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College Baseball: Prairie State gets offense going in 14-9 win over Triton

Updated: May 12, 2014 6:35AM



Prairie State coach Bill Storrs Jr. has seen the injuries pile up.

He’s seen the Pioneers suffer through a tough stretch of losses.

Storrs, however, believes his team is close to bursting out. A big reason for his optimism? A loaded Pioneers batting order from top to bottom.

Slapping out 14 hits and drawing eight walks Thursday, Prairie State powered its way to a 14-9 win over Triton in Chicago Heights.

“Offensively, it’s someone different every day, and that’s a good thing,” Storrs said. “We took some extra bases and played heads-up baseball. No one stood out, but everyone had a day.”

All nine starters in the order for Prairie State (12-8) had at least a hit Thursday, with eight different players scoring a run and seven players knocking in runs.

Carter Bialka (3-for-4, 2 runs, RBI), Bobby Sheppard (1-for-4, 3 RBI, run), Dan Ohde (2-for-5, 2 RBI, run) and Derek Denovellis (2-for-3, 2 RBI, run) led the hit parade for the Pioneers.

“This is one of the best teams I’ve played on, 1 through 9,” Sheppard, an Oak Forest grad, said. “It’s tough to put up a lineup because you don’t want to put guys at the bottom. We’re fast, we put pressure on defenses and put the ball in play.”

Trailing 4-2 in the fourth, the Pioneers blew the game open in a big way. Denovellis’ two-run double highlighted an inning that saw Prairie State bat around and score seven runs.

Sheppard’s two-run double in the five-run fifth extended Prairie State’s lead to 14-4 through five innings.

“We get our walks and then put the ball in play, make them make the plays,” Bialka said. “A nice, clean-cut base hit or a mistake they make when we put the ball in play, we just get on first.”

Bo Venezio (Lincoln-Way North) improved to 3-1, striking out six in 61/3 innings.

The big show on offense came a day after Prairie State rallied from a seven-run deficit against Harper to tie the game in the top of the ninth, only to lose in bottom half of the inning.

“(Wednesday) was tough, and we came back strong,” Sheppard said. “Bo really helped us out (Thursday) and got those shutdown innings we needed.”

Triton (14-15) was led Tyler Curtis (2-run homer, 4 RBI) and Jack Wietlispach (3-for-5, 2 runs).



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