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Baseball: No second gear for Reavis offense

Reavis shortstop Mike Lally pulls down throw against Hinsdale South. | Steve Johnston~For Sun-Times Media

Reavis shortstop Mike Lally pulls down a throw against Hinsdale South. | Steve Johnston~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: May 1, 2013 3:39PM



Reavis thought it had set the pace for Friday’s game against Hinsdale South, but the Hornets turned things around for a 6-3 win in their home opener.

Reavis’ Mike Lally started things off with a single in the first inning and Richie Velez found a hole in left-center field for an RBI double. Joe O’Hara then blasted one past first base for an early 2-0 lead.

Hinsdale South tied it at 2 in the bottom of the first and scored three more runs in the second.

“We have to make sure we don’t give them free passes and let them score first,” Hinsdale South’s Michael Rizzo said. “We have to win every inning if we want to make sure we win the game and we did that after the first.”

After a pair of stolen bases in the second, including Brian Hoel stealing home, Rizzo brought in Mike Meyers with a sacrifice bunt.

Rizzo also drilled a shot to center field in the sixth for the sixth and final run for the Hornets.

“We have to give Reavis credit today,” Rizzo said. “They were throwing strikes all day so we try and jump on them when we can, especially fastballs.”

Hinsdale South’s Matt Reschke found a hole in left-center for a two-run double, tying the game in the bottom of the first.

“We were trying to be aggressive in the counts,” he said. “We let them get a few runs and we knew we had to bring our bats back.”

Starting pitcher Jonathan Uba had two strikeouts, three walks and gave up three runs on four hits through six innings for Hinsdale South.

“I left the pitches up so they took advantage of it at first. When I brought them down, it worked,” Uba said. “After a couple of innings I figured out that they’ll take advantage of that pitch down the middle and keeping it down.”

Reavis starter Belal Abuzir had four strikeouts, one walk and gave up five runs on seven hits through four innings.

Reavis coach Don Erickson was more disappointed in being held to three runs.

“It wasn’t so much the six runs they scored on us,” he said. “But that we could only score three. I thought early on the way we hit — it’s not like (Uba) was relocating, he was using a fastball and a slow curveball — we should have hit a lot better. When he made adjustments we didn’t.”



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