Baseball: Lockport has run of things vs. Marist
By Pat Disabato firstname.lastname@example.org May 24, 2013 7:44PM
Marian Catholic's Erik Callaghan and Patrick Swanson converge on the ball. | Jim Karczewski~Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 27, 2013 6:55AM
Lockport scored early and often Friday against Marist in a Class 4A T.F. North Regional semifinal in Calumet City.
The Porters scored three runs in the first and second innings and cruised to a 9-1 win over the RedHawks.
Lockport (29-7), the No. 2 seed, advances to play the winner of the other regional semifinal — between No. 7 Marian Catholic and No. 10 Homewood-Flossmoor — at 11 a.m. Saturday.
“That was huge against a quality opponent like Marist,” Lockport coach Andy Satunas said of the early lead. “It allowed the kids to relax and not have to keep looking at the scoreboard.”
The Porters pounded out 16 hits. Austin Kolmodin led the way, going 4-for-4 with two doubles and four RBI, and Dan Sullivan was 3-for-5 with two runs. Ron Sessler, Thomas Smith and Doug Matthews had two hits apiece for Lockport.
Pitcher Evan Martens tamed Marist’s bats, allowing four hits and striking out six in a 116-pitch effort.
“I haven’t had a day like this all year,” Kolmodin said. “I felt good at the plate. It’s always good to get big innings early in games. We’re coming together for the playoffs.”
The first six batters in the first inning reached base for the Porters, resulting in a 3-0 lead. Ted Snidanko, Kolmodin and Matthews all drove in runs off starter Ryan Kairis.
Lockport tacked on three more runs in the second. One-out singles by Sullivan and Sessler set the table, with Derek Bangert recording an RBI single and Kolmodin coming through with a two-run double for a 6-0 edge.
The lead stretched to 8-0 on a single by pinch-hitter Jeff Milas that scored Kolmodin (single) and Jeff Duschene’s sacrifice fly in the fourth.
That was more than enough cushion for Martens. The Southern Illinois-Edwardsville recruit carried a no-hitter into the fifth before Blake Bieniek broke up the no-no with a two-out single.
Martens then lost his shutout bid after walking Cody Bohanek with the bases loaded to force in a run.
“Yeah, I was thinking about the no-hitter,” said Martens, who fired a no-hitter earlier in the season against H-F. “It was more important to get the win. Getting the early lead was a confidence-builder, not just for me but for the rest of the team.”
Marty Mehalek, Cody Bohanek and Jack Gainer had the other hits for Marist (14-18). Conor Funk reached base four times.
“Playoff baseball, it’s important to get off to a good start,” Marist coach Tom Fabrizio said. “My kids battled for seven innings. It’s tough to battle back against a good pitcher like that.”