Baseball: Providence cashes in against Naperville Central
By Blake Baumgartner For Sun-Times Media April 2, 2013 9:04PM
Providence's Cam Galgano lays down a bunt against Naperville Central. | Larry Kane~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 4, 2013 6:47AM
Getting runners on base is half the battle in baseball.
As Providence learned Tuesday, getting them in completes the battle.
Stranding six runners in the game’s first four innings against Naperville Central, Providence finally broke through for four runs in the fifth on its way to a 5-1 victory in New Lenox.
Phil Kunsa’s RBI double with one out in the fifth off Redhawks starter Jim Nashert finally broke the game’s seal. Devin Williams added a RBI single off Cody Campbell.
“I’m trying to work on a few things, just coming up on varsity,” Kunsa said. “I’m actually struggling to get through with those things. I need to improve on those. But, all in all, the baseball is going where I want it to go.”
Kunsa, who had a three-run, walk-off homer against Minooka in the WJOL tourney, was 3-for-4 Tuesday with two RBI doubles.
While Kunsa and Williams came through with their bats during the four-run fifth, two passed balls allowed the Celtics to tack on two more runs in the inning.
Providence (5-1) left nine runners on base Tuesday.
“That’s kind of been our theme this year,” Celtics coach Mark Smith said. “We’re getting guys on. We’re doing a great job moving them over. We’re just not getting them in.”
Naperville Central (3-2) managed just three hits and failed to take advantage of three Celtics errors.
Two errors allowed the Redhawks to get their first two runners aboard in the third and Celtics starter Yianni Pavlopoulos issued three walks in the fourth, but the Redhawks failed to take advantage.
“We needed some at-bats that made a difference and we didn’t get them,” Central coach Mike Stock said.
Nashert (0-1) lasted 41/3 innings and gave up three runs on four hits while issuing four walks and striking out four. Jeff Schank went 2-for-4 with a RBI for the Redhawks.