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Baseball: Lemont extends winning streak to 12

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM



Some small ball put Lemont in position Tuesday to extend its winning streak to 12 games.

Trailing 4-3 in the top of the seventh, the Indians used consecutive bunt singles to ignite a three-run rally and eventual 6-5 win over host Tinley Park in South Suburban Blue battle.

“We did a good job with the bunting in the seventh inning,” said Lemont coach Joe Rodeghero, whose team improved to 18-6, 10-3. “We have the speed to make things happen.”

Freshman Mike Papierski (2-for-2) led off the seventh by being hit by a pitch. Trevor Murphy and Kyle Milinowisch then laid down back-to-back bunt singles to load the bases with no outs. Gio Schmidt followed with a single to right to score Papierski with the tying run.

The Titans defense then tried to turn a double play on Kevin Goergen’s grounder but instead committed an error that allowed the lead run to cross the plate for a 5-4 advantage. Eric Kirkman’s sacrifice fly provided a much-needed insurance run.

“ ‘Murph’ has more base hit on sacrifice bunts than he does on drag bunts,” Rodeghero said of his No. 9 hitter. “We tell the kids, ‘Just put the ball in play and put pressure on the defense.’ ”

The Titans (16-8, 8-6) made things interesting in their half of the seventh. They had the bases loaded with two outs and Ryan Bunn at the plate. Bunn hit a routine grounder to Schmidt at second base. Schmidt fielded the ball cleanly but his throw pulled first baseman Josh Ferry off the bag.

One runner had already crossed the plate and pinch-runner Josh Narbiaz tried to score all the way from second base. Ferry, however, easily gunned him down to end the game.

“It’s disheartening,” Tinley Park coach Brian Gibbons said. “I give our kids credit for coming back.”

Tinley Park pitcher Andrew Sebastian went the distance, scattering 10 hits, walking two and striking out seven in a 111-pitch outing.

The Titans, who had 11 hits, rallied from a 2-0 deficit and led 4-2 heading into the sixth.

Bunn (2-for-4) drove in two runs and Max Lapthorne (2-for-4) and Nelz Ursich one each for Tinley Park. Owen Griffin, Cameron Hickey and Adam Gunther all had two hits.

“We hit the ball well,” Gibbons said. “Ryan Bunn has been really hitting the ball the past five or six games.”

Dan Lombardo’s RBI single in the sixth got the Indians to within 4-3. Lombardo was 2-for-4.

Mike Hall drove in one of two runs in the second for Lemont. Kirkman got the win in relief, allowing one run on four hits and striking out four over 32/3 innings. Jeremy Santiago earned the save.

Baseball

No. 1 Providence 11, Fenwick 2: Sam Travis hit a two-run homer and and drove in three runs while Branden Boggetto was 3-for-3 with two RBI to lead Providence (23-3, 11-3) to the Catholic League crossover win in New Lenox.

No. 2 Lincoln-Way North 11, Benet 7: Alex Eaton (4-for-5, HR) and A.J Neufeld (2 doubles) led Lincoln-Way North (20-3) in Lisle. Dan Moore (2-0) tossed two scoreless innings to earn the win.

No. 6 Oak Forest 12, Hillcrest 0: Bobby Sheppard (2-for-2, grand slam) led host Oak Forest (18-4, 15-1) to the South Suburban Blue win in five innings.

No. 7 Sandburg 15, Morgan Park 5: Brant Valach (3-for-3, 2 runs, 3 RBI) and Dan Rizzi (3-for-4, triple, 2 RBI) led Sandburg (14-6) to a five-inning win in Orland Park.

No. 10 Rich Central 16, Rich South 4: Tyler House homered in all three of his at-bats, launching a grand slam and two two-run shots, to lead Rich Central (16-4, 9-2) to the Southland win in six innings in Richton Park. Kyle Clark was 4-for-4 with four RBI for the Olympians.

Andrew 16, Marist 6: Greg Bothwell (3-for-4. 3 RBI) and Mark Kane (2-for-4, 2 RBI) led Andrew (18-8).

Reavis 10, Evergreen Park 0: Brandon Hines (2-for-2, 3 RBI) led Reavis (13-11, 10-5) to the South Suburban Red win in five innings in Burbank. Rob Rabakozi (1-1) struck out seven in five innings for the Rams.

Homewood-Flossmoor 12, Marian Catholic 2: Ben Kirchler (3-for-4, HR, 3 RBI) and Sean Dwyer (2-for-3, 2 HRs, 3 RBI) led host H-F (15-8) to the five-inning win.

Oak Lawn 14, Eisenhower 3: Alex Krupa hit a grand slam to lead Oak Lawn (15-10, 10-5) to the South Suburban Red win in five innings in Blue Island.

Argo 11, Bremen 1: Tony Noto (2-for-2, 2 runs) and Jordan Ashley (3-for-3, 2 stolen bases) led Argo (12-10, 5-9) to the South Suburban crossover win in five innings in Summit. Emmet McGovern (3-2) earned the win.

Shepard 8, Richards 2: Ramsey Handan went 3-for-3 with a two-run double and Nick Medlicott (2-5) tossed a complete game to lead Shepard (7-17, 5-11) to the South Suburban Red win in Palos Heights.

Rich East 10, Bloom 9: Rich East (9-8, 8-4) won the Southland game in 10 innings in Chicago Heights behind Jacob Wilson (2-for-5, 4 RBI).

Brother Rice 10, Gordon Tech 6: Connor Sullivan drove in four runs and Dominic Albanese (1-0) earned the win for Brother Rice (10-12, 7-7) in the Catholic League.

Crete-Monee 9, Kankakee 1: Chris Cockle (4-1) struck out five in five innings to earn the win and Cameron Bass was 2-for-2 with two runs and two RBI for host Crete-Monee (12-10, 7-5) in the Southland.

Bishop McNamara 10, Beecher 9: Host Beecher (14-8-1) fell despite two RBI from Justice DeRouin.

Contributing: Steve Millar



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