College Baseball: South Suburban outlasts Moraine Valley 4-3
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media March 27, 2013 10:58PM
South Suburban College's Tyler Sinderwald tips his helmet as he rounds third after hitting a three-run homer against Moraine Valley. | John Smierciak~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 29, 2013 12:07PM
South Suburban College’s Brad Kopale had what he called “a bad at-bat” in a big situation in the seventh inning Wednesday, grounding out to first with two outs and the potential go-ahead run at second base.
Given an even bigger chance in the bottom of the ninth, Kopale didn’t waste it.
Kopale’s two-out single drove in Matt Hoge with the winning run as the Bulldogs topped Moraine Valley 4-3 in South Holland.
“(Moraine pitcher Mike Levigne) got me with outside stuff the last time, so I knew the outside pitch was coming,” Kopale said. “I wanted to drive the ball the opposite way and it worked.
With the game tied at 3, the Bulldogs (6-10) began a two-out rally in the ninth when Hoge (Shepard) drew a walk. Dominic Albanese (Brother Rice) was hit by a pitch to set the stage for Kopale, who lined the first pitch down the right-field line for the game-winner.
“It feels really good,” Kopale said. “Hopefully, we can take this into (Thursday)and keep the momentum going.”
Luke Mason earned the win for South Suburban with two innings of scoreless relief.
In the top of the ninth, Moraine (1-8) loaded the bases with one out against Mason, but he got a strikeout and a flyout to escape.
Sandburg product Brandon Martinez (2-for-4, RBI, run) led the Moraine offense. His seventh-inning single drove in Scott Petrovich, who had singled and stolen second, to tie the game at 3.
Moraine got single runs in the third on an RBI single from Darin Bach and in the fourth when Homewood-Flossmoor product Mario Hernandez singled and scored on Petrovich’s groundout.
T.F. South alum Tyler Sindewald, a sophomore, blasted his first college home run — a three-run shot — to give South Suburban a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth.
“I got ahead 2-and-0 and coach (Steve Ruzich) always preaches to look for something you’re going to rip,” Sindewald said. “I didn’t think I got it all, but I got a little lucky.”
Cody Moskovsky had a double and a single for the Bulldogs.