GRANT PARK - Matt Trevarthan has his home run trot down to an art.

Peotone's senior catcher had the opportunity to put his slow yet steady 360-foot trip around the bases on display twice Thursday night at Grant Park in a 15-2 win over the Dragons.

Trevarthan went yard in both the sixth and seventh innings. His first bomb was a two-run homer over the right field fence and his second was a solo shot that gave his Blue Devils a 12-2 lead.

"When I'm hitting, I'm not thinking about home runs," Trevarthan said. "I'm thinking about base hits. That's what I'm wanting. If a home run happens, it happens. But all we need are hits. So that's what I was going for. I'm usually a pull hitter and when it goes (over the fence), it's definitely a good feeling."

Trevarthan's two home runs give him three this season alongside 14 RBIs. But he wasn't the only Blue Devil to leave the park.

Matt Koran's three-run blast in the top of the first gave Peotone (8-11) a 4-0 lead and the start it needed.

"The offense did really well today," Koran said. "A lot of us jumped on first pitch strikes. And if we saw a fastball, we jumped on that. We moved guys around and had runners in scoring position all game. We just roped the ball around."

Koran finished the day 3-for-4 with four runs scored, two stolen bases, the home run and three RBIs. Trevarthan was 2-for-5 with his two homers, three runs and three RBIs.

15 runs on 14 hits was more than enough for Devils starting pitcher Colton Krska.

The right-hander picked up his second win of the year and went the distance while allowing three hits and striking out five.

"Colton did real well, threw strikes and kept us in the game," Koran said. "The ball was always in play and he was hitting his spots. So it was just a good performance by him."

Peotone's Josh Brady was hit by a pitch to start the night before coming around to score on an RBI single from Dylan Keene. Trevarthan then reached on an error and Koran sent a ball into orbit, giving the Blue Devils a 4-0 lead after an inning.

The Dragons (7-7) got on the board in the third when Alex Hamilton scored on an RBI single off the bat of Ethan Schneider, cutting the deficit to 4-1.

That score remained until the top of the fifth when Peotone tacked on two runs to make it 6-1. Grant Park got one back in the bottom half, cutting the lead back to four at 6-2.

But that's when the Blue Devils' bats really started to come alive.

Peotone scored five runs on six hits in the sixth and four more on four hits in the seventh to round out the night's scoring.

"Our goal is to be regional champions," Trevarthan said. "To get there, we have to have team chemistry. We have to hit the ball and play defense. That's all you need."

Behind Trevarthan and Koran, Caleb Hunter added two hits and three RBIs to the Devils' efforts while Austin Marganski was 1-for-4 with a double, three runs and a pair of RBIs.

For Grant Park, Will Schneider was 3-for-3 while Hamilton scored two runs. Hamilton also took the loss on the hill, throwing five innings and giving up five earned runs on seven base knocks.

The Blue Devils will get back to action Friday at Sandwich while Grant Park tries to bounce back Monday, hosting Families of Faith Academy.


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