WOODSTOCK – Jacobs senior Reilly Peltier had no idea he was going to be starting for the Golden Eagles on Thursday during the team’s Fox Valley Conference crossover at Woodstock.
In turn, Peltier wasn’t exactly dressed appropriately for the cold, windy conditions and ended up pitching in short sleeves, even with a 25 mph wind blowing out to right field at Emricson Park. Peltier didn’t allow the cold to affect him or his right arm, as he struck out eight in four innings to lead Jacobs to a 9-3 victory.
Peltier’s teammates helped him before he even took the mound by scoring four times in the top of the first inning while sending 10 batters to the plate. From there, Peltier took care of business, holding the Blue Streaks’ bats down all afternoon. Peltier said his mind wasn’t in the right place when he headed to the ballpark.
“I really wasn’t thinking,” Peltier said. “When I left home, I wasn’t exactly ready. I kind of found out late that I was pitching because we were battling between a couple of pitchers for the games coming up, but I didn’t think about that and left. I just tried to work as quickly as I could and tried to stay as warm as I could.”
Peltier said he was trying to build on his first outing of the season.
“It was my second time out, and that’s my main focus right now,” Peltier said, “It’s cold. I’m not throwing too hard right now because I can’t feel the arm since it’s numb. I’m just trying to keep it quick so our infielders and outfielders don’t get too bored and we can get back in and stay warm.”
Jacobs coach Jamie Murray was impressed with what his pitcher did on a cold day and without long sleeves.
“He was making me cold,” Murray said. “I even offered him my sleeves. Pitchers are comfortable certain ways, but he was warm during the innings, obviously. He did a good job throwing a lot of strikes. I was proud of him, being a senior. He stepped up for us today.”
Jacobs (5-2 overall, 1-0 FVC Valley) added a run in the third inning and three more in the fourth to expand its lead to 8-0 before the reserves got their chances to play.
Woodstock (2-1, 0-1 FVC Fox) scored twice in the fifth inning and had a chance to pull even closer, but Alex Ferguson grounded out with two runners in scoring position to end the threat.
Woodstock coach John Oliveira said it was fairly simple why his team couldn’t pull out a victory.
“We weren’t ready to play,” Oliveira said.