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Grizzlies shuck Cornbelters, win series

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Gateway third baseman Craig Massoni comes across the infield to make throw to retire a runner Thursday at GCS Ballpark. The Grizzlies defeated Normal 1-0 to sweep the Cornbelters. See a gallery of photographs from the game at bnd.com.
Gateway third baseman Craig Massoni comes across the infield to make throw to retire a runner Thursday at GCS Ballpark. The Grizzlies defeated Normal 1-0 to sweep the Cornbelters. See a gallery of photographs from the game at bnd.com. Special to the News-Democrat

The Gateway Grizzlies used four pitchers to shutout the Normal CornBelters on Thursday evening at GCS Ballpark, sweeping Normal in a three-game set with a 1-0 victory.

RHP Trevor Richards (1-1) was terrific through six innings of scoreless baseball while allowing just four hits. The Grizzlies (7-5) then used LHP Jon Jones, RHP Jordan Wellander, and RHP JaVaun West to finish the game. All three relievers did not surrender a single hit to Normal’s offense.

The lone run for Gateway came in the fourth against CornBelters starter Michael Schweiss. With one out, Blake Brown stepped in and a bashed a solo homer over the left field wall. Brown’s third long ball of the season made it 1-0.

Schweiss did not allow another run, while two Normal relievers shut out Gateway’s offense the rest of the way.

In the ninth, West came on and allowed the tying and go-ahead runs to reach base. West then struck out Alex Schmidt with one out and induced a ground ball to end the game.

The Grizzlies completed the three-game sweep of Normal (2-10) and enter Friday at a season-best two games above .500.

Gateway opens up a weekend series against the Florence Freedom on Friday night at GCS Ballpark. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.

For tickets, please call (618) 337-3000 or visit GatewayGrizzlies.com.

Here are a look at the upcoming Gateway promotions at GCS Ballpark.

Friday: Are you ready to get fit? The Grizzlies kick off the three-game series against the Florence Freedom with Fitness Friday. Local gyms and vendors will be on hand to get you moving. There will be fitness competitions throughout the night so get ready to flex those muscles.

Saturday: It may not be National Grandparents Day but the Grizzlies are celebrating all Grandparents with a seat cushion giveaway presented by Bott Radio Network & Eden Village Retirement Center.

Sunday: Break out your face paint for Julie’s Painted Pride and show some Grizzlies pride for your chance to win tickets to an upcoming game. You can also bring along your four legged friends (on a leash) for Bark in the Park presented by Mon Clair Animal Hospital. Kids can run the bases after the game. And don't forget that it is High Socks Sunday, so put on your navy and orange and get to the ballpark.

Monday: In honor of those who have served our country, all military members will receive free admission for the 12:05 p.m. first pitch against the Evansville Otters. Military family members will also receive discounted tickets.

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