Glenbard East put itself in prime position to win its DuPage Valley Conference baseball series against Naperville North.
After falling 8-7 at home on Thursday, the Rams beat the Huskies 6-4 with 2 runs in the seventh to tie the series 1-1 Friday in Naperville. The teams go back to Lombard on Saturday for the deciding game.
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"We let one kind of get away from us with some mental mistakes yesterday, so it was good to see the kids bounce back," Rams coach Joel Pelland said.
Glenbard East's bats got rolling in the first when the Rams put up 4 runs against Huskies pitcher Kurt Krejci.
With runners on second and third, a sacrifice fly from John Allen scored one and the Rams loaded the bases when Joey Moore hit his second double of the series to score two more. A Ryan Schefske sacrifice fly earned Glenbard East its fourth run of the inning.
Naperville North answered with two runs of its own in the bottom of the second when two singles and an error put runners on first and third.
A single from Sam Siebers scored a run, and a sacrifice fly scored an unearned run for the Huskies.
Glenbard East found itself in trouble again in the fifth, loading the bases with no outs, but reliever Micheal Sebby did well to hold Naperville North to just one run to keep it 4-3.
"It was an excellent job by him," Pelland said. "Especially coming into that situation being a sophomore. It's really easy to get nervous … but he came in and he dealt for us and minimize the damage."
The Huskies found a run in the sixth to tie the game going into the seventh, but the Rams came back at the top of the seventh to score two.
Krejci hit pinch-hitter Bryce Roberts, who advanced to second off a Tyler Behrendt bunt, before Tommy Mogavero hit a hard grounder to third. Huskies third baseman Siebers made a nice diving stop, but he couldn't throw out Mogavero. Roberts scored and Mogavero advanced to third.
"The difference in the game was a poorly played seventh inning by us and several innings that we left people in scoring positions," Huskies coach Carl Hunkler said. "We didn't have a big hit all day and we made it easy for them by popping up or striking out and that's really what the game was all about."
Allen came and drove in Mogavero with his second sacrifice fly of the game and Sebby closed the bottom of the seventh for the win.
"You gotta get runs to win the game, and he kept giving me pitches to hit, so I'm gonna hit them," Allen said.