Metamora baseball flying under the radar, still atop the Mid-Illini standings

Redbirds have won 12 games in a row
Updated: Apr. 26, 2022 at 6:11 PM CDT
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METAMORA (Heart of Illinois ABC) - With a 1-0 win over Morton on Monday night, Metamora baseball won their 12th straight game and stayed unbeaten in Mid-Illini play. The Redbirds are red-hot and that’s thanks to lots of experience all over the roster.

“We return a large part of our lineup,” head coach Tony Riddle said. “We graduated two starters from last year’s group and to have our guys bring that experience back, is really what we credit our success this year to.”

These Redbirds seniors have Metamora tied for first place in the Mid-Illini and they’re having a lot of fun doing it.

“It’s been a whole lot of fun just playing baseball with my best friends,” senior pitcher Carson Davis said. “We’ve been playing together since like first grade and it’s just been a great experience. This year we’re really good because all of the seniors we have and hopefully it continues like that.”

The Redbirds flew under the radar to start the year and while not many others saw this kind of season coming, they certainly did

“With what we built in the offseason, everybody coming in, getting work in, nobody really taking a day off, I could see the improvements and noticed where we were going in the future,” senior outfielder Dylan Messacar said.”

Metamora may be unbeaten in conference, but with Washington also undefeated and coming off a run to state last year, the Redbirds are still a bit of an underdog in the Mid-Illini and that’s a role they’re embracing.”

“I think Washington deserves some sort of credit because they made it so far in the postseason last year so I think that’s well-deserved,” senior infielder Zach Greening said. “But I think we have something to prove this year for sure. I think it’s going to be good competition this year.”

Metamora still feels like they’re flying under the radar despite their undefeated start in conference play and they intend on making their talent known as the Mid-Illini race heats up.

“I think we’re the underdogs because not many people are talking about us,” Messacar said. “We’ve got a whole team of great players instead of just a couple standouts.”

They might be underdogs, but these Redbirds just keeping on winning and they’re primed to make a push for a conference championship

“The Mid-Illini title is one that was at the top of our team’s list,” Riddle said. “I think we’re in great shape to reach that conference goal and a 25-win season is not out of reach either.”

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