Cougars Walk Off Past Peoria

Kane County topped Peoria 4-3 on a walk-off single in the ninth inning, giving the Cougars the three-game series. The Chiefs continue their road trip with a trip to the Quad Cities.

Kane County first baseman Henry Moreno knocked in the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving the Cougars a 4-3 walk-off win over the Peoria Chiefs.

In the top half of the ninth inning, Peoria knotted the score at three when Paul Hoilman scored on a wild pitch. Hoilman led off the inning with a double, extending his hitting streak to 17 games. However, the Chiefs compiled just seven hits in the game.

"It's just a matter of getting your pitch and executing," Peoria manager Casey Kopitzke said of the team's offensive struggles blunders. "It's one of those things, the ebb and flow of the game. Sometimes you're locked in, sometimes you're not. Unfortunately, tonight for us, we had opportunities and didn't execute."

Peoria reliever Bryce Shafer was handed the loss, retiring one batter while allowing a hit, walk and the game-winning run. Starting pitcher Kyler Burke pitched six innings, allowing three earned runs. He did not factor in the decision.

"(Kyler) was outstanding, he really threw the ball well," said Kopitzke. "I know he ended up giving up a few runs at the end, but he threw the ball really well, I'm really happy about how he went about it."

With the score even at a run apiece, in the seventh inning, Miarco Hernandez's high fly ball was lost in the bright lights, allowing Taylor Davis to score. Hernandez ended up at third base with a triple. He scored on a passed ball, giving Peoria a 3-1 lead. Kane County responded with two runs in the bottom half of the inning.

"You see something different every night," Kopitzke said. "Whether we execute something well or need to work on soemthing, that's what we talk about the next day and move forward. Things that we may have made mistakes on tongiht, we'll talk about tomorrow; things that we did well tonight, we'll talk about tomorrow and move forward."

Gerardo Concepcion toes the rubber on Saturday as the Chiefs' 14-day road trip continues with a trip to the Quad Cities. Concepcion has been roughed up in his first two starts with Peoria.

"All the signs are saying that he's going to have a bright future, it's just a matter of him getting comfortable and putting some good innings together," Kopitzke said. "Hopefully that starts tomorrow."

Chris Emma has covered college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports since 2009. He covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers for Big Red Report, and currently covers the Northwestern Wildcats and Chicago Cubs.
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