Baseball: Oak Lawn strikes fast, holds off Lemont
By Pat Disabato email@example.com April 25, 2013 8:30PM
Oak Lawn's Bob Kametas pitches against Lemont. | Matt Marton~Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 29, 2013 7:16AM
Oak Lawn coach Bill Gerny was eager to see how his team would respond Thursday against Lemont after suffering a heartbreaking defeat to Argo 24 hours earlier.
Gerney couldn’t have been more pleased how his players responded to the challenge.
Bob Kametas went the distance on the mound, but not without some tense moments, as host Oak Lawn held beat Lemont 3-2 in a South Suburban crossover.
“This was a big win,” Gerny said. “Being able to bounce back from (Wednesday) was huge for this team. I wanted to see what type of character we had.”
Oak Lawn watched Argo erase a 3-2 deficit on a three-run, walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth to earn a 5-3 win.
The Spartans (8-7, 7-3) wasted no time getting to work Thursday, though Lemont (9-4, 8-1) had a major hand in Oak Lawn’s first-inning uprising. The Indians committed two costly errors and starting pitcher Cody Caballero struggled with his control, hitting Brandon Quillin with the bases loaded and walking Matt Witkowski with the bags still jammed for a 3-0 hole. Billy Thome had an RBI single earlier in the inning to account for Oak Lawn’s first run.
“We dug ourselves a hole and we couldn’t dig ourselves out of it,” Lemont coach Brian Storako. “We’ve got to make the plays and Cody had some trouble finding the plate.”
Mike Papierski was able to get one of those runs back in the third inning with one swing of the bat. The junior hammered a 1-and-2 fastball over the right-field fence to cut the deficit to 3-1.
The Indians had numerous opportunities to dig further into the deficit but failed to come up with the clutch hit. Lemont stranded 12 runners on the day.
The Indians mounted a rally in the seventh. Jake Latz’s one-out single scored Mike Wisz, who led off the inning with a base hit, to make it 3-2.
Jake Terrazas followed with what looked to be a single to right, but the ball hit Latz, who was headed to second. Instead of runners on the corners, Latz was ruled out for runner’s interference.
“I told Jake if that happened 100 times, 99 of them you don’t get hit,” Storako said. “If that doesn’t happen, it’s a different ballgame.”
The Indians still had a chance to tie it when pinch-hitter Alex Broskovetz singled and Matt Kaminski walked to load the bases with two outs.
Kametas (4-0), however, got Connor O’Brien to hit into a fielder’s choice to end the game.
“I just kept battling,” said Kametas, who scattered eight hits and finished with 121 pitches. “The baseball gods helped me out.”
Caballero allowed just three hits, two walks and struck out four.