Baseball: Southland Vikings top DuPage Hounds 10-7
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media June 14, 2014 12:00AM
Updated: June 14, 2014 12:00AM
With Indiana University’s Chris Sujka and Prairie State College’s Bobby Sheppard joining the team over the last week, an already loaded Southland Vikings lineup just got a little more potent.
But losers of three of their last four, the Vikings couldn’t quite put it all together over the last week.
Until Friday, that is.
Showing off a big-bopping offense paired with a small-ball mentality, host Southland won a 10-7 slugfest over the DuPage County Hounds on Friday at Homewood-Flossmoor High School in a Midwest Collegiate League game.
“We’ve had a slow start, but we’ve got a lot of hitters on this team,” Southland’s Dan Potempa said. “Lot of power, lot of great hitters. It was going to click sooner or later.”
Jeff Boehm went 4-for-5 with an RBI double and three singles for Southland (5-5), while Potempa hit a bomb of a three-run homer and scored two runs. Sheppard added two runs and an RBI.
The Vikings finished with 12 hits while drawing six walks.
“We’re mainly a power-hitting team, but we can scratch runs, too,” Potempa said. “It’s a good thing to have.”
Tied at seven with the Hounds in the seventh, the Vikings went into manufacture mode on the base paths, going ahead when Micah Rooke raced home on a Kendall King bunt attempt.
Working with an 8-7 lead, Rob Cifelli skied a fly ball to left to bring home Brandon Mallder one batter later. Sheppard capped the inning with a hard-hit opposite-field double to right that brought King around and put Southland up 10-7.
Dan Wetzel got the win in relief, throwing 11/3 innings with two strikeouts. Anthony Spangler picked up the save with a quiet ninth.
Potempa’s three-run blast to left put the Vikings up 7-5 in the fourth.
“It was a 2-0 pitch and I’ve been struggling early this year,” Potempa said. “I tried to keep my hands in and go with the ball, let it fly.”
DuPage County fell to 8-3 with the loss.