State Baseball Semifinals: Lemont ‘O’ so good against Metamora
By Sean Duncan For Sun-Times Media June 13, 2014 10:10PM
Lemont's Jake Terrazas, left, and winning pitcher Charlie Wright walk off the field after advancing to the state championship game. | Allen Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media
class 3A STATE
(at Silver Cross Field, Joliet)
Lemont 8, Metamora 3
Sacred Heart-Griffin 3, Grayslake
Central 2 (10 innings)
Championship: Lemont (34-5) vs.
Sacred Heart-Griffin (38-3), 11:30 a.m.
Third place: Metamora vs. Grayslake Central, 9 a.m.
Updated: June 14, 2014 3:14PM
Before Lemont fans had time to settle into Silver Cross Field for the school’s first-ever Class 3A state semifinal appearance, Metamora put two runs on the board against the normally rock-solid Charlie Wright.
Not exactly the start Lemont had hoped for.
Undaunted, Lemont’s offense erupted for five consecutive hits to open the bottom of the first, and Wright returned to form as the Indians rebounded to win 8-3 Friday morning to advance to the Class 3A state championship game in Joliet.
Lemont (34-5) will play Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin (38-3) at 11:30 a.m. Saturday for the title. Ace left-hander Jake Latz will start for Lemont.
“We have faced a lot of adversity this year,” said senior catcher Mike Papierski, who was 2-for-4 with four RBI, including a two-run homer. “And most of the time we have come back from it.”
Metamora (26-13) came out of the gates hot, in large part because of Wright’s lack of command. After Wright walked the leadoff hitter, Brady Fairfield smoked a triple to center field, and Wright followed with another walk. Metamora pushed two runs across in the inning.
“I was nervous, yes,” Wright said.
Lemont’s offense helped ease Wright’s mind when it jumped all over Metamora starting pitcher Alex Lewis (7-2) for five consecutive hits. Danny Dowiarz and Ryan Folliard began the hit parade with singles, and Papierski, an LSU recruit who was drafted in the 16th round by the Toronto Blue Jays, followed with a two-run single.
Jake Terrazas and Eric Tucker also had run-scoring singles, and when the dust cleared Lemont had pounded out six hits and led 4-2.
“For us, that helped us get the momentum back to come out swinging from the get-go,” Lemont coach Brian Storako said.
Metamora came right back with runners on first and third with no outs in the second. With sophomore Garrett Acton warming up in the bullpen, Wright settled down. He struck out two and picked a runner off to get out of the inning unscathed.
The 5-foot-10, 150-pound Wright (8-1) was stellar the rest of the way. After yielding three hits in the first two innings, the left-hander finished a complete-game five-hitter with seven strikeouts, two walks and two earned runs.
“I knew they would back me up and give me some runs,” said Wright, a Joliet Junior College recruit.
No. 9 hitter Jamie Glista delivered a two-run single in the fifth for Lemont, and Papierski cemented the victory with a two-run home run to right field to make it 8-3.
“Our motto has been from the get-go, and we did it from the get-go,” Papierski said.
Lemont pounded out 13 hits. Folliard, Papierski, Glista and Mike Wisz had two hits apiece for the Indians.
“(Lemont) is every bit as good as advertised,” Metamora coach Eric Stone said. “They have a great team.”