Ethan Bloom homered and pitched for 6 innings as host Hoffman Estates held on for a 5-4 victory over Fremd in Mid-Suburban West baseball Monday.
The key inning for the Hawks offensively was the fourth, when Zak Lewandowski drove in 2 of Hoffman's 3 runs with a two-out single to give Hoffman Estates (4-11, 2-3) a 5-2 lead.
Fremd rallied in the top of the seventh, as Marcus Middlebrook (3-for-4) drove in 2 runs with his second double of the day.
The Vikings had runners on second and third with two outs when reliever Jimmy Ward got the save by inducing a groundball to Bloom, who'd moved over to play third base.
Sam Beutler went 3-for-4 with a double for Fremd (9-7, 2-3).
Hoffman Estates improved to 4-11 overall and 2-3 in the league.
Palatine 12, Conant 4: The visiting Cougars trailed 5-4 after a 2-run rally in the sixth inning, but in the bottom half Palatine erupted for 7 runs on the way to an MSL West triumph.
Anthony Fortunato, Jarrod Juskiewicz and Greg Grana had 2 hits apiece for the Pirates. Grana led the way in RBI with 3, and Zach Serna and Neal Ori had 2 each.
Jason Lemonidis allowed 2 runs in 4 relief innings to earn the victory, his first of the season, for Palatine.
Conant, which had 8 hits, fell to 0-11 and 0-5.
Prospect 10, Hersey 5: The host Knights picked up their first MSL victory by delivering a 5-run third inning and pounding out 12 hits.
A.J. Compton, Kevin Joyce and Tommy Flahaven had 2 hits each for Prospect. Compton, Joyce and Patrick Hipple each drove in 2 runs.
Jordan Fedro threw 5 innings to earn the victory for the Knights (2-10, 1-6).
C.J. Reichel had 2 hits, including a double, for Hersey (5-11, 3-3).
St. Viator 8, Marist 5: The visiting Lions did all their scoring over the first 3 innings, and it was enough to help senior Gunnary Kay earn a pitching victory in East Suburban Catholic Conference play.
The Lions (10-9, 4-3) scored 5 runs in the first inning, 1 in the second and 3 in the third and did not commit an error.
Barrington 7, Schaumburg 5: The visiting Broncos kept their spot atop the MSL West, getting a pair of homers from senior Ryan Lidge and a double from senior Scott Nelson.
Nelson also earned the decision as Barrington (13-7, 7-0) remained unbeaten in league play.
Junior Jack Holden doubled, triple and homered for Schaumburg (4-6, 1-4), which outhit the Broncos 9-8.
Wheeling 7, Buffalo Grove 1: The host Wildcats plated 7 runs in the second inning, which was plenty of run support for Ryan Bendewald. He allowed 3 hits and Ian Gilliam doubled as Wheeling (5-9, 2-5) earned its second MSL East win of the season. Buffalo Grove dropped to 6-8 and 4-3.
Christian Liberty 14, Westminster Christian 13 (8): The Chargers scored twice in the bottom of the seventh inning, then produced another 3 runs in the bottom of the eight to pull out an extra-inning victory in Northeastern Athletic Conference play.
Aaron Karr had a homer for the Christian Liberty (8-7, 4-1), and Dan Glad, Juan Pagan, Shawn Andersen had doubles as part of a 15-hit total to help David Colbert earn the pitching decision; Dan Glad got the save.
Leyden 9, Addison Trail 8: Ivan Nevarez homered and Mark Stephens had a double as the visiting Eagles overcame a 5-run first inning from Addison Trail to earn a win in West Suburban Gold play.