When Lemont coach Christine Traina wished everyone from host Tinley Park the best of luck after the Indians’ 2-0 South Suburban Blue victory Tuesday, she meant it in more than one way.

“You know, Tinley is a good team and I do wish them the best,” Traina said with a smile. “But when you’re looking at conference stuff, I definitely do now.”

Thursday, the Titans host Oak Forest in another critical Blue battle.

All three teams were tied atop of the conference going into Tuesday, all with two losses. Lemont’s win over Tinley Park and Oak Forest’s victory over Hillcrest left Tinley Park one game behind and chasing.

Lemont (18-4 15-2) swept the two-game series against Tinley Park (16-7, 13-3). The Indians have one game left with Oak Forest, having lost the first meeting.

“Tinley is a pretty good team. We accomplished a lot beating them,” Lemont’s Rylie Jay said. “Now our goal is Oak Forest. We want Oak Forest now.”

Jay was 2-for-3 Tuesday. Her double to lead off the top of the fourth was followed by an RBI single by Lauren May. Indians pitcher Carly Jaworski helped her own cause in the fifth, driving an RBI single that scored Maddy Vermejan (single).

“I thought it would be a little closer than last game (a 6-2 win),” Jay said. “I knew they were coming in strong because we beat them last time. Those key hits really helped.”

Jaworski was key in the circle as well, allowing just four hits while striking out eight. Four times in the seven innings she recorded the third out with a strikeout, three on called thirds.

“I was basically mixing it up more, but I threw a lot of changeups,” Jaworski said. “I’ve been here for four years so I know what pitches are working with teams. I threw a lot of changeups and they were fishing for it, and then some outside fastballs. So that’s what mostly got called.”

Her biggest jam occurred in the second, when she walked Mary Psaltakis and Alyssa Gunther (2-for-3) reached on a two-base error. With runners on second and third and none out, Jaworski got Lexxie Lux on a short fly to left fielder Brianna Olkiewicz, Sam Alberto on a popout to Vermejan at second and Alyssa Williams on a rope to right field that her sister, Lisa Jaworski, made a diving catch on.

“That was a good catch,” Carly Jaworski said. “With runners on second and third, that was a huge catch. So I give kudos to my sister.”

Aside from Gunther’s two hits, Kaylee Saavedra and Luxx reached on singles for Tinley.

“We didn’t hit. You’ve gotta hit,” Titans coach Wendy Podbielniak said. “We had defense and we had pitching, but you’ve gotta have timely hitting. With runners on second and third (and nobody out), you’ve got to be able to score. It’s that simple.”