Victories won't come easy for Glenbard South's baseball team, but the Raiders are going to win.
They won for the fifth time in six games this season with Tuesday's 4-3 nine-inning Metro Suburban Conference victory over Fenton at Bensenville's Redmond Park.
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A two-out rally in the top of the ninth provided the game-winning run for the Raiders (5-1, 1-0) when Andrew Wrona walked and came around to score on a passed ball and an error. Nick Yangas pitched a complete game for the Raiders, setting down Fenton (0-2, 0-1) in order in the bottom of the ninth.
"I felt fine out there, I just know my team can back me up and I can go long," said Yangas, who pitched a 2-hitter with 5 strikeouts, 4 walks and a hit batter. "I just have patience, do what I do and I know we'll get it eventually."
Fenton spotted starter David Echeverria to a 2-0 second-inning lead without a hit. A leadoff walk and a pair of errors allowed both runs to score. Echeverria pitched strong into the fifth before being relieved by Alex Cowan, who took the loss.
Glenbard South finally broke through with three runs in the sixth inning. Dylan Brambora drove in two runs with a double, and he later scored on an infield single by Yangas.
The 3-2 lead didn't last long. Yangas retired eight straight heading to the bottom of the seventh, but Fenton's Jimmy Kramer was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and he eventually scored on a groundout by Alec Wasowicz to send the game to extra innings.
Fenton had the winning run on third with one out, but Yangas escaped further damage thanks to a strikeout and popout.
"Every one of these kids battled hard," said Fenton coach Dave Schwabe. "There's no quit in them. I'm very proud of them."
Yangas went 3-for-4 and Joey Atkinson had 2 hits for the Raiders, while Corey Schwarz had 2 hits for Fenton.
"We hit some balls hard, but we just couldn't put anything together," said Glenbard South coach Mike Riley. "That's the way every game's been this season. We've pitched well enough and got good enough defense to get out of some tough situations. If we can start hitting the ball and keep doing those things, we could be a pretty good team."
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