Everyone knows what to expect from Matt Albin on the mound.
Glenbard North's senior ace also got it done at the plate on Saturday.
Albin struck out 13 in 6 scoreless innings while allowing only 2 hits, but he also had 3 hits and 4 RBI at the plate in leading the Panthers to a 6-1 victory over Glenbard East in Lisle. It was the second game of Saturday's DVC doubleheader event designed to raise money for the ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter. The two-day event featuring all eight DVC schools also included Wheaton North's 4-1 victory against Lake Park on Saturday.
"It feels great to do it offensively as well as on the mound," said Albin, who improved to 4-0 on the season. "It's what you want when everything comes together like that your senior year."
The drama of a no-hitter went away in the second inning when Tyler Behrendt and John Allen led off the bottom of the second with back-to-back hits for Glenbard East (8-10, 2-5). Albin, though, was still dominant. Ten of the first 12 outs were strikeouts.
Albin walked two in an extended sixth inning that featured two walks, but he still got all three outs on strikeouts before being relieved by Tom Potts and Chris Ruiz for the seventh.
"It would have been nice to put a little more pressure on Matt and North," said Glenbard East coach Joel Pelland. "But he's a good arm, probably one of the best we've seen all year. He doesn't give you many opportunities to barrel the ball, and you've got to be ready. Overall our pitching and defense has been pretty solid. We've just got to find a way to wake our bats up."
Eric Orze's RBI single and Anthony Betancourt's run-scoring groundout gave Glenbard North (10-7, 4-3) a run in each of the first two innings. Albin's 2-run double boosted the lead to 4-0 in the fifth, and he added a 2-run single in the seventh.
Glenbard East scored its run in the seventh when Michael Sebby singled home Behrendt.
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