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Pistol Shrimp tops Thrillbillies for 20th win of the season – Shaw Local

Pistol Shrimp tops Thrillbillies for 20th win of the season – Shaw Local

Pistol Shrimp tops Thrillbillies for 20th win of the season – Shaw Local

Ryan Niedzwiedz hit a two-run single to right field in the top of the eighth inning Thursday to help the Illinois Valley Pistol Shrimp earn a 7-5 victory over the Thrillville Thrillbillies in Marion, Illinois.

The Shrimp (20-10, 3-1 in the second half) built a 4-0 lead with two runs in each of the first and second innings.

Will Ashley hit a two-run triple to right field in the first.

In the second, Chris Esquivel drove in a run with a single and Lucas Smith brought home a run on a fielder’s choice.

Thrillville cut the deficit to 4-3 in the fifth before the Shrimp added a run on Jack Johnston’s sacrifice fly in the sixth.

The Thrillbillies tied the game with a pair of runs in the seventh.

Pambos Nicoloudes, Makana Olaso, Chance Resetich and Esquivel finished with two hits each.

Nicoloudes, Olaso and Esquivel each scored a run, while Esquivel also had an RBI.

Jeffrey Behrends got the win in relief, allowing two earned runs and two hits with four strikeouts and two walks in 2 2/3 innings.

Daniel Castro earned the save with two scoreless innings, allowing one hit with one strikeout and no walks.

Tate Foxson was the starting pitcher and got a no-decision with three scoreless innings, allowing two hits, striking out three and walking two.

Payton Knoll pitched 1 1/3 innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on one hit, no strikeouts and two walks.

Payton Knoll pitches during the Illinois Valley Pistol Shrimp's 7-5 win over the Thrillville Thrillbillies on Thursday, July 4, 2024, in Marion, Illinois.