■ Pantagraph.com, on Blake Brown:
No doubt Blake Brown can hit. The Normal West senior standout can also run. It turns out the Missouri recruit can pitch, too. Brown took the mound for the third time this season and turned in a solid 5 2/3 innings Saturday. Brown added three hits and five stolen bases as the Wildcats downed Mattoon, 12-3, in a Big 12 Conference baseball game at breezy West field.
“He was sharp,” said Hawkins. “He’s one of those guys that always has been a thrower, but today he really looked like a pitcher. He wanted the baseball. This was a pretty big conference game.”