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Baseball: Sandburg, Lockport halted because of darkness after 10 innings with game tied 1-1

Updated: May 12, 2014 10:07PM



It’s going to require more than 10 innings to decide a victor between Lockport and Sandburg.

The two SouthWest Suburban Blue powers battled to a 1-1 draw Monday before the game was called because of darkness after 10 innings. The game will resume at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in Orland Park.

Both teams will need a better approach offensively. The Porters (12-15, 7-2) recorded two hits on the day and struck out 10 times.

Sandburg registered eight hits and stranded 11 runners. However, the Eagles (19-5, 90) struck out 21 times.

“We weren’t competitive offensively,” Sandburg coach Jim Morsovillo said. “We struck out a million times. We were lucky to be in the game. We have less than 24 hours to figure it out.”

Starting pitchers Mike Formella (Lockport) and Bryan Pall (Sandburg) were overpowering. Formella went 62/3 innings, allowing eight hits and two walks. He struck out 11. Pall went eight innings and allowed two hits, walked one and struck out eight.

Lockport grabbed a 1-0 lead in the fifth. Tony Anaya reached on a throwing error by Pall and Anthony Cocco went the other way with a pitch and stroked the ball to deep left field. The ball one-hopped the wall for a double and allowed Anaya to scamper home for a 1-0 lead.

“Anthony did a nice job of going with the pitch,” Lockport assistant coach Matt Bartley said.

Cocco advanced to third on the throw home, but was stranded after Pall retired the next two hitters — the third out coming on a diving catch in right field by Julian Gutierrez.

Sandburg stranded runners at second base in the first, third and fourth innings. Formella racked up nine strikeouts through five innings, mixing his fastball and hard breaking pitch to baffle Eagles hitters.

Sandburg tied the game in the seventh. Ben Gresla walked and Peter Paxinos singled with one out. Dan Santiago hit a ball to deep center field that fell over the glove of Jeremy Quade and into a puddle on the warning track. Gresla came around to score and tie the game at 1.

Cole Bellair came in for Formella and struck out Jim Landgraf and Jim Roche with runners on first and second.

Bellair pitched 22/3 innings, and all eight of the outs he recorded were strikeouts. Lorenzo Blazekovich fanned two in his one inning.

“The kids were hitting their spots,” Bartley said. “They did a nice job getting ahead in the count and making pitches.”

Sandburg players wore T-shirts with “Jane” on the back in honor of teacher/ girls swimming coach Jane Caliendo, who threw out the game’s ceremonial first pitch. Caliendo, a Sandburg graduate, has been battling cancer.

Proceeds from Monday’s game will help assist with her mounting medical bills and cancer research.



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