LEMONT – With Lemont and Plainfield South owning a combined 44-4 record entering Saturday’s showdown, the expectation would be that of a close game.
Lemont had other thoughts.
Bolstered by an eight-run fourth inning, the Indians (23-1) made quick work of the Tigers (22-4), winning 13-1 in five innings.
Lemont’s fourth consisted of a solo home run by Nick Wisz, an RBI double by Mike Wisz, RBI singles by Mike Gralla, Danny Dowlarz and Ryan Folliard and a two-run double by Nick Wisz.
That was more than enough cushion for LSU-bound Jake Latz, who held Plainfield North to three hits and a walk while striking out six. Josh Garner had a double for one of the three Tiger hits.
Mount Carmel 8, Providence Catholic 6: Dylan Rosa hit a two-run homer for the Celtics (16-11, 7-6 Chicago Catholic League Blue), while Phil Kunza had a double and two RBIs.
Herscher 6, Coal City 3: Losing pitcher Nate Chapman had two hits for the Coalers (11-13, 6-7 Interstate Eight), while Brad Littleton had a pair of RBIs.
Elk Grove 5, Plainfield East 4: Jordan Dobyne had two RBIs to lead Plainfield East (11-14-1).
Edwardsville 3, Lockport 0: Cole Bellair was strong on the mound for Lockport (12-13) and pitched six innings, scattering five hits and striking out four. Jeremy Quade went 2 for 3 to lead the offense.
BOYS TRACK & FIELD
Conant ABC Invitational: Minooka won the 11-team event for the fourth straight year. The Indians swept the pole vault, as Ryan Pullara (A, 13-6), Brennan Loughran (B, 11-0) and Marcus Hayden (C, 12-0) all won. Minooka also swept the 400-meter, with Chris Wilson (A, 49.37 seconds), Kyle Shelton (B, 52.85) and Matt Szymel (C, 53.11) all crossing the line first. Minooka’s Shabari Bailey (A, 14.68) and Bobby Kaluza (B, 15.17) each won the 110 hurdles. Minooka also took first in all of the relays.
The 4x800 relay of Justin Wolz, Chris Drey, Michael Bozue and Matt Sak won in 8:21.28, while the 4x100 team of Devin Ingram, Chris Hopkins, Mitch Miller and Wilson won in 42.49. The 4x200 team of Miller, Victor Turpin, Matt Dlugopolski and Wilson won in 1:29.61 and the 4x400 team of Shelton, Kyle Brown, Szymel and Wilson won in 3:24.24.
Joliet Central 6, Dwight 1: Jaelyn Tate was 4 for 4 with two doubles and three RBIs to lead the Steelmen (5-15). Taelor Martin was 2 for 3, while Myrnda Campos had an RBI. Winning pitcher Hannah Gawenda struck out eight.
LaSalle-Peru 6, Joliet West 5: Kylie Robb went 3 for 4 with an RBI to lead the Tigers (21-6).
Providence Catholic 6-11, Carmel 0-5: Kendal Judge threw a no-hitter in the opener, striking out the first 13 hitters she faced. She finished with 18 strikeouts. She also had three hits of her own, including a double. Jessica Cothern had two hits and two RBIs. In the second game, Providence (15-10, 9-5) got three hits, including two home runs, and four RBIs from Courtney Pych, while Cothern (two doubles) had four hits. Maeve Garvey and Nicole Krockey each homered for the Celtics.
Downers Grove North 6, Lincoln-Way Central 4: Colleen McLaughlin was 3 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs for the Knights, while Bree Schultz (home run) and Jackie Farbak each had two hits. Melanie Bakotic struck out 10.
New Trier 15, Lincoln-Way Central 8: Nicole Rote was 2 for 3 with a triple and four RBIs, while Hannah Hosty was 2 for 4 with an RBI for Central (14-12).
Lincoln-Way North 3, Joliet West 1: On Senior Day at Joliet West, senior Synthia Garcia scored the Tigers’ lone goal in the second half with 40 seconds left.
USF to open tourney in Georgia: University of St. Francis will travel to Lawrenceville, Georgia, for the 2014 NAIA Baseball Championship Opening Round beginning Monday. USF (36-20) will open play in the five-team double-elimination tournament against Westmont College (38-17) Monday at 10 a.m. If USF wins Monday afternoon, it will take on Georgia Gwinnett at 5 p.m.
If the Saints lose Monday afternoon, they will return to action Tuesday at 10 a.m. against either Southeastern or William Woods.